|Re: [WP34S] Cheap Overlay Solution Courtesy of Kinkos|
Message #5 Posted by Les Wright on 28 Nov 2011, 1:50 p.m.,
in response to message #3 by Alexander Oestert
hpnut, I went for function rather than form as an interim measure. I am actually amazed at how good it actually works--the printing is clear and the keys move fine under the paper. Just fine for now. I appreciate the aesthetics of a beautiful HP as much as anyone here, and I know this arrangement is not a looker.
Alexander, I do admit I went a little into overkill with the Kinko's print order. I had them print up 8 at under 90 cents a page with 4 overlay images per 8.5x11 page. I will likely not use all of them. I could've done fine with two or three pages to tide me over. But, c'est la vie--I have wasted nickels and dimes on far dumber things.
That said, Eric's overlays are not really going to be a saving for me. I understand that it can be challenging to get them on just so without mucking them up, so I plan to order three--one to use, one in case I spoil the first one, one for backup if the first gets stained or worn or whatever. That's $15, not $6. Still worth it. That's a week's coffee money for me.
As far as, the various expenditures regarding the wp34s, I have not hesitated to throw a few extra bucks at it. I got the 30b for the nicer key touch. I gave Gene 20 bucks for the cable to support the cause even though he wants only 10. I spent a little extra, 25 bucks, on the FTDI USB-serial controller recommended by Eric, since I wanted something proven to work and I didn't want to waste time on cheaper options. I haven't donated yet to the wp34s project per se, but should get on that. All told, I have spent far less on this excellent device and the accoutrement than I have on some vintage collectables that I just had to have at the time but now don't use much. In this context, a few bucks at Kinko pending Eric's release of a v. 3 overlay is peanuts in comparison.
Edited: 28 Nov 2011, 1:52 p.m.