You know what I'm talking about. You see a laptop at Best Buy, and you think to yourself, "Hey, that's a laptop, I know about those." BUT. You gotta test it out first, to be sure about the quality. Laptop keyboards can be surprisingly terrible. Just astonishingly terrible. So you must type something. And you don't really want to think too hard about content just now, because you're trying to think about what your fingers are feeling, not about what you want to say.
Here's my go-to phrase:
hello my name is paul
Also sometimes I type
hey hey hey, or the occasional tasteful
I asked some of the other editors at The Verge about their own Best Buy habits, here's what they said. I'm posting them in the order I received them, so as to not show favoritism.
Testing the keyboard.
hello my name is james vincent nice to meet you
hi my name is andrew
Sean O'Kane says, "I used to do something like that but now i do like, free-writing." Cool Sean, very creative.
the sky outside the port was the color of television
the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
hey whats up
Russell Brandom also does stream of consciousness.
i am testing this keyboard
yo wutup laptop
nilay patel is the best
where is my money, bitch
In the same spirit of fairness, I'm not going to make any comments on my colleagues' chosen phrases. Obviously this is a personal, private thing. Also, obviously, Adi's Neuromancer quote is the best and the rest of us should be ashamed. And Vlad would like to clarify that he's quoting Breaking Bad, not just being horrible.
So, what's yours?