* Nicholas Van Weerdenburg <email@example.com> [1242 14:42]:
Do you use the touchstream gestures? How do like the keyboard for
reasons other then RSI?
It's the best hardware ever. I can't believe anyone still uses those
things with the keys the size of sugarcubes.
It presents to the OS as a usb hub with keyboard and mouse attached,
and the firmware keeps all it's settings - for instance, the machine
I'm typing on now thinks this is a standard us keyboard, but it's a
us dvorak layout.
No need to configure the OS at all.
The keyboard handles the character conversion transparently, so I
can plug it into anything from a mac to a solaris
box and don't need to dick about with X settings (or xps stupid habit
of installing a keyboard driver per window if you have multiple keymaps
It has a java gui configurator (I was really surprised I didn't have to
use a winders box to set it up), and if that's too heavyweight - personally
I cant' abide jvms - you just click in a textfield (or a command line, or a
mail composition window like this one) and press all 4 corners, like this:
## Choose Mode: 1=Mac 2=Win 3=3rdButton 4=Linux 7=Emacs ... ENABLING: Thumb+Index+Middle for Middle Button, Thumb+Ring+Pinky for Right Button ##3
and configure it that way
I make an effort to learn a couple of gestures a month, usually when
something hurts (for example I was getting twitches from reaching down
for shift/ctrl/alt, turns out you can enable:
all 4 fingers on one sides home row => shift
all 4 fingers on one sides top row => ctrl
all 4 fingers on one sides bottom row => alt
which sounds a bit 'leet', but it saves me literally wincing with pain,
so I love it.)
Next thing to get into the habit of is
all 8 fingers on tops row => toggle caps
and (can't remember) => enter
I don't bother with the app specific stuff, it makes more sense to just
learn the presses imo.
True, it's not the cheapest board in the world, but it keeps a roof over
my familys head (I was contracting when I got RSI, so I would have been
jobless if I hadn't fixed it myself).
I spend all day with this thing, so what's a couple of hundred bucks?
The gestures look pretty cool. I'm now disappointed all keyboards
don't support that- it's a interface possibility of a keyboard that is
orthogonal to typing, and thus non-intrusively overlayed.
I know, it even has quake (or emacs) mode
....., OT is usually pretty cool. Maybe
there should have a ruby-ot mailing list to enable the ruby community
to collaborate in orthogonal directions without annoying the core
But annoying the core list is basically all I do....
'Everybody's a jerk. You, me, this jerk.'
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