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Issue 66 / Week 8 / 2022

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 12 entries in this issue:

Editorial

Behind the Scenes of Issue 66

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


Projects

Penkesu deck

Penkesu is a retro-style cyberdeck by u/penkia with a wide screen and a built-in low-pro ortho keyboard with "dye-sub" MBK caps.


Buzzard keyboard

Christoph Rehmann's Buzzard is a well-documented 40-key split keyboard with splay and trackpoint.


Unsplit Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up! turned into a monoblock by u/ak66666 – with one more level.


MooseDash and MooseChair

A modified ErgoDash and its armrest-mounted wireless iteration by Ataruno – with extensive documentation.


Ergopi

u/SouthPawEngineer made a set of Raspberry Pi powered keyboards – low-profile monoblocks for different tastes.


Tools

CadQuery case generator

Mariusz Ryndzionek's CadQuery keyboard case generator is a set of Python scripts outputting CadQuery files.


Tips & Tricks

Leather keycaps

Ataruno is working on various keycaps made of leather.


Keyboard Spotting

Sony Hit-Bit HB-F1XD

The Sony Hit-Bit HB-F1XD is probably the coolest looking home computer ever made.


Osborne Executive

The Osborne Executive portable computer was widely blamed for the company's subsequent bankruptcy.


Korea Steno Smart CAS Plus

The Korea Steno Smart CAS Plus – an authoritative Korean steno machine.


Inspiration

Synx42

A clean ultra-low profile ortho split design by @ak1_foo – with Kailh X-switches and only 7.3mm overall height.


This issue was made possible by the support of:
MoErgo Glove80, splitkb.com, u/chad3814, Aiksplace, @keebio, @kaleid1990, ghsear.ch, cdc, Timo, kiyejoco, Bob Cotton, FFKeebs, Tong Lu, Sean Grady, Rick Kremer, Davidjohn Gerena & Spencer Blackwood

Your support is crucial to help this project to survive.

Discussion over at r/mk!
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