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This is my brain dump. You're welcome!

I'm so bad with blogging. There was a time when I'd publish a blog article at least three times a week, usually more. And sometimes people even read what I wrote. That was back when WordPress was brand new and exciting. Then social media came along and disrupted all of that and it's never been the same for me since.

These days I don't really do social media either, excepting the odd sporadic posting spree on Twitter or Mastodon. The last time I posted on either of those was October 2018. I guess I fell out of love with the whole social media scene, even though I have friends that I'm sad I lost touch with when I stopped using it.

I had a new determination to keep an active blog again last year, but as you can see that didn't last for long. Why? Well life (and poor health) does get in the way of good intentions there's no doubt, but mostly it's hard to find the motivation or, frankly, the subject matter.

I have been writing more actively with good old fashioned pen and paper. Leuchtturm notebooks have become my favourite toy over the last few years and I've reignited a passion for fountain pens. Nothing earth shattering mind, I mostly use writing as a form of therapy. I keep a Bullet Journal in one notebook and a more traditional journal in another.

I don't know if I'll ever get back to regular blogging, but I'll probably keep trying. It's like that spot on your back that itches like mad but you can't quite reach it to scratch.


In my determination to start writing regularly in one form or another I began a long typing session the other night, only to realise how loud my keyboard was. Probably not the best thing in the world to be typing away on late at night, and so I began a search for a complimentary keyboard for those lengthier sessions.

Years ago, when I had a Mac ( a very long time ago and it's only happened once I swear), I grew to pretty much hate most things about it apart from the keyboard. I loved that thing, it was an absolute pleasure to type on. Alas, somewhere along the way it broke and was henceforth confined to the great keyboard kingdom in the sky. To cut a very long story short, I went hunting for a new Apple keyboard, retched at the price of that and well, most keyboards really (in fairness my meagre budget is easily offended). After a long and laborious hunt I finally decided on a cheap Apple look-a-like that, given the price, I didn't mind taking a gamble on.

The New

That's when I stumbled upon the Jelly Comb wireless keyboard priced at £18.99 on Amazon (model IWG-46 to be precise).

Jelly Comb Wireless Keyboard

It arrived today, so this isn't exactly a comprehensive review but I can give some quick initial impressions.

The keyboard is a full size one but despite this it's a very slim profile and compared to my old keyboard is almost half the size. Not surprisingly in this price range it's an all plastic construction with scissor switch keys. The keys probably won't last forever given the price but they are very quiet and adequately spaced, for me at least (I'm a touch typist with female not too large fingers). The key spacing was one thing I was a little worried about so I'm glad to report that it's fine.

On the keys not lasting forever point, I should note that the F7 key arrived already faded, so it's likely a good bet that will happen to the rest of them too eventually.

It's a 2.4GHz keyboard and so was a simple plug in the usb dongle and go type affair with no need to install any additional drivers. I've only tested this under Windows 10 so far, but I'll update the post when I've had a chance to test under Linux. There have been no problems at all under Windows as yet – no keyboard lag or anything of that nature.

It's powered via two AAA batteries (not included) – I'm using rechargeables. According to the product description “to save power, the keyboard will enter sleep mode if it's not used for over 10 minutes. Just press any keys to wake it up.”. You can also just turn the keyboard off via the power switch on the back if you know you won't be using it for a while.

All in all, if I only get 12 months of service out of this I'll be happy (note the Amazon page does state an 18 month warranty alongside a 30 day money back offer). It's comfortable to type on, it's small, it looks ok and the price is definitely right.

The Old

As to my old keyboard, that would be my old faithful Logitech G15.

Logitech G15 Keyboard

Note the image isn't my personally owned keyboard, I was lazy and am using a stock image from the Logitech site.

My trusty old G15 is now around 12, possibly 13 years old. At the time of purchase it was quite pricey but given the amount of years I've had it I really can't complain at its value. It's still going strong now, there's absolutely nothing wrong with it other than it is a touch on the loud side for typing anything other than quick chat messages. It's been cleaned I don't know how many times and there's not a hint of faded keys or surface in sight and it performs just as well as the day I got it.

Of course, I'd love a mechanical keyboard but one of those has sadly been outside of my budget for some time and I don't see that changing any time soon. Until then, my G15 will remain in service alongside my new Jelly Comb for writing sessions.

#keyboards #logitech #jellycomb #quickreview

If you happen to be reading this, hey there!

I stumbled upon write.as through a post on Mastodon, and it intrigued me enough to check it out. I love the company philosopy. I love the simplicity of the design too, both back and front end.

I'm so impressed that I'm seriously considering upgrading to a Pro account. For a mere $40 a year, or $4 a month, the feature list is impressive.

I'm sick of WordPress and although I have a blog run with Hugo (also awesome) I really want something that lets me just type and go, or post a quick photo, away from my PC. Hugo is great but I haven't figured out an easy way to do that. Plus, sometimes I'm lazy and it's good to have somewhere that has ultra low requirements on my brain.

So, this is my first post here, a quick test if you will. If all goes well I'll probably be reaching for that upgrade button very soon!

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