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by richfiles
16 Feb 2018, 16:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

No PCB as of yet, but I DID finally learn how to use KiCAD, so maybe someday in the future. Right now, I'm super busy with my two jobs, and I STILL need to figure out firmware. I was thinking about the following matrix configuration: C0 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 C9 C10 C11 C12 C13 C14 C15 C16 C17 C18 ...
by richfiles
16 May 2017, 18:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: "Floating" switches — why?
Replies: 37
Views: 4430

Furthermore, I'm aiming for a keyboard with an absolutely minimal footprint ... Except that the edges of your case extend out on each side, not being aligned to the footprint of the keys. Size-wise, there could just as well have been a thin frame around the keys. Okay, you got me there... I wanted ...
by richfiles
12 May 2017, 18:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: "Floating" switches — why?
Replies: 37
Views: 4430

For me, exposing the switches was actually a design choice, because I disassembled all the switches when I lubed them up, and dyed all my top housings blue to match my blue anodized plate. Furthermore, I'm aiming for a keyboard with an absolutely minimal footprint, since it will optionally slot into...
by richfiles
11 May 2017, 03:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: TMK for a Hot-Splittable Keyboard? Trying to Understand TMK
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Truth be told... Life, work, etc got busy when I was trying to learn this stuff. This is the first chance I've really had to get back into it. I have a day off this weekend, so it's tempting to just move forward and try. What's the worst that happens... The keyboard remains exactly as it has been fo...
by richfiles
09 May 2017, 18:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: TMK for a Hot-Splittable Keyboard? Trying to Understand TMK
Replies: 5
Views: 536

You know... I think for the sakes of getting this thing running, I'm going to select option A, even though layout wise, it's unintuitive. It's intuitive in terms of electrical layout, not physical layout. That's because my electrical matrix kinda jumps around all over the place on the right side of ...
by richfiles
08 May 2017, 18:24
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to build your very own keyboard firmware
Replies: 708
Views: 161052

I use Gateron Blue, but some have green springs. The top housings have all been dyed blue, to match the anodized aluminum plate. The reason there are more wires is I have LEDs in every switch. All LEDs are amber, controlled from a PWM pin of the Teensy 2.0. There are actually 4 banks of 22 LEDs, cov...
by richfiles
08 May 2017, 06:58
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to build your very own keyboard firmware
Replies: 708
Views: 161052

Holy cow this keyboard is gorgeous, it MUST become functional. If you have a Teensy 3.2 (other variant may work but I'm not sure...), I can help you, if you're willing to ditch TMK/QMK and build your own firmware under Linux... Keyboard75+1WireLacingFinal.jpg I'm running a Teensy 2.0 in this thing....
by richfiles
08 May 2017, 01:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

Haha! I'm STILL playing that addictive game! Over half a dozen Silver Lynels, 3 Hinox, a Stone Talus, 8 Shrines, and a couple Koroks were laid to waste yesterday! :lol: WHICH Zelda game? I need something to /waste/ use my time :lol: The newest one, of course! The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild...
by richfiles
08 May 2017, 01:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: TMK for a Hot-Splittable Keyboard? Trying to Understand TMK
Replies: 5
Views: 536

TMK for a Hot-Splittable Keyboard? Trying to Understand TMK

Keyboard76_NP_DZ_Split.jpg I have a keyboard project that's sat rather... stagnant for almost a year. The main keyboard is complete, and has been for a year, save for firmware. A sin, I know... The issue is that I'm a hardware guy... The last programming I dis was on a TI-89 calculator, and before ...
by richfiles
07 May 2017, 22:17
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to build your very own keyboard firmware
Replies: 708
Views: 161052

What I want to know, is where the matrix definitions need to be ordered by electrical sequence, or if the values are arbitrary, and allow for physical sequence (as long as the values are correctly defined). The obviously functional way is to lay the matrix out electrically. This seems to be what's ...
by richfiles
07 May 2017, 21:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

Haha! I'm STILL playing that addictive game! Over half a dozen Silver Lynels, 3 Hinox, a Stone Talus, 8 Shrines, and a couple Koroks were laid to waste yesterday! :lol: Since I couldn't get software specific help for my firmware question a year ago, I'm gonna copy-paste my old question to a new thre...
by richfiles
15 Apr 2017, 19:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

It's noon, and I'm about to go to bed! LOL... Stupid Zelda game on my three day weekend! XD To be fair, I've spent two full years on my Kerbal Space Program controller, and It's still a good ways away from completion. It's just driving me nuts that my keyboard is effectively done, and nothing more t...
by richfiles
14 Apr 2017, 09:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

So, I disappeared for a bit... My motherboard died. With only a tablet to rely on, I've not done much here. The good news is, I was able to get my motherboard repaired. The bad... Gigabyte was slow with the whole RMA process. :evil: I got back on my Kerbal Space Program instrument panel/controller b...
by richfiles
28 Dec 2016, 01:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

Keyboard76_NP_DZ_Split.jpg I worked on this over the Christmas holiday break. You can see the final trim and layout assembly. I might change up the misc keys from time to time, as I get other more interesting key caps. That's why I have a 6x6 number pad! Plenty of room for creative keys! :mrgreen: ...
by richfiles
25 Dec 2016, 08:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: "Your Fab Five" Keyboard Contest (Winner Announced)
Replies: 135
Views: 7524

"75%+1" Danger Zone (with magnetically detachable number pad) Keyboard_DZ_75+1_Top.jpg Keyboard76_NP_DZ_Split.jpg Keyboard76_NP_DZ_Join.jpg This is my baby. My 75%+1 Danger Zone keyboard, with magnetically detachable number pad. Custom plates, hand wired, magnetically detachable number pad, cherry w...
by richfiles
23 Dec 2016, 06:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

Keyboard76_NP_DZtestFitJoin.jpg Just threw the number pad keys, and a bunch of various Fallout and mod keys, but yeah, I wanted to see how she looks! Keyboard76_NP_DZtestFit.jpg She's a real beaut, isn't she! :mrgreen: Keyboard76_NP_DZtestFitSplit.jpg I can't WAIT to have this magnetic split functi...
by richfiles
22 Dec 2016, 07:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

Keyboard76_FadedDye.jpg It seems my dye might have been a bit... old. It came out more purple than blue. I attribute the color shift to it being LITERALLY a year and 2 months old. Fortunately, I only need four more keys (though I dyed six). I think if key caps are off, it'll stand out, but with key...
by richfiles
21 Dec 2016, 06:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

Honestly... It's been a combination of work, and trying to recover from having spent all day at work. I think the second wind (software wise) will come from seeing absolute completion of the hardware. Then I can sit down and figure it out... I hope! I really don't know C all that well, so i'll be le...
by richfiles
20 Dec 2016, 03:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

Keyboard76_NumPadTestFit.jpg So, I gotta drop a big thanks to LeandreN for once again coming through and getting me the plate I needed to finish this project! Number pad plate came in today. No idea when I'll get it finished, hopefully soon. I counted up my dyed switch tops... I have 30, needed 34....
by richfiles
21 Nov 2016, 03:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

Thanks for the kind words everyone. I do appreciate it! I figure once I get the number pad plate in, I'll likely get my second wind. Also, it'll be winter in Minnesota... I'll have nothing better to do! :mrgreen: Regarding the layout, I've mentioned it before, but I wanted something that was still s...
by richfiles
07 Nov 2016, 12:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

Keyboard75_ParacordBlueYellow.jpg So, quick update... Good news and bad news... The good news, is it sounds like i've gotten in on a plate group buy and will finally be getting the number pad plates made. I should be paying for those soon, I would think. I also found some nice blue paracord with a ...
by richfiles
11 Oct 2016, 11:36
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Apple IIc review (Alps SKCM Amber)
Replies: 17
Views: 1473

Ambers... With out a doubt, my favorite switch of everything I've ever tried.
by richfiles
04 Aug 2016, 12:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3707
Views: 189535

I'd probably buy it for my switch collection if you see it available next time. I managed to get back to the thrift shop with about 15 minutes remaining till close, and bought the electric typewriter with the Marquart switches. Funny thing, is my car battery was FLAT dead... < 1 volt. Had to charge...
by richfiles
25 Jul 2016, 08:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

Actually, People have already done backlighting in TMK. Skimming, the tutorial, apparently even RGB stuff and those serial controlled LEDs. The computer never sees those keypresses. As I understand it, keyboard mode functions are called without triggering the keyboard to send any data to the compute...
by richfiles
24 Jul 2016, 10:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What layout do you use?
Replies: 155
Views: 7172

Logitech_DiNovoEdge.png Currently, I type on a Logitech DiNovo Edge that has seen better days... And yes, those are some REALLY weird key sizes... a 5.75u space, and all the side keys like tab, Enter, Shift, etc... are all short by 0.25u. It inspired the concept of the modified 75% layout I'd later...
by richfiles
23 Jul 2016, 20:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

So, here's my progress so far. Also, as a disclaimer, I posted this info, in nearly the same format, on the TMK tutorial/help thread. I'm hoping to get a response to my coding questions. I feel this info should also be here, so this thread will maintain a complete record of the build and coding. Fir...
by richfiles
23 Jul 2016, 09:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3707
Views: 189535

Not so much a keyboard, but a typewriter, but who knows, maybe the switches are worth salvaging? OlympiaCarreraTypewriter.jpg The key caps seem pretty low profile. OlympiaCarreraKeys.jpg Doing some research, these appear to be a Marquart switch. They are linear, and felt very smooth. I had no proble...
by richfiles
22 Jul 2016, 04:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Is it possible to swap a Mini USB with Micro USB?
Replies: 24
Views: 7121

That wsken page has some of the fanciest "Engrish" I have ever encountered... Who knew you could make misplaced commas and broken syntax stutter off the tongue so elegantly! Bravo! :roll: :lol: It does look like a really nice product though. On my keyboard, I ended up sticking with Mini-USB for the ...
by richfiles
21 Jul 2016, 03:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Custom "75%+1" layout with "Danger Zone" Caps & Dyed Gateron MX Tops
Replies: 116
Views: 10958

I think I'm about half way through the TMK tutorial. I've assigned my pins, and defined my matrix (okay, I have two definitions, electrical and physical layouts, and am awaiting a reply on whether either is a valid application of code). After that, I think I define the layers... Getting there!
by richfiles
19 Jul 2016, 22:28
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to build your very own keyboard firmware
Replies: 708
Views: 161052

So, I'm pretty new to C programming. The last time I touched programming was TI-BASIC in the 90s, and TRS-80/Commodore BASIC in the 80s. C is not proving to flow all that intuitively through my tangled jumble of neurons. :roll: No, my profession and life long hobby has always been hardware. I've bui...

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