I need a new case for my Surface Pro 2 and power cover keyboard. My current sleeve is squishy enough that the power button on top sometimes gets pushed while it's in my backpack, leading to overheating and battery draining. I want this to stop. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ananci
on Aug 1, 2014 -
Hello! I am an animator and would like to use a USB number pad for keyboard shortcuts for better ergonimcs while animating in Photoshop. Is there a way to remap the numbers on the USB number pad to keyboard shortcuts like Command+Z, etc? This nice post
explains how to do it for PCs, but I haven't been able to find how to do it for MacBook Pros. Thank you!
posted by tessmartin
on Jul 13, 2014 -
I am super hard on keyboards. I have killed 2 fancy ergonomic ones and more cheap keyboards than I can count in the past 4 years so I have decided to splurge on a nice mechanical keyboard, that can hopefully stand up to my destructive ways, well that and I really like the clicky clacky sensation when I type that you don't seem to get on modern keyboards.
I have read various forums & even an old question on the green and all I have done is confuse myself so looking for some suggestions.
Thanks. [more inside]
posted by wwax
on Jul 9, 2014 -
Are there any newer phones that use the Android operating system (Jelly bean or later) that also are both available unlocked and that have a physical QUERTY keyboard? Shopping for a blind person who is trying to find easier ways to send text messages, but doesn't want a full-time plan as he is out of the country half the year.
posted by obloquy
on Jun 18, 2014 -
My right hand and arms have slowly been developing an ache or cramp over the last two weeks that gets worse when I use a trackpad or smartphone. (I'm right-handed.) I'm also starting a software engineering internship tomorrow. What should I do to keep my hands okay? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot
on Jun 8, 2014 -
I recently purchased a Roland RD-700, which sounded ay-may-zing when I was playing it in-store. Playing it at home (without headphones), though, it sounds a bit dull; the highs don't sing, and the lows have no power. It sounded like a concert piano in-store, and it sounds like a sub-$500 keyboard at home. Please help me configure my keyboard settings/speaker location so I can get this keyboard sounding the way it should. The [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123
on May 13, 2014 -
I need a good keyboard tray! I’ve tried the summera pull-out keyboard under my ikea table however it doesn’t work for me and I’ve since removed it. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu
on Apr 22, 2014 -
Why did my Safari start screen change to China/Chinese favorites when I upgraded to iOS 7.1? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman
on Apr 8, 2014 -
Up until a week or two ago
, my phone's predictive text function predicted not just which word I was typing, but also which word I was likely to type next. It used an algorithm which not only paired common words, but which (and this is the important bit) also learned which words I used frequently. Now that's not happening any more. Predictive text is still working, but it doesn't seem to be learning my vocabulary any more. How can I make this work again? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Mar 24, 2014 -
What are my options for using a smart phone with a physical keyboard (whether built-in or as an attachment)? I am on Verizon and want to stay. I would prefer to stick with Android but would consider an iPhone. I used to love the Blackberry back in the day, but I don't think I can go back. I do not want a Windows phone. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell
on Mar 12, 2014 -
I'm participating in a group chat on whatsapp. People are slinging the text like there's no tomorrow. How do I do this on my smart phone? [more inside]
posted by diode
on Mar 9, 2014 -
My son's piano keyboard broke, it was 10+ years old. His birthday is coming up, and I would like to get him a piano keyboard with midi/usb (for making music) for his birthday. It can't be too expensive - I'm thinking $80-200 range, but a little outside is fine as well - but I don't want to get him a piece of junk either. I could use some advice, since I don't know much about keyboards and would like to keep it a surprise without picking something silly. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo
on Feb 12, 2014 -
I feel like if I knew more about amplifiers the symptoms of my Roland KC-550 would narrow down my problem significantly. Only the tweeter works (and it works fine), and the two other speakers are totally un-driven across all channels. Does this indicate anything about the issue? I'm trying to figure out if it's worth having repaired and/or if I can repair it myself.
posted by cmoj
on Feb 11, 2014 -
Hi, I have 1 keyboard, 1 mouse, and two desktop computers to use with a 3-monitor setup. I would like to know the best way to use a triple monitor setup where I can click a button and switch back and forth between desktop A and desktop B for the single keyboard/mouse and the monitors. Consolidating files onto one machine is not an option.
Are there devices or hubs I could plug the keyboard/mouse/monitors and desktops into that can do this? Amazon links would be great.
posted by furious
on Feb 5, 2014 -
I can't find any Bluetooth 4.0 keyboards from any of the usual places. This makes me suspicious.
Alibaba has some, but I'd prefer to buy a single one from somewhere I have used before.
What's going on?
posted by devnull
on Jan 26, 2014 -
I'm looking for a keyboard that a) lets me play along to lit-up keys and b) allows me to either add my own music for it to decipher or tell it which keys I want to light up when I play a song. [more inside]
posted by Autumn
on Jan 12, 2014 -
My roommate's MacBook has suddenly started inserting certain numbers behind certain letters while she's typing (and vice versa). [more inside]
posted by cathodeheart
on Jan 11, 2014 -
I use an ancient MS Natural Keyboard, but the main thing that's relevant here is the key mechanism.
The Goog will show you models old and new
I recently took mine apart, cleaned the plastic parts with water, got it nice and clean (years of accumulated cookie crumbs, etc.)
The problem is - now the keys are kind of stiff. For example, if I strike them at a slight angle, they don't depress as smoothly as before.
The standard advice online is to clean a keyboard to prevent
sticky keys, but I have the opposite problem.
Is there some kind of lube/oil/spray I can use?
posted by 4midori
on Dec 30, 2013 -
I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Dec 23, 2013 -
My family member ask me to help install a printer (a Lexmark x5470) on her laptop. I installed the drivers and then, when I restarted the computer the MOUSE AND KEYBOARD DONT WORK. I can't login! I can't do anything! It even happens in safe mode, I am running windows 7 family premium, 64 bit on an hp laptop. Help me not ruin Christmas,
posted by cacofonie
on Dec 21, 2013 -
I have recently acquired the keyboard for the IBM 5150 Personal Computer. It also came with a DIN-5 to PS/2 adapter, so I plugged into my desktop, and everything screeched to a halt -- typing occurred very delayed from the key presses, mouse became inoperable. Is this the keyboard, the adapter, some software incompatibility, or something else completely? [more inside]
posted by subversiveasset
on Dec 16, 2013 -
My hands and my wrists really hurt doing any activity that engages them, I don't see my doctor for until December 29th, and I have things I need to get done involving my hands. Looking for some ideas/short term solutions to keep functioning until I see the doc next in a couple weeks. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here]
on Dec 12, 2013 -
I'm looking for a piece of music training software, designed for use with a MIDI keyboard, that will help develop my dexterity and general competence with melody, harmony, and chords. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet
on Nov 23, 2013 -
Is there a way to open a specific bookmark in Chrome using a hotkey (e.g., Alt-1)? I do not want to use a bookmark keyword or Windows shortcut's shortcut keys. I've found some extensions, more inside, but each has some sort of limitation. [more inside]
posted by n81acc
on Oct 23, 2013 -
I've had a new computer set up for me at work and the keyboard is being a pain. For some reason it is reversing the keys I need to strike to get @ and " as well as a few others. I've asked around and other people here have the same problem, but have just got used to reversing the keys. However I am too impatient and lazy and I want it to work right. Apologies for all the stupidity to follow but I know nothing of techy things. [more inside]
posted by billiebee
on Oct 14, 2013 -
I'm running hashcode's Android 4.2 ROM on a first-generation kindle. Is there anyway to hook up a keyboard?
It does not have Bluetooth, and I haven't had any success with OTG cable and USB keyboard ...
Any ideas? While I'm at it, is there any way to take a screenshot on 4.2 without a volume button?
posted by mrgrimm
on Oct 11, 2013 -
My conputer has its own ideas about what I should be typing. For the love of sanity, please help. [more inside]
posted by windykites
on Oct 10, 2013 -
I have a Thinkpad T430
. I can type anywhere up to 120 words per minute. When I type certain words at high speed my system freezes for a split second - long enough to be noticeable and to break my rhythm but not long enough that anyone watching would probably notice. Sometimes it registers the key-presses, sometimes it doesn't. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by ddd
on Oct 3, 2013 -
My wife is a keyboard player (I play guitar) and we are trying to use our new MacBook Pro for our practice sessions. She got her MIDI keyboard to play through Garageband but wanted better piano sounds, so I bought Mainstage 3 for $30 (after Googling the question). Mainstage 3 has much better sounds like Hammond B3, Rhodes, etc. [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard
on Sep 17, 2013 -
How can I type stress marks on Mac OS X using the Russian keyboard? I'm talking about, for example, the ´ marks like in "Соединённые Шта́ты Аме́рики"—the а́
and the е́
. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign
on Sep 9, 2013 -
hey everyone. A while back I took my Roland Keyboard into the shop and was told there was cat hair between and or under the keys. The man fixed the keys and told me to protect the keyboard from this. And I did, for a while. I know this makes me sound like an idiot, but as time went on, I completely ignored the man's advice, and now it's happened again. I do not want to take the keyboard in to be fixed (at least not by the same guy) and was wondering if there was a way I could clean it from home. If anyone is aware what kind of tools i might need, I would appreciate it. I am not going to let this happen again it if I can fix it. If anyone can help, it would be awesome!
posted by Thanquol180
on Aug 28, 2013 -
I'm troubled by a mysterious bug on my MacBook Air. It manifests itself when I use Microsoft PowerPoint, but I believe it is a Mac-wide issue. It is extremely rare, impossible to reproduce on demand, and yet - when it strikes, it does so with a vengeance
, and embarrasses me in front of a theater full of people. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim
on Jun 15, 2013 -
I type in multiple languages on Mac OS 10.6.8, and I need to be able to use keyboard shortcuts to jump immediately to specific input method rather than cycle through them with Command-Space. (For example, I'd want to be able to hit, say, Command-Shift-1 to switch to U.S. Extended no matter what the current input method is.) How can I set this up?
posted by John Raskolnikov Gilson
on Jun 9, 2013 -
Could a musical person possibly tell me the notes of the keyboard part in Camera Obscura's "Happy New Year"
? I don't really need it in actual musical notation on a staff or anything--just the names of the notes is fine. Thank you in advance!
posted by feathermeat
on May 6, 2013 -
I really enjoy playing piano as a hobby. I've played in worship bands for 3 different churches, and played in a few local bands as well with live gigs. But I don't think I'm very good, and I'm not sure how to improve. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz
on Apr 19, 2013 -
I inherited an old, first-generation iPad. I'd love to get a portable keyboard for it so I don't have to lug my ridiculously huge laptop everywhere. I've been doing some Googling, but it's hard to sift out keyboards that will work with the old, obsolete first-generation devices now that it's 2013. I want actual hard keys. Is an Apple wireless keyboard my only option?
posted by topoisomerase
on Mar 26, 2013 -
The (floppy) drive on my Korg X2 workstation has finally broken and I'm trying to transfer the sequencer files onto my computer as midi files using midi-to-usb. I can do a midi dump for the sequencer but I have no idea what to do with the .syx file I now have on my computer. Is there another way to do it, or is the solution close at hand? [more inside]
posted by imposster
on Mar 12, 2013 -
I'm sick of carrying around a heavy full-size laptop. I could replace it with a new shiny ultrabook or something, but I don't want to spend that much. Is a Nexus 7 + a bluetooth keyboard a bad solution? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet
on Mar 9, 2013 -
My daughter has a Yamaha psr-260 that we picked up at a garage sale. It did not have a power supply and used batteries to power up.
Since the batteries have died, I have found a power supply that seems to match the piano's requirements on the back of the unit: DC IN 10-12V.
The power supply says Input: AC 120V 60 Hz 20W and Output: DC 12V 1000mA with a matching polarity symbol (the plus is inside the minus). [more inside]
posted by toastchee
on Mar 1, 2013 -
My young daughter (kindergarten) will be starting piano lessons soon, and the teacher wants us to buy an 88 key digital piano with weighted keys - that seems to be about $500 minimum. However we're not sure the lessons will stick, and as a bonus we are space-challenged in our small house. For about $160 we could get something that is still big but not 88 key big, touch-sensitive keys instead of weighted keys (i.e. Yamaha NP11, open to other recommendations). We are piano ignorant, so don't know how to judge the trade-off. Should we suck it up and buy the big boy, or will it not matter at this stage of learning?
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Feb 23, 2013 -
My Mac's 10-year-old bluetooth keyboard
is acting up, and I'm pretty sure that it's death is imminent. I'd like to find a replacement, but Apple long ago stopped making full-sized wireless keyboards -- what are some good alternatives that exist in 2013? [more inside]
posted by schmod
on Feb 13, 2013 -