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Mouse with Spin Wheel
major update

tob macro pad 2021-02-25
tob macro pad 2021-02-25 http://there.oughta.be/a/macro-keyboard



Apple Standard Keyboard M0116, 1987

Why You Need 10 Buttons Mouse

Why Programable Keyboards Are Better Than Software Key Remap
on a page of its own.


Keyboard Latency

Design of Computer Keyboard ⌨

Xah's Display, 2021
f77 compact model f keyboard 2020-11 XFmpg-s250
Modern Model F Keyboard
Heartbeat Watch

Logitech G502 Mouse minor update

looks like the dpi war winner is currently logitech. What's Mouse DPI? Does DPI Matter?

mouse with keyboard keys 2020-05-22 w6238
Mouse with Mechanical Key Switches

new linux key tool: ydotool. Linux: Keyboard Software Guide

research. and put to a index page
SHARP MZ-700 PC, Year 1982
research on listm . and put listm to a index page
Xerox 1108/1109 Lisp Keyboard
LISPM Keyboard

Arrow Keys

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts Tutorial
new index.

AutoHotkey Tutorial

Dygma Raise

Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 2019
stiff spacebar problem.

Signum keyboard
Best HiFi Speakers

one thing annoying about Windows 10 is that, a keyboard shortcut does not always work, due to focus widget. For example, in folder view Explorer, Ctrl+w can close a window, but if you have pressed Tab or Alt+h before so that your focus is on navigation pane or the ribbon bar, then it won't work.

lime40 keyboard qjd4d-s289x217

new photos and video.

ergo chopsticks keyboard

X No Chord Keyboard
minor update, repost

What's Mouse DPI? Does DPI Matter?
minor update, repost

Do It Yourself big trackball with gyro sensor mechanism

The ball is the trackball
Jan 27, 2021
Jacek Fedoryński
The ball is a standalone Bluetooth mouse. All the electronics are inside the ball. The keyboard is a separate USB device that is only used for mouse clicks.
[Bluetooth trackball Mark II By Jacek Fedoryński. At https://blog.jfedor.org/2021/01/bluetooth-trackball-mark-ii.html ]
Logitech G604 Mouse

Elecom DEFT Pro Trackball

Drawing Software Krita so pretty.

updated many photos in Trackball Reviews.
basically, replacing those professional photos by real-life photos. I always prefer real life photos. Professional photos looks fake.

Best Computer Desk

windows key shortcuts for maximize window is annoying

There is no key to max window. F11 does toggle fullscreen, but the concept of fullscreen is annoying, you can't see tabs, and not supported by all apps. Fullscreen is useful only about watching movies or games. It's a idea of 90s when dislay are small.

Then, there are max window idea. It's not a toggle. You have to max then restore. Then there's minimize window idea, which is completely different, more like hiding current window.

then, the keys for max/restor/min window adds to the helpless situation. First of all, there are multiple keys doing the same.

Max window size.
Minimize (hide) window
“restore” window size.
❖ Window+
Max window size.
❖ Window+
Restore window size if it's maxed, else, minimize (hide)

No single key to toggle max window. You have to use brain cycle then decide on the rigt key.

worse is that, you might think that you'll just settle for ❖ Window+ and ❖ Window+. but if you pressed the latter one more time by mistake, whoops, your window is gone hidden.

Huion hs611 drawing tablet 2Gxjv-s250
Huion HS611 Drawing Tablet

Input Devices

Typing Braille

Input Devices

add to a index page

BeeRaider Keyboard

using programable keypad for mouse click

Now on windows, am using hover activate window , but it doesn't have hover click. So i've been clicking a lot and starting to feel the strain. So, Ultimate Hacking Keyboard comes to the rescue. Programed the key to act as mouse click. See the left side, left hand fist sit on the click.

UHK Agent xah 2021-01-23
UHK Agent xah 2021-01-23


mouse with keyboard keys 2020-05-22 w6238
Mouse with Mechanical Key Switches

mouse finger pain saver. Windows: Mouse Hover to Activate Window

NEC PC-8801-KI Keyboard (1983)
added a video.

Microsoft surface tablet charger

My Microsoft surface tablet charger broke. Cable bend damage at the magnetic connector. This cable should be replaceable but is merged into the charging brick, i suppose on purpose, so that if it broke, one has to buy the whole thing. Fuck these commercial corps. (Apple is worst)

amazon xah 1999 2021-01-17 53Kyh
amazon xah 1999

See also Microsoft Surface Pro 4, 2015

MSI Vigor GK30 keyboard

photos of my new computer and monitor

Xah Gaming Computer

Drawing Tablet
This thing now works fantastically in Windows. Sucks on the Mac. Now you can use this instead of the mouse. It is because Microsoft Windows support touch screen, Mac doesn't. So you can use a drawing tablet as mouse on Windows.


moonlander keyboard 2020-08-13 WvrMJ-s250
Moonlander 72

added photos.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
minor update

ALPS Switch
Logitech Trackman Marble Review

Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard with silent red switch

Bought a new Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard with Silent Cherry MX Red switches. My old one is cherry mx brown switch. Love the new one. Gonna sell my old. See pic at the link.

Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard Review

why i bought another same? i talked about this many times. in my Xah Talk Show 📺 and in Xah Emacs Blog and here.

Basically, if you have Repetitive Strain Injury, you want light linear switch. I'd say cherry mx red or blue are good. Anything above 45g activation is no good.

also updated:

Keyboard Layout Stagger vs Angled Grid Layout

Logitech G815/G915, Kailh Choc Switch

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Logitech G815/G915

minor updates. The logitech gl switch are just Kailh Choc Switch .

HAVIT thin keyboard 7a497-s249x251

Fujitsu KBPC E, Ergosplit Keyboard
minor update

Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory
minor update

I need to upgrade my machine. I need to upgrade my 2014 mac mini. Which should i buy?.

my basic needs:

currently looking at:


Why I'm Switching from Mac to Windows

Ultimate Hacking Keyboard version 2 is out. see Ultimate Hacking Keyboard

Xah's Display, 2021

Wooden Keyboard
minor update

There is a way to type i think 200 wpm by a shorthand system. And that's not the planck plover faak. Planck Keyboard. But a shorthand system designed for typing. There are many shorthand system designed before, but they are designed for hand writing.

write a essay about this. list and summarize all past shorthand systems, and phonetic systems. and show my abbrev system. also look into basic English, its vocabulary. identify the most common words. also identify the most comment parts of words. remember, phonetic system is a key. try to use that.

currently reworking my JavaScript app for plotting keyboard layout and character frequency

Typing Multi Layouts
minor update

Logitech Trackman Portable Mouse Trackball

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
update. Screenshot using terminal. And best way to copy file path on Mac.

Keyboard Layout, Is Inverted Number Row Better?
minor update

Moonlander Keyboard
added reason about inward thumb bend.

Why Function Keys Are Useful
added a video.

What's the Most Efficient Keyboard Layout?
minor update.

Dvorak vs Programer's Dvorak
minor update.

Keyboard Hardware Dvorak vs Software Dvorak

Japanese Keyboard Layouts minor update.

history. Microsoft revolutionized the keyboard scene in 1994. Microsoft Natural Keyboard. updated.

Review of Microsoft sculpt keyboard and story of my Repetitive Strain Injury
clips from Xah Talk Show 2020-12-02 emacs Sentence Lines, my RSI, Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard, Function Keys

Function Key vs Key Chord, Which is Healthier, Which is Faster?

Efficient Layout for Numbers
minor update

never buy keyboard with function keys in a continuous row

Why Function Keys Are Useful

minor updates.

Mistel Barocco Split Keyboard now has wireless bluetooth!

Gergo Keyboard more photo of gergo.

TRON Keyboard
new photo

good compact wireless ergo keyboard

Gonna buy this. Need wireless. No other good alternative. I need it for use with Microsoft Surface Pro.

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Microsoft Sculpt

The alternative is either keychron or niz plum. Keychron not too expensive but not ergo. Or i really want niz plum but too expensive. Plus, they not ergo.

Keychron K1 9VsCw-s250
Keychron K2
niz plum 84 gR8Jj-s250
Niz Plum

Faak. My Gergo Keyboard broke. Now back to X-Bows Keyboard, for use when in bed typing on my Microsoft Surface Pro 4, 2015

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gergo random type 2020-11-25

It happened about twice before, gergo would start to type random by itself. Unplug and replug solved the problem. Today it happened again. But i unplugged the keyboard side instead. After replug, it doesn't work. Repeat replug still the case. When holding a key on the right side, it would then type a string about 20 or so repetition of the key. And i realized, if i unplug the cable that connect them, the right side works fine. .

end of the ergonomic keyboard evolution

I think the ergonomic evolution, began in 2013 by Truly Ergonomic then Ergodox in DIY, with onset of 3d printing and mech keyswitch craze, is over. There is not much new that haven't been explored.

massive key switch master

Max Keyboard All in One Mechanical Keyswitch Tester with Labeled PBT Keycaps Buy at amazon

See also: Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms


VicTsing Pioneer mouse 2020-11 cb8C3-s250
VicTsing Pioneer Mouse

Tangent Ripple Grading Panel
someone bought this.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
minor update

Evoluent Vertical Mouse minor update.

Microsoft PowerToys

Windows Keyboard Software Guide

Perixx came out with many colorful 34 mm balls for trackball. Trackball Ball Sizes and Replacement

Kensington Orbit Fusion Trackball NhHXn2-s250
Kensington Orbit Fusion

amazon goodies.

Top Chi Solid Copper Baoding Balls Vks8J-s400
Top Chi Solid Copper Baoding Balls, 1.5 Inch Buy at amazon

see How to Avoid Emacs Pinky

and added protective case to:

Dumang DK6  jamesni 2020-10-23 zVFC7-s2000-s250
Dumang Dk6 Keyboard

more photo and review.

Dumang DK6 Keyboard
added a comment

Sonder Keyboard, 5 years, seems still no product. added video

Varmilo EC Switch c7Mpk-s250
Varmilo EC Switch

minor update.

you buy! Sennheiser HD 820 Headphone Buy at amazon

Corne/Jorne Keyboard

Backspace Key: Key Label's Influence on Key Purpose
minor update

Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard
added a type 7 photo.

Xah Talk Show 2020-09-27 best programable keypad, unix config files, why JavaScript property sucks

minor updates.

Programable Keypad

Univac F-1355-00 Keyboard, 1971
added a video.

keyboard hand iron balls 2020-09-21 zpS88-s900-s250
RSI Hand Exercise Toys

French Letter Frequency, updated.

Xah Talk Show 2020-09-20 Keyboard Layouts, QWERTY Dvorak Colemak, Why PHP is Better Than JavaScript

todo, work on JavaScript to make the interactive char counter app to also show keyboard heatmap.

Major update. Write JavaScript + SVG for all keyboard layout diagrams. Still have lots improvements to do.

xah talk show 2020-09-14, programable keyboard, keyboard input tools for image/video editing

what is this?

geeksocial switch opener shN6X
geeksocial switch opener Buy at amazon
Loupedeck Console 2021-02-s250
Loupedeck Photo Editing Console

Arrow Keys added several more photos.

review, updated, repost.

Xah Talk Show 2020-09-03, Evolution of Laptop Keyboards

lol, someone bought this. 100 dollars. Was 20 back in 2003

ms comfort curve keyboard 2000 2020-09-03 TX4mB
Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000

Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000

microsoft surface book keyboard 2016 58947-s250
Microsoft Surface Book Keyboard
Macbook Pro 2015 keyboard 11256-s250
thinkpad 360PE keyboard 42810-s250
Thinkpad Keyboard

Logitech G604 Mouse added optimal setup for web browsing.

Xah Keyboard Blog Archive

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