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Issue 143 / Week 45 / 2023

This is a hand-picked selection of last week's content from a keyboard enthusiast's perspective. Posts that may teach you something, make you think and contribute to the common knowledge of the DIY builder community.

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There are 6+7 entries in this issue:


Behind the scenes #143

Giveaway and advent calendar update, quick news, in the mailbox, meetups, new vendor.



The DragonFruit is a VIK certified monoblock split by Protieusz.

Split Fire

Ahmad Anshori shared Split Fire, a single-MCU handwired split keyboard with VGA connectors and joystick.


Shay's HillSideView is a derivative of the original Hillside – with nice!view and more changes.


A displaced ortho by James Gzowski: Proteus67 – with encoder.

Tips & Tricks

CLP keycap profile

Victor published the CLP keycap profile, comprising a set of 19 nice sculpted keycap variants for MX switches.

Quick news

ZSA replaces its previous flashing utility (Wally) with Keymapp, soft-launched alongside the Voyager. It also provides per-layer heatmap and live view of your keymap, aiding the optimization and learning process.

An old interview with Richard Nagy made me aware of Datamancer Keyboards and their steampunk, retro-Victorian and art deco keyboard designs from more than a decade ago. Sadly, Richard passed away in 2013, but the site is still online.

The MK VendorTrust & Safety System aims to improve trust and transparency of vendors running group buys. PSA on r/MK.

ZMK started a new series of "community spotlight" posts, highlighting interesting projects in the ZMK ecosystem. The first one by Nick Coutsos is about the Keymap Editor.

N/A: pippikb by coleckion, a handwired Teensy 2.0 board by DanKrot, a Corne-ish handwired by DSLR_CNC, and the mapo46touch prototype by ma_po_daisuki.

Brick and mortar: Qwertykey opened a third store in Romania (source).

Musing: There are great keyboards in the $90-100 range (and below). There are even 60% CNC alu keyboards in the $90-100 range. And now there is a single-key macropad for the same price too.

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