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Blogging is futile

Yet another Blosxom weblog from someone who promised himself to never start blogging - since blogging is futile.

Published: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:32:34 +0100

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Copyright: © 2005-2008 by Axel Beckert. Content licensed under the Creative Commons NC SA 2.0 DE License. Some rights reserved.

Tex Yoda II Mechanical Keyboard with Trackpoint

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:38:11 +0100

Here’s a short review of the Tex Yoda II Mechanical Keyboard with Trackpoint, a pointer to the next Swiss Mechanical Keyboard Meetup and why I ordered a $300 keyboard with less keys than a normal one. Short Review of the Tex Yoda II Pro Trackpoint Cherry MX Switches Compact but heavy alumium case Backlight (optional) USB C connector and USB A to C cable with angled USB C plug All three types of Thinkpad Trackpoint caps included Configurable layout with nice web-based configurator (might be opensourced in the future) Fn+Trackpoint = scrolling (not further configurable, though) Case not clipped, but screwed Backlight brightness and Trackpoint speed configurable via key bindings (usually Fn and some other key) Default Fn keybindings as side printed and backlit labels Nice packaging Contra It’s only a 60% Keyboard (I prefer TKL) and the two common top rows are merged into one, switched with the Fn key. Cursor keys by default (and labeled) on the right side (mapped to Fn + WASD) — maybe good for games, but not for me. ~ on Fn-Shift-Esc Occassionally backlight flickering (low frequency) Pulsed LED light effect (i.e. high frequency flickering) on all but the lowest brightness level Trackpoint is very sensitive even in the slowest setting — use Fn+Q and Fn+E to adjust the trackpoint speed (“tps”) No manual included or (obviously) downloadable. Only the DIP switches 1-3 and 6 are documented, 4 and 5 are not. (Thanks gismo for the question about them!) No more included USB hub like the Tex Yoda I had or the HHKB Lite 2 (USB 1.1 only) has. My Modifications So Far Layout Modifications Via The Web-Based Yoda 2 Configurator Right Control and Menu key are Right and Left cursors keys Fn+Enter and Fn+Shift are Up and Down cursor keys Right Windows key is the Compose key (done in software via xmodmap) Middle mouse button is of course a middle click (not Fn as with the default layout). Other Modifications Clear dampening o-rings (clear, 50A) under each key cap for a more silent typing experience Braided USB cable Next Swiss Mechanical Keyboard Meetup On Sunday, the 18th of February 2018, the 4th Swiss Mechanical Keyboard Meetup will happen, this time at ETH Zurich, building CAB, room H52. I’ll be there with at least my Tex Yoda II and my vintage Cherry G80-2100. Why I ordered a $300 keyboard (JFTR: It was actually USD $299 plus shipping from the US to Europe and customs fee in Switzerland. Can’t exactly find out how much of shipping and customs fee were actually for that one keyboard, because I ordered several items at once. It’s complicated…) I always was and still are a big fan of Trackpoints as common on IBM and Lenovo Thinkapds as well as a few other laptop manufactures. For a while I just used Thinkpads as my private everyday computer, first a Thinkpad T61, later a Thinkpad X240. At some point I also wanted a keyboard with Trackpoint on my workstation at work. So I ordered a Lenovo Thinkpad USB Keyboard with Trackpoint. Then I decided that I want a permanent workstation at home again and ordered two more such keyboards: One for the workstation at home, one for my Debian GNU/kFreeBSD running ASUS EeeBox (not affected by Meltdown or Spectre, yay! :-) which I often took with me to staff Debian booths at events. There, a compact keyboard with a built-in pointing device was perfect. Then I met the guys from the Swiss Mechanical Keyboard Meetup at their 3rd meetup (pictures) and knew: I need a mechanical keyboard with Trackpoint. IBM built one Model M with Trackpoint, the M13, but they’re hard to get. For example, ClickyKeyboards sells them, but doesn’t publish the price tag. :-/ Additionally, back then there were only two mouse buttons usual and I really need the third mouse button for unix-style pasting. Then there’s the Unicomp Endura Pro, the legit successor of the IBM Model M13, but it’s only available with an IMHO very ugly color combination: light grey key caps in a black case. And they want approximately 50% of the pr[...]

Upcoming Hacker/FLOSS Events in Switzerland: Debian BSP, LPD, Hackerfunk 10th Anniversary, ZeTeCo

Wed, 03 May 2017 14:30:07 +0200

There are quite some events and dates ahead for hackers, makers, debianers and hackerfunk listeners:

Crowdfunding for ZeTeCo Camp in July Ends in Two Days!

You might have heard of the ZeTeCo Camp near Schaffhausen in July. If you want ot come or at least support that event, please contribute to their crowdfunding campaign.

They have more than 90% of their goal funded and there’s less only about two days left to reach their funding goal. If it doesn’t get funded in time, the event may be be on a knife edge.

Debian Bug Squashing Party in Zurich this Weekend

One week before the More-than-a-BSP at the Mozilla office in Paris there will also be a Debian Bug Squashing Party (BSP) in Zürich at the CCCZH Hackerspace “Röschtibach”. We’ll start on Friday, the 5th of May 2017 in the late afternoon, probably around 4pm or 5pm, and will end on Sunday, the 7th of May 2017 also in the late afternoon.

Please add yourself to the according section on the BSP’s wiki page if you want to join us to squash the hopefully not that many left over bugs in testing.

Unfortunately we didn’t notice two date clashes when we set the date for the BSP during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association earlier this year:

Linux Presentation Day this Saturday, 6th of May 2017

On the one hand there will be the Swiss Edition of the Linux Presentation Day (LPD) on Saturday, the 6th of May 2017 including the LPD in Zürich. The latter will take place in the same building as the BSP, just on a different floor: The BSP will be at floor B3 in the CCCZH Hackerspace and the LPD will be on the ground floor at Revamp-IT in the former ZKB foyer.

10 Years Hackerfunk: Show on 6th, Party on 13th of May 2017

And on the other hand, Venty’s and my (German dialect) radio show and podcast Hackerfunk will have it’s 10th anniversary show also on that Saturday. So I’ll vanish from BSP for a few hours on Saturday evening for broadcasting this very special Hackerfunk episode on Radio Radius.

But since Venty and me didn’t want to make yet another big event at “Röschtibach” on the same weekend, we’ll do the Hackerfunk 10th Anniversary Party one weekend later on Saturday the 13th of May 2017 also at the CCCZH Hackerspace “Röschtibach”. A separate announcement on (also in the RSS feed there) will follow.