Newsletter Issue #839: The Ministry of Second Looks

December 28th, 2015

I like to think that I’m mostly reasonable. For example, I’m willing to experiment when it comes to improving my workflow. Being able to get products for review is an advantage, and it was that sense of adventure that established my career as a tech journalist in the early 1990s. Over the years, I sometimes accumulated a warehouse (well a large room) worth of tech gear. Fortunately, I was able to clean out most of it when it was time to return the equipment to the manufacturer. They let you keep the software, but I uninstalled more than I continued to use.

After basically dismissing Apple’s new Magic Keyboard upon being exposed to it for a few days, I decided to give it another chance. I can’t say I took to it, although it felt somewhat more comfortable when I gave it a second chance. Just the other day, I switched to it again after my regular keyboard, the Matias Quiet Pro, began to generate a peculiar USB error on my iMac.

So I would get a message from El Capitan’s Notification Center about USB being disabled on the device because it was taking too much current. This after using that keyboard for several years. Restarts and plugging the unit into different ports made no difference, so I’ve set it aside until I see what sort of response I get from Matias about the problem. I’d hate to have to pay to have it fixed — or be forced to be a new one. The currently cost $149.95, which is on the high side of replacement keyboards.

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