Xah Keyboard Blog 2020-01
Seagate Barracuda 120 SSD 2TB Internal Solid State Drive Buy at amazon
so, solid state drives are getting cheaper and larger. by the way, is this trend gonna continue, or, what's the technology's limit?
a friend says, yes it's gonna continue.
what's the best device for typing? how about gaming? and what is linear programing?
@Anon21 asks: In your opinion what's the most optimal device to type and game on and what is the most optimal video game keybind layout? (WASD, ESDF, TFGH, IJKL etc.)
That's a complex question. There's no one easy answer.
in general, the specifically designed, weird looking devices, are best, for specific task.
For example, what's the best device for typing? If the typing is speech text, then best is probably google voice input. But if we must restrict to finger operated devices and consider ergonomics and speed, then a stenotype [see Stenotype Machine] is probably best, but, that means we are not counting learning time, and practical inconvenience, cuz you don't have a stenotype on every computer.
So in general, there's ergonomics concern, and practicality concern, for example, Steno machine vs normal PC keyboard vs ergo keyboard like kinesis vs average ergo such as Microsoft or generic split mech keyboard. All has pro and cons.
It's like, multiple variables, and the method to solve such problem is called Linear Programing.
That is, you have variables like potential typing speed capability of the device, long term ergonomic consideration (say 2 hours continuous use per day for 3 years) , convenience consideration (how available is the device), type of input data (speech chat, poem, programing), length of input per day (i.e. How much u actually need to type per day), how long it takes to learn it (e.g. voice vs steno vs other chorded keyboard design), etc. Multiple variables.
For each of these variable, we quantify it. Say 0 to 1. Then, we set satisfaction constraints. for example, the device's ergonomic score must be greater than 0.6, and the potential speed must be greater than 0.5, and learning time required must be less than 0.4, and availability or portability of the device must be greater than 0.6, etc. Then, we measure the scores of each device. Then we check which devices satisfies all inequalities. This is called Linear Programing. And the above is only about the question of: which is the best for typing. Similar can be said for which is best for gaming. There, you have variables like which game exactly, or which category of games, or what kinda mix of games, etc.
How to Avoid Mouse Hand Pain
Valve Steam Controller is no longer made. And, is it good as mouse replacement on a personal computer? updated.
here's history. Valve Steam Trackball Controller
video demo of Kailh BOX Switch
added to Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms
video Demo of Different Force-Displacement Curves for Key Press
added to Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms
following is originally posted on 2017-07-17
apparently, some nerds are still designing keyboard letter layouts.
- see http://mtgap.bilfo.com/completed_keyboard.html
it's like, is x++ faster or x=x+1? Like, keep hacking a dead horse.
it's by Michael Dickens
His layout is called MTGAP layout. Apparently based on evolutionary algorithm.
I haven't looked into detail what he's doing, but he seems to have spent significant effort, for like 10 years.
he's got a list of layouts, more than that i know. But lots of it is now dead link. See http://mdickens.me/typing/alternative_layouts.html
been using Ultimate Hacking Keyboard in past 10 days. now i put it back in Best Ergonomic Keyboards, Xah Pick
two articles on ergonomics.
Windows Keyboard Software Guide
updated. New navigation panel. These articles are slightly old.
Ban Mouse Micro Switch
ban mouse micro switch. they always have drag double click problems.
my tentative research on best laptops under $1k.
Kensington Pro Fit Ergonomic Keyboard
new ergo keyboard. haven't studied it yet.
Kensington Pro Fit Ergonomic Wired Keyboard (K75400US) Buy at amazon
ergo keyboards is getting more popular.
flat ergo comparison
i'd just get X-Bows Keyboard Review
but see also Is Keyboard Tenting Important
on the keyboard department, did i mention, due to life circumstances, i switched from kinesis of 4 years Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard Review to uhk Ultimate Hacking Keyboard as main. For a change. we'll see what happens next.
Just redone the navbar. So the navbar is on the left in the following pages Windows Keyboard Software Guide
Those pages are a bit old. Because i haven't been on Microsoft Windows much, but most importantly, i started to use programable keyboards, which is superior than OS key programing.
Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory
Windows: How to swap Mouse Buttons: Right-Click, Middle-Click
PC Reveal keyboard
new photos. thanks to Zumwelt Zumleben
Keyboard Articles Index
updated, 698 articles on keyboard and input devices
Apple MacBook Touch Bar
keyboard history. The ergo revolution due to Microsoft. One of rare instance where Apple's version failed.
Microsoft Natural Keyboard
“the best way to avoid injury is not to go pro!”
Bad Keyboard Advice from Programers
Filmmaker Taika Waititi slams Apple keyboards during post-Oscar interview. Funny. see Worst Apple Designs
Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
Keymouse stops making.
Wacom Drawing Tablets Spy on You
Alt Graph Key, Compose Key, Dead Key
Best Ergonomic Keyboards, Xah Pick
think i gonna remove UHK and Mistel Barocco. Can't consider keyboard sans physical arrow keys as best.
seems Mistel Barocco keyboard is discontinued? Mistel Barocco Split Keyboard
Apple Keyboard History ⌨
Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms
Varmilo EC Switch
new toy arrived
blank keys, tenting degree, and chord shortcut vs single key sequence
some of my pushy answer on xahlee discord.
ah here. Das Keyboard, the one that started blank keys idiocy Das Keyboard
Blank Keycaps = nerd idiocy. Blank Keycaps vs Labeled Keys
the proper understanding of degrees of tenting Scientific Research on Keyboard Ergonomics
regarding key sequences instead of chord, it cannot be done with keyboard firmware. it must be done in the app or os. and most of them can't do it. e.g. try to make a key sequence do Ctrl+c
Ban Key Chords
on linux, LXDE/Openbox can do it see Linux: LXDE/Openbox, Change Keyboard Shortcuts but otherwise difficult.but if you use Emacs, it's easy. Define Key Sequence Emacs: Define Key Sequence
added a video of ball spin
old. the birth of xah-fly-keys
todo Logitech G513 Keyboard
now go buy a Sony Xperia 5 Unlocked Smartphone Buy at amazon Make economy great again. help Bezos richer to help your life more convenient.
this one is no buy. updated.
L-Trac is back. now sold by X-Key.
thinking of taking out my logitech marble for a spin
- Logitech TrackMan Marble FX Trackball
- Logitech Trackman Marble Wheel Optical Trackball
- Logitech Trackman Marble Review
- Marble Madness
Obsolete Mouses todo
Ergodash with knob
new photo, and thanks Matt B for donation.
more photos. One of our friend, Kathy, just bought this. Now, among xah talk show circles, we have 3 person who have keymouse.
adde a video.
grey version came out.
input devices and 3d printed improvement, by Lindy Design Lab
great video. She is a 3d modeler.
Sabrent Rocket Q 2TB NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 Internal SSD High Performance Solid State Drive R/W 3200/2900MB/s (SB-RKTQ-2TB) Buy at amazon
OLOy Memory DDR4 RAM 32GB (1x32GB) 2666 MHz CL19 1.2V 260-Pin Laptop Gaming SODIMM Upgrade for 2019 iMac 27-inch with Retina 5K Display, Late 2018 Mac Mini (MD4S322619MZSC) Buy at amazon
todo. remove. no longer made. Havit RGB Mouse
todo. no longer made? CM MasterKeys PBT Keyboard
macOS: Create Custom Keyboard Layout
people are still buying CODE Keyboard
If you have a question, put $5 at patreon and message me.