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keyboald layout travel graph, interactive app

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keyboald layout travel graph https://beehivemedia.com/dataviz/keyboardviz/ by Bill Shander https://twitter.com/billshander, 2018-07-17

very interesting.

head tracker

this is a head tracker, for gaming. TrackIr 5 Head Tracker. TrackIr 5 Premium Head Tracking for Gaming a new type of input device that's becoming popular. it's very significant for programer as well. replaces mouse. Use together with OS's “dwell” (autoclick) feature

See also: Ergonomic Mouse

Dvorak Keyboard Layout

minor update

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Racal-Norsk KPS-10 Lisp Prototype Keyboard

top keyboard experts

top keyboard experts i know of (no order):

they usually have ~100+ keyboards, historical or otherwise. Done research on various keyboard tech etc.

history of the inverted T arrow key arrangement on keyboard

great article.

[history of the inverted T arrow key arrangement on keyboard By Jim Burrows. At http://www.eldacur.com/~brons/NerdCorner/InverseT-History.html ]

2018-07-12 to read [The Keys To Success. A lot of early video game consoles secretly wanted to be home computers, too: Their makers either sold keyboard add-ons or failed miserably in the process. By Ernie Smith. At https://tedium.co/2017/04/27/video-games-keyboards-intellivision/ ]

thx to Marcin Wichary

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SAIL Keyboard

Lisp Machine Keyboards

major update. more photos.

Space-Cadet Keyboard

major update. more photos.

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Lisp Machine LMI-CADR keyboard
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Invac Optical Switch Keyboard

Workman Keyboard Layout still going strong

Elecom DEFT Pro Trackball News. Works in linux. plug and play, all buttons detected understand latest kernel. thx to t184756

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Soviet Capacitive Buckling Spring Keyboard

best keyboard site. Marcin Wichary, JavaScript expert, and segmented display

of all keyboard sites on the web, if there's only one best one, this is perhaps the one.


you don't want to miss it.

its by Marcin Wichary https://twitter.com/mwichary he's writing a book on history of keyboards. He research, have tens of books on the subject, and travels the world to dig info. and often, he take high quality photos of ancient keyboards that you would not find anywhere.

i've mentioned him a few times here. e.g. he gave me answer to why space bar was a bar. see Typewriter Spacebar History

by the way, he's also a coder. He used to work for Google, and he wrote the google packman doodle. He's a top expert of JavaScript.

segmented display

he recently wrote this fastastic app, on segmented display. https://aresluna.org/segmented-type/

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Max Keyboard Falcon-20 Programmable Macropad

See also: Programable Keypads

it's extremely annoying that on the Mac, mouse thumb buttons do not work by default. Why? of course, noboby'd buy Apple's mouse or trackpad if so.

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SANYO Medicom MC-KM5600B keyboard
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Truly Ergonomic Numeric Keypad

Mac: Keyboard/Automation Tools (updated. Added more good tools.)

my webcam arrived.

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Buy Logitech C920 Webcam, 1080p

it's very good.

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OrbiTouch keyless keyboard

Why You Need 9 Buttons Mouse? (updated)

Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard New photo, type 7.

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Tesoro G6TL Keyboard with Trackball

spend $220 on amazon, or, how i became a keyboard expert

spend $220 on amazon. that's, like, biggest spending in 12 years. a shoe, a mouse, a usb hub, a web cam. necessity for rich living.

when u wanna buy a keyboard, u spend days to read all reviews. undecided. it becomes months. Then after 10 years of daily fretting, you still haven't decided which one to buy. That's how i became a keyboard expert.

the things i got are:

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Ergonomic Keyboard History
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Dactyl Manuform Keyboard
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Japan action figure 2018-06-14 She's cyborg called Cibo, a character of the movie BLAME!. buy BLAME! [image source https://twitter.com/GPARTS_Master/status/1006832233477332992]

Vintage: HP 02648-60005 Mechanical Keyboard (1970s)

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HP 02648-60005 Mechanical Keyboard (1970s) [image source https://twitter.com/thomasfuchs/status/1006719692994744320 2018-06-12]

currently on ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/273284114558

XMIT Hall Effect Switch Keyboard. added a video by Chyrosran22

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Hyper 7 Keyboard

TRS-80 keyboard

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TSR-80 computer 4160×3120 [image source https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/8pf5qx/keeb_in_the_wild_trs80_with_updated_internals_and/ 2018-06-08]


haven't found out exactly which what is this.

Manus keyboard

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Manus Keyboard

Apple Keyboard History ⌨ (lots more photos)

lots more updates.

Apple Adjustable Keyboard 1993 (added a video of typing on it.)

Northgate Omnikey Evolution Ergonomic Keyboard (updated with more info)

Keyboard Articles Index (updated. now 531 articles)

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IBM Portable PC Computer 5155 model 68 (year 1984)
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MCM Model 70, 1972
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IBM 5100, 1975

best usb hub

ok. after 2 hours research, the best usb 3.0 hub seems to be Buy LENTION 4-in-1 USB-C Hub with Type C, USB 3.0 you want shielded cable. Else, it screws wireless devices.

Best powered usb hub is Buy Anker PowerIQ Charging Macbook Surface

i have a Mac mini. 4 usb ports. 1 for keyboard, 1 mouse, 1 keypad, and just 1 left. So, to record a video, need 1 for cam, 1 for headset. Not enough.

need web cam

someone buy me this Buy Logitech C922x Webcam i can't record video reviews with my current lousy cam logitech c270

enamel paint your keyboard

just got a great idea. just buy some enamel paint, and you can paint your keyboard pretty.

you can see a example at Kinesis Keyboard Gallery

you can go basic by painting home key with diff color, or the esc key. Or, paint dvorak label, or on programable keypad.

or, you can go artistic. at that point, anything goes. comics, drawings, math formula, abstract, or whole thing pink Cadillac.

Kinesis Keyboard Gallery added many photos.

mitosis keyboard

diy. mitosis keyboard. https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/66588f/wireless_split_qmk_mitosis/


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Elecom ex-g pro trackball


it'll replace their Elecom EX-G Trackball

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Modern M0110 keyboard (DIY)
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Macintosh Keyboard (M0110) (year 1984)

(new page)

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Smith-Corona Ultrasonic I Plus 1983

Apple Keyboard History ⌨. New page

Apple Keyboards ⌨ (more photos)

Emoji Keyboard. No longer made.

Keyboard Key Label Tech (minor update)

someone is looking for a doctor specializing in Repetitive Strain Injury, in San Francisco Bay Area.

does any have recommendations?

answer at https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/8nae7v/fingertips_tingling_with_keyboard_usage/e01sxrh/

Best Trackballs 2018 (updated)

Elecom HUGE Trackball (updated)

Trackball vs Mouse, and How to Choose a Trackball (minor update)

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Naive Keyboard

to read

[Assignment Problems for Optimizing Text Input By Anna Maria Feit. At https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/31312 ]

She's keyboard/input reseacher. She wrote the PianoText

[see Using Piano to Type Text]

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