I use my Nvidia K1 Shield as my main interaction device when I’m away from my PC for extended periods of time, as with any touch screen device using the onscreen keyboard takes up a chunk of real-estate, that shrinks the content that you are viewing. To circumvent this I bought a bluetooth keyboard to allow me to type blog posts and the like a whole lot easier and to also keep the screen size maximised for application usage.
Over the Christmas period I found that my existing bluetooth keyboard had stopped powering on correctly.
So rather than try to figure out how to fix the weird power switch issue (that would most likely need some soldering), I used some money I was gifted from my Grandparents to get a new device.
I wanted to pick up the device ASAP so I could use it over Christmas when I would be using my tablet more heavily, but rather than waiting for a delivery, which around Christmas could have a 3 to 10 day delay, I hit the shops to attempt to find a replacement. After checking in a number of stores and weighing up the devices that were on offer, I finally settled on the Logitech K380 (UK Qwerty) which is a Cross-Platform and Multi-Device bluetooth keyboard.
Powered by two AAA batteries (expected to last around 24 months) the K380 is lightweight device weighing in around 420g, but the craftsmanship feels solid with the keys moving fluidly and comfortably within their recesses. The device has 4 rubber feet that hold the device in place when used on a flat surface, however the lightweight nature means that the device isn’t uncomfortable resting on your lap.
Out of the box the keyboard functions in a basic manner, with nearly all core keys performing their expected function, however characters that require the use of shift key function as if the keyboard layout is defaulted to use the US layout so the @ key is on shift 2 by default rather than it being “.
I have to admit that it took me a little time to figure out that I needed to download an additional application to the device in order to utilise those advanced features. If you need the Android version it can be found here: Logitech Keyboard Plus. One of the core features of the keyboard is the multi-device setup and quick switching keys, I didn’t really have much cause to use this but I tried it out connecting to my Phone on the second profile, then swapping between them using the dedicated keys.
I used the keyboard quite a bit over the Christmas break for typing into slow moving environments like forums or sending tweets, I also found it very useful for chatting on faster paced environments such as Discord and Twitch. It was nice to have cut and paste functionality and once I had it figured out plus the ability to auto-complete functionality for names and the like.
I have entered into the rabbit hole once again with the alternate reality game (ARG) The Black Watchmen.
I along with many others first encountered The Black Watchmen as part of The Secret World MMO launch ARG event, I wear my Black Watchmen hoodie in game at every opportunity.
This ARG was designed by Alice and Smith it was spun off to be independent from TSW and kickstarted into it’s own entity, giving it a more permanent feel and a very expanded world, now with three DLC released and a strong online community the game continues to grow in strength.
Unlike titles like Orwell the game doesn’t confine itself to the software that is being used, it expects you to jump out and navigate to and interact with websites, trawl over the clues and data.
I will give you a warning that the game features images, videos and topics that may be mature in nature, such as violence, gore, blood, and other grotesque themes.
The game has 50% off in the Steam sale that runs out tomorrow, so if you fancy giving it a go then act fast.
As the year draws to a close and I sit looking back on the mental rapids that the whole world seemed to endured during 2016. Of course there was the political events on both sides of the pond, that appears to be a massive blow to the freedom of citizens and a boost to corporate greed.
There was the rollercoaster ride of celebrity passings that took away many people’s heroes and champions of causes close to many people’s hearts. Everyone had differing relationships with those who passed away and each had to watch a little piece of their memories darken. For me I will miss those that made me laugh not that I was necessarily a fan of them directly but their work was something that brightened my life over the years Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne, Andrew Sachs, Gene Wilder & Ronnie Corbett
Me, Myself and I
Personally 2016 has seen a number of changes to my work with a number of different faces and processes being introduced, also at Home we have had a few difficult times that parenthood books don’t really prepare you for. Sadly I haven’t really blogged too much despite waiting to find the time to keep up regular entries, I want to at least hit a low target of 1 post each fortnight maybe shifting to 1 a week if that is doable. Sadly my clan lost a member this year to illness, we approached this with a clan event held in their honour and a weekend of members sharing stories and everyone celebrating the times we enjoyed in our fallen comrade and each others company.
This year Munki and I have also taken to streaming, not on any regular schedule for the most part, but it’s allowed us to play around with settings and discover things, this has also lead to getting more involved with different streaming communities. We’ve found interacting with various groups of people from many different walks of life very interesting, similar to how our clan as always worked only a little more fluid and reserved.
Along with a number of MissPsyche’s community I have had my passion for pen and paper Role Playing Games rekindled which has been a refreshing break but has also allowed be to look at ways to play these games with my Son. This has now expanded into me looking into running a game for my clan mates that are interested in picking up pen and paper RPG games, hopefully with the Roll20 app.
Have a great New Year everyone.