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by Zobeid Zuma
09 Mar 2018, 23:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help choosing switches, please
Replies: 9
Views: 498

A switch that is smooth and not wobbly. Linear or tactile would be fine, in the light to light-medium weight range. Ideally I will be touch typing with a light touch and not bottoming out too frequently. Actuation or tactility nearer the top preferred. Also probably not clicky. Based purely on the ...
by Zobeid Zuma
11 Dec 2017, 18:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Split space bar and programmable?
Replies: 6
Views: 1529

You might take a look at what I did with my first build using a DZ60 PCB --> http://zobeid.zapto.org/misc/zo64.html
by Zobeid Zuma
30 Nov 2017, 15:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: plate damaged in the mail
Replies: 4
Views: 344

If it's like the last steel plate I used, you should be able to flex and bend it back into shape with your hands. Just sight down the length of it and keep bending a little here, a little there, and if you are patient you'll eventually get it straight. However, if your plate is made of a different s...
by Zobeid Zuma
28 Nov 2017, 04:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM XT almost ended my game
Replies: 15
Views: 1202

Ah, but the beauty and true ergonomic advantage of the Model F is that as typing speed goes up you stop bottoming out as much. Your nerves become accustomed to detecting the buckling of the spring and this becomes the feedback signal to your brain which tells you that a keypress is complete and tha...
by Zobeid Zuma
27 Nov 2017, 14:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM XT almost ended my game
Replies: 15
Views: 1202

I remembered using an original IBM PC in school. I thought it was a ridiculous computer, but I always remembered how much I liked the keyboard. When I got a Unicomp a couple of years ago, I sort of naively thought it would be something like what I remembered. So, I was disappointed, and it took a wh...
by Zobeid Zuma
30 Sep 2017, 14:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IC and Massdrop: the Halo Switch Disagreement
Replies: 90
Views: 5479

I look at it like this, as much as I would like to stick up for the little guy, the little guy violated the contract by selling keyboards on kickstarter, which the contract clearly forbids. From my reading, the contract explicitly allows I:C to sell keyboards to end users, which is what they are do...
by Zobeid Zuma
28 Sep 2017, 17:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Regarding Outemu Blues
Replies: 11
Views: 875

For whatever it's worth. . . I have a CyberpowerPC keyboard that came with Outemu blues, and I have not experienced the problem. I rather like it, especially since I added O-rings. Sharp clicks and delicate, musical pings.
by Zobeid Zuma
21 Sep 2017, 23:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IC and Massdrop: the Halo Switch Disagreement
Replies: 90
Views: 5479

KS is not a competing platform, it is just a one directional fundraising platform. Massdrop is a shop where you buy stuff with atrocious delivery times. The business models may be different, but I suspect Massdrop view Kickstarter as competition. From their viewpoint, they probably thought their co...
by Zobeid Zuma
19 Sep 2017, 00:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Are there ANY keyboards with a nav cluster on the LEFT side?
Replies: 12
Views: 1313

Quick search on Amazon. . . https://www.amazon.com/ALIMED-712358-Left-Handed-Keyboard/dp/B073QV4YC7/ref=sr_1_9 https://www.amazon.com/Handed-Mouse-Friendly-Keyboard-Wired/dp/B00449GTNA/ref=sr_1_13_a_it https://www.amazon.com/Evoluent-Reduced-Reach-Right-Hand-Keyboard/dp/B01NBMR61A/ref=sr_1_30 Oddly,...
by Zobeid Zuma
13 Sep 2017, 05:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Heresy
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

I don't like memorizing key combinations or shortcuts, and the F-keys in particular. Over time I've picked up the most basic and widely used shortcuts: Cmd-C = Cut, Cmd-S = Save, Cmd-Q = Quit, Cmd-P = Print. Those are mnemonic. Cmd-V for paste and Cmd-Z for undo aren't quite as logical and took me a...
by Zobeid Zuma
07 Sep 2017, 06:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Heresy
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

Getting back to my original subject. . . I just swapped the Matias Mini keyboard out for my old Unicomp Spacesaver M. Man, it's awful! After the Matias this feels like I'm typing in the mud. I never really loved the feel of the Unicomp, but it never felt as bad before as it does in this comparison. ...
by Zobeid Zuma
06 Sep 2017, 08:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Newbie asking about Matias Quiet Clicks vs Matias Clicks.
Replies: 15
Views: 1465

The downside of the Keyboardio is that it only comes with Matias Quiet Click and Matias Clicky. For me the real downside is having to re-learn touch typing. I've been looking at the Keyboardio for a while now, and they do make a very enticing pitch. It looks like an attractive, fantastically design...
by Zobeid Zuma
06 Sep 2017, 00:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Heresy
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

the f keys never bothered anyone, they just hang out on top of your keyboard out of the way, waiting until they're needed, selfless as they are. Steve Jobs notoriously despised them. I've heard a story that somebody once asked him to sign a keyboard, and he refused until the F-keys were removed fro...
by Zobeid Zuma
05 Sep 2017, 19:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Heresy
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

As much as I dislike the Windows keys (and not only because they come from Microsoft), they're supposed to be easily accessed, so putting them on a secondary layer kinda defeats their purpose. No, it's not meant to be on a secondary layer. All the nav keys, plus Windows and Menu, would be layer 0, ...
by Zobeid Zuma
05 Sep 2017, 16:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Heresy
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

TKL became popular because the mouse is way too far off to the right, and easy access to it is nowadays more important than the numpad. I feel like all the F1-F12 (and beyond) keys as well as the num pad are relics from the DOS era when there was no mouse, everything had to be controlled through th...
by Zobeid Zuma
05 Sep 2017, 14:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Heresy
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

Not really surprising. The MMTP is a reduction of the "proper" Enhanced Keyboard layout, while the XT layout is... the XT layout. I've mentioned this before, but it's pretty bad — everything to the right of the =['/ line looks like was designed by a drunkard in a hurry to meet a deadline, and some o...
by Zobeid Zuma
05 Sep 2017, 13:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Heresy
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

Chyros wrote: The Tactile Pro is the one with the clicky Matiases, right?
Yes. . . Not sure why in the world of Matias their clicky switches are "Tactile" and their tactile switches are "Quiet Click".
by Zobeid Zuma
05 Sep 2017, 12:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Newbie asking about Matias Quiet Clicks vs Matias Clicks.
Replies: 15
Views: 1465

Although I wouldn't call them heavy, they are slightly stiffer than ones you might have tried so far. Both switches are quite tactile, but the clicky switches noticeably moreso than the quiet ones. The quiet ones also have a quite different bottom-out feel due to the damping effect. I haven't tried...
by Zobeid Zuma
05 Sep 2017, 05:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Heresy
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

Sure, the layout obviously is an issue, and it gave me fits at first. But I don't think it's just that. I mean, it didn't take me too long to start adapting, learning to reach over for the left shift, and reach over for the enter key. And I've done some remapping since then. (This really made me a b...
by Zobeid Zuma
04 Sep 2017, 21:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Heresy
Replies: 27
Views: 1441

The Heresy

After having them both for a while, I can type faster and with much greater confidence and fewer errors on my Matias Mini Tactile Pro than I can on my vintage IBM Model F PC-XT keyboard.
by Zobeid Zuma
04 Sep 2017, 02:54
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 6 months with a WASD V2 104 key with Cherry Clears
Replies: 9
Views: 1351

What's wrong with the space bar? It looks like it's about to fall off!
by Zobeid Zuma
04 Sep 2017, 02:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Oracle Answers
Replies: 1533
Views: 122107

Oh wise oracle! Please help me solve this mystery. . .

Is there any fully programmable TKL?
by Zobeid Zuma
29 Aug 2017, 23:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What Are Your IBM Model F Preferences? (XT vs AT vs 122...)
Replies: 179
Views: 10897

Finally, XT keyboards are more plentiful and cheaper than AT boards. Overall, among Model F boards I have tried, I would give first place to the XT. I also sort of feel like the XT is under-appreciated as compared with the more exotic Model F variants. I mean... The XT is super heavy duty, it's not...
by Zobeid Zuma
09 Aug 2017, 08:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What makes a "Linux" keyboard different from a "Windows" keyboard?
Replies: 57
Views: 3088

Actually, I am working on a project in which I need to understand how Windows users, Mac users, and Linux users prefer to arrange their bottom row modifiers (and why). Having used my share of Windows boxes and Macs over the decades, those two aren't a mystery to me. But I am not a heavy Linux user....
by Zobeid Zuma
08 Aug 2017, 20:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What makes a "Linux" keyboard different from a "Windows" keyboard?
Replies: 57
Views: 3088

to be honest and this is my personal opinion so it's not my intention to step on any toes. i don't like the windows sign on sum of my keyboards. i try to tell my self it has nothing to do with the brand windows. But the fact of the matter is that it is a brand sign subconsciously or not it has in i...
by Zobeid Zuma
08 Aug 2017, 16:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What makes a "Linux" keyboard different from a "Windows" keyboard?
Replies: 57
Views: 3088

In my experience, the major difference between Mac, Windows and Linux in terms of keyboards is related to their use of the bottom row modifier keys: CTRL (⌃), ALT/OPTION (⌥), COMMAND/SUPER (⌘), ALTGR, MENU. (I won't include FN because it's not read directly by the computer.) Linux is the least deman...
by Zobeid Zuma
01 Aug 2017, 15:02
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Will touch screens kill the keyboard?
Replies: 141
Views: 12521

I expect keyboards will be "killed" some time after fountain pens are "killed". According to most conventional wisdom, fountain pens were killed by ballpoints in the 1950s-1960s. Yet, look today at how many companies are producing fountain pens and ink! I can't keep track of them all. The typewriter...
by Zobeid Zuma
30 Jul 2017, 01:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What's your dream keyboard?
Replies: 34
Views: 1487

Phenix wrote: that could be done with a 60+numpad or 60+macroad (like maxipad).
obv its not. goona look 'Kustom'
I have actually thought of that, and considered it, but....... I'd feel better with that sidebar on the keyboard if possible. Also, programmable layers wouldn't extend to an accessory pad.
by Zobeid Zuma
30 Jul 2017, 00:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What's your dream keyboard?
Replies: 34
Views: 1487

I think the new Model F77 ought to be pretty close to my dream keyboard. However, if I had the magic power to reach in and rearrange things exactly to my liking, it probably would come out looking something like this. . . http://zobeid.zapto.org/image/ultimax-keyboard-layout.jpg Move the nav pad to ...
by Zobeid Zuma
29 Jul 2017, 23:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My kid's road to perfection.
Replies: 9
Views: 638

Damn, I didn't learn to type until high school. And I was lousy at it then, but at least I learned to touch type by-the-book, which paid off later. However. . . How's your son's longhand, I wonder? Does he have a fountain pen too? (Do you, for that matter?) I really wish somebody had clued me in to ...

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