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Mouse Weight Comparison

T-34 Layout, the Most Idiotic Layout

Thumb Keyboard Layouts

Mouse Pad for Bed

why not put shift to thumb

DionBridger says:

http://xahlee.info/emacs/misc/xah-fly-keys_kinesis_config.html what is the case for not putting shift keys on the thumb cluster?

thumb keys all used up. but alt layout can be designed... shift key is nasty. i tried to eliminate it or move to thumb, several effort over the years, but end up they stay where they are.

my thinking is that thumb keys are best for modifiers and pinkey keys the worst

yes. but i just haven't came up with a layout that put shift as thumb. one of the issue with modifiers in thumb is that, ideally, u want 2 for each hand. ideally, one should be enough. however, from experience, two is really much more ergonomic. because using the same hand to hold a thumb modifier and pressing another key, is just not comfy. so, that means, for each modifier, they need 2 keyspots in thumb position. this really strain the thumb spots. There's not enough thumb keys. There's control alt win/cmd and shift. because for thumb, for each hand, say right hand, really there are just 2 spots for comfy reach. beyond 2, there'd be some thumb movement. And if that key u need to press very often, as in every 1 min, such as shift. Then, u got a potential rsi inducing problem. thumb keys is relative new, but there's already lots report of rsi with thumb. e.g. thumb trackball, and from ergodox users. so, thumb keys, isn't some sorta cure all. we still need to be careful.


ELECOM DUX 70BK Mouse minor update

L-Trac Trackball minor update

new photo and update.

Trackballs That Can Spin updated.

Barefoot Shoes

X-Bows Knight Keyboard

arrived. review incoming

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
Display Ink Tablet


Elecom EX-G Trackball MX8q-s250
Elecom EX-G Trackball

Logitech M720 mouse no onboard memory

This mouse (Logitech M720) does not have onboard memory. Meaning, you should always buy logitech's gaming mouse instead.

logitech m720 mouse 2021 2QgB
logitech m720 mouse Buy at amazon

Logitech M720 Wireless Triathlon Mouse with Bluetooth for PC with Hyper-Fast Scrolling and USB Unifying Receiver

Dumang DK6 Keyboard new photos

digital cam as webcam

a great YouTuber i watch is using this, as a streaming webcam. Expensive.

Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [G7 X Mark II] with Wi-Fi NFC, LCD Screen, and 1-Inch Sensor Buy at amazon

Why You Need 10 Buttons Mouse

if you no have enough buttons. say Logitech G502 Mouse which has technically 11 programable buttons, but actually just 5 extra for customization. first command to drop, is forward page.

someone asking about what keymap for kinesis advantage2.

Kinesis Keyboard Layouts and Thumb Keyboard Layouts. For emacs, i actually recommend evil mode or xah-fly-keys or other that doesn't use chord much.

xahlee key zhmfs-s1386x1039-s250
Cherry POS

temp tech stuff photos 2021-09-27

Logitech C920 vs Cheap Webcam

Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring

RSI Hand Exercise Toys , major update.

update. Display Ink Phone

Tipy Keyboard

more photos. Kinesis Keyboard Gallery

update on screenshot keys Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Arzopa Portable Monitor

new photo

Elgato Stream Deck keypad

the red bulb is the best buy. fantasic. the 2 bluetooth headphones are dud. BT has latency, and just too annoying

Ok, shit, am done with bluetooth headphone. Wasted 30 bucks on them. China cheapos. The pairing, and the power on off, or play/pause, is a pain in the ass. One single button, you have to hold for diff function. Then, oops held too long, you turned it off. Then, lag. Major problem if you watching video. Uncanny valley. Then, battery! You have to check and recharge faak.

Windows 10, How to Switch to Dvorak Keyboard Layout

Honeycomb Keyboard
Xah Keyboards
Luigi Colani Office Chair 1970
computer ball mouse mechanism 2005-s
How Mouse Works
Mouse History
Apple Mouse


X-Bows Knight Keyboard

new photo

ARTSEY Input System

(via James Incandenza )

Thumb Keyboard Layouts
my analysis of the Hands Down input system.

GameBall finally out, after 5 years.

Toshiba T4700CT laptop

updates, big and small.

MacBook Pro keyboard, French Canadian Layout
Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000
Smartfish Technologies K2418B ErgoMotion Keyboard
Why Does USB Keep Changing? | Nostalgia Nerd
May 24, 2020
Nostalgia Nerd
How does a USB keyboard work?
Jun 5, 2021
Ben Eater

Lisp Machine Keyboards minor update

Problem of Dual-Purpose Keys (home row mods)

Contour Roller Mouse

Artistic Keycap Gallery 2 now pornhub keycap.

Huion H640P Drawing Tablet new page on its own. Highly recommended.

Apple magic trackpad yywwx-s250
Apple Magic Trackpad

new page.



Apple Keyboard History ⌨

new pages:

Macintosh Portable BzRs2-s250
Macintosh Portable, 1989

updates and new pages.

Tablet Stylus
Mikicat Stylus
Touch Screen Pen (Non-Active Stylus)


Breathedge Keyboard

City Hunter Keyboard

russian Do It Yourself keyboard wiki https://klava.wiki

russian diy keyboard 20210706123438
russian diy keyboard 20210706123438
russian diy keyboard 20210706123554 FvBnG
russian diy keyboard 20210706123554 FvBnG
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russian diy keyboard 20210706123613 hjQCb
Tahion Keyboard VTFpt-s250
Tahion Keyboard
Kinesis Gaming TKO Keyboard
Avocado55 Trackball
Yowkees Keyboard
FLDX45 Keyboard
Molecule Keyboard
QWERTY or DVORAK? Debunking the Keyboard Layout Myths by Hanno Embregts
Nov 9, 2017
xah keyboard 20210704
xah keyboard 20210704

habit is the killer of progress

from 1990 to 2005, my fav keyboard is the generic cheap $5 keyboards.

Computer Keyboards Gallery, Year 2006

Any other shape or new button position different than that i refuse to use.

This shows, that i was also susceptible by habit. When you have no problem, you no want “solution”. Till you type a lot and got Repetitive Strain Injury, then, you begin to appreciate those “odd looking” ergo design you used to laugh at.

new and updates:

Ergonomic Layout for Laptop

first person shooter gaming mouse expert rocket jump ninja

Discovered this mouse expert. He's got some 300 mouses.

mouse expert rocket jump ninja 2021-06
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He's got YouTube, review mouses. I watched a few. Very good.

his website https://www.rocketjumpninja.com

judge amazon review

one of the way to judge amazon review is to look at the rating distribution. cuz if u just read 1star, nothing u can buy. typicaly, 1star is 4 to 5%.

amazon review ratings 2021-06-30
amazon review ratings 2021-06-30

People Do Not Like Trackpad?

xah input device research new finding: it seems, nobody like trackpad. Or rather, people prefer mouse or trackball over trackpad. Because, by searching amazon, there are not many trackpad makers, and not many sells. In context, there are tons of mouses, trackballs, pen tablets.

Muscle Memory User Interface

Emacs vs vim, Compute Keybinding Efficiency

Microsoft Windows keyboard shortcuts: Alt + Space c vs Alt + F4

Windows little known tip: Alt+Space c is more effective than Alt+F4 . It'll work when sometimes the latter won't.

However, Alt+Space c shortcut is language dependent. If the operating system is set to French, it'll have different key.

nerd toys

moroe diy fx trackball

History of Emacs and vi Keys
minor addition.

bow and arrow

Allison Marshall Keyboard
Ploopy Trackball

a great site, by a Microsoft programer who works on keyboard layouts.

kbdlayout.info 20210616071858
[Microsoft Windows Keyboard Layout Info By Michael Scott Kaplan. At http://kbdlayout.info/ ]
norway layout

Discovered Microsoft Surface Duo. A foldable tablet. Runs on Android

Microsoft Surface Duo 2021-06-05
Microsoft Surface Duo Buy at amazon

Sticky Key
minor update

Programable Keypad new item

new index pages

Big fat nice gaming machine. Skytech Siege 3.0 Gaming PC Desktop. AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 3.8GHz, AMD 6900 XT 16G GDDR6, 16GB DDR4 3200, 1TB Gen4 SSD, X570 Motherboard, 750W Gold PSU, 360mm AIO, AC WiFi Buy at amazon

A4TECH WUT-5 trackball mhp46-s250
A4TECH WUT-5 ScrollTrack

new photos.

things bought. Writing review soon, possibly.

amazon phone holder 2021-05-28
• phone holder goose neck Buy at amazon
• WATERFLY Fanny Pack Buy at amazon
• Ampper Blind Spot Mirror Buy at amazon

updated or new page.

AutoHotkey: Toggle Maximize Window

Keyboard Menu/App Key
minor update

no longer recommend Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard. The keys are too stiff. updated. Best Ergonomic Keyboards, Xah Pick

Japan Thumb-Shift Keyboard
new photo

Dvorak Keyboard Layout minor update.

Windows: Set Chinese Pinyin to Dvorak Layout

holy. new expensive flat keyboard Buy at amazon

Drop ALT High-Profile Mechanical Keyboard — 65% (67 Key) Gaming Keyboard, Hot-Swap Switches, Programmable Macros, RGB LED Backlighting, USB-C, Doubleshot PBT, Aluminum Frame (Halo Clear, Gray)

new trackball from Sanwa. SANWA Wired Trackball. Silent Noiseless Buttons, 34mm Trackball, 600/800/1200/1600 DPI. Buy at amazon

new or updated.

IBM Model 15

Ergonomic Keyboard History

minor updates

Keychron Keyboard minor update

Lily58 keyboard
Buying MIDI Keyboard

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