Stuff Yaron Finds Interesting

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Failing to buy a new keyboard

I love Microsoft’s ergonomic keyboards. I got a Microsoft Natural Keyboard in the 90s and used it until a handful of years ago when it just got so old and grody that I felt it had to be replaced. I replaced it with the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 which I liked even better, especially with its negative incline. But I have had a problem with the semi-colon key no longer hitting properly. I was going to buy a new 4000 but I thought, what the heck, why not get one of the mechanical keyboards? The keyboard on the 4000 is nice but I bottom out when I hit the keys and that can’t be great for my fingers nor is it a very nice feeling. I summarize below what I learned about keyboards and why in the end I couldn’t find the keyboard I really wanted.
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Life and long term disability insurance

I have a wife and a family and in case something happens I need to make sure they are protected. ’Something’ however can range from death (which is relatively easy to plan for) to long term disability (which turned out to be a nightmare to plan for). It is tempting to think that my work insurance is sufficient, but what happens if I ever leave my employer? Who says that my next employer will have as generous insurance offered on as good terms? What if I want to do my own start up? I really don’t want to be out in the insurance market at an older age trying to get life insurance. The same logic applies for disability insurance but times two due to its complexity. So I need to put protection in place now. This article walks through how I did it.
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