(First review, under "Software Engineer".)
I’ve had RSI for about 13 years due to continuous computer usage. Primarily wrist and forearm pain. At it’s height I had some pain all the time. Ergonomic products (chair, wrist wrest, vertical mouse and trackball, ergonomic keyboard) kept the problem at manageable levels. Recent exercise (a lot of it) has eliminated the RSI altogether. I used to use a Microsoft Natural keyboard, which I was very happy with. I tried the Kinesis Advantage at a conference and fell in love.
The Kinesis Advantage is the best keyboard I’ve every used. It’s comfortable, well built (good mechanical keys), and most importantly I can type fast on it. The key layout in wells, so you can reach every key without moving your hands, is pure genius. The palms rested position, and the keys in wells, are why the Advantage is great for reducing wrist strain and RSI and also why it’s such a fast keyboard to type with. You really have to be able to touch type though. As a software developer, who uses his keyboard continuously during the working day, I can’t imagine having to use another keyboard.
I vociferously recommend the Advantage to anyone who will listen. A keyboard is a “core tool” for software developers, so finding a quality ergonomic keyboard that enables fluid interaction with the computer is gold.
The Freestyle is a quality keyboard. The lower cost and the fact that it’s split, so better for packing, make it a great “travel keyboard”. The build quality is excellent, even more robust feeling than my now-aging Advantage. For every day use I would still recommend the Advantage. It can be a hard sell to many people because of the cost. Worth every penny in my opinion of course.
We're using something called MAAS "Metal As A Service" - a Canonical open source product for managing servers. The combination of MAAS, Juju and OpenStack is what many of our big customers are using. They're paying us to create and manage big deployments of OpenStack on many servers. The servers are managed by MAAS and OpenStack is put on the servers with Juju. So ensuring that Juju works well with MAAS is very important to us.
The servers I'm using are these nice, and cheap, HP Proliant boxes. In combination with FreeNAS they make great NAS devices too.
- Canonical Ltd.Software Engineer, 2010 - present
- Comsulting.deSoftware Engineer, 2009 - 2010
- Resolver SystemsSenior Software Engineer, 2006 - 2010
Michael writes and blogs about Python far more than is healthy, and in the real world lives in Northampton, UK, with his wife Delia.
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