Xah Keyboard Blog Archive 2016-06

CM Storm NovaTouch (on a page by itself)

Atreus Keyboard added a video of typing on Atreus.

Dactyl keyboard

a new video, typing on it.

On An Island with Just One Mouse

Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard is now on amazon

Buy at amazon

the Advantage2's key macro/layout feature is truly superb. It has a embeded flash drive! You can open/mount it in OS without needing special driver/software. All key macros and layouts are stored as plain text files, you can simply edit and reload! This is in addition to creating macro/layout by pressing the special progm key.

I'll be writing more about this feature in detail in coming days.

my review Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard

on its own page

new photo of the knight keyboard

See: Lisp Machine Keyboards ⌨

Keyboardio Model 1 (updated with glorious photos)

Keybinding Design is a Linear Programing Problem

Ergodox Firmware and Layout

ergodox caused thumb pain

there's this guy, who used ergodox for a year and developed pain in the base of his thumb for the space key. See

Ergodox Keyboard Thumb Keys Pain

the menu key is dying

Most laptops don't have it. Google Chromebook doesn't have it. Apple keyboard never had it. See Evolution of Laptop Keyboard

today, and many ergonomic keyboard don't have it neither.

Truly Ergonomic Keyboard doesn't have it by default. See Truly Ergonomic Keyboard

Kinesis Keyboard doesn't have it. See Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard

Keyboardio Keyboard doesn't have it Keyboardio Model 1

the only main point of menu key, is Microsoft ergonomic keyboard, has it big on the right side. Truly great. This is a big point because they made the key very promenent and easy to use, and, their keyboard is one of the best and best seller of ergonomic keyboards by far.

[see Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard]

that's about the situation of the menu key.

see also Keyboard Menu Key

web based keyboard layout drawing tool. http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com/

you can draw Kinesis and ergodox keyboard there. Pick a preset from the menu at top.

Kinesis Advantage Keyboard Layouts

Google Chrome version 52 stopped using Backspace ⌫ for going to previous page. When you press that, it displays a message telling you to use Alt+ instead.

Kinesis Advantage2 Unboxing Gallery

Kinesis Advantage2 Released!

Kinesis Advantage2 is out.

see my preliminary introduction at Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard

You can pre-order via a link there.

I'll be doing a hands-on review and video in the next few days. (am waiting for the keyboard to arrive.) Bookmark my page. Come back.

Linux vs Mac vs Windows, Which is Best for Keybinding?

Laptop, How to Change the Function Keys as F1 to F12?

Mac: Keyboard Software Guide (updated. Added navigation panel)

Windows Keyboard Software Guide (updated. Added navigation panel)

logitech g600 m570 marble trackball 201607
Logitech G600 MouseLogitech M570 TrackballLogitech Trackman Marble Mouse

Wireless Mouse/Keyboard Security

got Logitech M570 Trackball. Updated my review.

Keyboard Tenting (Wrist Pronation)

Good news. The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is not vunerable to the KeySweeper password sniffing device


Maglev fan

So now there's mag lev fans.

corsair ml140 mag lev fan
Corsair mag lev fan Corsair magnetic levitation fan

apparently, the advantage is can spin faster and quieter.

buy it!

Mouse Weight Comparison (updated)

[Save the Chinese Typewriter By Tom Mullaney. At https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chinesetypewriter/save-the-chinese-typewriter/?platform=hootsuite , accessed on 2016-07-05 ]

Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard

now, there's video review. I like this one. Wish the key arrangement is not slanted.

Linux: How to Switch to Dvorak Keyboard Layout (on its own page)

Keyboard Page Up/Down Keys

Linux. nice tutorial on xkb, the modern key tool.

[A simple, humble but comprehensive guide to XKB for linux By Damiano Venturin. At https://medium.com/@damko/a-simple-humble-but-comprehensive-guide-to-xkb-for-linux-6f1ad5e13450 , accessed on 2016-06-17 ]

also checkout [How Kinesis Advantage keyboard changed my life By Damiano Venturin. At https://medium.com/@damko/how-kinesis-advantage-keyboard-changed-my-life-f80a84c559a0 , accessed on 2016-06-17 ]

wireless keyboard/mouse sniffing kit

when you buy a wireless keyboard or mouse, you are pretty much doomed. by the way, bluetooth is also in danger.


KeySweeper is a stealthy Arduino-based device, camouflaged as a functioning USB wall charger, that wirelessly and passively sniffs, decrypts, logs and reports back (over GSM) all keystrokes from any Microsoft wireless keyboard in the vicinity.

All keystrokes are logged online and locally. SMS alerts are sent upon trigger words, usernames or URLs, exposing passwords. If unplugged, KeySweeper continues to operate using its internal battery and auto-recharges upon repowering. A web based tool allows live keystroke monitoring.

By @SamyKamkar



Description: KeyKeriki v2.0 was first presented to the public at the security conference CanSecWest 2010. The device consists out of two different radio modules and some ARM Cortex based micro controller board. In contrary to the 27MHz Version of Keykeriki it has the ability to inject data. So it allows remote code execution on 2.4GHz new generation keyboards. The code is a first release and is limited on purpose to this scenario (keyboard sniffing and remote command execution). Hopefully we can extend its layout to evolve to a software based, inexpensive software defined radio for 2.4GHz frequencies.

from http://www.remote-exploit.org/articles/keykeriki_v2_0__8211_2_4ghz/

Linux: LXDE/Openbox, Change Keyboard Shortcuts (updated)

best keypads for coder

this one, mechanical keys, but no onboard memory! require CLOUD! Razer Orbweaver Keypad

best gamepad is Logitech G13. On board memory. But need heavy geeking to work in linux Logitech G13 Gaming Keypad Review

for coders, the best programable keypad is this. Genovation Controlpad CP24. Program once, works in linux too. Programable Keypad

Optical Mouse vs Laser Mouse (major update)

Ergonomic Keyboard Reviews. A index page of just ergonomic keyboards.