Xah Keyboard Blog 2020-05

L-Trac Trackball
back on sell at amazon.

a highly recommended headset.

HyperX Cloud II - Gaming Headset Buy at amazon

Ergodox Keyboard Thumb Keys Pain

macOS: Create Custom Keyboard Layout
major update

Mac Keyboard Viewer

Matias Mini Tactile Pro Keyboard
more updates

you could return the Leopold FC660C keyboard and buy 3 Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard or Optical Key Switch or the superb Epomaker Niz Plum keyboard or any number of ergo mech programable split Best Ergonomic Keyboards, Xah Pick

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Gergoplex 36

gonna play with this in the coming days.


roccat ends linux support?

Roccat keyboard and mouse used to have great linux support. Seems, that ended. see


optical switch 95YB7
Optical Switch
Topre key switch-2
Topre Switch

Kailh Switch
major update

Romer-G key switch 41681-m
Romer-G Switch
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Kailh BOX Switch
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Kailh Choc Switch

major update.

got a new idea. gonna swap the keycaps in HAVIT Keyboard to use on Gergo Keyboard

Keyboard Page Key

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Intel NUC Mini Computer

Laptop Sticker

old pages, minor updates

major update. now formula in JavaScript

my old article. my spacious office in y2k, with Sun Microsystems hardware. Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard
old article, repost.

wow, you can buy a Huawei phone on amazon.

Huawei P30 128GB+6GB RAM (ELE-L29) 6.1″ LTE Factory Unlocked GSM Smartphone (International Version) Buy at amazon

random updates.

minor updates. ROCCAT is known for linux support.

my smart phone Moto G5 Plus Phone, 2017

minor updates to a bunch of pages. mostly fixed the amazon link to direct product, not search.

why laptops are so fragile 2020-07-14 4nw7s
why laptops are so fragile 2020-07-14

minor updates

The Space Key

French Ergonomic Keyboard Layouts: dvorak-fr, bepo, bvofrak
updated. thanks to the creator of dvorak-fr.

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Tactile Bump Stickers

now, i need a unicode symbol to represent wireless, for wireless keyboard

ok, here's a symbol closest to bluetooth . Unicode Rune ᚠ .

Majestouch MINILA 2020 ghc7v-s250
Filco Majestouch MINILA

French Ergonomic Keyboard Layouts: dvorak-fr, bepo, bvofrak

niz plum 84 gR8Jj-s250
Epomaker Niz

added a video

now, review.

g604 mouse 20200709 49753-s900-s250

Microsoft surface book problems

My Microsoft surface pen stopped working one day after a Microsoft Windows update. Also, typecover keyboard, which i don't use much. But one day, i tried to use it, it won't power on.

updated Microsoft Surface Pro

I repeat, never buy logitech webcam. Added a video review.

Logitech C920 webcam gd42g 2-s244x256
logitech webcam sucks

Action Camera as Best Webcam

Mistel Barocco is back!

Mistel BAROCCO MD770 Keyboard 2020-11-29-s250
Mistel Barocco Split

Novation LaunchPad

Best Way to Insert Parenthesis/Brackets

Ultimate Hacking Keyboard
updated on the spec of the bridging cable.

cheap action cam can work as webcam

just discovered.

Campark ACT74 Action Camera 2020-07-03 5xngw-s247x253
best web cam

someone bought this. Logitech G700s Mouse. $400 on amazon. by the way, that was the best mouse.

massive curved monitor

Dell Monitor U4919DW 2020-07-02 zys2s
Dell Marketing USA LP Ultra Sharp 49″ Screen Led-Lit Monitor Black (U4919DW) Buy at amazon

someone bought it. join xahlee discord

Typing Habits, Repetitive Strain Injury ⌨
now with nav box at bottom of every page there.

How to Program Kinesis Advantage Keyboard
updated. bottom.

You got my page key philosophy wrong! I am never against page up down key. In fact, prefer to have those keys. And, i've always been espousing ctrl+pgup or pgdn to switch tab. Cuz, it's more ergonomic, and less keystrokes. But most nerd idiots insists ctrl+tab and shift tab. And those hhkb and 60% faaks no even have page up/down key, so they prefer ctrl+tab and ctrl shift tab crap. However, in studying the page key, all aspects, including history, i think it's a sorry state that the page key got invented. Because, mouse wheel, or touch pad swipe, is much more fitting. More efficient. But, understand, we cannot change history. Wheel and touchpad were invented 20 years later. So, in summary, it's a bit complex. Page up/down, physical keys, are great. Faak the nerd idiots with their 60% or 40% faak. But, in view of history, page up/down really shouldn't be there in the first place. Also, i so despise those nerds who use space instead of page down. Page down is proper. Space is hack. For example, u can see emacs, often have space to do page down. And it's very common among nerds in 90s. Faak hackers and their ways.

Keyboard Page Key

Keyboard Page Key
massively expanded.

Modifier Keys Usage Frequency
major expansion.

Gergo Keyboard
Massive update. New layout for xah fly keys. Fantastic. And criticism of gergo keyboard.

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Display Ink Phone
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QMK Configurator Tutorial

on its own page

Sticky Key

benzene666 keyboard
added. on hexagonal key arrangement

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Octopus Girl

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
added tips about save screenshot in jpg format

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
minor update

Character Frequency Counter. Added new feature. Filter out Chinese.

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Gergo 50

major update.

Delete Key

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Photoshop Keycaps
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Azeron Keypad
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tons of new photos.

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China double wheel diy keyboard 2020-06-19 [source 2020-06-19 https://www.zfrontier.com/app/flow/22466 ]

See also: Keyboards with Volume Wheel

Das Keyboard
minor update

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Epomaker Niz Plum

Difference Between Apple and PC keyboards

Matias mini tactile pro mac 2020-06-18 76gyp-s250
Matias Mini Tactile Pro

new photo. thanks to sezen.

Logitech G502 Mouse
added more photos

Where to Buy Keycaps

Emacs vs vim, Compute Keybinding Efficiency
major update

CODE Keyboard minor update

Microsoft's PowerToys project, the Keyboard Manager, is looking good. added to Windows Keyboard Software Guide

Mac vs Windows vs linux

someone asked me, which is better. A very frequently asked question.

xah thanks  2020-06-17 rxknw
xah thanks capji 2020-06-17 https://twitter.com/calexandrepcjr/status/1273219044661956609

someone asked about typing dvorak with pinyin or other input system.

Elecom HUGE Trackball
Elecom HUGE vs Logitech MX Ergo, A review by Takom.

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gboards xahlee 20200612

Diverge 4 is out. and bunch of updates on other pages.

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Diverge 4

Mac Keyboard Software Guide

Xah Keyboard Guide
new gui design

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Perixx PERIMICE 720
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WordPerfect keyboard shortcuts strip

Windows Keyboard Software Guide
added a app that shows key press and keycode.

PERIBOARD-322 Keyboard with Trackball

Kinesis Advantage Keyboard Gallery added a new mod.

minor updates.

XahTV 2020-06-06. math of seashell, kinesis vs UHK vs xbows keyboards, juggling and math

now, am back to kinesis advantage2 as my main keyboard. I must say, it is truly more comfortable than uhk.

Jonathan Blow smashes Razer BlackWidow keyboard. see How Razer Keyboards Suck

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Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard five hundred dollars. covid19 shortage. Buy at amazon
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Repetitive Strain Injury will never happen to you. Just someone stupid.

KeyMouse seems gonna continue production. See link to their blog at top there. thanks to Kowodo for the tip.

Elgato Stream Deck has a 32 key version.

Programable Keypad
minor update.

major and minor updates.

Varmilo EC Switch
added videos.

HAVIT Keyboard
added a video

Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms
added kailh choc switch.

How to Avoid Mouse Hand Pain
major update.

Logitech G-Hub Sucks
major addition

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Mouse with Mechanical Keyboard Key Switches
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Elecom Bitra Trackball, Index Finger
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Elecom Bitra, Thumb

minor updates

add Elecom EX-G Pro Trackball ball size, and to the ball size page

minor updates

hhkb pro hybrid ts vgt33-s1402x578-s389x161

now on amazon.

Best Computer Desk

minor updates.

Logitech Trackman 1989 Trackball
new photo

magnetic USB connector 2020-05-14 2bmkc
magnetic USB connector 2020 Buy at amazon

this can solve the tablet single USB problem. either you buy bluetooth keyboard and mouse, or you get a magnetic USB connector, and a portable USB hub.

major updates

Ergonomic Keyboards Size Comparison

SkeleTron Keyboard
updated, with correct info.

Japanese Character Frequency

XahTV 2020-05-06 how to avoid mouse hand pain, logitech g-hub crap, paradox of optimal keymap, substance vs milen, Candace Owens

Leopold fc980c 2020-08-02 RStZK-s250
Leopold FC980C Keyboard

XahTV. TRON Keyboard, NEC M-System keyboard Japan Thumb-Shift Keyboard. Topre. 2020-05-08

Topre Switch

The name Topre, came from Tokyo Press, because the company was named Tokyo Press Kogyo Co Ltd, and got renamed in 1985 Oct to Topre Corporation. Also, topre patent expired in 2004. This is probably why, you see chinese capacitive switches, such as Varmilo EC Switch [thanks to Captain Alan.]

updated at Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms

KeyMouse minor update.

updated a lot on Japanese and chinese keyboards

Logitech G-Hub Sucks

Once we have rectification of the spelling system, then, we could have proper uniform abbrev for syllables. This would potentially beat stenotype, but with normal non-chorded typing

got ban'd by twitter yester 2020-05-05. Thinking, quit twitter.

Logitech G502 Mouse
added efficient button setup

how often do you open link in a new tab?

Why Swap Mouse Right Button and Middle Button
major update

Pinyin Letter Frequency problem, the removal of v

added to bottom
Pinyin Letter Frequency 拼音字母頻率

NEC PWP-100 mod qt99q-s289x217
NEC PC-8801-KI Keyboard (1983)

lots new photos