Illustrated Kristina with an IBM Model M keyboard floating between her hands.

Keebin’ With Christina: The One With The Pumpkin Keyboard

Oh, we’ve taken plastic to places. Arguably one of the best inventions is the sculptable faux pumpkin, which is somewhat guaranteed not to wilt and rot on your porch, although it may be smashed by devious teens along with its organic brethren next door.

Although it will be around for much longer, the fake genre suits all kinds of creations, including this type of [BunkEbear] Which was a “nightmare” to build. Yes, we bet it was similar to [Aaron Rasmussen]’s spherical keyboardexcept from the inside out, because this person is concave.

Delicious keyboard is designed in the style of Malling-Hansen writing ballArguably the first commercial typewriter, it dates back to 1865. [BunkEbear]The Pumpkin Edition features the 54-key layout, plus two additional Shift and Escape keys to suit modern needs. Since the inside of the pumpkin is very small, [BunkEbear] Connect all the connections together on the primary board, and I used JST extension cables between the Glorious Panda switches themselves and the Arduino Pro Micro.

Historical Clackers: Edison’s Typewriter

image via antique chop

Before you get too excited and wonder what you don’t know about others, No, this thing was not invented by Thomas Edison – Created to support Edison Mimeograph by cutting stencils out of wax paper, but as a special bonus, it also works like a typewriter. Edison was licensed to Albert Blake Dick for the purpose of selling these machines through his office supply business.

Unfortunately, it was difficult to use, and neither of its functions did well. As a typewriter, it was slow, averaging 30 WPM versus the average 80 WPM from the competition. Other typewriters were better at cutting out the wax stencil.

Just like Frank Lloyd Wright and some of the buildings that bear his name, Edison disowned this typewriter and distanced himself from it pretty quickly. However, there have been three models produced over the years, each with more keys in a row. These awful things are finally gone after other manufacturers threatened to pull their machines from retailers unless they stopped stocking Edison typewriters. Well, this is one way to do it.

Center: [REDcamp] Answers the final question

image via Curse of Beautiful Keyboards #3

You are certainly familiar with the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything, which of course is 42. But what is the ultimate question? Why, it’s this keyboard here, from the third version of Curse of beautiful keyboards.

Whether it’s H2G2 related or not, don’t bother calculating the colored plastic caps, because there are a decent number of switches out there. And fittingly, it’s blue to match the beautiful and simple 3D printed case. While they will announce it loudly and proudly [REDcamp] Solve this puzzle of ages, and it seems that they chose to modify Otemus by unclicking it. the horror! for each one of them.

Are you rocking a nice set of peripherals on a screaming desk pad? Send a picture to Damn Fine Keyboards Combined with your handle and all the bloody details, you can be special here!

ICYMI: We ran a Cyberdeck contest

I’m not sure how we could overlook the fact that we had our first ever Cyberdeck competition, but we did, and we were a boy, the entries were plentiful and amazing and it was hard to pick the winners. But somehow we did.

And yes, the term “first ever” implies that there will be more to come. I really can’t wait to see what these entries will look like, now that we have a lot of people outlining what it is even on the internet.

Anyway, this is one of my personal favorites – [Tinfoil_Haberdashery]S/EA-X Modular and ARM-based Cyberdeck – which won honors in the Jacking In category.

In this case, the connection comes through S/EA – serial/power connection – which allows users to quickly and easily connect peripherals and other peripherals. Come on split keyboard, and keep going with the user guide, it’s just the icing on this cake.

When will the next Cyberdeck competition be? I can’t say, really, but it shouldn’t be too far – probably mid-2023 if my sources are to be believed. So keep these soldering irons heated up in the meantime.


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