I thought I'd post this little hack along with a question to you all: How do YOU prevent potential damage to the ribbon cable?
Here's what I did just now:
To save a little precious desktop space, I've recently put the tent stand away
and now I'm just using the TSLP flat on the desk. I've done that once, ages ago at work, and found that finger drift was much more pronounced and a big problem, so I put it back on the tent stand and have been keeping it there ever since. Today though, finger drift is oddly no big problem; at least not much more than usual for me
. It's strangely comfortable to write on a totally flat device. I do miss the wrist pads and the angled hands, but I'll keep the tent away for now and see how it goes.
One thing I noticed was that when there's no tent stand (with which I can move the whole device with one hand) I need to use both hands to move the TSLP - one hand for each half - or else the ribbon cable gets flexed in a way that might not be good
in the long run.
To prevent that flexing, I've just made a crude hack using two bits of stiff cardboard cut into a wedge shape
and stapled together on each side of the ribbon. A piece of tape on the underside keeps it in place. This hack seems to be very effective. It completely removes any wiggle room between the two halves, which is just what I wanted. It does introduce a new change though: It's now difficult to pick up the TSLP without putting a pulling
tension on the ribbon cable. Luckily I never pick it up so it doesn't matter, but it's worth noting anyway. Yes I know it's not symmetrical. I said it was a quick hack.
While using the tent stand, I have often been a little annoyed that the TSLP is sliding around just a little bit; enough for me to develop a tiny nervous habit of realigning the TSLP on the stand every now and then. I've considered simply fastening both halves on the stand using a small piece of double-sided tape
in each of the eight corners, but I never did. I'd be interested in hearing your ideas about this!