What's your favorite keyboard?

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Yeah, I just realized the only thing that uses Bluetooth on my PowerMac is the mouse and keyboard. And I'd be perfectly fine with a non-Bluetooth setup too; although like I mentioned, the Magic Mouse doesn't give me repetitive strain injury.

And correction, my PowerMac is from 2005, not 2009. I received a PM informing me that the PowerMac was discontinued in 2006, and I made the correction. Also, according to Wikipedia, Bluetooth was an option on it that I guess I got.

I do have an iMac from 2009, which is probably why I got mixed up.

All of my computers are hooked up to my Ethernet network; mainly because I'm paranoid about weird people mooching off my Wi-Fi. It happened to my brother. Someone used his Wi-Fi to look at porn websites. I don't know how he could tell.
I used to have MS Naturals for years. An ergonomist stared at one in office: "What is that monstrosity? Not ergonomic!"

The point is that those are big. Really big. The numpad extends quite far, and then a mouse is way too far, if it is on the right side. (Actually, I had already swapped mouse to left due to shoulder pain.)

Then I got smaller keyb. Ducky, with Cherry MX Brown switches. Package included tool to remove keycaps (mainly that one could switch to red WASD that were included). I did not do that, but removed the keycaps anyway and rearranged them into Dvorak layout. Software to match ... most of it. Had never used Dvorak before.

Mouse on left (buttons appropriately swapped) and "Your keys are strange?" keep everyone else far from my machine.

Ducky has had also "blank" keycaps for those, who need no markings. Ironically, the next Ducky model had dip switch to conveniently switch between Qwerty, Dvorak, and Colemak without software reconfig.
@keskiverto

TheIdeasMan->ThingsLearnt += 5;

Cool, I like the sound of Colemak, mainly because the ;':"[]{} keys still on the right.

I was trying find out if I could use the later model keyb with the dip switches on my Linux machine? Does it matter for the software which OS? I am using SilverBlue 34 atm, possibly Kinoite until KDE spin becomes official in Fedora 35.

I wonder if this keyb swap will come with the same problems as this guy:

On Smarter Everday YouTube channel, he had a bicycle which when steering right, would turn left!! It took him months to master it, then he found he couldn't ride an ordinary bike - took him 20 minutes to get used to that again.

Smarter Everday is a great YouTube channel, I like it along with hackers busting scammers.
I wonder if this keyb swap will come with the same problems as this guy:
Probably. In January I decided to try a cheap mechanical keyboard that was advertised as being in the Latin American layout but was actually closer to the US International layout, with the horizontal carriage return and the shorter left shift. The layout happens to move the closing bracket and brace key to between carriage return and backspace, meaning I can't use it to program pretty much at all.

TL;DR: muscle memory is a harsh mistress.
Agreed. When I tried using a Dvorak keyboard a while back, I was completely screwed up, because it's just so different from the QWERTY layout.
@helios:
Indeed.

There were two racks side by side. Each had Dell "KVM panel". One had UK and other had US layout. One does not visit the racks, except in emergencies ...


@TheIdeasMan:
Alas, seems like Ducky has discontinued those models, but they are not the only keyboard manufacturer.

The dip switch model did all the key to signal mapping in the keyboard. Therefore the OS did not have a clue about what is going on. It does not need to know. It can freely believe that you have QWERTY.

It is the wetware that gets confused about the markings in the caps that do not match the output, unless you swap the caps physically too. Note: all caps are not equal; the three rows have slightly different tilt on the top.


I did not have the dip model, so I had to change the layout in OS. The keyboard does send the ASDFGH signals and OS maps them to AOEUID. Well, as said, most of the OS. Boot loader (GRUB2) and some VM consoles ... never found the right setting. As hinted, I'm using Linux (CentOS Linux 7).
@keskiverto

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Ok, it seems my Gnome 40 doesn't have either Dvorak or Colemak, so I will search for another keyb manufacturer that has dip switches. Cheers thanks for the help & info - Good Work !!

The instructions in https://help.gnome.org/users/gnome-help/stable/keyboard-layouts.html.en do not apply to 40 anymore? I saw that Gnome has "touched" shortcuts in 40. Did they "do" the layouts too?
@keskiverto

Thanks again. The instructions you linked worked.
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