I've been using an old SGI keyboard for quite a while now, but I needed to replace it. I broke the Backspace key (hitting it too hard? using it too often?) quite some time ago, perhaps a two years ago, and the sharp edge of the stub remaining in that spot has been bothering me. So I ordered a (www.
Another piece of hardware I picked up recently was a Rocketfish headset. Rocketfish is the "house brand" of Best Buy, a massive electronics and computer retailer here in the US. I was browsing in a store and saw one on sale for US$29, and a quick search for the name via iPhone's Safari revealed a positive review in MaximumPC magazine, enough to convince me to pick one up but I see now some comments added recently echo what I have experienced: breakage at the temple. If you examine the photo in their review, you'll see the spot where the over-the-head band attaches to the piece that holds the ear cup. That lower piece of plastic cracked horizontally near that join, leaving the earpiece to dangle. I suppose I could have brought it back to the store for a refund or replacement, but the sound was still working so I took a few minutes and cut a trianglular shape from the bottom of a soup can, drilled three holes in it and through the plastic of the headset, and bolted the pieces together, all held in place by the slip of metal. It isn't pretty, but to be honest it is a little more comfortable than it was before. Most headsets like these pinch in a bit too tightly, and the earpieces of my glasses don't help things at all. With the way I have fixed the earpiece, although it is still fully over my ear, it doesn't press in as tightly at it did and neither ear feels pinched. It does look odd, but feels better. And now I am on the alert for a comparable crack on the other side... I can see what appears to be a tiny stress fracture there now, and will have to be careful to not let it develop. Perhaps some superglue will help.
Intel Core 2 Quad
I haven't been having great hardware luck recently. I suspect that the 500GB drive in my PC is beginning to go. I can hear a faint sound, not quite a grinding, not quite a scratching, from inside the case. Although I have not heard the sound recently, I have backed up my most critical files and am working on the less important ones. Interestingly, just the day before I noticed the noise I had ordered a box with a 2.
Speaking of XP, I recently purchased the entire id Software library off Steam (the online game distribution system designed and operated by Valve), on sale for US$34.