In all probability, there are few things more aggravating than having a perfectly-working computer and a busted keyboard to go along with it. I knew I should have picked up a model that was made somewhere other than China.
You might be wondering exactly how I'm typing this. Well, it turns out that Windows has this nice tool for mobility-challenged users: the On-Screen Keyboard. I'm actually clicking away at a little keyboard-like display on my screen in order to compose this entry.
That's not to say that the arrangement isn't problematic, though. I'm typ... er, clicking at about one-fourth of my normal speed. The "keyboard" takes up a good amount of space on screen, which means that I have to shift it around in order to see what I'm writing. And I can assure you that the inability to hold and press keys is more than a little inconvenient whenever I want to place certain things -- like capital letters.
At the moment, though, I'm being very thankful for my experience in touch-typing; Otherwise I would be hunting and pecking like an inexperienced user right now. I find it strange that such a skill has suddenly meant the difference between keeping silent and being able to write.
That's not to say that I won't be replacing the actual keyboard soon, though. My arm hasn't cramped this bad since the time I had that fourteen-hour exercise marathon. (Don't ask.)
If you're interested in trying out the On-Screen Keyboard, chances are that you'll find it under Accessories > Accessibility. That's only if you're using Windows, though; I have no idea as to whether or not other desktop interfaces have similar allowances.
In the meantime, I'm going to toy around with a keyboardless computer for a while. I wonder if I can still play a proper game of Warcraft, for example...