Split keyboard has been on my list for a long long time (more than a decade). Building custom keyboards is on the raise in India. There are few websites selling custom keyboard kits ( https://stackskb.com/ ) . And they also nourish a community of builders in Discord.
My journey started with an interest in procuring Ergodox or the Moonlander keyboard. Cost of import and shipping was way too high. I was very happy and impressed when I found Ergodash build kits available in India. I noticed that these kits have SMB components and last time I soldered anything was during my school days. And that was 20 years ago. Good folks from StacksKB put me in touch with few folks who love to build. I managed to get in touch with another enthusiast from Bangalore.
My trusty old Thinkpad’s X230 keys started to not respond intermittently. And the power button broke. So I’ve been using a pencil to switch on the the laptop for a while. The final blow was the non-functioning number key ‘6’ .
While looking around, I stumbled across xfurbish.com which has parts for older models. This was a 5 minute fix :
I really wish we had more of these fixable electronics these days.
I’ve been using Microsoft Ergo 4000 keyboard for the last 10 years. They tend to last for about 6 years. Since my current MS Ergo is stuck in office, I checked with friends who are generally on top of these trends of ‘basic necessities’ 🙂 . I was told that its about time to pick up a mechanical keyboard. And I ended up with a Ducky One 2 Mini 60% keyboard.
The transition to the ducky was seamless. The layout felt at home . The Fn layer has all keys that was chopped off to accomplish the 60%. Ideally I would have loved to get a Keychron K6 as I miss these features :
Multi device support
Option of hot swap-able switches
If the above list is not scary for you , then the Ducky Mini is a good choice. I enjoy the satisfying keystroke of the Cherry MX Brown switches, the compact layout and the possibilities of using macros.
Started out as an intern in the GNOME team about 5 years back. Jumped between Evolution and iFolder a few times for different (voluntary/involuntary) reasons. Met a lot of good engineers. Had both good / bad times. Learned a lot work / non-work.
Special thanks to my mentor Srini. I’m looking forward for more new awesome fun things in GNOME.
I’ll miss the 1-1 coffee breaks talking games/gadgets/music, discussions on research papers that I don’t have a clue about, conversations during ‘tea breaks’ outside office (you would see me very inspired/productive after those sessions), thursday nights 😉 & nice friends that I found beyond ‘work’.