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Author Topic: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]  (Read 2270 times)

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Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« on: July 07, 2015, 07:20:03 AM »
Thread for queries like:

I'm looking for a product that works like [xyz] - does it exist?
*OR*
Can it be made/modified/hacked using something else?


I suggest one query per post - but it's a free world ;-)
Tom

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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2015, 07:20:49 AM »
Laptop related:

looking for something to soften the sharp edge of a laptop - the edge your wrists might rest on.

I find when typing I dont lean on that edge, but when surfing I do - which causes wrist problems.
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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2015, 07:23:26 AM »
Laptop related:

looking for a keyboard light that does not use USB -
*or*
a light that does use USB - but without having a projecting connection. Something like many power cables which have an 'L' shape connector would probably be good.

Logic:
anything that projects out from a laptop I'm using gets knocked around on a regular basis - and will break (including probably breaking the USB socket).

(Note: it appears from amazon reviews that most lights are far too bright.)
Tom

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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2015, 07:48:14 AM »
looking for a keyboard light that does not use USB

Make all your Desktop and window backgrounds solid white ;)

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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2015, 07:55:51 AM »
Laptop related:

looking for a keyboard light that does not use USB -
*or*
a light that does use USB - but without having a projecting connection. Something like many power cables which have an 'L' shape connector would probably be good.

Logic:
anything that projects out from a laptop I'm using gets knocked around on a regular basis - and will break (including probably breaking the USB socket).

(Note: it appears from amazon reviews that most lights are far too bright.)

I got one similar to this:

http://www.walmart.c...ng-Keyboard/41299786

At the time I purchased, it only cost me $2.  It helped marginally.  But the circle of light is not enough to cover the entire keyboard.  I guess you could get an extender cable female to male that would have some give in it if something hits the light.  My next Laptop is definitely going to have an illuminated keyboard.

btw I like your thread idea. I should post a request for info about Panhandler Repellent.  Supposedly there is a repellent that keeps sharks away.  But those panhandlers are vicious.  :)


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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2015, 08:06:45 AM »
I got one similar to this:

http://www.walmart.c...ng-Keyboard/41299786

Got one of those but stopped using it as the chrome plating was flaking off, enough crap gets into the netbook without bits of metal adding to the problem.
Also, unless you bend it so that it's supporting itself on the desk/etc, I think you'd be putting a fair amount of stress on the USB port solder joints having to support it's weight.

Had another one that had a coiled lead from the USB plug to the LED and clipped on the top of your screen, that was OK until the clip broke  :-\

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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2015, 08:26:06 AM »
Had another one that had a coiled lead from the USB plug to the LED and clipped on the top of your screen, that was OK until the clip broke

Heh heh.  In fairness the one I have would probably be fine for a 14" Laptop.  This Toshiba is like the battle ship of Laptops.  When bored with programming I often shell the coast of Normandy Beach.  Just for grins.  :)

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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2015, 08:54:49 AM »
Had another one that had a coiled lead from the USB plug to the LED and clipped on the top of your screen, that was OK until the clip broke  :-\

I was considering what sounds like that one:
http://www.amazon.de...l_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?

then thought I'd see if anyone had ideas for a non-USB one... [that didn't involve a white desktop :P :D]
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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2015, 10:56:31 AM »
That Amazon page had a link to the one I had:
http://www.amazon.de...0KNM12SDGF52YXB9W2WJ

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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2015, 05:06:13 PM »
Laptop related:

looking for something to soften the sharp edge of a laptop - the edge your wrists might rest on.

I find when typing I dont lean on that edge, but when surfing I do - which causes wrist problems.

Roll up a bath towel and secure it into a roll with some hair elastics. Use the stretchy terry type that resemble sock loops, not rubber bands (rubber bands wear out and pop too easily). Then set it in front of your laptop and use it as a wrist rest.

I use one made from a kitchen towel as a wrist rest for my mouse, otherwise the edge of the table or desk cuts off the circulation to my hand.

Or perhaps a piece of this stuff, meant to cushion sharp table edges and protect small children, attached to the front edge of your laptop.

The only 2 problems with using that cushion stuff is that you'd probably not be able to close your laptop completely, and you wouldn't be able to clean it very well when it gets grimy. At least with the towel, you can undo it and toss it in the wash.

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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2015, 05:16:43 PM »
Had another one that had a coiled lead from the USB plug to the LED and clipped on the top of your screen, that was OK until the clip broke  :-\

I was considering what sounds like that one:
http://www.amazon.de...l_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?

then thought I'd see if anyone had ideas for a non-USB one... [that didn't involve a white desktop :P :D]

Don't know how much light you need, but I use something similar to this:

http://www.amazon.co...obbin/dp/B008GXRL1O/

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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2015, 04:08:55 AM »
Laptop related:

looking for something to soften the sharp edge of a laptop - the edge your wrists might rest on.

I find when typing I dont lean on that edge, but when surfing I do - which causes wrist problems.

Roll up a bath towel and secure it into a roll with some hair elastics.

I requested hair elastics from my niece for my last birthday - I use them in the kitchen as strong elastic bands, but still have a few extra so will try that out :up:
Tom

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Re: Does this exist? [NON-Software ideas]
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2015, 04:12:58 AM »
Don't know how much light you need, but I use something similar to this:

http://www.amazon.co...obbin/dp/B008GXRL1O/

that looks like fun :-)
will check out equivalents available here
Tom