Adding extra keys to your Kinesis Advantage

User avatar
webwit
Wild Duck

17 Dec 2012, 01:34

prdlm2009 wrote:An open office makes the assumption that you actually want to communicate with your co-workers. Why would anybody want to do that?
That's what human resources tells you. Do managers work in open office spaces? Surely they must communicate. Typically you don't communicate non-stop during the work day. If you're a developer at Facebook that might be 10 - 20%. With open office you are in a busy environment for 100% of the time. It is because the management is stupid and cheap, of course.

Bleh. Stupid, because IBM already found out and fixed this over 30 years ago, even Microsoft does it right. It's the basics of peopleware, the research is all there. In summary it's more expensive to destroy the limited ability of people to concentrate than to give people proper work spaces and proper meeting spaces.

Basic fact: 2/3rd of more of your developers will be introverts, they hate open offices designed by/for extroverts who don't realize that, it destroys them and their productivity, it makes them sick and many quit. That's very expensive.

User avatar
vivalarevolución
formerly prdlm2009

17 Dec 2012, 01:54

webwit wrote:
prdlm2009 wrote:An open office makes the assumption that you actually want to communicate with your co-workers. Why would anybody want to do that?
That's what human resources tells you. Do managers work in open office spaces? Surely they must communicate. Typically you don't communicate non-stop during the work day. If you're a developer at Facebook that might be 10 - 20%. With open office you are in a busy environment for 100% of the time. It is because the management is stupid and cheap, of course.

Bleh. Stupid, because IBM already found out and fixed this over 30 years ago, even Microsoft does it right. It's the basics of peopleware, the research is all there. In summary it's more expensive to destroy the limited ability of people to concentrate than to give people proper work spaces and proper meeting spaces.

Basic fact: 2/3rd of more of your developers will be introverts, they hate open offices designed by/for extroverts who don't realize that, it destroys them and their productivity, it makes them sick and many quit. That's very expensive.
Oh sorry, I meant to say why would anybody want to constantly communicate with their co-workers? Surely, we can't have that much to say to each other.

Although the cubicle is isolating, I'll take it over the open office.

User avatar
webwit
Wild Duck

17 Dec 2012, 02:07

Ah ok I thought you were being cynical :) Cubicles suck, but they suck much less than open office imo. The average human can (re)concentrate 17 times a day. After that it's all much worse. You might find this interesting. When IBM was still into making stuff that mattered some decennia ago, they contructed a new campus and to get the best out of their developers, they came with this floor plan after extensive research:
Spoiler:
Image
That is, a number of offices around a central meeting area. Are you in the zone? Close the door. Open for communication? Open the door. Want to communicate? Either step into the central meeting area or meet in the office of someone else, if the door is open.

bjarven

07 Jan 2013, 16:38

This thread has given me the confidence that I should be able to do the palm key mod to my kinesis! :)

A question though, how often do you use those palm keys? I'm thinking about putting some characters that I use relatively often on the second layer. (å, ä, ö, I'm swedish) Atm I access them with AltGr, and I have AltGr mapped to the bottom left key on the right thumb cluster. Do you think it's easier to press a palm key then to press that AltGr?

I'll probably do the mod in either case, but I'll get to it faster if you recommend the palm keys over AltGr ;)

bjarven

20 Jan 2013, 22:59

Done! It was quite easy with a stepped drill bit.

Unfortunateny I don't have a soldering iron (yet, it's in the mail...) so the cables connecting the buttons were just taped on. They worked for a while but I think they've fallen off now that I've moved the keyboard. So now they're just sitting there looking pretty...

A related question, do you know if it's possible to remap {} and () to the keypad layer? I tried but since they require me pressing shift before pressing the remapped key I ended up remapping shift insead.. Any ideas?
Attachments
20130120_161151.jpg
20130120_161151.jpg (119.42 KiB) Viewed 2502 times

User avatar
Kurk

21 Jan 2013, 08:18

bjarven wrote:.........
A related question, do you know if it's possible to remap {} and () to the keypad layer? I tried but since they require me pressing shift before pressing the remapped key I ended up remapping shift insead.. Any ideas?
You can only remap "complete" keys, i.e. main layer and shifted layer together. No remapping '(' and ')' without remapping 9 and 0, too. If you really want it to happen you have to write your own keyboard driver. Autohotkeys could also do the trick I guess (no experience myself).

addendum: AFAIK, you can assign macros to the keypad layer. For example, Keypad+K could be Shift+9.

User avatar
sordna

22 Jan 2013, 16:37

bjarven, congratulations on a fine looking keyboard!
Very happy to see you did the mod, you even put the buttons in a better position than I did!

Let us know how it feels in a few days, after you get used to it. I use both my palm keys for Shift.
Actually, on the keyboard on which I did other mods (extra thumb keys) I use the right palm key as momentary keypad shift, but on my other keyboard, both palm keys act as Shift.

bjarven

28 Jan 2013, 13:27

sordna wrote:bjarven, congratulations on a fine looking keyboard!
Very happy to see you did the mod, you even put the buttons in a better position than I did!
Thanks! I took your advice on the placement, and put them a little bit further away from the thumb clusters. Today is actually the first day that I have them wired up, so I'll have to wait some more time before getting used to them. But so far they behave very promising! :)

I'm using them for AltGr at the moment, and I have å,ä,ö¸{}, [], () on the AltGr layer. Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator 1.4 (phew long name) is very useful for creating easily redistributable layouts. As long as you stay on windows I guess...

User avatar
uberben

16 May 2013, 17:37

Any word on how you like the position of the palm keys? I've got mine sitting at home, but am reluctant to put holes in my case until I know the best position.

User avatar
sordna

17 May 2013, 06:10

I suggest you tape some coins or backgammon pieces or something to the keyboard for a few days, to simulate the palm keys in different positions ...

User avatar
Input Nirvana

13 Jun 2013, 06:15

Sordna has it right. I've done this with quarters and decided I wanted the buttons under the meaty part of my thumb/palm. The quarters confirmed this to a fraction of an inch.

User avatar
Input Nirvana

13 Jun 2013, 06:27

webwit wrote:
Input Nirvana wrote:I was at the Facebook campus the other day and saw this....
Facebook Kinesis.JPG
Kinesis Advantage with a Cirque touchpad.
Mein Gott! Open office space. The pour souls.
Almost all the buildings on the Facebook campus have open office. Plenty of room for the bicycles, skateboards, huge stuffed animals, booze bottles on display, backpacks, various sundry posters, quirky knick-knacks, etc.

User avatar
webwit
Wild Duck

13 Jun 2013, 09:12

So facebook is not only for children but also by children?

User avatar
vivalarevolución
formerly prdlm2009

14 Jun 2013, 01:42

Input Nirvana wrote:
webwit wrote:
Input Nirvana wrote:I was at the Facebook campus the other day and saw this....
Facebook Kinesis.JPG
Kinesis Advantage with a Cirque touchpad.
Mein Gott! Open office space. The pour souls.
Almost all the buildings on the Facebook campus have open office. Plenty of room for the bicycles, skateboards, huge stuffed animals, booze bottles on display, backpacks, various sundry posters, quirky knick-knacks, etc.
Sounds like a college dorm room. Although in the midst of another mind-numbing day at the office, I would love to have a giant stuffed animal to hug while I'm crying silently in the bathroom stall.

User avatar
Input Nirvana

14 Jun 2013, 03:33

The Facebook campus is the old Sun Microsystems property. In most buildings they have mostly torn out huge open areas, with some peripheral rooms for meetings/confrences, and some offices, bathrooms, etc. About have of the areas are clear epoxy coated concrete flooring, some glue-down carpeting, but there is no echo because there are few walls and the ceilings are removed as well...all the way to the roof with exposed wiring, HVAC, etc. Each area holds about 40-80 peeps depending on section, and each section has a pretty fully stocked kitchen with various coffees, drinks, fruit, muffins, cereal/milk, and tons of Dove candy, and other somewhat desirable snacks. Plus, they have several kitchens that make some pretty great food (bbq, sandwiches, omelets, etc). All free. Bathrooms are full service with showers and all toiletries. You could live there, no problem.

There seems to be little restriction on what people can have at their work areas, but I have never seen anything racy/suggestive or highly polarizing. Of course most peeps seem to be 20-somethings and are mostly thinking about getting laid. The one thing that surprises me is the high quantity of wine/booze displays. About 10% of the work areas have 3-10 bottles of premium liquors. Very premium. Like so premium it was probably given as expensive gifts. Stuff you don't find on the shelf at a liquor store.

Tons of Dell large monitors, tons of Apple iMacs, and I obviously cruise and look at keyboards. I've seen many represented :)

Yahoo, Google, Ebay, Paypal, share many similar attributes. Make no mistake, in Silicon Valley there is an expectation of the work environment, so it's somewhat consistent.

I don't use Facebook.

User avatar
vivalarevolución
formerly prdlm2009

14 Jun 2013, 17:31

I never understood the purpose of displaying one's booze consumption. You drink a lot of alcohol. Great. Congrats.

The rest of the environment sounds interesting however. More relaxed than my cube land.

User avatar
Input Nirvana

16 Jun 2013, 05:50

Yes, it's very casual, not much of a dress code, some pretty extreme "looks". It has many positives for the areas that collaborate a lot. It's somewhat "new school".

oksayt

19 Jun 2013, 08:27

I use the right palm key as momentary keypad shift
Just wondering, is it possible to map momentary keypad shift to any regular key? I have a Kinesis Advantage but no foot pedal, and I understand this is usually mapped to the foot pedal. Since I don't have a "source" key I can press to remap, how would I go about remapping it through the usual Progrm + Remap sequence?

User avatar
vvp

19 Jun 2013, 12:30

oksayt wrote: Just wondering, is it possible to map momentary keypad shift to any regular key? I have a Kinesis Advantage but no foot pedal, and I understand this is usually mapped to the foot pedal. Since I don't have a "source" key I can press to remap, how would I go about remapping it through the usual Progrm + Remap sequence?
It is not possible to remap keypadshift (which is on the foot pedal) to a key on the keyboard. I even contacted kinesis support about this. The fact we cannot do this sucks a lot. You can remap keypadswitch to any key on keyboard but this is not an interesting option to me.

User avatar
sordna

18 Jun 2016, 05:14

Added couple more arcade buttons to my work keyboard today
Attachments
small_arcades.jpg
small_arcades.jpg (292.78 KiB) Viewed 1603 times

User avatar
sordna

21 Jun 2016, 08:49

My 2 LFs together for comparison.
Attachments
2LFs.jpg
2LFs.jpg (269.95 KiB) Viewed 1611 times

User avatar
sordna

22 Aug 2016, 17:13

Did the 4-arcade button mod on my PS/2 Classic too. For the buttons near the middle of the keyboard I used Sanwa OBSF-24. They are smaller in diameter but quite a bit deeper in the case than the Seimitsu PS-15, but thankfully the case at the point I placed them has much more room than the spot where I drilled for the palm buttons.
By the way has anyone used these buttons: http://www.gamerfinger.com/hbfs30.html which take cherry switches inside? These HBFS-30 look cool and seem to be very low profile inside the case.
kinesis_classic_sanwa1.jpg
kinesis_classic_sanwa1.jpg (882.28 KiB) Viewed 1553 times
kinesis_classic_sanwa2.jpg
kinesis_classic_sanwa2.jpg (632.44 KiB) Viewed 1553 times
Attachments
kinesis_classic_sanwa5.jpg
kinesis_classic_sanwa5.jpg (552.12 KiB) Viewed 1553 times
kinesis_classic_sanwa4.jpg
kinesis_classic_sanwa4.jpg (397.88 KiB) Viewed 1553 times

Digit

24 Aug 2016, 23:32

me n my unmodified* kinesis advantage are turning green with envy. :mrgreen:

* setting a numpad in the gap in the middle doesnt count as modifying, right? :roll:

User avatar
Phenix
-p

17 Jul 2017, 00:33

I still dont get where I should attach the arcade buttons too..
Will have to look more into it. Also:How did you guys made the QMK mod??

(I know this thread is old)

martink

17 Jul 2017, 08:04

From the Geekhack link, the buttons attach to where the 3 footswitches are connected internally. Looks like the left/right button pairs are mapped to one footswitch each, so you could add up to six buttons.

User avatar
Phenix
-p

17 Jul 2017, 13:34

thanks, read teough the GH thread just now.
which method for QMK conversion is considered 'best' for the kinesis?
Stapelberg it seems for me.

Post Reply

Return to “Workshop”