Miscellany: The Bridge is Complete

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  1. What’s that thing you’ve got your flightstick on? Could use one of those for myself – at the moment I just push the keyboard & mouse to one side, which makes using commands still bound to the keyboard somewhat awkward.

    • Brian Rubin says:

      It’s called a H.O.T.A.S.S. (yes, get your giggling out of the way) which stands for Hands on Throttle and Stick Support. Sadly it’s been discontinued for years. I’ve had mine for 15. There is a similar device made of piping I believe rather than wood but the name escapes me at the moment.

      • Nack says:

        With a joystick on your hotass, the jokes write themselves.

      • Drake McLeod says:

        Yeah that is a nice setup for your H.O.T.A.S., I dug up an old link to their site on the Wayback Machine (a.k.a. archive.org/web/) and was surprised how reasonable the pricing was ($99). Typically anything related to hardcore flight/space simulation accessories are overpriced due to the niche audience.

        • Brian Rubin says:

          Yeah, the thing was surprisingly affordable and awesome (it’s made of oak, I believe, so it’s really tough). Sadly it was created on the tail end of sims’ popularity (though of course no one knew that at the time), so it came to market a few years too late to really make an impact. Damned shame it didn’t take off because it’s an amazing piece of kit.

  2. Moonrogue says:

    It’s true, I have been extremely patient!

  3. Nack says:

    IBM type M keyboard, from the looks of it? I approve.

    Unicomp took over the type-m factory and still makes buckling spring keyboards. They don’t have quite as much heft as the old IBM ones (the steel plate is thinner), but they’re still solid and clicky. But now they have 104 keys, come in black with gray keys, and do USB.

    http://pckeyboard.com/page/UKBD/UB4044A

    • Brian Rubin says:

      Hah, I know, I bought their Mac-specific keyboard because my Model Ms didn’t have the right keys for this thing. This keyboard isn’t as hefty as the classic Model Ms (which I have three, by the by, including the one on my desk), but it’s so much better to type on than any of the Mac-based crap they tried to get me to use previously.

  4. Sledge Hammer says:

    Why do you waste so much precious space on your tiny desk with that huge PC tower?

  5. I would be more concerned about the height/placing of the monitor vs. your eyes :) I would put it a tad higher, unless you are a hobbit (which you are not, from the few photos I have seen)…

    • Brian Rubin says:

      Higher? Really? It seems fine to me but I’ll give it a shot. Thanks!

      And no, not a hobbit. ;)

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