Xah Keyboard Blog 2016-12

why trackball can't beat mouse.

had a revelation last week, why trackball can't beat mouse.

Mouse excels at fast straight line jerks. (because, you simply push it, and this naturally can be done very fast, and naturally results in straight line movement.)

So, if the task is fast straight line jump to n points, mouse beats trackball, pen, trackpad, trackpoint.

For playing First Person Shooter games, the demand for the pointer control is exactly that, fast jump to n points, meaning, straight lines movements of the mouse.

Trackball vs Mouse, How to Choose Trackball

History of Emacs and vi Keys (updated, with screenshot from ancient terminal manual)

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Kinesis Keyboard Gallery

Science of Multi-Purpose Keys

this guy, Gergely Nagy [https://trunk.mad-scientist.club/@algernon] has done a lot programing for keyboard firmware. e.g. Ergodox and Keyboardio .

here's his blog explaining some of the key behavior concepts. (for example, modifier key, dead key, leader key.) Excellent article!

[Multi-purpose keys, and a case for small keyboards By Gergely Nagy. At https://asylum.madhouse-project.org/blog/2016/10/15/multi-purpose-keys/ , accessed on 2016-12-23 ]

Gergely Nagy also wrote this Ergodox Firmware and Layout

Trackball Controller

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iGUGU Controller

another dead game controller with trackball.

Water Resistant Mechanical Keyboard (now video review)

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Keyball Controller 2

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, now a video review.

Adesso Ergonomic Trackball Keyboard

happy hacking keyboard Japanese layout version is now available on amazon. finally. Happy Hacking Keyboard Pro JP Japanese

my review The Idiocy of Happy Hacking Keyboard

See also: Tiny Spacebar

Topre Type Heaven - Limited Edition

just discovered.

topre type heaven red keyboard
Topre Type Heaven Red Case - Limited Edition Buy at amazon

same switch as Happy Hacking Keyboard

See also: Topre Switch