I’ve now written three reviews of mechanical keyboards. There was my first (and the one I’m typing on right now), a CM Storm QuickFire Rapid, a Rosewill 9000V2, and, most recently, a Vortex Race 3. Each keyboard was different. One without a number pad, one with a number pad, and one that pushed all the keys into a compact package. Each one had a different switch type, a different sound and feel. But all of them had one thing in common: I loved them all. Typing on any one of these keyboards is wonderful. Sure, my Rosewill 9000v2 was a bit too large for my desk at work, that’s why I replaced it with the compact Vortex Race 3. My CM Storm is way too loud for the office, even when I don’t bottom out the keys, so it stays here at home, with me. The Race 3 has its flaws, but it’s still my favorite keyboard. Regardless, they’re all great for their own reasons, in their own ways.
Mechanical keyboards cost a bit more than standard keyboards, and they’re often wired, instead of wireless. Still, they’re the best keyboards you can get your hands on. For only a slightly higher price (you can find half decent mechanical keyboards for under $50), you can get a keyboard you’re going to love, and one that’s going to last you a long time. Let me tell you how.
I love cars, I love technology, and I’m pretty good at math. I’m surprised I never thought to compare the rate at which computer speed, storage, memory, and cost has changed over the past few decades in contrast to the rate at which cars have evolved in speed, miles per gallon, horsepower, and price. Maybe that’s because I’m not as crazy as Jalopnik writer Jason Torchinsky. Computers look vastly different than they did in the early 1980s, as do cars, but computers have improved exponentially. Cars, on the other hand, haven’t progressed as much as we might like.
North Carolina recently legalized discrimination against LGBT people, prevented cities from banning discrimination, and forced trans people to use the wrong bathrooms. It’s a particularly heinous law, passed out of hatred fueled by bigotry. When the U.S. government steps out of line, people tend to speak out against whatever they’ve done. In the case of a huge law like this one, the list of protestors includes some very influential people, like Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Marissa Mayor of Yahoo. In fact, over 90 huge companies have spoken out against this discriminatory law, and over 400 companies spoke out against a similar law in Georgia. You can find the entire list of companies that signed a letter telling North Carolina to repeal this law here.
Those of us in technology are accustomed to pushing forward. Usually it’s against technological limitations, but sometimes, visionaries need to tell others to look further on their own. Business leaders in tech and many other industries can see that discrimination isn’t the way forward. Hopefully North Carolina figures that out as well.