31 August 2011

My how time flies..

Picking up new clients, maintaining the status quo for current ones, and welcoming back former departures seem to have taken over any time I don't specifically set aside for family. And though I haven't posted anything new in some time, the existing articles seem to become more popular by the month. Call it inspiration or guilt, but I find that I really need to put the effort into regular articles. And I have so many topics to choose from lately.

Whether it be the usefulness (or lack thereof) of the latest iGadget, the uncertainty created by HP's recent announcements, or one of the many anecdotes from recent experiences, I need to roll out some of this information on a timely basis. And if I haven't touched on a subject near and dear to you, feel free to contact me at any time to ask. As witnessed by my lack of recent posts, I don't right about every mistake, workaround, or discovery I come across. But I might just have an answer for you.

So please, stop back again soon. I'll have fresh content for you, and perhaps we'll all learn a little something.

19 January 2011

Cleanliness is next to Godliness..

Recently, I received an Econo-Keys EKW-105 wireless silicone keyboard to test. I've tried other silicone keyboards in the past, and I have to say that wasn't terribly impressed with them. They tended to be difficult to type on as they required precise, strong keystrokes to register anything. But to give it an honest review, I've been using the Econo-Keys keyboard as my primary device for the past three weeks.

A quick overview from the Econo-Keys website tells us:
"The EKW-105 is a wireless keyboard with the added benefit of an integrated touchpad. Built with 2.4 GHz digital radio technology, the EKW-105 has a wireless range of 30 feet, and connects to any computer with a USB dongle.

The EKW-105 is manufactured to eliminate the need for cables and is ideal for use on carts and wall mounts. The EKW-105 has a completely washable keypad and operates on two AAA batteries (included).
And the primary reason for using a silicone-encased keyboard is the following (from the EKW-105 Datasheet):
"IP68 Protection Against
     • Splashing, hose-directed and submerged water
     • Corrosive, abrasive, acidic and alkaline substances
     • Bleach, alcohol and hospital-grade disinfectants
     • Dirt, dust, sand and other airborne debris
     • Extreme temperatures
My experience? I was pleasantly surprised by the responsiveness of the keyboard. The keys are very sensitive to the touch, the compact size of the keyboard allows for a smaller footprint (which is always important in an operatory), and the wireless capability just works. My primary system is Windows 7 Professional, and I had zero issues with the keyboard and connectivity. No additional drivers necessary. Just plug it in and off you go. An added benefit is the sealed touchpad on the right side of the keyboard. Also sensitive to the touch, this eliminates the need for a separate mouse.

Overall, I had a very positive experience. It took a few days to get used to the feeling of the silicone keys, but after using it regularly I had little to no difference in the way I type. If you're looking for an alternative to placing a standard keyboard in a plastic bag or wrapping it in cellophane, I definitely recommend you give these a look.