Xah Keyboard Blog 2019-01

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

major update

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Microsoft Surface Dial
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MacBook Touch Bar


Apple iMac keyboard M2452 1999 jxg7P-s250
Apple USB keyboard, 1999. (Bondi Blue iMac)
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parrot picking keys
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logitech webcam sucks

and i found a good one.

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Ghost in the Shell Typing Bot, 1995
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Marble Madness

todo. to review. Mouse vs Keyboard: Is Mouse Bad for Programer?

todo. video about the logitech g502 Logitech G502 Mouse

todo. video about the logitech g600 Logitech G600 Mouse

3dconnexion spaceball 5000
SpaceNavigator 3d Mouse

Ergonomic Mouse

added 2 nice video reviews of vertical mices.

pay me

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N-key Rollover and Ghosting (updated)

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UHK lisp keyboard
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katana60 keyboard

Microsoft SideWinder Mouse Series

mouse history. updated.

Linus Chipmunk 2021-12-21
Linus Tech Tip Chipmunk

updates. big and small.

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SpaceOrb 360

Mouse Reviews

Best Mouse for Programers

Ergonomic Mouse

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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse 6000

Review of the Ultimate Hacking Keyboard

Xah Talk Show: Review of the Ultimate Hacking Keyboard. 2019-01-19

For detailed written review, see Ultimate Hacking Keyboard

Kinesis Advantage vs UHK

the answer would probably be disappointing. because i cannot honesty say one is better than the other in general. Both are so good, but the two are rather quite different keyboards, primarily due to shape and size. i was using Kinesis Advantage2 for 3 years now. UHK for 50 days. When i got UHK, i thought i'll try it for a month then go back to Kinesis. But it's really good, and am still on it. I don't feel i have to switch back to Kinesis, nor that i must stick with UHK. I'd say, a easy criterion for decision is, if you want a station at home, get Kinesis. If you sometimes need to travel, get UHK. Also, Kinesis got driverless programing. But UHK's programability is more advanced and so easy to use, i didn't find any bump using it AT ALL. eg. kinesis, u can't make modifier do macro or other key, unless u first program it to be a non-modifier. The UHK, partly because it's visual, and so easy. anyway, i think if u want to decide: here's few points: portability. driverless programing. extremely easy gui programing and more advanced programmability. As to the keyboard hardware and shape... I think it really depends on you. For me, it'd be a coin flip. Also, for those got RSI already, i think Kinesis bowl surface and rectangular grid layout is better. (but i know people who has RSI and can't get used to Kinesis) also, hand size is a factor. If you are, say, Asian Female, then, UHK is absolutely better.

the Logitech G602 Mouse, was some $60, but now $32 Logitech G602 Mouse

Steel Balls for Hand Exercise

Apparently, amazon has lots steel balls. Get the bigger ones, as hand exercise balls.

possibly, you can also use it as trackball replacement, but i don't think it'll work well, due to the shiney surface.

See also:

my current mouse for left hand. HAVIT HV-MS735 Mouse Buy at amazon

i don't recommend it.

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worn keyboards

Trackball vs Mouse, How to Choose Trackball


Logitech MX Ergo Trackball was $100, now $75

hey @xah_lee have you ever tried this logitech? looks like the upgrade to the M570, but im not sure it is worth it anyone else feel free to chime it

it's very good. my friend @AenonSun uses it, and i tried it. i have a page on it but not much info Logitech MX Ergo Trackball i'd say it's one of the top 3, if i'd consider to buy a trackball.

See also: Best Trackballs, Xah Pick

Japanese Input Method and Layouts

split into 2 pages.

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Japanese Input Method

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Japanese Keyboard Layouts

to review https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/ackgu1/keyt_my_new_diy_highly_adjustable_wireless/

XahTV 2019-00-04 most efficient ways to switch window/app in linux/Mac/Windows

wacom is actually a Japanese company. didn't know that. Now more respect.

do you have updated list of best ergo dream keyboard?

Hi Pablo, happy 2019! this list is probably the best one can get Best Ergonomic Keyboards, Xah Pick as i keep watching the scene. Of that list, take off those don't have tenting. and take off perhaps the Microsoft one, and take off Mistel Barocco (cuz too few keys)

that list doesn't include Do It Yourself ones. cuz too many Do-It-Yourself Keyboards. Also, for those with too few keys, a perfect solution is to add a programable keypad. If one allow that, then Mistel Barocco would also be great.

oh, you mean which characteristics.

i see. i think it depends on each's preference. For me, it's this, more important first

  1. Split hands (1 physical piece is ok)
  2. Tented [see Is Keyboard Tenting Important]
  3. 2 thumb keys per hand. (more is not necessarily better)
  4. Full size physical arrows keys.
  5. Full size physical F1 to F12,page up/down keys.
  6. Driverless programable.
  7. Rectangular grid layout.
  8. Concave like Kinesis/Maltron.

Emacs random chat. I talk about RSI, doing a typing game, rule the world.

Emacs random chat. I talk about RSI, doing a typing game, rule the world.

follow my emacs blog Xah Emacs Blog often there's lots Repetitive Strain Injury related stuff.

Typing Tutorial, Speed Test, Typing Games

[The Story of my Switch to Dvorak By Jacob Crouse. At https://medium.com/@jacobcrouse3/the-story-of-my-switch-to-dvorak-7972a902324d ]

a personal blog on the kinesis advantage keyboard http://www.happyponyland.net/keyboard

How to Set Key to Switch to Browser