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Acer Aspire VX 15 Gaming Laptop

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Enter key shape, slim vs fat 〔image source https://deskthority.net/wiki/Return_key

Keyboard: What's the Most Efficient Layout for Numbers? (updated)

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Cherry POS keyboard

Cherry POS keyboard (point of sale, swiping credit card) and other weird keyboards at http://batchout.blogspot.com/2017/06/midi-grid-keyboards.html

The layout is maltron layout.

See also:

mouse double click problem, an implicit collusion?

my Logitech G600 Mouse, the pinky button is now doing double clicks.

Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse Review

i think there's implicit collusion among mouse makers, that lets mouse buttons do double click after a year or two.

Touch-Typing, a Relic of Keyboard Design?

Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries: A Self-Care Program

for those with hand pains with typing, found this highly rated book

Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries: A Self-Care Program By Sharon J Butler. At Buy at amazon

The Split Keyboard: An Ergonomics Success Story

Great article, survey and summarize research on keyboard ergonomics. 〔The Split Keyboard: An Ergonomics Success Story by David Rempel, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California. split_keyboard__david_Rempel_2008_HF.pdf

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keyboardio M1 2017-06-13 left side 〔image source

Keyboardio Keyboard Review

Plum Keyboard

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xah typing speed 2017-06-09

this is about my best. 90 wpm. try at http://typing-speed-test.aoeu.eu/?lang=en

for tutorials etc, see Typing Habits, Repetitive Strain Injury ⌨

Mac Keyboard Viewer and Unicode (major update)

Never Buy Razer or Das keyboards

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Razer Orbweaver Keypad
(major update)

Never buy Razer products. They market to ignorant gamers, with price twice as is worth. This is similar to Das, marketing to ignorant programers, whereas cheaper and better keyboards are widely available in gaming community.

the thing is, you'll get gamer or coder idiots huffy and puffy defending their ignorance.

Esrille New Keyboard Review (updated)

logitech m570 trackball protective travel case

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Buy at amazon

I don't unstand, what kinda people would buy this? would you?

Matias Mini Tactile Pro Keyboard (updated. this one is a lemon)

Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory

Logitech Trackman Stationary Mouse

that's currently on amazon, $150.

Buy Logitech Trackman Precision Stationary mouse

I presume it's brand new. Grab it, and i think you could sell twice that.

found “k9 crystal” balls for trackball replacement. see Trackball Ball Sizes and Replacement

Logitech DiNova Edge Keyboard

Diverge 3 Keyboard (added gorgeous photos)

Water Resistant Mechanical Keyboard and backlit!

Logitech G610 Orion Brown Keyboard

new keyboards from Corsair Corsair Keyboards. Corsair keyboards now have the cloud problem. On linux, it becomes a brick.

Cahill Electric Typewriter

Contour Roller Mouse (updated)

Ergonomic / Vertical Mouse (updated)

Smith Premier Typewriter

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Apple Adjustable Keyboard 1993

Evolution of Laptop Keyboards, No More Page Up/Down Keys! (complete rewrite.)

IBM Model M keyboard, Unicomp (new photo of Model M2)

Best Numeric Keypads (updated, and added a new backlit one)

Microsoft Natural Keyboard (Major update. New photos.)

Programable Keypads (new one, 8 keys)

AutoHotkey Tutorial (minor update)

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Max Keyboard Universal Cherry Translucent keycaps set

Where to Buy Keycaps (new page)

What's the Use of Function Keys F1 F2…? (major update)

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LY092 Mini Keyboard, single hand keypad. Choice of Cherry MX switch. Buy at amazon

LY092 Mini Keyboard

Myth of QWERTY vs Dvorak Layout (major extension, with pictures and book reference.)

Hammond Typewriter

Caligraph Typewriter

my article hit hackernews. yay. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14367207

the article is History of Emacs and vi Keys

thanks to whoever submitted.

Typewriter Spacebar History

Xah Keyboard (minor update)

Character Frequency Counter (updated. the origin of “E T A O I N”)

Logitech Wave Keyboard (minor update. new photos.)

Tiny Space Bar on Japanese Keyboards (minor update)

finger length: index vs ring

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finger length index vs ring

note: check your right hand too.

vote at https://twitter.com/xah_lee/status/864974562751946752

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finger length index vs ring, poll result.

just noticed today, my left hand, the ring finger is longer, but same on my right hand.

Optimus Popularis Keyboard. The Optimus keyboard, seems unreliable as mass product. They are way expensive and not on market for long.

LCD screens keypad

just discovered this on amazon.

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Elgato Stream Deck keypad

each key is a LCD screen. And not very expensive!

Elgato Stream Deck keypad

ergodox QMK firmware vs keyboard.io Kaleidoscope

For those ergodox fans, this is informative:



algernone wrote on 2017-05-16

There are a few things QMK is better at: stability, community knowledge, available keymaps. On the other hand, Kaleidoscope brings a few things too, which QMK does not have:

• Instead of a monolithic codebase, Kaleidoscope is a very small core, with lots of plugins. This is easier to extend, and easier to puzzle the pieces YOU need together.

• Some of the features shared by both are more flexible in Kaleidoscope:

  • One-shots can be chained, so you can do Alt, Ctrl, X, instead of Alt+Ctrl+X.
  • Tap-dance is a lot easier to work with.
  • You can have more than one Leader key.
  • Macros can have parts that work while the keyboard is idle.
  • MouseKeys are easier to tweak (including at runtime).

• There are features that QMK does not have:

  • Bi-directional communication with the host, which allows all kinds of reconfiguration, without compiling or flashing new firmware.
  • Magic combos.
  • A lot of LED effects.

A lot of stuff is doable with QMK, but the Kaleidoscope architecture is a lot easier to work with. And the bi-directional communication is something that QMK lacks, and is the biggest deal.

There are some other niceties, like being able to emulate an absolute mouse, meaning you can position the mouse to specific parts of the screen, no matter where the cursor has been before. Combined with the usual mouse keys, this is a very powerful way to control the rodent.

keyboard.io Model 01 latest update with photo


much delayed, but always solid progress.

one really nice thing happening is that they created a open source firmware Kaleidoscope https://github.com/keyboardio/Kaleidoscope and the GUI Chryslis https://github.com/algernon/Chrysalis

that's beyond any current firmware's capabilities in any gaming/programable keyboard/keypad, as far as i know.

reddit discussion https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/6bbz4g/keyboardio_latest_updateprototype/

Keyboard Articles Index (439 articles)

King's Assembly mouse keyboard, fraud

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Kings Assembly mouse keyboard. $239k funded. After 3 years, no product, no update.

see https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/6alrnu/status_of_the_kings_assembly_mouse_keyboard/

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〔image source https://twitter.com/OAK_ATOK/status/731356934234734592〕 More photos at http://blog.livedoor.jp/zte03212-kazu/archives/281630.html
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contour mouse

Kinesis Keyboard Key Remap/Macro/Layout How-To

updated. You can set a thumb key to toggle the number pad. Or, hold it as shift for number pad.

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Apple KeyboardApple Bandai Pippin ControllerNeXT Keyboard 〔image source https://twitter.com/pluis9/status/861569094260215812

〔►see Apple Bandai Pippin Controller

〔►see NeXT Keyboard

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Russian Keyboard Layout (new photo)

Rei Ayanami  Evangelian 51688 s

Mistel Barocco Split Keyboard (new photos)

German Keyboard Layout

Kinesis Keyboard Gallery (new photo)

Russian Keyboard Layout

Dactyl keyboard (new glorious photo added)

French Letter Frequency and Keyboard Layout

Character Frequency Counter

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