Friday, December 02, 2005


Well, I went out yesterday and purchased my first laptop computer. I have never had one before and I am glad I did it. I bought it in the US because if I had waited until I got to Germany I would have ended up with a German keyboard and I would have never been able to type again. I purchased the Toshiba Satellite M45-S269. I will now be able blog while drinking a beer or coffee in the cafe. It's going to be great! Have a nice weekend everyone!


Blogger Haddock said...

German keyboard is not too different. I use English at home, American & German at work.

I presume you know in Germany the mains Electricity is 220v 50 HZ as opposed to 110V 60HZ in USA. Check if you laptop AC/DC converter can handle that.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Sparky said...

If not, you can go to any store and buy a generic converter that will take both 110 and 220/230 (actually voltage is usually up to 230 here, even though it is nominally 220)

12:23 PM  
Blogger jen said...

My laptop has a german keyboard. I'm totally screwed. Yes, I've gotten used to it and i get to do fun stuff with Umlauts, but I don't type as fast as I used to and when on autopilot, all the "y"s are "z"s. Oh, and I can no longer use an american keyboard.

2:18 PM  
Blogger christina said...

I barely typed anything until we got a computer in 1998 (late bloomers) so I actually learned to type fast on a German keyboard first, but I also have no problem typing in English on it. It just takes getting used to.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

i know exactly what you mean. however, after 6 years of living in germany, i am used to typing with x and y exchanged.

7:05 PM  
Blogger J said...

I have no problem between switching from my US laptop to the German keyboard on our school computers. My brain switches by itself depending on what keyboard I'm at.

I'm odd.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I never really found it all too difficult to switch between the two either - from in Switzerland or even France back to English. I got my first lap top in 2001 and I was hooked.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

I find the German keyboard to be a lot better than the American keyboard, especially if you want to insert common European characters like the €uro symbol.

The only major difference is the y and the z, and it usually only takes me about 15-20 minutes to realize which keyboard I'm using when i switch.

5:20 PM  

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