Seriously, do it now. In two days, you'll thank me.
And anyway, I cannot remember needing CapsLock even a single time, but I do remember hitting it by accident many times, so I do not really miss it.
I had a temporary job transcribing videotaped meetings to text and I used ctrl a lot for controlling the video. That fn placement almost killed my left hand, would have been perfectly fine if they were switched but that alone greatly limited my freedom of movement as I really wanted to borrow a sane keyboard wherever I went.
I guess it must depend on the size of the keyboard. On the x-series it was unforgivable.
Hats off to your dutiful fingers.
all hail <esc> as caps lock!
for on that day,
all shall be in normal mode,
on the day of text
one will `export EDITOR=/usr/bin/vim`
FYI it's here: https://github.com/alols/xcape
Get over yourself! ed(1) is the TRUE text editor.
I prefer to override Caps Lock to be another Ctrl and I can't remember the last time I felt the need to use the normal left-Ctrl. The best part is that Caps Lock is here to stay because many users like to write ALL CAPS.
It is fine that they wanna experiment. I just wish they'd sell a premium option with the old style, good, keyboards.
Maybe I'd use a "shift lock" that's cancelable by holding shift, but since I've recently mapped Caps Lock to Esc and want to keep that, I guess I'd have to make the Esc key into shift lock. Esc is kind of distant, but maybe worth it to avoid RSI typing 10+ character-long sequences holding shift the whole time...
Unless you work in a corp that locks down BIOS.
Also note the size and placement of the delete key. It just seems a little bit bigger and easier to reach. And I'm sure this is due to corporate use of email, where pressing delete quickly speeds up the day no end.
I picked up an X220 as my first thinkpad a couple weeks ago and this has been driving me more than a little batty.
Unlike on Macbooks and the Apple Wireless Keyboard. Grump.
Yes, you can use Karabiner to swap the keys, but it's not at a low enough level that it works everywhere. Still, it's good enough for most use.
I use one of these full time at my desk. All TrackPoint, no mouse or trackpad.
Lenovo is now unfortunately making only the "Compact" keyboard, with the same chiclet keys as new ThinpPads. But the one linked above is still widely available and comes very recommended.
This one, the 55Y9003 is the exact same as the T420 keyboard. I have one, it's really nice, although some reinforcement and a Bluetooth version would really be appreciated. Alas it's really hard to take it apart. You can find instructions at https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Displays-Options-and-Accessorie... and this forum post mentions some success in adding a few metal rods. http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?p=710896&sid=5322c4...
But this prompted me to look on amazon again and I found an older revision for $80 and nabbed it. No luck on ebay.
That said, I haven't tried the chicklet version, but I like the resistance of my chiclet T430 keyboard better than the standalone keyboard's.
There's an older, less compact version that doesn't flex. But I just wish Apple would offer their bluetooth keyboard with a Trackpoint...
So I got a quieter keyboard (Realforce 87U that I picked up in Japan, very different key feeling but in a good way) and put the Model M in storage.
My son is now 7 years old, loves Minecraft, and wants to learn programming. So we've been spending some quality father-son time on pcpartpicker.com lately, in search of the best computer he can afford. "No need to buy a keyboard," I told him, "I've got exactly what you need."
You never actually own a Model M. You merely look after it for the next generation.
torpe keys are louder than cherry, mostly because cherry you can use heavier key caps and dampening rubber all around. there are rumors of topre with dampening on the up motion, but even finding regular topre is already difficult enough (also imported mines from Japan, like you)
also, the feeling from tactile cherries are closer the bucking spring
And I most certainly did my homework, which in my case meant walking around in Den-Den Town (Osaka's version of Akihabara) trying keyboards at various stores. In the end, my two favorites were a Fujitsu Libertouch and the Realforce I got.
When you say "Topre keys are louder than cherry", I guess you're excluding the clicky cherries. I have a Filco with blue cherries at work, and it's much louder than my Realforce.
Now I've just got to get an MSP430 programmer and see if I can fix this braindead no-scancode "FN" key.
I'd get a Kinesis but they're so huge and 90s looking.
Most promising looking device is the Keyboardio, but that'll be a year or so.
I really wish they would offer the full-size in addition to the Compact models. I have big hands and the full-size are much more comfortable for me. Any of the hipster micro-keyboards are obviously right out as well, sadly.
My main work keyboard is a black M13 with the TrackPoint II. The TrackPoint has a very slow cursor speed is not very useful on modern high-res screens. I'd much rather have the new type of TrackPoint that Unicomp offers. It's OK if you turn the pointer speed all the way up, but then you lose resolution and it's hard to use a mouse with that speed.
So far I haven't found a working app that lets you use different pointer speeds for different mice. Some claim to do it but I couldn't make them work. I may bang something out at some point that latches into high-speed mode if you type and drops to low-speed mode after a few seconds without typing or moving the cursor. Or maybe I could do more fine-grained control on Linux.
I recently had to send mine (a PC 122 layout unit) back to Unicomp when the left Alt key stuck internally at the pressed position. The pictures of the disassembly of a Model M didn't look too encouraging, so I thought it'd be best to send it back to the factory so someone familiar with the design could repair it. Would you like to point to some resources so I can do it myself the next time it fails?
Also, their USB firmware sucks. Sometimes it won't work during bootup (say, if I want to go into the BIOS or pick something from the GRUB menu), and only gets properly initialised when I get into linux or windows. This only happens sometimes. Other keyboards work consistently, and the problem disappears if I plug the unicomp into a KVM switch that actually shows up as its own HID device instead of just switching the USB ports around. I've seen other keyboards with similar problems but for such an expensive keyboard, it's really quite annoying.
Now I wonder if they're just using the original circuit with a tacked on converter... might have to open it up to check.
Biggest peeve is that I frequently hit the arrow keys on the bottom row by accident. Not being very good at using them on purpose, this completely throws me off for a second or two.
Minor annoyance is that the modifier keys sometimes stick. I don't think they're physically stuck; more like a firmware glitch, so that it's as if Caps Lock is on (mine's remapped to Ctrl), or I get accented characters as if Alt is stuck.
I still have trouble switching between the straight matrix layout of the Kinesis and the staggered layout of traditional keyboards, which I continue to use at home. Nothing major, but definitely some reduced accuracy.
So my experience is decidedly mixed. I'll keep at it until the end of the year at least, but I'm not convinced it's any better ergonomically. In fact, I've had some soreness in my left thumb that may be related to the new keyboard.
Oh and it is missing functions keys which means I could never use this.... The kinesis has crappy function keys but at least it has them. Can't program with an IDE without then.
There are 5 rows of keys on each hand, just like a standard QWERTY keyboard with a function key row, you just have to place them along the bottom row instead of the top. The problem, I guess, is that there's only 10 keys along the bottom row, but you could place F11 and F12 on one of the many extra keys. Keep in mind they're programmable, and you can have different layers and modifiers that just exist in the keyboard itself.
I actually flossed it and added some padding, so now it's slightly less loud, but I still got one complaint...
But eventually I decided that I can't make everyone happy. So I just rattle away in blissful enjoyment instead.
Do you KNOW how insanely awful current model trackpads are?
Every single manufacturer seems to think it's a good idea to fabricate the trackpad as a solid unit, and have it act as both the left and right buttons, and it is SO horrendously impractical that it pains me to even broach the subject.
Every single fucking laptop I see tries this, and fails. They are all bad.
And yes, I know Apple does it. And you know what? The MacBook trackpad/button unit also sucks. But. They have the capacity to tailor the operating system for a closer behavioral fit. And that's the only thing that separates the Apple product.
Note physically separate mouse buttons on this IBM/Lenovo unit. These buttons are so much more reliable and accurate.
When you press one button, there is little risk of accidentally interacting with the other button, because they are not physically united by the same piece of plastic..
Looking up the driver info in Linux,
it appears to be manufactured by Lite-on,
who do indeed still manufacture Thinkpad
parts for Lenovo.
So perhaps that's it: IBM is still making
Thinkpad-style keyboards for its rack-
mounted servers, possibly only in China.
The same way that you'd say Lenovo sell ThinkPad keyboards even if they are made by Lite-on.
If you want IBM approved consumer hardware, it's not even the Thinkpads anymore. Apple makes the modern day IBM hardware.
A better alternative is to get a mechanical tenkeyless keyboard and a mouse or a 60% keyboard if that's still too big. Learn keyboard shortcuts so you can reduce your reliance on mice.
Cuts the cost of dyes/run times. This is also why replacement parts become next to impossible to find 10-15 years down the line. If they are available they'll become outrageously expensive due to another company purchasing the rights to make spare parts.
Source: Worked as a military contract and sourced engine parts from Level3 Communication.
Well technically its a manufacturing company with their controlling interests owned by Level3. Its very steady predictable revenue. Literally an investor centric board member's wet dream.
I kinda like them actually from a tactile point of view.
The trackpads on the Lenovos on the other hand...someone deserves to be shot for that. Same for the person that switched the CTRL and fn keys. Seriously WTF?
i don't use mine much because they dumbly made it a two buttons mouse only.
...and I'm still using one!
I had the crazy idea of sticking a cubietruck into a ten keyless mechanical keyboard, attaching it to a 10" tft/lcd and adding an adjustable kickstand.
I really do like to have a good keyboard when mobile. :\
Apparently they got back to their senses with the more recent models, though...
(If anybody knows the actual term other than "nipple mouse" please let me know).