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emacs, RSI, nomads and monads

comes the day, someone heard of me because their dad told them. A living legend!

nomads and monads by beatrix 2018-11-30 c8209
[Software Engineering and the Scientific Imagination: Past, Present, and Possible Futures, or, How to Stop Building Faster Horses By Beatrix. At klebe.blog ]

Azio MK Retro now has backlit and bluetooth version.

Azio Retro Classic Bluetooth Onyx Keyboard d2c38-s475x132
Azio MK Retro Keyboard

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。


Microsoft Surface Dial

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Microsoft Surface Pro

adde my own photo.

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Microsoft Surface Pro

looking around Pen Display, it seems, wacom market dominance is pretty much gone, replaced by lots Chinese made, cheaper and better.

GAOMON PD1560 Pen Display 46d02-s296x211
Pen Display

same as keyboard and mouse. The chinese ones, are much cheaper, and sometimes better too

X No Chord Keyboard

this one

xd75re keyboard 6a513
xd75re keyboard aliexpress.com xd75re keyboard

stole my idea! lol

X No Chord Keyboard

there are really lots keyboards in china, and some 4 times cheaper than in usa

Ultimate Hacking keyboard ca42c-s333x188
Ultimate Hacking Keyboard

2018-11-30 todo Signum keyboard Signum 3 is out

what's USB AVR? context: https://github.com/dhowland/EasyAVR

todo read https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utjdtSzWz6g&t=517s

2018-11-29 todo update the thumbnail tn images Trackball Controller

move the POS keyboard image to a page Xah Keyboard Blog 2017-06

PC Keyboard Reviews ⌨

updated. added a intro.

kinesis keyboard trackball by hweller 2014-11-07-s345x181
Kinesis Keyboard Gallery
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Index Finger Length vs Ring Finger

Standardizing Keyboard Ergonomic Physical Layout

roccat tyon is now $50. was $80

roccat tyon mouse at amazon Roccat is known for its linux support. All drivers have linux version. this mouse is huge. great for larger hands. my analysis at ROCCAT Tyon Mouse

Logitech Mouse with Spin Wheel. updated

What's your current desktop look like?

xah desktop 201811 011-s289x217
Xah Keyboards 2018-11
logitech g502 201811 092-3-s316x198

added photo and video

How to Choose a Gaming Mouse?

reviewed and updated.

cheap keyboard with backlit and light travel

Can you recommend keyboards that are Inexpensive and preferably backlit for - desktop? - light-travel?


probably these. They $30 to $60.

i'd prob go /w “Bloody” optical, or havit

Logitech MX Vertical Mouse

discovered this

Logitech MX Ergonomic Mouse 2f90d
Logitech MX Vertical Advanced Ergonomic Mouse, Wireless via Bluetooth or Included USB Receiver Buy at amazon

See also:

Jelly Comb Thumb Ball Mouse

found this

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Jelly Comb Thumb Ball Mouse

also updated Mouse Reviews

never buy any razer products.

How Razer Keyboards Suck

top 4 flat pc keyboard?

Among flat, i'd say

if you must have it flat 1-piece, i'd say

smart yao keyboard 56bd0-s303x206
SmartYao Keyboard

How much you type per Day?

on reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/emacs/comments/9znxm9/how_much_you_type_per_day/

detail How Many Keystrokes Programers Type a Day?

right handed frogpad 60117-s216x289
bat keyboard a831d-s298x210
Bat Keyboard

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.

Stormtrooper Samurai

Teppou Ashigaru Sandtrooper starwars 28223-2
Teppou Ashigaru Sandtrooper Buy at amazon [image source reddit]

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 ]

keymouse 2018 009f1-s333x188

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.

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Reddragon k550 keyboard 1309×1064

Ergonomic Keyboards Size Comparison

xbows keyboard 2018-05 9b5ee -s289x217

glorious X-Bows Keyboard. if you want a flat keyboard, this is the best

X-Bows Keyboard Review

San Francisco Bay Area Mechanical Keyboard Meetup 2018-11-10 notes

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.

How to Use a Typewriter

added to Computer Keyboard Design Flaws

CM MasterKeys Pro L 40060-s354x177
CM MasterKeys Pro Series Keyboards
CM MasterKeys PBT b638a-s437x143
CM MasterKeys PBT Keyboard

this one features driverless programing, and also builtin Dvorak and Workman layouts. it's the first keyboard to feature Workman layout.

thanks to Brydon

naive keyboard d4077-s333x188
Naive Keyboard
colosseum keyboard f3bee-s333x188
Colosseum Keyboard
diy utron keyboard 29726-s368x170
DIY μTRON Keyboard

utron, Sukerutoron, kinesis, at Japan keyboard meetup

utron keyboard aebea
utron keyboard [image source https://twitter.com/bsakatu/status/1058572330811633669]

See also:

ibm 6580 keyboard d666a
ibm 6580 keyboard [image source https://twitter.com/od_1969/status/1058569615394070528]
bloomer 87 keyboard 800ef-s325x193
Bloomer Keyboard

mouse hoover auto click

on desktop computer (not laptop), 1 greatest thing is auto click. (aka dwell) i've been using it since ~2012.

ergodash fc16c-s306x204
Ergodash Keyboard

Infinitton Programable Keypad

new discovery.

infinitton programable keypad 29769
Infinitton Programable Keypad Buy at amazon

full color lcd display for each key.

1 year warranty

few amazon reviews yet, but so far pretty good comments.

See also: Programable Keypads

ELSRA USB Programming Keypad

new discovery.

ELSRA USB Programming Keypad 140f6
ELSRA USB Programming Keypad Buy at amazon

See also: Programable Keypads

USB Volume Control by DROK d7b1f
Buy USB Volume Control by DROK

See also: Keyboards with Volume Wheel

redox keyboard 81154-s306x204

Apple's Magic Trackpad

buy Apple's magit trackpad

one annoying thing about trackpad is the feel of rubbing finger on it. But Apple's latest trackpad solved that. It feels good rubbing on it. Not sure exactly what's the material. Somewhat like the surface of something with thick glossy paint

also, Apple's trackpad is bludsuking expensive. As everything Apple.

by the way, sometimes in the past, i thought about paint, and it occurred to me, paint is just a kinda glue. colored glue.

just wrote a profile on my patreon https://www.patreon.com/xahlee thank you all for putting $ there

Bay Area (NorCal) Mechanical Keyboard Meetup November 10th 2018

mark your calendar Bay Area (NorCal) Mechanical Keyboard Meetup November 10th 2018 https://www.keebtalk.com/t/bay-area-norcal-mechanical-keyboard-meetup-november-10th-2018/3375 i'll be there

Keyboard Shortcut Notations old article.

there is magnetic usb adaptor

magnetic usb adaptor c83a4
magnetic usb adaptor

also, if u looking for a 10 port powered usb hub, get this one

Buy Anker 10 Port 60W Data Hub

that's what i have after research

lisp machine

LMI Lisp Machine 988a3-s1155x866
LMI Lisp Machine 2048×1536 [source https://www.orinrin.land/lispm/node/4, by Suzuran]

reddit discussions

See also: Lisp Machine LMI-CADR keyboard

Fortitude60 Keyboard 55088-s333x188
Fortitude60 Keyboard

ad. buy intel i9 chip

AKAI APC mini 32b86
AKAI APC mini Buy at amazon [image source https://twitter.com/F_YUUCHI/status/1054197361688244224]

set the knobs to volume control, and all the buttons for photoshop game emacs. this beats a dedicated programable keypad

See also:

Shirotron keyboard 2c429
Shirotron keyboard https://github.com/swanmatch/qmk/tree/master/keyboards/shirotron [image source https://twitter.com/swan_match/status/1037785483470753792]
iris keyboard 59593-s306x204
Iris Keyboard

ㄅㄆㄇㄈ zhuyin, phonetic system for Chinese

ㄅㄆㄇㄈ ㄉㄊㄋㄌ ㄍㄎㄏ ㄐㄑㄒ ㄓㄔㄕㄖ ㄗㄘㄙ ㄚㄛㄜㄝ ㄞㄟㄠㄡ ㄢㄣㄤㄥ ㄦ ㄧㄨㄩ that's zhuyin, a phonetic system for Chinese, we learned in Taiwan. Chinese in china don't know it. They use pinyin. pinyin is very similar, except it uses English alphabets.

you can see zhuyin in keyboard used in Taiwan for input Chinese.

Chinese Input Methods

Pinyin 拼音, Zhuyin 注音, IPA Comparison

当你看到这个 ㄅㄆㄇㄈ ㄉㄊㄋㄌ 毫无考虑,马上知道这是啥吗?

cc @BContenary @AenonSun @xcv58 @jjustc @cherylnatsu @frankyxhl @shell909090 @ConanChou @r0bertz

twitter poll for mainlainders https://twitter.com/xah_lee/status/1052876445788196864

台湾用。1912发明的. 拼音1950s。和拼音基本一样。 b=ㄅ p=ㄆ m=ㄇ f=ㄈ d=ㄉ d=ㄊ n=ㄋ l=ㄌ. 打字的是,如果是特别排列,可减少按键次数: zhㄓ chㄔ shㄕ rㄖ zㄗ cㄘ sㄙ erㄜ aoㄠ ...

dvorak keyboards 2018-10 bfc7b
dvorak keyboards

List of Dvorak Keyboards (updated)

vortex 75 percent keyboard 52592
Vortex Race 3

and updates to Keyboards without Numeric Keypad

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Vortexgear Cypher

new page on its own.

hhkb in anime c0af1
hhkb in anime
hhkb in anime bc065
hhkb in anime

See also: The Idiocy of Happy Hacking Keyboard

reddit reddit

yeah. to be uncouth, the proper term is Japanese style comics, and, Japanese style animation.

lol, ya all irredeemable faux pop fobs

swing it when u got substance

one button to rule them all
Apple PowerBook Duo 250 cb5db-s289x217
Apple PowerBook Duo 250, 1993
NEC PC8001 c50c4-s289x217
NEC PC8001, 1979

2018-09-30 work in progress Arrow Keys

2018-10-01 work in progress DEC VT220 Terminal

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