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my current mouse for left hand. HAVIT HV-MS735 Mouse Buy at amazon
i don't recommend it.
Logitech MX Ergo Trackball was $100, now $75
hey @xah_lee have you ever tried this logitech? looks like the upgrade to the M570, but im not sure it is worth it anyone else feel free to chime it
it's very good. my friend @AenonSun uses it, and i tried it. i have a page on it but not much info Logitech MX Ergo Trackball i'd say it's one of the top 3, if i'd consider to buy a trackball.
See also: Best Trackballs 2019
Japanese Input Method and Layouts
split into 2 pages.
video. The most efficient ways to switch window/app in linux, Mac, Windows.
- Set Key to Switch to emacs/terminal/browser How to Set Key to Switch to Browser
- Mac autoclick Mac: Hover to Switch Window
- Linux hover raise window Linux: Mouse Hover to Auto-Raise Window
- Linux autoclick Linux: Mouse Hover-Click
- ban Key Chords Banish Key Chords
- Why Function Keys Are Useful Why Function Keys Are Useful
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wacom is actually a Japanese company. didn't know that. Now more respect.
do you have updated list of best ergo dream keyboard?
Hi Pablo, happy 2019! this list is probably the best one can get Best Ergonomic Keyboards 2019 as i keep watching the scene. Of that list, take off those don't have tenting. and take off perhaps the Microsoft one, and take off Mistel Barocco (cuz too few keys)
that list doesn't include Do It Yourself ones. cuz too many Do-It-Yourself Keyboards. Also, for those with too few keys, a perfect solution is to add a programable keypad. If one allow that, then Mistel Barocco would also be great.
oh, you mean which characteristics.
i see. i think it depends on each's preference. For me, it's this, more important first
- split hands (1 physical piece is ok)
- tented [see Is Keyboard Tenting Important?]
- 3 thumb keys per hand. (more is not necessarily better)
- full size physical F1 to F12，arrows，page up/down keys.
- driverless programable.
- rectangular grid layout.
- concave like kinesis
Emacs random chat. I talk about RSI, doing a typing game, rule the world.
follow my emacs blog Xah Emacs Blog often there's lots Repetitive Strain Injury related stuff.
[The Story of my Switch to Dvorak By Jacob Crouse. At https://medium.com/@jacobcrouse3/the-story-of-my-switch-to-dvorak-7972a902324d ]
a personal blog on the kinesis advantage keyboard http://www.happyponyland.net/keyboard
Dvorak Keyboard Layout (updated)
with protruded sound wheel. interesting. Azio MGK-ARMATO-01 Keyboard, Cherry MX Brown, Red Backlight LED, Full NKRO Buy at amazon
See also: Keyboards with Volume Wheel
best usb drive?
other usb drives are $30, this one is $80. Actually i think i trust this. Look at its reviews with the usb test result by users.
HyperX Savage128GB USB Flash Drive 3.1/3.0 350MB/s R, 250MB/s W (HXS3/128GB) Buy at amazon
by the way, expensive no mean good. there are lots tech gadgets that when the model's no longer made, their price goes up. this includes laptops. Some item's price go up cuz people really want them. e.g. Microsoft Trackball Explorer . But now i've seen price went up due to ignorant confusion of models.
and here's others that seems to be best.
Samsung MUF-128AB/AM FIT Plus 128GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive Buy at amazon $30
Kingston Digital 64GB DataTraveler Elite G2 Buy at amazon $29
Sandisk Extreme Go 64GB USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A USB Flash Drive Buy at amazon
gadget review site wiredcutter, seem just for ignorant consumers. I looked at their ergonomic keyboard review, meh. I've now looked at their usb drive, drawing tablet, bike lock. Only the bike lock article seems good, but am ignorant there.
Where to Buy Keycaps (minor update)
On the Prehistory of QWERTY
[On the Prehistory of QWERTY By Koichi Yasuoka And Motoko Yasuoka. At http://kanji.zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~yasuoka/publications/PreQWERTY.html ]
the authors, are collecting historical docs, at http://kanji.zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~yasuoka/QWERTY/
See also: Myth of QWERTY vs Dvorak Layout
Artistic Keycap Gallery
[An introduction to alternative keyboard layouts By Dustypomerleau. At https://gist.github.com/dustypomerleau/29f5311089767cfbe5915c5743035710 ]
Things i learned there is ColemakDHm layout, a variant of Colemak.
See also: Alternative Keyboard Layouts
minor updated. fix typos and better sentences.
added a new video. laser engraving keycap
don't buy Logitech C920 webcam
Buy at amazon BAD. All the review sites say it's best. I bought it. It has problem focusing correctly for anything within 50cm. It can focus correctly if something is really close, like 5cm, but when you bring somethnig close, such as a keyboard, within 50 cm but not as close as 5cm, it tries to auto focus but its final choice is blurry. Lots 1 ⭐ review have similar complaints. Also, the other model C922x, isn't better.
Right now (2018-12-19), am not sure what other webcam to get.
added a video review by Thomas Ran (aka Chyrosran22) on the hhkb silent model
what does “mechanical” keyboard means
computer keyboard key switch expert Thomas Ran (aka Chyrosran22) tells us
drawing tablet, and drawing
major, major, update. added 1 video of professional artist reviewing it. But also, added one of the most famous illustrator today, Kim Jung Gi, discussing drawing.
several keyboard articles, minor update, and repost here:
updated. now 587 articles.
Kailh red switch has more resistance than cherry mx red
#keyboard so i learned. darn. Kailh Red is 50g force. Cherry MX Red is 45g.
Ergonomic Keyboard Reviews (updated. added a intro)
Ultimate Hacking Keyboard, more update
i posted to reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/a6f6x5/ultimate_hacking_keyboard_review/ but seems the post is being blocked. Shadow ban?
i posted another, only picture without link https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/a6fz7c/ultimate_hacking_keyboard_review/ and that seems to work
quick answer on reddit:
very impressed by it.
- Solid build
- The software to set the keys is the most intuitive i've ever seen.
- Offers advanced program capabilities for the keys. unlimited profiles, macros, dual purpose keys (e.g. space as control ), and config can be exported/imported for sharing. Any key can be mapped to any function. e.g. afaik, you can have every key act as dual function keys. (for those familiar with QMK of ergodox fame, while i never used, but as far as i know it's UI is really bad, like the way one'd spend hours with linux. The UHK's software, called agent, is GUI and extremely intuitive. and it's open source too. Apparently the keyboard design is also open source.)
The software/firmware, especially the hardwired dual function key is the best. 32k memory.
also, it has addon modules for trackball/trackpoint/touchpad, attached to the thumb area. This seems a killer product, which would be very rare among DIY. But they are not out yet.
i'd now place this among the top 3 best. (not counting DIY ones, since there are too many) And among compact ones, i consider this the best.
keyboardio got scam'd, ~$100k
See also: Keyboardio Review
a series of posts related to tech products, written this month. Maybe you'll buy them.
emacs, RSI, nomads and monads
comes the day, someone heard of me because their dad told them. A living legend!
Azio MK Retro now has backlit and bluetooth version.
which switch, and what normalish keyboard to get
answering a question from a chinese friend.
我用的是茶轴。其实，并没有常时间用你过其它 （除了十几年前用过ALP and IBM buckiling spring）
i have xbows X-Bows Keyboard Review but due to the firmware change, i never actually used it, because i need physical Dvorak, but the prototype i got, it's firmware is different from the released software, so i cann't remap keys.
this month i'll have Ultimate Hacking Keyboard Ultimate Hacking Keyboard also red
对于 kinesis advantage，你说的对。有好处也有坏处。不一定一定要它。
adde my own photo.
looking around Pen Display, it seems, wacom market dominance is pretty much gone, replaced by lots Chinese made, cheaper and better.
same as keyboard and mouse. The chinese ones, are much cheaper, and sometimes better too
X No Chord Keyboard
stole my idea! lol
there are really lots keyboards in china, and some 4 times cheaper than in usa
2018-11-30 todo Signum keyboard Signum 3 is out
what's USB AVR? context: https://github.com/dhowland/EasyAVR
2018-11-29 todo update the thumbnail tn images Trackball Controller
move the POS keyboard image to a page Xah Keyboard Blog 2017-06
updated. added a intro.
roccat tyon is now $50. was $80
Logitech Mouse with Spin Wheel. updated
What's your current desktop look like?
added photo and video
reviewed and updated.
cheap keyboard with backlit and light travel
Can you recommend keyboards that are Inexpensive and preferably backlit for - desktop? - light-travel?https://twitter.com/aaronchall/status/1066790013386539008
probably these. They $30 to $60.
i'd prob go /w “Bloody” optical, or havit
Logitech MX Vertical Mouse
Jelly Comb Thumb Ball Mouse
also updated Mouse Reviews
never buy any razer products.
top 4 flat pc keyboard?
Among flat, i'd say
if you must have it flat 1-piece, i'd say
How much you type per Day?
best keyboard for traveling
Hi, How are you?
Can I ask a quick question?
As you know, I am using a Microsoft Sculpt keyboard. I have three of them for office, home, and even traveling or any other cases.
It is a bit bulky to carry, but I cannot use my laptop keyboard anymore. It is so tiring.
MS sculpt KB + Xah Flykey are my savor for daily work.
it's hard to say which is the best for traveling.
i think one of the following might suit your needs:
i'd favore the kinesis Freestyle Edge if you don't find it too bulky.
x-bows is great except it isn't split, and is flat.
Mistel is good except it doesn't have physical number keys and no F1 keys.
lots varieties by Bandai Tamashii
See also, Rei Ayanami from anime Evangelion. 綾波零 (綾波 レイ), 新世紀福音戰士 Mistel Barocco Split Keyboard
motion LED lights. nice Buy at amazon
Esrille New Keyboard Review new photo
Milestones in Computer Input Devices
Bill Buxton is a input device expert. https://twitter.com/wasbuxton/status/1064697549548806144
he has a collection of input devices from i think 1970s, and a photo gallery at his website http://www.billbuxton.com/
here's a nice article from Bill Buxton
[Some Milestones in Computer Input Devices: An Informal Timeline By Bill Buxton Microsoft Research. At https://www.billbuxton.com/inputTimeline.html ]
gaming keyboard By Redragon
Redragon makes cheap keyboard and mouse. good reputation. Now, it makes a keyboard with 12 extra macro keys. Full multimedia keys, and a volume wheel.
glorious X-Bows Keyboard. if you want a flat keyboard, this is the best
Keyboard Expert, Jacob Alexander Aka Haata
found a new keyboard expert.
apparently, he owns 600 keyboards, and runs InputClub.
i think i run into the name in last North Cal keyboard meetup.
Watch this video. After, you'll understand lots problems with our computer keyboard today.
added to Computer Keyboard Design Flaws
this one features driverless programing, and also builtin Dvorak and Workman layouts. it's the first keyboard to feature Workman layout.
thanks to Brydon
utron, Sukerutoron, kinesis, at Japan keyboard meetup
2018-09-30 work in progress Arrow Keys
2018-10-01 work in progress DEC VT220 Terminal
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