Behind the Scenes of Issue 102
Anniversary giveaway, Key Comp in the mailbox, new vendors, discounts, meetups.
Published November 11, 2022
Welcome back for another edition of Keyboard Builders' Digest (this time Issue #102), a weekly roundup of this DIY keyboard focused newsletter and blog from Tamas Dovenyi – that's me. If you are new to this, you can read how this started out and what this is all about nowadays. If you like what you see, you can subscribe to the newsletter (free) and donate some bucks to keep this otherwise free and ad-free project alive.
I have the awful feeling that I've missed something important. Answering an email, or maybe updating one of the databases with the info some of you've sent me.
Sorry, I'm drowning in the correspondence with about 50 sponsors of the giveaway. Feel free to resend your message in a week if you can't see your entry updated.
This is really starting to get out of hand: 47 sponsors and 98 prizes at the moment... (facepalm)
I have no idea how I'll be able to manage this. It will probably take more than a week to contact all the winners, collect their shipping info, connect them with the sponsors, etc. Jeez, even the raffle will be interesting since I'll have to match 100 prizes with the winners based on their region...
I have to put all the blame on davidkincses! ;)
And by the way... feel free to apply. There's a link to a google form somewhere after the list of prizes.
In the mailbox
I picked up my latest acquisition last Friday: a Random Key Comp.
To say the truth, I can't really write much about it (yet?). I found an Italian article from 1992. Will see if it can be turned into a post.
Vintage time! I've found the lost daddy of @MelGeekworld 's Mojo84: Key Comp by Random Tech Inc. from the early '90s. Very similar layouts except the apparent ISO vs ANSI difference. (Sorry for the dirty pre-cleaning photos.) pic.twitter.com/bjcvtrKZTI— kbd.news (@KbdNews) November 8, 2022
84 keys, white Alps, it's a computer built into a keyboard, and as my followers may have seen it on Twitter, the keyboard part of the computer resembles of the layout of the Mojo84.
Other than that, I wasn't able to dig up much info. No stickers inside the case with anything usable. Based on the dates on the ICs (1990, 1992, 1993), this particular specimen was possibly manufactured in 1993.
I reached out to Amanda to say thanks for the surprise from last week and asked her about some stats of the keyboard competition.
While they are extremely busy and there are no winners announced yet, you entered 81 designs to the competition from which 40 projects were sponsored by Seeed.
- Luis from Green Door Geeks offered you a 5% discount (coupon code: KBDNEWS).
- Momokai's Jennifer offered you 10% discount for their Sim Pad 2 or Sim Pad Nano macropads. And they occasionally add items that qualify for discount. (This is an affiliate link so you support kbd.news as well.)
- Krome Keycaps added.
As always, this meetup database is both a calendar and an archive so feel free to send me upcoming events or even ones from the recent past to make this collection as comprehensive as possible.
- New recurring donors: Hating TheFruit and Caleb Rand have set up a new recurring donation. And long-time supporter cdc raised his monthly donation. Thanks everyone!
And I appreciate the support of all the donors who have donated some bucks during these (almost) two years.
Btw, maintaining this project takes probably more time than my fulltime job requires... If you'd like and can afford to help, here is the donation form.
- Giveaway page, a small update to the photo markup "engine".
- I know, the search function sucks. I'll completely rework it. The trick for now is: just don't press Enter... :D
That's all for today. Thanks for reading.
Feel free to comment in this issue's r/mk thread, and as always: keep learning and building.
Published on Fri 11th Nov 2022. Featured in KBD #102.
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