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    I am convinced everyone with a “cyberdeck” is going to ruin their backs. The ergonomics on them is some TRS-80 Model 100 levels of awful.

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      I’m convinced almost nobody actually uses them and they exist solely for internet points.

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        I’m holding off on building my own until I can afford a good VR headset to go with it. So… uh, all the above?

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      This is absolutely beautiful.

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        Of course it’s Conrad Barski. What a perfect extension of the Lisp philosophy: when tweaking your language, your editor, or your lisp machine isn’t enough, go build your own deck!

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          What about this machine is different than a raspberry pi?

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          The github project with the DIY instructions (as well as a link to get notified when you can order a prebuilt one) is probably more informative than this write-up these days. This has to be one of my favorite uses of a pi zero so far, and I’m not even a lisper.

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            That screen is perfect for showing long lines of code while keeping the footprint of the device as small as possible.

            Surely it’s perfect for showing two windows of code side-by-side; no one would use that whole screen for a single file??

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              So it does actually have Java support built in…

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              no dedicated parens keys?

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                map left shift to (, right shift to ) and that second space bar to - :-)

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                  You shouldn’t have to map anything on a machine that is literally branded as a “lisp machine” type deal.

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                I don’t really see the use of this.

                My first thought with that was that it looks awful to use. If you look at other cyberdecks that people are building themselves, not only do they have a lot of style but they also look more comfortable to use than that. And on top of that there’s nothing particularly special about it, it’s just running Debian. So it’s more of a Debian box than an explicitly Lisp box. The only thing that it tangibly has to do with Lisp about it is that they… called it something to do with lisp. One of the people making it admitted on Hacker News that the keyboard isn’t lisp-designed, it’s just lifted wholesale out of a “vortex core” apparently, they also agreed with my conclusion (I wasn’t involved in the thread, however):

                drcode 3 hours ago [–]

                To be honest, there’s not much “lispy” about it, aside from the branding. It’s a bog standard raspi cyberdeck, at least initially out of the gate.


                So to be honest I read this as a get-rich-quick scheme or something similar, which sucks. They take the name “cyberdeck” without understanding really what makes a cyberdeck, a Cyberdeck (That’s a link to a thread with pictures of people’s self-made Cyberdecks I’ve curated from the internet). And there are so many companies now hopping on the that train without really understanding the specific aesthetic. There are a number of competitors in this space of bland-looking, ergonomically awful ““Cyberdecks”” (If you can even call them that):



                All of the computers are the same, there’s nothing particularly unique about this one aside from the slant in the screen on the case.

                The only modern competitor I would put down as being good is this:


                Which honestly looks the part. I can imagine setting that up somewhere and people thinking:

                “oh that person has an ordinary laptop”

                “oh… theres… another screen…”

                “……… and… another… what the fuck.”

                “what the FUCK :O”

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                  I so want to use this on a cross-country train ride and with all of my other, more consumption-driven electronics squirreled out of reach in my luggage. But ideally with a split wireless keyboard.

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                    How about just having a stand for your phone and connecting the keyboard to it?

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                      My phone provides my highest-calories, lowest-nutrition content out of all my media devices (e.g. email and social media), not to mention the easiest access to the Internet so I would want it in the luggage more than any other device, or at least turned off while in my pocket.