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    Full disclosure: I have a Georgi steno keyboard from him, and I’m using an Ergodox as my main keyboard both at work and at home. No issues with the thumb cluster for me.

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      Currently using an ergodox. The ergodox’s programmability has been instrumental to my full switch from mouse + keyboard to keyboard only.

      What’s pretty incredible is that I iterated on my layout without any outside inspiration and our symbol layer is exactly the same.

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        Could you share more details on how programmability helped you get rid of the mouse? I recently switched from Kinesis Advantage 2 to Ergo Dox and absolutely love it. I’d like to take my setup one step further so any advice is appreciated.

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          It’s a collection of four things. Firstly, having arrow keys, pgup/pgdown, home/end available through a layer allows me to navigate without having to move my hands. Second, I have a mouse layer - I can move my mouse around so that when I come across the (all too common) SaaS app that has javascript and tab overrides I don’t have to lift my hand. Third, I learned a lot of shortcuts. I did this by unplugging my mouse. Eventually, you figure it out and you end up being faster than with it. For example when browsing HTML, ctrl + f => esc => enter to click has changed the way I browse the web. Last, I use a tiling window manager. I used to use i3 when I was using linux, but now that I’m on OSx I use Yabai, which I recommend.

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            For clicking links, you may be interested in using a web extension or browser with “hints” and/or by the quick search facilities in firefox (/ (quick search) and ; (quick search, only links)).

            vim-ish webextensions with hints: Tridactyl (disclaimer: I am a developer), cVim, surfingkeys, vimium

            browsers with hints: qutebrowser

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              +1 for Qutebrowser. iIt doesn’t really have power-user extensions, but it’s really simple, clean UI, easy to use, a lot of configurability.

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        See also chordite: http://www.chordite.com/

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          That’s really interesting, it’s a shame that the latest version was Last-Modified: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:42:16 GMT

          Oh I missed the 2016 update using the Adafruit BLE board…

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          Started out with an ErgoDox a little over a year ago. Starting with colemak for the first time, as well as adapting to a split keyboard that traded many keys for fewer keys and more layers (regular keyboards only really have one layer - Shift) was a steep learning curve, but definitely worth it.

          After a few months I wound up landing on the “3x6 + thumb-cluster” structure and found the ErgoDox just had a whole lot of keys I never needed to use. Since then I’ve built a Keebio Iris and a Gergo - both are running exactly the same configuration (built from my fork of qmk_firmware), and any further boards I build will definitely be structured as 3x6 + 3 thumb-cluster (A dactyl manuform is starting to look appealing.

          I haven’t used a full-size QWERTY keyboard for months and months now - not sure how well I would manage. After a year, my typing speed is getting toward where it was before the switch (I used to peck-type, now I touch-type) and perhaps I have less back issues / strain. I would recommend trying out some variant of split-ergo if you’re at all interested.

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            What do the colors in the layout charts mean?

            In general I think this layout demonstration would benefit from a few examples. :)

            Also, this is probably the best website about custom keyboards, although I probably wouldn’t recommend the butterknife. ;) If you are looking for a community https://deskthority.net is great.

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              I use a TypeMatrix 2030. Only a little weird for the first day, but the Enter key in the middle is great.