Xah keyboard Blog archive 2016-08

CM Storm NovaTouch keyboard (on a page by itself)

IBM Selectric and Keycaps

Atreus Keyboard Gallery

Atreus Keyboard

added a video of typing on Atreus.

Dactyl keyboard

a new video, typing on it.

On An Island with Just One Mouse

Das Keyboard Dissing Ergonomic Keyboards

Das Keyboard is running this

[• 6 Reasons You Shouldn't Buy Into the Ergonomic Keyboard Hype By Das Keyboard. At http://www.daskeyboard.com/blog/6-reasons-you-shouldnt-buy-into-the-ergonomic-keyboard-hype/ , Accessed on 2016-08-18 ]

and tweeting it https://twitter.com/daskeyboard/status/766300101841039360

see the comments.

it's funny and sad.

dunno if das is getting desperate, or doing well and have the luxury to have some fun.

what they are doing there, is borderline lying. I don't know who wrote it, if it's intentional or ignorant.

see also keyboard.io's response https://twitter.com/keyboardio/status/766301482962472963

but actually, i know for a fact that there are people actually believe it.

Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard is now on amazon!

Get it.

Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard

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 Review


Leopold FC660C Topre Switch keyboard
(on its own page)

new photo of the knight keyboard

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Knight keyboard.

See Lisp Machine Keyboards

Keyboardio Review (updated with glorious photos)

keybinding design is linear programing problem

yesterday i realized formally, that keybinding design is a linear programing problem. 100 variables and constraints.

you want to maximize the overall score, which is the sum of product of key's ease score and its command frequency.

see also Emacs vs vim, Compute Keybinding Efficiency

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 Keyboards, No More Page Up/Down Keys!

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

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

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

Keyboardio Keyboard doesn't have it Keyboardio Review

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 Review]

that's about the situation of the menu key.

see also Microsoft 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 and ErgoDox Optimal Thumb Cluster Layouts


Kinesis Keyboard Gallery

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 Keyboard Unboxing Gallery

Kinesis Advantage2 Released!

Kinesis Advantage2 is out.

Kinesis keyboard advantage2 poster 37113
Kinesis Advantage2 keyboard. Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard

see my preliminary introduction at

Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard Review

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?

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