12 March 2008

Of Table, Posture And Keyboard Of Blogging

Of recent weeks, I have had several blog entries, which to me were serious and important pieces of a more sombre nature. From Chrissy to Private vs Public Funds to Mr Chiam See Tong's stroke. I supposed as long as it requires a little bit of thinking and drafting, blogging it take a bit more effort than normal.

Heck, even this entry is considered one of them sit-down-and-think blogs.

The table. I must have a table to place my laptop and a chair for me to sit in order to pound out the entries quickly. I realised I also need to sit up in order to blog fast. Right now, I have my laptop on a Laptop Caddy (see left) where the leg tucks nicely under the bed so as to allow the desk to overhang above my lap. I am sitting on my bed leaning against the headboard. Well, let's just say that I am struggling to type even as we speak.

Ironically, that this is a sit-down-and-think entry, I needed to sit up straight to churn out the words. Come to think of it, this is my only and most comfortable position to use a laptop. I can't imagine how some of my friends are able to lie flat on their stomachs on the bed and propping their upper bodies with just their elbows for hours on end. Sorry. Not me, can't do it.

Also, speaking of laptops, I have been using laptops for more than 10 years already, the first being the Toshiba Tecra handed down by my ex-boss to my present IBM Thinkpad X41 Tablet. Ever since then, it's the relatively smaller keyboards for me till this very day. I still do from time to time use a regular PC keyboard when I do stuff off my servers but I realised I can't type as fast nor as accurate as the keys due to the larger keyboard, are further spaced apart. Oh, and I don't use the keypad on the right.

What about you guys?

Image Credit:

- Voxeros

1. msvindicta left...
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 12:01 am ::
i use a laptop all the time too. and you have a laptop caddy! so cool, it's like the one they put meals on at the hospital, right?

2. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 12:11 am :: 
msvindicta: Yup, the laptop caddy works like those hospital tables. One of the good thing about being in the furniture business in Spitland. You have access to all these for free (samples).

3. sunflower left...
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 8:54 am
I find blogging need a lot of time and effort.
Even you can type fast and accurate, you need time to structure and arrange (if got any pics) before you can bring in your dish.
Thus, making yourself comfortable is very impt.

4. Mistress Grace left...
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 9:21 am
Feels like in the hospital... hahahahah where is the bed pan??

5. Eddy left...
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 9:49 am
I want one! Then can have breakfast in bed.
I also must sit up and type while blogging one. Only thing, I can't use the laptop keyboard. Too small for me.

6. aloe left...
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 10:13 am ::
I want the laptop caddy!! sickening.... :( mine's jus a laptop table (small one with wheels and height adjustable, not pc table) and it was the only one I can find in the furniture shops I went to. sigh... I can type lying front down on the bed lah. But it's not a comfortable position to be maintained for long. It's a position only for watching Teevee... heheh!! And so, yes, I need a proper chair to do any work. =)

7. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 2:35 pm :: 
sunflower: For me, I draft my blog in my head and so I don't need to sit down to blog from scratch. Usually, I have an inkling what I wanted to type the moment I sit down. But I agree to the part where you do spend a bit of time trying to find the perfect picture to go with your entry.

Mistress Grace: Say "ahhhhhhhhhhhhh".

Eddy & Aloe:' One place I can suggest is Ikea's foldable breakfast-in-bed tray table where you put it across your lap. The table top has a hinge for you to prop the table up at a more ergonomic angle. The foldable legs allow you to easily stow it flat under the bed when not in use.

8. sunflower left...
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 9:28 pm
Alamak, Jay... they hinted u to get one for them and u suggested another alternative... u siam very fast leh :S

9. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 11:50 pm :: 
sunflower: You dun pichar my lobang can? Besides, these things weigh quite a bit. How to bring back?

10. merryfeet left...
Thursday, 13 March 2008 12:39 am
I've been looking for one all over Singapore for over a year! And you get to get this for free.

11. Gary left...
Thursday, 13 March 2008 12:40 am
sell it to them lah.. charge them for the postal charges.. hur hur hur..

12. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 13 March 2008 9:32 am :: 
merryfeet: I don't think this feature is available in Singapore due to the size of the Singapore market, or rather the lack of. Which is why I recommend the Ikea breakfast in bed tray which I do know for a fact is available since I have 2 of them myself. The first was made of wood and is much better than the current plastic one that they currently have.

Gary: The thing may looked small but it weighs quite a bit. The freight charges would be exorbitant and even more than the product itself.

13. merryfeet left...
Thursday, 13 March 2008 4:38 pm
yeah, I was contemplating that for some time. But. the tray legs will make the bed dirty, and being a klutz, i foresee myself toppling the tray if i put it over my lap. lol.
Hence, i have been thinking of gathering materials and building a caddy for myself. Art project number one for the upcoming summer holidays!

14. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 13 March 2008 8:00 pm :: 
merryfeet: If you build it. I would like to see it!

15. sunflower left...
Saturday, 15 March 2008 1:02 am
hehe.... ship back lor... the most they bear the shipping cost :P

16. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 15 March 2008 12:21 pm :: 
Sunflower: Even ship back also bor hua. You need to get them in bulk like at least 1 container.

17. Karan left...
Friday, 18 July 2008 4:43 pm
Hi Jay, Great to see that you have found a cool laptop caddy. We were closed to buying one from but it cost over US$200 to ship it over to Singapore. :( Guess what, the product is made in Indonesia!! In the meantime, I'm searching high and low for this Indonesia company that exports these laptop caddies. What the cost of shipping the laptop caddy that you bought back to Singapore? Would you know what's the terms like for a container load? I think there is a market for these caddies. ;)

18. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 19 July 2008 3:44 pm :: 
Karan: Hi Karan, welcome to the blog. The laptop caddy typical sells at about USD 149. However, there are cheaper models available at but I dunno how they square up against each other in terms of quality. I supposed since this isn't something that is very high tech, I doubt the difference would be any significant.

My laptop caddy is in Spitland with me and it was a free sample from many many years ago.

There may be a market in Singapore for these items but I am afraid that 1 x 20-footer is as far as you can go which is a volume that I don't any factory here in Ch1na would be interested. Terms these day is probably 30 to 50% deposit and balance due on arrival at port.

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