I took a self-imposed break from this blog in the last three weeks because I had a mountain of work. The major bulk of the work has been completed but I now have to deal with the aftermath, e.g., bills, invoices, e-mails. And, like any decent consultant, I still have an ongoing pipeline of work. So it isn’t exactly a holiday at the moment. (Note to self: You cannot remember when you last took a holiday.)
October 2012 was the month that I was looking forward to all year. October is now here!
- Kinesis Contoured keyboard modification and training
- Change of VPS host
- Upgrade to Thesis 2.0
1. Kinesis Contoured keyboard modification and training
Toward the end of August 2012, at the peak of my hectic work schedule, I developed a moderately severe episode of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) of my wrists. I gathered it was due to the long hours of typing and also the unnatural adduction of the wrists while they were on the keyboard. The pain was quite severe, requiring a day and a half off work to rest. My quick fix was rushing a Kinesis Contoured keyboard, which immediately felt more comfortable. Because of my penchant for
old vintage keyboards, I chose a Kinesis Model 100, instead of the current models. This model is no longer in production (it’s 20 years old) and, as I later discovered, no longer supported by Kinesis. It was not without issues. The keyboard was modded by a previous owner to Cherry MX Ergo Clear switches (from the usual MX Brown switches). The switches have become sticky and they need a change. I also found the Ergo Clears too stiff for my aging fingers, hence a decision to choose a linear switch. I initially wanted Cherry MX red switches but then I had an idea to use MX vintage blacks with a change to lighter springs (“Ergo Blacks/Reds”). The vintage black switches are on their way, and thanks to a local meet-up of mechanical keyboard enthusiasts, it looks like I’ve found a source of lighter springs. Needless to say, this exercise will involve desoldering of the current switches and soldering of the new ones. But I see that as part of the fun.
Because I need to get the Kinesis keyboard up and running as soon as possible, my other project on the terminal Model F may slow down. It is quite likely both keyboard projects will happen concurrently.
I’ll also need time to train myself to use the Kinesis Contoured keyboard. This is the main purpose of the Kinesis Essential which has yet to arrive. While changing the switches on the Model 100 or waiting for parts to arrive, I’ll train myself to type on the Kinesis Contoured keyboards.
2. Change of VPS host
I have been procrastinating a change of VPS hosting service provider for months, mainly from the anxiety that something might go wrong and distract me from the work I had to do. With more discretionary time this month, I think I’m prepared to make the move. It is no trivial matter because I have to move three websites, and I’ll also be changing the underlying distro from Centos to Debian.
3. Upgrade to Thesis 2.0
If you haven’t already heard, Thesis 2.0 was released a couple of days ago. All my sites run on Thesis. Despite the delay (of more than 2 years) in the upgrade to 2.0, I stuck with Thesis because it offered me the greatest flexibility. I basically do anything I want on Thesis. I cannot say the same about any other WordPress theme. Thesis 2.0 offers a slew of new features, which I have yet to learn about. So I’ll be taking perhaps the next week to dabble in Thesis 2.0, and hopefully make the transition later in the month.