[mythtv-users] rf keyboards

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Mon Dec 18 12:25:05 UTC 2006

On Dec 18, 2006, at 5:14 AM, Mr. Demeanour wrote:

>> Since everyone's mentioning their favorite, I'm using a "Gyration" RF
>>  keyboard and mouse. The mouse is interesting in that you can wave it
>>  in the air without having to place it on a surface to operate
>> (though it will work that way as well).
> I used to have one of those. Initially I liked it a lot; the RF range
> was exceptional, and the devices both worked well. I found the  
> wavey bit
> with the mouse very hard to use with any accuracy. I don't think it's
> really much use for anything more demanding than waving in the general
> direction of the screen during a powerpoint presentation; but it's a
> neat feature for showing-off with.

I think a lot of Myth features are like that, only used when showing  
off the system. That's the only time I use PiP for example.

> I also found that the keyboard and/or mouse had a tendency to get
> "off-message" as regards the RF channel they were supposed to be  
> using,
> and that resyncing them with the receiver was sometimes difficult.

Never had that problem, even after moving the device from machine to  
machine. Perhaps you had some RF interference: WiFi, Microwave oven?  
Cordless phone? They all run in the 2.4Ghz. band.

> One of the (too many) mouse-buttons eventually suffered a mechanical
> failure, rendering the mouse unserviceable; this occurred only a year
> after I purchased the stuff, which I think is too early for
> wear-and-tear problems to be showing up. And a short while later an
> incident involving coffee resulted in progressive degradation of the
> keyboard.

I've often wondered about how many $$$ are spent yearly to repair/ 
replace coffee-induced electronics damage, probably Billions :-)

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