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by squizzler
07 Jun 2020, 12:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A Modern Contactless MX-style mount switch?
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: A Modern Contactless MX-style mount switch?

There is the Varmilo EC family, literally an MX clone whose contacts are engineered so they don't. It still requires a different circuit to detect the capacitance. I can't provide a product link, but this switch is available in some of their off-the-peg completes.
by squizzler
07 Jun 2020, 11:48
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Maltron single-handed keyboard review (Cherry MX Black)
Replies: 52
Views: 4018

Re: Maltron single-handed keyboard review (Cherry MX Black)

I found myself disappointed by the review for reasons iterated by many others here. Whilst there is room for constructive criticism of Maltron's - shall we say - lack of premium feel, it seems churlish to criticise them of all companies for using an unorthodox letter layout. As a British viewer, Chy...
by squizzler
08 May 2020, 19:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 34
Views: 2558

Re: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?

Probably not, everything defaults to qwerty and I doubt that even when working from home folks won't feel inclined to change. The priority thus far it seems has been to get everyone set up for remote working - grab a laptop and work on the kitchen table. Maybe in future as people approach the need ...
by squizzler
06 May 2020, 09:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 34
Views: 2558

Re: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?

Simplified Keyboard users were overrepresented among top-ranking participants in typing competitions (while Dvorak supposedly paid for their travel from his own income and savings); the layout was actually taught to thousands of students (still a very small number compared to QWERTY) and shown to b...
by squizzler
06 May 2020, 08:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 34
Views: 2558

Re: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?

After 9 years of exclusively typing Dvorak (and typing a lot), I got a job where it was hugely inconvenient to not be able to type QWERTY (ie. had to type on keyboards where I could not switch the layout), so I decided it would be a career enhancing move to quit Dvorak and go back to QWERTY. The pa...
by squizzler
05 May 2020, 14:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 34
Views: 2558

Re: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?

Your use selective quoting to make it seem that the RSTHD layout is arbitrarily designed. The author goes on to explain he then went on to design an application to sort through the different configurations and, assuming that he based his scoring on correct assumptions , the winning layout would be ...
by squizzler
04 May 2020, 09:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 34
Views: 2558

Re: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?

I don't understand why the poll has some seemingly unrelated layouts (e.g. Norman and Workman) grouped together as though they were the same thing. Norman and Workman are very different. It would make more sense to either separate them, or just list the 3 or 4 more likely options and then have "oth...
by squizzler
03 May 2020, 16:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 34
Views: 2558

Re: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?

If you were learning typing on an ortholinear board, maybe you would benefit from a Malt style layout? Those which put the 'E' on the thumb such as RSTHD are consistently scored more highly by analyser programmes than the best of the layouts that fit on legacy staggered row hardware. What does it h...
by squizzler
03 May 2020, 12:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 34
Views: 2558

Re: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?

Thanks for all the votes cast so far! QWERTY. That way I can use the most keyboards. Also I doubt another layout would give me any benefit whatsoever. I cannot argue with that logic, as a keyboard collector and reviewer it would be very hard to justify anything else! I would switch to colemak or Dvo...
by squizzler
02 May 2020, 19:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 34
Views: 2558

Re: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?

QWERTY, buuuuuuuut... Generally speaking, that only covers the letters A-Z, numbers and two symbols (comma and dot). There are many national layouts that are QWERTY but differ greatly in the placement of symbols and diacritics <snip!> So, would it be enough to say "QWERTY vs. QWERTZ vs. DVORAK", or...
by squizzler
02 May 2020, 13:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 34
Views: 2558

Re: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?

I edited live poll to add Arensito and MTGAP which deleted previous poll results. I'm sorry, I did not know that would happen! I have paired similar layouts in the poll to keep the number of choices to manageable levels. Let me know if that seems wrong - or if there are obvious omissions - and I can...
by squizzler
02 May 2020, 11:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 34
Views: 2558

Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?

Imagine one day your typing skills were taken from you and you had to learn from scratch. Maybe there is some accident or trauma in which you are totally fine except that you have no memory on how to type - your muscle memory is gone and you cannot even remember anymore where about all the letters a...
by squizzler
06 Apr 2020, 19:29
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Clarity hand wash dispenser review
Replies: 4
Views: 1120

Re: Clarity hand wash dispenser review

Grr, I had intended to include such a picture but the phone 'back-focussed' on the work surface!
by squizzler
06 Apr 2020, 17:20
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Clarity hand wash dispenser review
Replies: 4
Views: 1120

Re: Clarity hand wash dispenser review

I realised that but, frustratingly, it only occurred to me today!

Stay safe everyone.
by squizzler
06 Apr 2020, 16:45
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Clarity hand wash dispenser review
Replies: 4
Views: 1120

Clarity hand wash dispenser review

Keyboard: Clarity Juniper and Seaweed Aromatherapy Hand Wash Switch brand: Roma? Type: Linear, analogue Sense method: Hydraulic Total travel = 12mm Actuation point = 1mm Actuation force = 1200g (!!) Keycaps = N/A As reflects the low purchase price, the keyboard case is a PET plastic bottle which doe...
by squizzler
12 Mar 2020, 20:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: i need some help designing a new computer keyboard
Replies: 6
Views: 593

Re: i need some help designing a new computer keyboard

But it's not spamming us about dubious products...
by squizzler
12 Mar 2020, 19:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: i need some help designing a new computer keyboard
Replies: 6
Views: 593

Re: i need some help designing a new computer keyboard

There are numerous places that claim to have invented optimal layouts. Wikipedia lists several alternative layouts. Unfortunately the commitment in becoming proficient means you can't just take a few layouts for a proverbial spin round the block and decide which you prefer so you are at the mercy of...
by squizzler
10 Mar 2020, 22:19
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Kailh PG1593 series
Replies: 1
Views: 1279

Kailh PG1593 series

I have expanded on this page and added pictures. I would be delighted if anybody wishes to review.

Would the article be more accessible if the page were titled "Kailh KO" as that seems to be the informal name given?
by squizzler
05 Mar 2020, 13:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Ideal keycap mount?
Replies: 18
Views: 1658

Re: Ideal keycap mount?

It is hardly surprising so many of us suffer ergonomic issues - the above diagram appears to suggest the edge with the F-keys should be facing the user. :P The space invader is getting a lot of votes, and it does look like it affords the switch designer the options to put more of the mechanism insid...
by squizzler
05 Mar 2020, 08:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Ideal keycap mount?
Replies: 18
Views: 1658

Re: Ideal keycap mount?

The assumption here is that stack height is not good. Why is that? All other things being equal, it is better for the keyboard to be lower to the desk. We may look at youtube reviews of classic keyboards and think that your board needs to be unmanageably bulky to be taken seriously, like those moto...
by squizzler
04 Mar 2020, 12:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Ideal keycap mount?
Replies: 18
Views: 1658

Re: Ideal keycap mount?

Are you sure the KO preceded the SteelSeries rather than the other way round? The wiki on the KO dates from 2017 and that for the SteelSeries is two years older. Also the article claims the Steelseries unit is based on a "1583" series and the KO is "1593" series, and the KO's debut board - AFAIK - w...
by squizzler
04 Mar 2020, 10:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Ideal keycap mount?
Replies: 18
Views: 1658

Re: Ideal keycap mount?

Whatever happened to the Kailh KO family? It has a hollow "light well" stem just like the Omron B3K, and stem that looks to incorporate Kailh's "Box" design. it seems to have arrived as a competitor to the Omron, so presumably able to refine on the design of the latter. Best of all there is a click ...
by squizzler
02 Mar 2020, 18:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Variable weighting, potentially analog switch interest check
Replies: 10
Views: 817

Re: Variable weighting, potentially analog switch interest check

I have previously spent an idle moment speculating as to whether a pneumatic 'spring' could be used in keyboard switches. This would make it very easy to adjust the resistance: simply adjust the pressure until you get a spring rate that suits, just like a mountain biker will tune their bicycle suspe...
by squizzler
26 Feb 2020, 08:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Diy tkl keyboard!
Replies: 21
Views: 1559

Re: Diy tkl keyboard!

The flavour of the day seems to be the Steelseries Apex which is a hall effect. It you search Chyos' youtube channel he says they are some of the smoothest has has come across. I recommend the latter for overview of the alternative designs (optical/hall/capacitive) entering the market. The benefit o...
by squizzler
25 Feb 2020, 22:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Diy tkl keyboard!
Replies: 21
Views: 1559

Re: Diy tkl keyboard!

Get the impression you are fixated with these so-called cream switches (which I see from Novelkeys website are linear action Cherry MX clone marketed as especially smooth in operation), but have you considered the non-contact (i.e. capacitive or hall effect) models that have recently entered the mar...
by squizzler
24 Feb 2020, 16:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Diy tkl keyboard!
Replies: 21
Views: 1559

Re: Diy tkl keyboard!

I am into so-called ergonomic keyboards and find that self building seems to be a major part of that field. As for the traditional style boards I am not so sure there is any need to sully your own hands with a soldering iron. I have never built one but would certainly consider one that just requires...
by squizzler
19 Feb 2020, 11:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: reverse force switch interest
Replies: 11
Views: 798

Re: reverse force switch interest

Would anyone be interested in a "reverse force" switch? Example of what I mean in the pictures. There's a few things every typical switch does that this type of switch would do differently Switches are supposed to start their force curve at the top rest point. They rarely do, I find there's half ou...
by squizzler
17 Feb 2020, 21:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do you type properly?
Replies: 81
Views: 7405

Re: Do you type properly?

I am now running a Minidox loaded with the RSTHD layout. Never having been bothered about correct position on the Qwerty layout it is not hard to keep your fingers on the home row of this setup due to a carrot and stick approach. The carrot is that the layout is so efficient where else would your ha...
by squizzler
16 Feb 2020, 13:15
Forum: News
Topic: daskeyboard product management
Replies: 40
Views: 5030

Re: daskeyboard product management

I'll add: the direction that Kiibohd is going is to use HID-IO. I haven't looked too closely but I think this involves a boot interface and a sideband that is way more robust, and talks to a host side driver and daemon. That way you can get native shifted characters, native Unicode input, modifiers...
by squizzler
15 Feb 2020, 12:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cherry Viola switch
Replies: 22
Views: 1989

Re: Cherry Viola switch

Updated cherry MY? Yuck! If these are intended for budget boards then i'm afraid they'll feel horrible to consumers. What makes you think that? Most consumers will only ever have used generic membrane boards or touchscreens. Thats all Cherry have to beat. Many of us who have tried to evangelise 'pr...

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