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New desk!
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Yay, I have a new desk! It's the SET workstation from Ikea, which I've wanted for a while now. I ended up having to order it online, since the local Ikea only stocked the böring white ones.

The monitor is a little higher than I'm used to (a lot higher compared to my old Krister which puts the monitor on a backwards-angled shelf), and I need to get a wrist rest because the keyboard is a bit high for me, but I'm a happy mendel nonetheless.


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My god, it's made of duplo

I always wanted one of those desks that holds the moitor below the desktop and has a glass window to view it. I saw one at ikea years ago and fell in love.

I think they'd really only work well if you used the computer rarely; I found the slight angle of my last desk to be hard on my neck. Initially you think that it would be just like looking at writing paper on a desk, and then you realize that people who write a lot use angled tabletops for a reason!

Also, we have a glass-topped coffee table and dining room table, and I know how often those need to be cleaned. Looking at the state of my desk right now, I don't know how I'd see the monitor in the first place. :-)

Well, the monitor itself was angled in its setting, so it wouldn't be as bad as that. The thing that would suck for me is when I'm on at this hour. The monitor is my only light source, so seeing the keyboard would be impossible.

And OMG I love that userpic.

I just looked at the pic again. Is that an old IBM PS/2 keyboard? I loved mine. I hate these new lightweight things. Give me a big keyboard with some real mass. Although I'd die without volume control buttons. Stupid convenience.

Older than that, although I've replaced the original detachable DIN cable with a ps/2 one. But yeah, it's an old buckling-spring IBM Model M, made in 1988. I've got a stash of them, plus two in use (one at home, one at work). They're all I'll use.

Mine has volume controls, mapped to function keys, as well as a bunch of other handy functions. I don't know how to do it in Windows but I'm sure it's possible.

You can still find them pretty easily on eBay (but make doubly-sure that all the keycaps are present and that it comes with a cable), and Lexmark sold the manufacturing side to Unicomp, who sells them new in 101- or 104-key formats for $59.

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