Xah Keyboard Blog 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 keyboard (updated)
Tiny Space Bar (updated)
- Alt Graph, Compose, Dead Key
- Most Efficient Layout?
- Maltron vs Dvorak
- Colemak vs Workman
- Dvorak Layout
- Hardware vs Software Dvorak
- Myth of QWERTY vs Dvorak
- Dvorak vs Colemak
- Blank Keycaps vs Labeled Keys
- List of Dvorak Keyboards
- Qwerty to Dvorak, A PhD thesis, 1978
- International Layouts
- QWERTZ, AZERTY
- German Ergonomic
- New French Layout
- French Ergonomic
- French Letter Frequency
- Portuguese Ergonomic
Chinese Input Methods
- Pinyin Letter Frequency 拼音字母頻率
Japanese Input Method
new nav panel at bottom of these pages.
Alternative Keyboard Layouts (added colemak mod-dh layout)
Wireless Mouse/Keyboard Security Topic
updated, or new pages on its own.
Laptop, How to Change the Function Keys as F1 to F12?
this is truly ergo prototype. see Misc DIY Keyboards
and Truly Ergonomic Keyboard Review (it's discontinued)
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 “approved” 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
updated. Now, there's newer version, called 2s. also, added a video that shows how the auto ratchet/spin works.
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 ⌘ command key.
[see NeXT Keyboard]
the classic Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite (year 1998 to 2014) is now $199 on amazon. amazon see Microsoft Natural Keyboard Microsoft Natural Keyboardamazon
How Many Keyboard Shortcuts Are There (minor update)
SpaceOrb 360 (updated)
new discovery. mistel's keypad. 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 OS.
Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory
here's list of best Programable Keypads Programable Keypads
and here's list of best numpads Best Numeric Keypads
so currently my keypad keys are set to do these:
- • toggle max window
- • browser back/next
- • previous/next tab
- • close tab
- • open last closed tab
- • reload page (or in emacs, open in browser)
- • zoom in/out
- • select all, cut, paste
- • switch to last app
- • cycle app window
Unicode Keyboard Symbols ⌘ ⏎ ⌫ (updated)
IBM Model M keyboard (updated)
Leopold FC660C keyboard. Loved by many geeks, as Happy Hacking Keyboard alternative.
Leopold FC660C keyboard
[see The Idiocy of Happy Hacking Keyboard]
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 Guide to 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
added Steampunk 3D working gears keycap
Mac Keyboard Tools (updated)
Logitech Trackman Marble Review
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. Logitech G13 Gaming Keypad Review seems it's now discontinued.
everytime a trackball or special keypad is discontinued, its price shots up triple. see 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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to understand all issues about keyboarding science, start with this article. emacs and vi: Science of Command Efficiency
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Goldtouch Adjustable Keyboard (updated. New version of keyboard)
Mac: How to Change Keybinding (updated)
Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory (updated for 2018)
Test Your Mousing Efficiency! (updated)
Mac: Hover to Switch Window (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 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, “Senkaku Islands Bloody Battle”
see TRON Keyboard
Using Piano to Type Text (updated)
Keyboard Layout: Dvorak vs Colemak (minor update)
NEC M-System keyboard (new photo)
wee! kinesis edge is now on amazon.
Kinesis Freestyle Edge Keyboard
Elgato Stream Deck keypad (added video review)
Should You Type Space After Comma?
Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard Review (minor update)
Keyboard Hardware Dvorak vs Software Dvorak
Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory (updated)
Unicomp Keyboard (added a video review)
mouse history: Logitech Most Important Products
Guide to 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.
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