# Thursday, September 20, 2007
I was having some issues with using a straight keyboard and regular old mouse, since I've been using only trackballs and trackpads for years now, so I got hooked up with some new gear.  It's only been a few days, but so far I'm pretty impressed.  I got the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, and the Evoluent VerticalMouse 3.  The keyboard is very comfortable (as I type this) and has an optional support that props up the front of the keyboard, which keeps your hands flatter.  I wasn't sure about the lift at first, but now I'm sold.  It's quite comfy, although it did take me a day or two to get used to it.  The buttons are laid out very nicely, with a real inverted T arrow key setup.  My only complaint so far is that the spacebar clacks.  But since I usually work with headphones on, it will only really annoy my neighbors. :-)
The most is also quite comfortable, although I think I still need to get my chair adjusted a bit to deal with the desk height and the new mouse.  The VerticalMouse is just that.  It's a nice optical mouse, but oriented vertically instead of horizontally, so that you hold your hand perpendicular to the desk, rather than on top of it.  It seems like a much more natural hand position.  The buttons have a nice feel, as does the scroll wheel.  Because of the layout, the third button has to be pressed with the pinky (at least for me) which seems a bit awkward, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. 
Oh, yeah.  And I got a new car.  My Durango finally gave up the ghost after 9 years and over 230K miles.  RIP.  I got a 2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i, and so far I'm loving it.  Very comfy, handles nice.  About twice the mileage of the Durango.  We'll see how it does pulling a trailer.  The hitch goes on today, with luck.
Fall seems to be the season of change for me this year.  And it seems to have come early.  It's started getting much chillier at night just over the last week or so.  OK, now I'm rambling. 

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