"Because keyboards are accessories to PC makers, they focus on minimizing the manufacturing costs. But that’s incorrect. When America’s cowboys were in the middle of a trip and their horse died, they would leave the horse there. But even if they were in the middle of a desert, they would take their saddle with them. The horse was a consumable good, but the saddle was an interface that their bodies had gotten used to. In the same vein, PCs are consumable goods, while keyboards are important interfaces."
Also the title should probably be marked with (2016) since this isn't a new interview.
While not as fun, this is why I built my own ErgoDox. So I can have my own personalized layout/layers and never have to worry about trying to configure the system. Just plug and go.
>I once wrote an application for iPhone. The environment was quite different from my previous experience. I am already quite old, and personally the present environment is pleasant and comfortable for me.
Which I read as "I'm too tired, that's someone else's problem."
Supposedly, Steve Jobs insisted that the original Mac ship without F-keys in order to force application developers to design new UIs when porting to the Mac.
Visual Studio, on the other hand, uses the F-keys aggressively (and they seem to change the bindings every few years?), and navigating through text on Windows usually means having HOME/END/PGUP/PGDOWN, so Visual Studio sucks if you have a HHKB.
Modifier keys are even more heavily used in Emacs than these IDEs.
You will probably be more productive in all these eclipses with HHKB than with full-size PC keyboard because mouse will be closer to right hand home row position, and you can't avoid mouse with these IDEs.
When Apple removed F-keys row on Macbooks, everyone missed only Esc key which was on that row, almost no one complained about removed F-keys. And AFAIK you can't press these keys with Fn+numbers on Macbook.
There is a System Preferences > Keyboard > "Press Fn key to <Show F1,F2,etc Keys>" option available to do just that.
Web developers, please stop with the popups!
Maybe its just my physical size, but to me, one of the biggest problems with traditional keyboards is how close the right and left key 'wells' are to each other.
I started using a kinesis advantage some years ago and find them simply amazing for a multitude of reasons.
- First off, the separation between right and left key 'wells' decreases pressure at my wrists significantly.
- Secondly, the small, natural curve in the wells seems to greatly reduce the effort required to reach the most used keys.
- And thirdly, thumb keys are bomb!!
All of that said, it is a pretty expensive piece of gear... but it's also where the rubber meets the road -- where my fingers do the talking.. so why shouldn't it be nice?
Not everybody likes heavy use of modifier keys. Despite using computers from early 90s I still struggle with pressing ctrl/alt/super before alphanum key, sometimes I press keys in wrong order (i.e. I press alphanum before ctrl is fully pressed). Using multiple layers with Fn keys would be probably a nightmare for me.
A couple of cons to that option for me:
- Having already found a keyboard I love, It would be hard for me to switch without trying it first at no cost to me :).
- I notice it does not have the curved key wells, which I have really come to appreciate. It may seem subtle, but after typing on one for a while, I find it really amazing what a difference the curves make. Any keys around the home keys just require less effort to activate. It feels quite nice to type with.
- I have never built a keyboard before (but would like to give it a shot). Does that require soldering? Unless assembly is just completely foolproof, I think Id just prefer my main keyboard to be built by people who build them regularly :P
As far as curved keywell that comes down to your choice of key profile. I'm using XDA which a flat profile, while a SA profile has a decent curve to it. The choice of board does come into play but most kits are flat as to avoid 3d printing and whatnot. For the feel of the key itself there are a ton  of options, from extremely smooth and light linear switches to heavy clacking tactile switches, most being compatible so mixing and matching is possible. PCBs come in all sorts such as tiny 70% sizes, split, stenographic and some freakazoid monsters . Even FOSS firmwares such as QMK are common and hackable! There are are too many options to enumerate!
I just wanted a split keyboard that was small, light on my fingers and wouldn't wake the girlfriend up. I took some time and built a ErgoDox with Gateron clears, XDA blank keycaps and a programming focused layout. For less then 150CAD, it was worth it for it being entirely my own.
One thing I really like about the ErgoDox, and similar designs, is the ability to move the key wells to wherever you want! Even the kinesis still feels a bit too close together for me!
Take the dive, be the guy that built his own damn keyboard!
I imagine my ideal keyboard would be a Kinesis Advantage, but split and fully programmable.
At home (leisure, gaming, forums etc) I have a Filco Majestouch, tenkeyless version. At work I have the new apple wireless keyboard, also without numpad; I prefer a low profile for work.
I wonder how I can reduce the noise, though. A 5mm shock absorbing mat beneath helps to some extent (cheap one, like $2 USD), but apparently that's not enough.
Here's a video demonstrating the before and after sound.
You can also get silencing rings, and lubricate the sliders with a thick lubricant that won't run down onto the PCB.
I can't even browse it unless I am registered?
Keep your sh*t, I'd rather pay full price than agree to this kind of behaviour.