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I credit @xah_lee with opening my eyes to the importance of spacebar size and modifier key placement. (It did ruin some otherwise great keyboards for me, e.g., Sun Type-5.) @XBowstech seems to have some original ideas here that also feel like they would be genuinely useful.
from Davor Cubranic (@OddsAndBits) https://twitter.com/OddsAndBits/status/936965933326770176
the article about space bar is Tiny Space Bar on Japanese Keyboards
Microsoft Reviving Intellimouse
just upgrade Mac to “High Sierra”. The dwell feature (autoclick) got screwed. One humongous keyboard panel pops up everytime mouse is moved. Solution: use the panel editor, and create a panel of just 2 buttons, click, and pause, and make it not disappear.
see Mac: Hover to Switch Window (updated for macOS High Sierra)
Is Keyboard Tenting Important? (minor update)
wireless gaming mouse catching on
it seems, wireless gaming mouse is now catching on.
major brands are all making it.
here's logitech's latest, came out in July 2017.
there's also one in bluetooth.
updated, the series:
this just became available on amazon.
the famous IBM Model M keyboard (major update)
Keyboard Firmware (updated)
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added a video by Chyrosran22. Hilarious.
removed comment system on my site
just removed disqus comment on all my sites for now. They are now forcing image ads. And their ads are those low quality sensational types. To opt ad free, would be $10/month. But, comment takes 30min/day to reply, and 95% are garbage. (i have 5 thousand pages on my sites) might add back, we'll see. let me know what you think.
Heavy Metal Apple Keyboards. Weights a brick. literally.
Keybinding Design ⌨ (new index page)
now with tens of photos
patreon answers. what keyboard has macro keys on the side. https://www.patreon.com/messages/1778777
also, tested this out yesterday at meetup. it's excellent!
new photo, of xbows keyboard's double-injection keycap, bottom X-Bows Keyboard Review
Best Way to Type/Insert Parenthesis, Brackets (minor update)
cheap keyboard MantisTek GK2's driver contains a Keylogger and without user permission
MantisTek GK2's Keylogger Is A Warning Against Cheap Gadgets (Updated) http://www.tomshardware.com/news/mantistek-gk2-collects-typed-keys,35850.html
beware of nameless cheap keyboard brands from China.
own the couch!
ask me keyboard questions. At https://www.patreon.com/posts/15199065
Esrille New Keyboard Review (updated. new pic and new info)
Keyboards without Numeric Keypad (updated)
Leopold FC660C keyboard (updated)
San Francisco Bay Area Mechanical Keyboard Meetup, Saturday, November 11th, 2017
I'll be going! Thanks to Andy Lee.
i'll be there probably 10am to afternoon. Exactly i don't know yet. email or twitter me if you want to get in touch.
so far there are 200 people registered. Be sure to register. I think they allow max of 300.
San Francisco Bay Area Mechanical Keyboard Meetup, November 11th, 2017. any going? give me a holler.
I would like to announce that the Bay Area Mechanical Keyboard Meetup 2017 that is organized by the combined forces of Input Club and myself will be held on November 11th, 2017. Andrew@Inputclub (/u/inputclub), Haata@inputclub (/u/triplehaata), and I, have joined forces to create the BEST, Bay Area/NorCal meetup. We would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Yuppie for making this possible. Without Yuppie we would have never been able to secure such an amazing venue. We hope we can see you there.
- At a glance, here are the relevant details:
- Date: November 11th, 2017
- Time: 10am-5pm
- Lunch: Yes
- Nest Headquarters
- 3400 Hillview Ave.
- Palo Alto, CA 94304
- Parking is available
- Transit: Caltrain is a 20 minute walk from California Avenue Station - Also close to the VTA 522 and 22
of ergo keyboards, now i think the correct position for shift is the thumb. keyboardio, esrille, x-bows, did it right.
most quiet mech keyboard are
• romer g switch. e.g.
- Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum Keyboard
- Logitech G910 Orion Keyboard
- Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum Keyboard
hhkb type-s. The Idiocy of Happy Hacking Keyboard
in that order
now there's bluetooth version of Happy Hacking Happy Hacking Keyboard bluetooth
See also: The Idiocy of Happy Hacking Keyboard
best trackball 2017, hit #hackernews. thx to whoever posted it https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15533079
corsair glaive mouse
this mouse is interesting, in that it has what seems deep buttons.
i've been thinking that mouse should have deep buttons as keyboard, because they require less effort to click. (you'd appreciate this line of thought only if you have Repetitive Strain Injury)
i haven't looked into this mouse yet. Need research. But putting it here now.
by the way, on linux, i use hover to activate window. Now on Mac, i use the dwell feature (automatically click when pointer is not moving). So, i basically NEVER do mouse click now. However, the auto click feature has its own issues, that you are prone to click by mistake. But i persisted. Basically, you have to train, carefully, when to move the mouse, and where you can rest the pointer.
logitech's mx master mouse has a new version, “2s”. amazon
new video added, video by the redoubtable keyboard expert Thomas Ran (aka Chyrosran22)
Xah Revenge on reddit/r/MechanicalKeyboards
Xah Revenge on /r/MechanicalKeyboards https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/73zhle/xbows_keyboard_unboxing/dnx695f/
Ok, I see your reason. But let me give alternative view.
Vast majority of people, will never, ever, change keycaps. Now, even mechanical keyboard fans, I'd say, 99% of those who bought mechanical keyboards, will never, ever, change keycap.
who changes keycaps? the people here, which is a very niche group, like, comic book collectors or novelty pen collectors.
and what keyboard that lets you change keycap? not that many! well, vast majority of them are just cherry mx, and 99.99% of those are standard IBM PC flat keyboards. The few exceptions are, ergodox, variations, maltron, truly ergonomics keyboard, and that's almost about it.
This keycap changing love is actually preventing keyboard progress, because by basing on Cherry MX, it prevents the flow of newly designed key switches. For example, Logitch's Romer-g switch, which fixed the cherry mx problem of not able to put led in center thus light leak. But, many will complain, cannot change keycaps!!
as to X-bows design, I disagree with your heavy handed dislike. For example, first consider keyboard innovation. This is very rare. Even in this explosion of ergonomic mechanical keyboard since Truly Ergonomic keyboard about 5 years ago, we have maybe just 1 new design per year, and X-Bows is one of the better ones, and arguably better than ergodox, by introducing back the physical arrow keys and function keys. Let's remember, consider the keyboard user population, I'd say 99% would want physical arrow keys.
and then, stupid center key, huh? there are many keyboard designs, either split, or 1 piece. If we go by one piece and compact, you have this center gap situation. What would you put there? a triangle key? sure, I think that adds 1 key, and might be better. But every cranny of decision we can dislike.
... but let's stand back and look at the broader picture of /r/mechanicalkeyboard/ . Ask an average keyboard user, who suffers the pain of Repetitive Strain Injury, and want ergonomic and mechanical keyboard. What do they think of this forum? Answer: crazy sixteens! But even among us keyboard fans, many of us find it crazy too. You (guys) attack this keyboard, while the dumb of the dumb and the dumbest the Happy Hacking Keyboard and Planck, kept appearing here day after day with stupid shoes!
Character Frequency Counter (updated)
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Google's ngram is not maintained?
looks like Google's ngram is not maintained since 2012. Dead links.
Mac: How to Change Keybinding (major update)
Mouse's 4th and 5th Buttons on MacOS
On macOS, mouse's 4th and 5th buttons by default work as middle click. Interesting. and nice. Middle click to open link in new tab.
though, it'd be better is one of them is Back button by default.
you can set them to do whatever. Use USB Overdrive, see Mac: Key Remapping and Keybinding Tools
Xah Keyboards 2017-09 lots new photos
problem with extensive customization
one problem with extensive customization is that, if you have a machine, OS, or keyboard, and if you haven't used it for a while, you forgot how to operate it. All standard keys and shortcuts are not there, because you removed them for utter efficiency of using the key spots.
the customization may be one or more of the following:
- keyboard firmware key remap. (especially if you don't have proper key labels)
- OS level key remap.
- If you removed default standard OS keys, on Mac or Windows or particular linux desktop.
- Linux window manager (lxde, xfce, tiling windows manager, or other)
also, for each OS, there are diverse mechanism to remap keys. For example, Standard OS mechanisms, using standard keyboard layouts, or using various third-party software tools. (For example, on linux, there's xmodmap, xkb, and different window manager has different ways. Similarly, diverse on macOS or Microsoft Windows.)
what are the situations you would forgot keys? It just happens. Because different keyboard e.g. Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard, Truly Ergonomic Keyboard, and different computers (work, home, laptops), it's common for one of the keyboard or machine you may not have touched for a month or two.
So, one thing i learned is that, when you customize extensively, try not to remove the standard keys that comes with the OS.
as for keyboard, if you can relabel them, that's best. Else, keep a picture of your remapping.
See also: Keyboard Shortcut and Layout Tutorial
Mac Keyboard Viewer and Unicode (updated)
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