Miscellaneous

Best Wireless Keyboard: The Logitech K340 Wireless Keyboard Review

I was using the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard for a while with my Thinkpad (running Windows 7), but I soon found it inadequate. The keys were mismatched, and I had to use software to match up the keys to what I want to achieve in Windows, i.e. home, end, delete, alt-tab. Also, since I got a Logitech Anywhere MX mouse with unifying technology, I decided that I should get a keyboard that uses the same unifying technology so that I don’t have to use 2 wireless receivers.

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After searching around, I found that the Logitech K340 seemed to fit my needs. I bought it off Amazon, and it came a few days after. When you take the keyboard out of the box, the first thing you’ll probably notice is that behind the keys is a red “background”. Typically, this would be black on most keyboards. The red matches the red used on the highlights on the keys. If you’re familiar with notebooks, this is the same thing – you can press the FN key and some keys have extra functionality like media functions, search, power off, etc. I like red and black, so I loved how the K340 used those colors.

Coming from an Apple keyboard with the chiclet keys though, the Logitech K340’s keys felt softer in comparison. It’s not a bad thing though, just different, and I soon found myself getting used to it. The sound that it makes is very soft as well, so that’s a good point.

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The next thing that I noticed is that the low profile of the keyboard isn’t changeable. You don’t have keyboard “legs” that you can flip up to increase the elevation of the keyboard. That’s fine with me though, because I like the low profile and the comfort that it gives. Normally, the elevated keyboard forces your hands to arch back a little, which makes it uncomfortable for prolonged typing.

The great thing about this keyboard that I especially love is the key placement – for the Ctrl, Windows, and Alt keys, they’re in the exact same spot as my Thinkpad T410s! That makes typing a lot easier because I don’t have to memorize 2 different key layouts when I switch between my notebook and my external keyboard.


Battery life is awesome, especially compared to a bluetooth keyboard. The rated life is in months instead of weeks for a bluetooth keyboard! The Logitech K340 keyboard also comes with a on/off switch, which is useful when you need to leave for trips or for any extended period of time. The good thing about this keyboard is that it uses 2 AA batteries, which is great because my previous Apple keyboard uses 3 AA batteries.

If you’re in the market for a good, reliable, and responsive wireless keyboard, then the Logitech K340 would be it. The price point makes it very affordable, the build quality is excellent, and the keyboard gives you the full range of keys in a comfortable, compact layout. I’ve been using it already for more than a week, and I love how the keyboard feels. Get the Logitech Wireless Keyboard K340 from Amazon for the lowest price, and they’ll even throw in free shipping!

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Miscellaneous

How To Find Out What Network Adapter You Have

I run a virtualised copy of Windows XP with VirtualBox, and one thing that I couldn’t get running was the network adapter, or ethernet controller. There’s a free Windows program that helps you with this problem though: Everest. Download and install Everest, and it should tell you the manufacturer and model number of your card (or anything about your computer’s specifications for that matter). Now just go to the manufacturer’s website and get the right driver for your system!

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Miscellaneous

How To Batch Unzip A Series of Sequential Zip Files In Mac OSX

I recently got a bunch of zip files, some sequential (X1.zip, X2.zip, etc), and others not. The thing is, they number in the hundreds, and most contain RAR files within them, and simply extracting each one won’t do. I had to find an automated way to unzip all the zip files, and the utility that i usually use (BetterZip) didn’t seem to help.

Finally after trying a few methods (including the unzip command in Terminal), I found this method that was relatively straightforward and quick. In the folder that contained all the zip files that I wanted of a particular series, I would select all of them, and open them in Finder. This will execute the default Archiver unextract command, and you’ll have a bunch of folders now, which will each contain the contents of their individual zip files.

In that Finder window, search for “.rar” and you’ll see the list of RAR files that you’ve extracted. Now select all of them, and copy them to another folder. Now you can extract all of them at once.

That’s it! Hope this helps.

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