Xah Keyboard Blog Archive 2018-02

Mouse with Spin Wheel (update with a new video)

on its own page.

on its own page.

Why Tiling Window Manager Sucks (xmonad, ratpoison, dwm, etc) (expanded)

NEC M-System keyboards History

Tiny Spacebar (updated)

now there's a navigation box at every page of the Keyboard Layout Design ๐Ÿ”  section.

it looks like this

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keyboard layout nav box

Ergonomic Keyboard Layouts (added colemak mod-dh layout)

updated, or new pages on its own.

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

Why Tiling Window Manager Sucks

Why Tiling Window Manager Sucks (xmonad, ratpoison, dwm, etc)#comment-3599541196

another comment. my answer:

your items are mostly false. i don't have time to respond in detail. (as i've done a thousand times to similar mindset and have over a hundred articles on the subject.)

some of them self conflict. For example, you say that window managers are not esoteric keys. Look at your own setup. 99% of linux users would find you crazy, period. (explanation: that is, 99 out of 100 people who are using linux at work or at home, living on earth, would find your setup totally crazy) And that'd be 99.999999%, if we broaden to Mac and Microsoft Windows users.

you, like many others, felt what you said is true only due to your own setup and habit.

if you want the MOST efficient way possible, just follow my advice. because i've studied keyboard and keybinding efficiency for over 10 years now, or 20 years now, if you count my creation of use of dvorak layout on the Mac with resedit back in 1994 and other keybinding on Mac...

sorry taking long time to see your post. it was filtered by disqus. I only see it and โ€œapprovedโ€ now.

ergodox vs x-bows keyboard, my answer X-Bows Keyboard Review#comment-3868870891

this keyboard deserves more attention.

Latest Thinking on Computer-Related Pain by David M Rempel

Logitech MX Master Mouse (2015)

updated. Now, there's newer version, called 2s. also, added a video that shows how the auto ratchet/spin works.

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gamdias hermes gkb2000 keyboard Buy at amazon 1500ร—560

a very weird one. but the thumb keys are great.

stragely that thumb keys under space bar never picked up.

there's a version of NeXT keyboard where there's a whole bar under space that acts as โŒ˜ command key.

[see NeXT Keyboard]

the classic Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite (year 1998 to 2014) is now $199 on amazon. Buy at amazon see Microsoft Natural Keyboard Microsoft Natural Keyboard

Do-It-Yourself Keyboards

How Many Keyboard Shortcuts Are There (minor update)

SpaceOrb 360 (updated)

new discovery. mistel keypad. Mistel MD200 Freeboard Backlit Doubleshot PBT RGB Aluminum Mechanical Numpad with Cherry MX Switches (Cherry MX Red, Black Aluminum Case) Buy at amazon

nice, but keys are not programable unless you use it together with Mistel Barocco Split Keyboard

best keyboard setup

so, i think the best keyboard setup is get one of these programable ones, and get a programable keypad or number pad, use the pad as function keys. prog keypad = ~$80, but numpad is ~$20. mechanical keys, and easy to program via operating system.

Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory

here's list of best Programable Keypads Programable Keypad

so currently my keypad keys are set to do these:

Unicode: Keyboard Symbols โŒ˜ โ†ต โŒซ (updated)

IBM Model M keyboard (1985) (updated)

Leopold FC660C

Leopold FC660C keyboard. Loved by many geeks, as Happy Hacking Keyboard alternative.

Leopold FC660C keyboard

[see Happy Hacking Keyboard (HHKB)]

my opinion of Happy Hacking Keyboard , is that it sucks donkey ass. Same with the Topre switch. Topre switch uses rubber dome as key press mechanism. It takes significant force to press, got this hit-bottom problem.

see Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms

Logitech G903 Mouse

best ergonomic keyboard for vanilla emacs users

another reddit discusssion reddit

logitech fly wheel

maybe i should get a new mouse. am missing logitech's fly wheel badly

Mouse with Spin Wheel

currently eyeing this Logitech G502 Mouse

butt plug joystick

joystick AT 5200 09
joystick AT 5200 09.

Cute Keycaps

added Steampunk 3D working gears keycap

Mac: Keyboard Software Guide (updated)

Logitech Trackman Marble

this, on Mac, the cursor is too slow, even if you shot up the cursor speed all the way up in macOS pref.

Logitech G13 discontinued

Looks like my SmartYao Keyboard died. This one Koolertron Keyboard

takin out Logitech G13 for a spin on Mac. Seems it's now discontinued.

everytime a trackball or special keypad is discontinued, its price shots up triple. see Buy at amazon

the g13's buttons are soo bad. and joystick so stiff. I was hoping to use joystick for browser pre/next tab. and others for close tab, reopen, etc. tried to install Mac driver. a whopping 0.5G bytes, and it want system extension. I denied and uninstalled and put g13 away.

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Goldtouch Adjustable Keyboard (updated. New version of keyboard)

Spinner Keycap

Mac: Create Custom Keyboard Layout (updated)

Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory (updated for 2018)

Efficiency: Mouse vs Trackpad vs Touchpad vs Joystick vs Pen Input (updated)

Mac: Hover Mouse Auto Click (updated. highly recommended. Never click a mouse button again)

Best Ergonomic Keyboards for Small Hands (updated)

wow, this is new. NiZ Electrostatic EC84-S Capacitive Keyboard Programmable Multi-media 84 Keys With PBT Keycaps Capacitive Switches Buy at amazon its using capacitive switch, but not sure its topre or new design

Kinesis Freestyle Edge Keyboard now on amazon

Mouse Weight Comparison (minor update)

Linux: How to Set Different Layouts for 2 Keyboards

Stenotype Machine (updated)

The Legend of Koizumi, Volume 15, โ€œSenkaku Islands Bloody Battleโ€

see TRON Keyboard

Using Piano to Type Text (updated)

Dvorak vs Colemak (minor update)

NEC M-System keyboards History
(new photo)

wee! kinesis edge is now on amazon. my review:

Elgato Stream Deck (added video review)

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mechkbd eccamsquattro keyboard. 1856ร—1392 [image source reddit]

Should You Type Space After Comma?

Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard (minor update)

Keyboard Hardware Dvorak vs Software Dvorak

Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory (updated)

Unicomp Keyboard (added a video review)

Logitech History

Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms (updated. Added a video review of romer-g)

Logitech Trackman Stationary Mouse (added a video)

note that in older trackballs, they use a roller for the ball contact. (with mechanical optical sensor) Most of today's trackball, e.g. logitech, use a solid material as ball contact points. Arguably, less smooth, more friction.