So You Wanna Be a Writer? How to Find the Perfect Keyboard for You


Ahh keyboards. We know them, we use them. We occasionally marvel at them. Why does the paint erode so quickly on certain keys? Do I really use the keys ‘A’s and ‘S’ so much compared to all others? Whatever the case, keyboards are universal, but sometimes they can be painful.

You know what we’re talking about. Keyboards that are slow. Keyboards that are awkward. Keyboards that take away all the pleasure of writing, and make you lament anytime you type.

This is a big deal for anybody anywhere, but its a particularly big problem for a writer. For writers spend every day, day in and day out at the desk typing away, so hating a keyboard is hating life.

On the other hand, when a keyboard is a pleasure to use? It’s surely a heavenly experience. The touch of the keys feels like liquid velvet. The tap of the keys sounds like heavenly choirs.  The ACCIDENTAL USE OF CAPS IS? – still irritating. But all up? Great keyboards are great.

So, what things do you need to understand when seeking out the perfect keyboard for writing?  Let’s look now.

1. How Does It Type?

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Remote Work Versus Real-World: Your Essential Briefing

Update 2020: The following piece was written well before the coronavirus pandemic’s global outbreak that has so rapidly altered how we work and do business daily. The enduring economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic in the long term surrounding remote work remain debated today, and will not be clear for some time. As a result it is too early in this writer’s mind to make a concrete prediction about what exactly remote work in a post-coronavirus world may look like. However, it does appear impossible to imagine a post-coronavirus world would see a huge decrease in this trend to remote work – as indeed the pandemic has seen a massive increase of it that is more likely than not to sustain in some fashion going forward – and accordingly the writer feels the following piece is still reflective of the foundational trends we’ve seen in this space in recent years, and shall continue too in years ahead. It is just also prudent for this writer to confirm his view the coronavirus pandemic has indeed fundamentally altered this dynamic, and the precise way in which these trends play out going forward. Ed.


“Remote Work: a role that allows you to
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What Does GoPro’s Decline and Kodak’s Comeback Mean for the Future of Video?



January saw two particularly big stories in the world of cameras. Stories that would have been laughable just a few short years ago. The details of the stories is where the real significance comes in, but in just one sentence the stories at are their most scintillating.

This month GoPro announced plans to cut 20 percent of its workforce on January 8, as Kodak stock rose 147 per cent on January 9. Talk about your plot twists, eh?

Now, let’s be clear. The stories are not directly related to one another. Sure, the folks at GoPro may have thought till recently that Kodak were old dinosaurs. And OK, they may still be a veteran or two at Kodak who is still marveling at the Super 8, unsure what this GoPro fuss is.

Nonetheless, beyond the headlines these stories are related, and do speak to deeper trends. Let’s look at these a little more now.

Goodbye GoPro?

Like what Tesla is to electric cars, GoPro has been to the camera industry. A name not only for a particular product, but a buzzword for the action camera industry as a whole. For years since its establishment in 2002, GoPro was Click to continue reading

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The Biggest Week in Australian Journalism History? 3 Stories that Tested Principles of Privacy, ‘Off the Record’ and Defamation

Disclaimer: The following article is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The author urges you to obtain professional advice if you desire legal advice.

By any measure the week prior was a big one for journalism in Australia. Three major stories broke in which the journalists themselves became the story. While Pulitzer Prizes exist for a reason to recognise outstanding journalism, generally speaking, notable episodes prior have shown it is not ideal when the journalists themselves become the story.

That’s why the emergence of three major stories in one week has been so notable. Each one independent of the other, but sharing in common a controversy surrounding whether the stories were ‘fair and free’ in their publication, or instead crossed the bounds of good practice.

Let’s look now at them one by one, see whether the ‘old rules’ of journalism still apply, and what lessons emerge that new and upcoming journalists may glean from them.


Mia Freedman, Mammamia, and Roxane Gay


The Issue: Most Australian shall recognise Mia Freedman’s name. For readers abroad, Mia Freedman is a prominent Australian editor who chiefly presides over the Mamamia empire, while also serving as a media personality … Click to continue reading

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Fake News’s Rise Reinvigorates Subscription Model Debate


Since inception subscription models for newspapers have been a hard sell for many. Sure, there’s the question of quality, of brand loyalty, and even incidental spending – a main masthead in the author’s hometown of Melbourne currently campaigns on subscription for just 50c (USD 38c) a day – but a tough question remains: Why would I buy access to news when I can get it for free?

In seeking to win subscriptions many newspapers now operate on a freemium model. From The Age in Melbourne all the way across the world to The New York Times, many newspapers now give readers a form of free access. This may be 1 article a day (reset every 24 hours), up to 30 articles a month (not reset daily but merely capped at 30), and beyond.

There are those who’ll happily pay for news, or incentivised by the promise of exclusive or bonus content. Yet when online news was free for so long, the idea of subsequently needing to pay for it is something many readers long found unpalatable. But the past year has changed this in a big way.


The Devil is in the Details

Tracing the exact origin of … Click to continue reading

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Ghostwriter Ethics: A Quiet Word on Quiet Work for New Writers

Depending on the sort of company you keep someone hearing you’re a ghostwriter can be met with a variety of responses. Some understand it and know it well off the bat (often other writers). Some have heard of the term but little beyond it. Some even think there’s something sinister about it. Ghostwriting is something of a misunderstood field, and this contributes to the ethics around it.

Yes, ethics. Unless you’re right now in a philosophy department of a university and all set to publish a revelatory thesis – its hard to always make that word sound thrilling. But it is functional. Good ethics can keep you in the clear of trouble, and ethics do indeed apply to being a ghostwriter. For new writers it can be hard to navigate the arena easily with so many unwritten rules.

So, rather than this being any sort of ghostwriter’s public confession (for this writer is bound by ethics and confidentiality agreements) it is instead a outline of a couple of important conventions for those new to the field. May it help a new writer start their career, and avoid the pitfalls throughout.

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Melbourne and 3 Cities to Hail Under Rain


If you’re living there right now, or just checking the forecast you’ll know the world’s most liveable city has been in a springtime snafu of rainy weather. Although September should mean to be the start of warmer weather and a preview of summer, the past few days have seen far more people tempted to pack a snowboard over a surfboard for a weekend away.

It should not be news weather can have a big impact on a city and region. This does not just apply to train delays, lost productivity in the workplace (as many may be inclined to stay under the covers and call in sick on a torrential day), but also to the positive effect of good weather on a locale.

With its eternally sunny climes – getting on average 293 days of sunshine in the city compared to New York’s 234 – Los Angeles long lingered as a natural choice to setup shop a century ago as the American capital of film making. Further south you’ve got a city like San Diego, heralded as having one of the greatest climates in the world, and accordingly a hub for many startups, eateries, and sports businesses who’ve Click to continue reading

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