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That's a brilliant layout. Unfortunately it appears to require a "tall enter" keyboard rather than the much more common "wide enter". I'm in the market for a nice cherry blue keyboard, so I'll see if I can find one with a tall enter. Anybody have any sources?

I'm using the silent ([EDIT: I had this in reverse..] cherry mx brown; non silent is cherry mx blue) DAS keyboard[1]. The "professional" model has the letters on the keys, if you don't want a blank one. They seem to come in both US (wide enter) and UK (tall enter) versions. I personally chose the UK one as that's what I'm used to.

Here[2] is a photo of my keyboard. The coloured keys are sold as WASD/escape keys but I used them for playing Skyrim - the green one on the right is especially handy for gaming as i don't have my fingers on the home row when playing games rather than typing. The blurred circuit board is a development version of the Midifighter 3D[3] as the photo was taken before they were announced.

[1] http://www.daskeyboard.com/model-s-ultimate-silent/

[2] https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/100355674716107842386/alb...

[3] http://www.djtechtools.com/2012/02/27/introducing-the-midi-f...

I also have a Das keyboard and it is really awesome. (Also, I think it's the best looking keyboard I have ever seen--very minimalist.) However, I think you have them backwards--the "silent" version has the brown switches and the normal version has the blue switches. I also have the ultimate silent version and it is not really silent--it's just quieter than the other version. You still get a satisfying noise when you use it.

I've been really satisfied with it, and would definitely recommend it to anybody looking for a nice mechanical keyboard.

You are of course right! I have a brown, not a blue! Not sure why I was thinking about it in reverse - oops.

Well, mine is quieter than other keyboards I've used, eg a Dell keyboard[1] as long as you don't bottom the keys out, though I do get the occasional loudish click when the keys snap back, usually from the space bar, though if I slow down when typing I can make it almost completely silent (obviously thats not normal typing though).

[1] I did have a Saitek eclipse a few years ago that was quieter.

I'm using the loud, non-labeled DAS keyboard Model S Ultimate, typing with Dvorak layout. It cost's a small fortune, but it's so worth it. I love this keyboard. http://www.daskeyboard.com/model-s-ultimate/

Mostly keep my vim key-binding mappings small, so I'm not confused when working with it with default settings. Mostly use <Ctrl>-c to get out of insert mode though, escape is so far.

It did cost a lot, but honestly, as a programmer I type so much, its totally worth investing in a good keyboard and I love my DAS keyboard.

The only thing I wish is that the keys were in a flat grid rather than staggered, but it seems very very hard to find any keyboard like that, so no biggy. I've considered getting a Kinesis for years now too, but since I got the DAS, I've had no plans of switching any time soon.

I haven't completely worked out my vim bindings since I've been doing a lot of Qt development in QtCreator lately and just used that without vi mode. I use Colemak for my layout so some of the default keys are a little less than optimal, but I also don't want to change them too much. With one or two simple key swaps it seems quite usable though.

On windows (where I don't use vim) I did map alt-gr to some common programmer symbols; mapped caps lock to control and control to backspace. On my laptop I use vanilla colemak though (including caps lock as backspace, though I'm likely going to change that some time).

I bought a das keyboard last year for home. I got the blank keyboard, but found that a lot of random hand issues went away. I ended up buying myself a second one for work, and will absolutely not go back to a standard keyboard.

You my friend should check out The Keyboard Company, keyboardco.com

They have tons of choices of blue, black, and brown Cherry switches (I think), you just have to match up their terminology with the right color.

They ship from England too, fyi.

It works for horizontal enter as well.. the only key that is missing from a horizontal-enter keyboard is the one between left shift and z, which is just backspace, so you can disregard it. It's just that with a horizontal enter key, the ; key is above the enter. With a boot-shaped enter key the ; is next to l, which makes it easier for me to hit it. I use the command line a lot.

If you're looking for a good place that does boot shaped enter keyboards then you can use Unicomp's Model M. You can rearrange the keys as you wish and they'll even print key caps with anything you want on them with the home row indicator tab, so you can put one on the h key.

Oh yes, you're right -- the only difference is the swap between semicolon and enter. Good for Ruby, bad for C.

The only problem with your layout that I see is the right shift key -- you lose a key because it's covered by two fingers. I'm definitely going to give it a try.

The right shift key is covered only by the pinky finger of your right hand. The ring finger has the forward slash. If you give it a try make sure to send your comments over via bitbucket or something :)

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