Keyboard Builders' Digest
Save 5% at Loobed Switches! Code: KBDNEWS
Keyboard Builders' Digest / Editorial

Behind the Scenes of Issue 99

Quick news, Issue 98 follow-up, new shops, new donor, meetup database update, etc.

Published October 14, 2022

Hey y'all,

Welcome back for another edition of Keyboard Builders' Digest (this time Issue #99), 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.


Quick news

Issue 98 follow-up

I messed up a lot of things last week, missed the fact that Ikeji was one of the perpetrators of the Gboard bar keyboard, and updated the Rolco-60 post with the switch.

Starting with the link in the newsletter sent by MailChimp (I hope the buttondown one was fine)... Despite triple-checking the link, it was reported it pointed to the previous issue. It seems Mailchimp is messing with me.

Ikeji & the Gboard bar.

I was sure you'd all seen the Gboard bar by the time I featured it last Friday so I didn't give the post too much thought. However, it turned out this was a big mistake.

Checking Twitter, Ikeji's comments were suspicious enough to dig deeper into this project and indeed: Our good old friend Ikeji is the mastermind behind that project. He even appears in the video picked up by not just and Hackaday but also CNN. :D Congrats!

And I've updated the Rolco-80 post with the switch: keycashcow commented the solution on r/olkb, and those switches are the Ericsson RMD 973 as you can see here and here.

Kemove K68

Sorry if the K68 review confused some of my hardcore readers who are expecting only ergo split abominations on these pages. ;)

I received this nice 65% keyboard for free and wanted to say thanks with this post.

In addition, the 35% discount with the KBDNEWS coupon code is quite impressive and may come in handy for less hardcore readers who are looking for a decent and well-built hotswap 65% with ANSI layout and wireless modes.


This is not an affiliate thing. I could have added an affiliate link if I wanted to but I'd find it inappropriate.

All in all, check out the K68 review and also the product page at Kemove.

Vendor database

Meetup database

  • Köln Meetup (Nov 5) added.
  • The upcoming Tokyo meetup was sold out the next day I featured it. (Not that featuring it on had anything to do with this fact.)

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.


  • A new donor. Thanks Caleb!

My local currency – and thus most of my savings – has lost 40% of its value against the US dollar since covid and the war... I don't have any financial difficulties, however, if you'd like and can afford to help, here is the donation form.

Otherwise I'll have to look for a new job which would result in less free time and lead to the slow decline of this blog.

Small developments

  • Preview images for meetup subpages – for sharing on Twitter.


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.

Cheers, Tamás

Published on Fri 14th Oct 2022. Featured in KBD #99.

Did you like reading this post?

Donate to keep this project alive


Behind the Scenes of Issue 35

Issue 34 follow-up, latest progress, PCB design, forgotten podcast appearance, MK Dry July, venturing into mechanical typewriter territory, updated todo list.

Behind the Scenes of Issue 74

On longer format articles, 40 discount codes, keyboard lexicon update, duplex matrix cultural dissonance, Datalux acquisition, etc.

Behind the Scenes of Issue 66

Quick news, debate on the feasibility of GMK lead times, new vendors added, winning without even bidding.

Behind the Scenes of Issue 112 interview, new discounts, vendor/meetup database updated, new donors, etc.

Behind the Scenes of Issue 58

Quick news, TheBoard December competition, a telnet based literary magazine, etc.

Behind the Scenes of Issue 48

Giveaway masterclass: how I won a heap of stuff recently. Related: Giveaways banned on r/mk as of today. Vendor database update, two new discount codes, Issue 47 follow-up.