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by vvp
06 Apr 2019, 11:01
Forum: Workshop
Topic: OSH Park - Flex PCBs for Dactyl / Manuform / etc
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: OSH Park - Flex PCBs for Dactyl / Manuform / etc

It is very likely you cannot do this for Manuform without redesigning the keywell or making the case bigger. Notice that you need one row of keys almost in plane to fan-out flexible PCB columns from. You either need such a row of keys or you need a bigger case to place the row of PCB connections out...
by vvp
04 Apr 2019, 22:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: ISO users
Replies: 65
Views: 2045

Re: ISO users

spongebob1981: I thought you meant it for every keyboard, not only for enthusiasts' keycap sets. But there is not much difference in reasoning except the price. It costs about a buck when a part of a keybaord and from 15 up when sold separately. And the lower price range will not have any non-US leg...
by vvp
03 Apr 2019, 16:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: ISO users
Replies: 65
Views: 2045

Re: ISO users

spongebob1981: That it never going to happen. Production keycap prices are in cents and you want increase that price few times. And what about environmental aspect of this. Most keyboard users would be throwing away a lot of keycaps they do not use. It is not only eñes, çedillas, carons, ... It is a...
by vvp
02 Apr 2019, 21:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: ISO users
Replies: 65
Views: 2045

Re: ISO users

The compose key: I'm astonished it never found its way into Windows as it's so useful for doing stuff like this on any keyboard without needing to know arcane and obscure control codes. A friend using windows reported that this works well (at least on Win10 ... and probably on older versions as wel...
by vvp
02 Apr 2019, 09:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: ISO users
Replies: 65
Views: 2045

Re: ISO users

I preferred ansi to iso when I used a standard layout. Most keyboards use iso here.

The reason was simple. I used enter more often than backslash.
by vvp
19 Mar 2019, 10:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!
Replies: 423
Views: 31452

Re: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!

I heard about using palms for the bottom row keys at the sides. You are probably not alone using it that way. That is using palms on still quite small Ctrl keys. To be honest I have palm keys as well (used as layer shifts). But I never smash them, they are small and it is a custom build, i.e. not co...
by vvp
18 Mar 2019, 20:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!
Replies: 423
Views: 31452

Re: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!

kbdfr wrote:
18 Mar 2019, 19:43
Ask a piano player :mrgreen:
I talked to tp4tissue on geekhack. He is a piano player and loves to move hands a lot around keyboard. I need some time to recover from the stress of that experience ;)
by vvp
18 Mar 2019, 17:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!
Replies: 423
Views: 31452

Re: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!

I know you do touch type. We discussed that in the thread about how many keys a keyboard should have. You are the cool guy with a strange love for macros triggered by one key instead of chords of keys and an incredible skill to hit far away keys (which require significant hand move) without looking....
by vvp
18 Mar 2019, 14:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How about splitting the space bar, with equal-sized symmetrical halves?
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: How about splitting the space bar, with equal-sized symmetrical halves?

Swill has a plate builder if you are not aware about it by some strange chance.
This is probably it: http://builder.swillkb.com/
There is a lot of discussion about it on geekhack.
I never used it myself.
by vvp
18 Mar 2019, 10:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom Layouts: Japanese and German
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Custom Layouts: Japanese and German

Certainly in most games and some other applications pg up and pg down are to scroll through chat or objective log etc Most importantly all the document viewing/editing applications use it to scroll by half or full amount of the currently visible lines. I guess more people view edit text than play g...
by vvp
18 Mar 2019, 10:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How about splitting the space bar, with equal-sized symmetrical halves?
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: How about splitting the space bar, with equal-sized symmetrical halves?

Sandwidtch cases are OK and rather cheap. You can go with acrylic or wood. If you have access to a good band saw then you can cut them yourself. The wooden one can look extremely well if you devote the time to surface finishing. If you have an access to a reprap 3d printer then you can print a case ...
by vvp
18 Mar 2019, 00:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!
Replies: 423
Views: 31452

Re: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!

@PlacaFromHell: You are the first one I heard about who is smashing space bars with a palm. Anyway, if you really do that then your argument is valid and you need a big space bar. But maybe you can consider a more efficient way of typing. You would not need a big space bar then. Calling me a kid fee...
by vvp
17 Mar 2019, 20:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How about splitting the space bar, with equal-sized symmetrical halves?
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: How about splitting the space bar, with equal-sized symmetrical halves?

Space, BackSpace and modfiers (Fn, Ctrl, Alt) are good candidates for keys which will be created by splitting a big space bar.
by vvp
17 Mar 2019, 20:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!
Replies: 423
Views: 31452

Re: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!

@Gampela: Nice, splitting a big space bar into 3 keys is a progress in the good direction :-) Also if you want to put navigation keys to a layer on the home keys then consider using a vim(*) style navigation instead of inverted T. It is better, you do not need to move fingers to a different key when...
by vvp
17 Mar 2019, 13:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!
Replies: 423
Views: 31452

Re: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!

Nonsense. Why do you want to WASTE the most valuable keyboard real estate with a big ass space bar? You are CONFUSED with historical heritage of old crapy keyboards! It is just the location of the middle of the bottom row where your thumbs are naturally positioned. It is the place where your thumbs ...
by vvp
15 Mar 2019, 17:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom Layouts: Japanese and German
Replies: 12
Views: 438

Re: Custom Layouts: Japanese and German

I use CapsLock key often when I need to write more capital letters. The layout is missing PgUp and PgDown keys. I use those often. I you are going full custom and you touch-type then why not something more ergonomic (split and column staggered). E.g. something like Ergodox? If you want something off...
by vvp
11 Mar 2019, 09:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Gaming Keyboard - Looking for Advice
Replies: 33
Views: 1806

Re: Gaming Keyboard - Looking for Advice

I agree that NKRO or 6KRO is likely better in order to err on the side of safety, but I think the dangers of 2KRO in games have been highly overstated. How about a diagonal move up (W) rigth (D) and jump (Space) at the same time. There you have 3 non-modifier keys pressed at once. 2KRO is a problem...
by vvp
10 Mar 2019, 21:48
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Soldering problem - need help !
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: Soldering problem - need help !

Cool.

Use less solder next time so that the joint surface is concave. This allows you to see whether the solder weted the joints properly. Improperly weted joints are not visible if too much solder (convex surface) is used.
by vvp
10 Mar 2019, 19:23
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Soldering problem - need help !
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: Soldering problem - need help !

Please see those images, first one is up arrow - I think, I THINK... when I was taking off old switch I also took out that small ring that was on the pcb. Then I noticed that this thin long thingy - don't know how you call it - is coming off. It looks like a thin copper "route"? I soldered it to th...
by vvp
05 Mar 2019, 12:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Additional keyboard for Macros
Replies: 13
Views: 517

Re: Additional keyboard for Macros

Kinesis Advantage has macro support.
Open firmwares have macro support as well if you can build a keyboard or replace the controller yourself.
by vvp
27 Feb 2019, 10:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Questions about keyboard programming.
Replies: 8
Views: 489

Re: Questions about keyboard programming.

Each time, you first wait a couple microseconds (why, I'm not sure, but it is recommended for the matrix to "settle"). It's because a microcontroller is scanning a voltage on an LRC circuit . Typical values are about: R = 33 kΩ, C = 5e-12 F, L = 0.5e-3 H You are interested mostly in the times t1=(-...
by vvp
21 Feb 2019, 19:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Objective reasons for using a mechanical keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 1117

Re: Objective reasons for using a mechanical keyboard

I went for mechanical switches because they are discrete and can be used to build contoured keyboards relatively cheaply. Otherwise I do not care that much about switches or keycaps. Tactile switches are bit better for me since they provide some touch feedback about the actuation point. Clicky are a...
by vvp
14 Feb 2019, 10:06
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Broken microcontroller: what to do next
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: Broken microcontroller: what to do next

If soldering MCU pins fixed the problem for a while then it is likely you have badly soldered MCU to PCB or the MCU is broken. The thermal stress may have temporarily (dis)connect something in the MCU package. The chance that it is somewhere else around the broken row traces on the PCB is lower now....
by vvp
12 Feb 2019, 19:04
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Broken microcontroller: what to do next
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: Broken microcontroller: what to do next

Try to measure the resistance between the row and the ground when the keyboard is not connected (powered off). Make sure you place the negative probe of the ohm-meter on the ground (notice that many ohm-meters have negative pole on the red probe). You should measure values in the range of 10 MΩ or b...
by vvp
12 Feb 2019, 08:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Gaming Keyboard - Looking for Advice
Replies: 33
Views: 1806

Re: Gaming Keyboard - Looking for Advice

Red_October wrote:
11 Feb 2019, 21:32
Model F 122-key. N-key rollover, infinite programmability through Soarer's Converter
How much latency does Soarer's Converter add?
by vvp
10 Feb 2019, 23:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Most and least reliable keyboard switch?
Replies: 24
Views: 1068

Re: Most and least reliable keyboard switch?

Cherry MX Brown switches in my Kinesis Advantage started to misbehave after about 11 years of daily use. All other keyboards/switches I used did not fail but I never used them for more than about 1-2 years. A friend had a bad luck with Gateron white (linear). Two switches failed after about 2-3 year...
by vvp
06 Feb 2019, 20:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Does getting a mechanical keyboard increase (damage) if I play an mmo?
Replies: 17
Views: 604

Re: Does getting a mechanical keyboard increase (damage) if I play an mmo?

Interesting. He adds key travel time to the latency and the key travel time is in the range of 16 - 32 ms. Cherry MX registers in the middle of the travel so that would make it 8 - 16 ms latency because of the the travel time. Well, gamers should use microswitch keyboards with about 0.5 - 1 mm trave...
by vvp
06 Feb 2019, 11:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Does getting a mechanical keyboard increase (damage) if I play an mmo?
Replies: 17
Views: 604

Re: Does getting a mechanical keyboard increase (damage) if I play an mmo?

Kinesis Advantage 1 USB polling rate is 8 ms. This is Cherry MX Brown.
My custom K84CS keyboard polling rate is 2 ms. This one is Gateron Blue.
I have only PS/2 rubber dome now -> no rubber dome data from me.
by vvp
06 Feb 2019, 11:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Does getting a mechanical keyboard increase (damage) if I play an mmo?
Replies: 17
Views: 604

Re: Does getting a mechanical keyboard increase (damage) if I play an mmo?

No ghosting and jamming is requirement for any keyboard regardless whetter is is a generic rubber dome or an expensive gaming keyboard. I doubt that rubber domes do jam or ghost more often. I never had this problem with the few rubber domes I had. I had some ghosting problems with a Cherry MX switch...

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