stuff and even more problems.... [ to mostly the hard core ]

Gary Kline kline at
Mon Nov 9 06:52:20 UTC 2009

On Sun, Nov 08, 2009 at 09:57:13PM +0100, Polytropon wrote:
> On Sat, 7 Nov 2009 18:40:41 -0800, Gary Kline <kline at> wrote:
> >  it was .LT. sixty bux
> > 	and next-to-worthless given my disability.[*] 
> > [...]
> > [*] gotta type CTRL-ALT-Shift at just the right keyrate (+/- 0.000000000001s:)
> >     to change ports.
> What happended to the "old" fahioned way of having a simple
> knob that you can turn to one of the 4 positions? Too
> mechanically? Not "modern" enough? Not prone enough to
> errors?

	hah.  i had no idea what i was ordering--well, other than a KVM
	switch.  doubt if my college friend did either.  what i bought 
	was around sixty bux; the model with buttons Plus cables was around
	$150.  und, zo, i guess do you get what pay for.  except that::
	there was nothing in the ad about having to hit ctrl-alt-shift so
	precisely.  live 'n' learn, guys.  they are looking to gouge you 
	out of every last penny every which way they can.

> I sill have such a switch here, but I'm lacking the cables;
> they are maybe triple as expensive as a new "modern" switch
> including cables which requires a race across the keyboard
> in order to switch the targets.

	i was typing the three keys in about 1/15th sec. too fast.
	about 1/5th sec is too slow.  i can't guess the rate, but it's hard
	to get just-right!  (here is where i would pull out my hair and yell 
	AARGH ... but i'm too fried:)

> Man, I sound sooo oooold... :-)

> Back on topic: With the use of an USB->PS/2 adaptor, you
> could be lucky; most USB keyboards function as intended in
> such a setting, but I've already found that not all of them
> do. Strangely, the older ones (such as IBM model M) do, but
> I had a "modern" Dell keyboard that didn't work with a
> converter as mentioned above, allthoug it should (and worked
> correct plugged in directly, and other keyboards workeed
> correct with the adaptor).

	i think you have it backwards, polyt.  the kvm switch has 
	PS/2 plugs; the dell has [[i think female]] slots/jacks.
	tomorrow [OR monday/ here:)], i'll dig out the keyboard and 
	plug its usb connector.  see if the crapy/bleepy "os" boots.

> Strange stuff, produced by "modern" IT manufacturers...
> You'll end up having to try it.

	i copy that, man.


	PS: One solid bit of good news is that Zeus is answering my 
	    prayers.  no power-outs here

> -- 
> Polytropon
> Magdeburg, Germany
> Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
> Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

 Gary Kline  kline at  Public Service Unix
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