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
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.
- Leon from anavi.technology reached out to me. Based in Bulgaria, he's running a crowdfunding project, a macropad. I don't feature group buys and kickstarters on this blog in general, but feel free to check out the link.
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 Hackster.io 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.
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.
- Capsule Deluxe added. Pixljar & Cari are starting this shop TODAY! Check it out.
- lofree added.
- Köln Meetup (Nov 5) added.
- The upcoming Tokyo meetup was sold out the next day I featured it. (Not that featuring it on kbd.news 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.
- 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.
Published on Fri 14th Oct 2022. Featured in KBD #99.
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