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09:17 AM - 01/05/2014

The topic: My keyboard died


I loved that keyboard. It was my second keyboard like that. I commandeered Brian's when my first one died (we got them at the same time; he didn't really like it.) A Microsoft comfort keyboard. Wireless. With a cover that was custom made (that I washed during the recent paperwork procrastination period). It was connected to my KVM switch, the thing that allows me to use one keyboard, one mouse and one monitor between four PCs. I only use it with three. 

It had special buttons. I never used any of them, but they were there if I wanted to use them. 

Right now I have an old wired Creative keyboard attached. I can't move it anywhere. I can't type with it on my lap. Meh. Need a new one.

Spent hours looking last night. It sucked.  They don't have keyboards that connect to the computer like the old one did. Now, they've got this transceiver thing. And the word around the weblands is these transceivers don't play well with KVM switches. (Having a Mrs Crabbypants moment). What I'll have to do is move the transceiver from one PC to the other as I need it. 

I ended up going with a Logitech Wireless Keyboard K360 and the Viziflex Keyboard Condom. The cover is a must have for me, with the cats hair and fuzz and all. I'm sure the covers are the reason my old keyboards lasted so long. 

The new keyboard isn't fancy, not a lot of bells and whistles. Logitech has one that's illuminated. It was $80.00. That's above my pay grade. I bet it's pretty cool, but I don't usually need to find the keys on the keyboard (took typing in high school). That only happens when there's a cat on my lap and I try typing by holding the keyboard in the air, typing very slowly, looking for the letters. We've got plenty of lighting here in the office.

So, the new keyboard should be here Tuesday, the cover later in the week. Yay.

I wish my old one hadn't died.

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08:11 AM - 01/05/2014

The topic: Printing out my first calendar


I finally got the months formatted yesterday. Each month has its own file. January wouldn't line up properly on the page, so I did two of them. The first one I did wouldn't go lower on the page, no matter what I did. When I did the second January, with the exact same table as the first, I could get it to move lower on the page. Weird.

Brian picked out twenty photographs last night. They're not square so I had to figure out what to do there. I ended up making a blank image, sized 1200 pixels by 1200 pixels, I copied and made a bunch of them, then resized the photos to 1200 pixels high. They all ended up being 1600 x 1200. I copied a photo as a layer and put it on one of the blanks and I could reposition it left to right. I merged the layers for each photo and saved them.

Now, Brian had to choose thirteen images from the twenty and tell me which month had which image. 

All set. I was ready to print. I've got it down now, but I had the hardest time figuring out which way the paper should go, since I was printing on both side. It should have been a no-brainer, but I think that part of my brain was damaged in that car accident I was in when I was sixteen. Yeah, that's it. Brain damage.

Anyway, I think these are going to turn out nicely. Once I'm done with the printing, I'm leaving the office and starting to work on the holes for the top (I have a heavy duty hole punch, that punches a very small hole) and then bind the pages together.

And since I'll have my crafting area set up, I might do some other crafts, too.


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lisaviolet is seventy something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

In her spare time, she makes pretty things to sell in her store.

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