Tag Archive for ‘Keyboards’

Unshaky Attempts to Solve the Double Keypress Issue on MacBook Keyboards ➝

When I first started experiencing double keypress issues on my MacBook Air, I thought for sure, there must be be something in the Accessibility panel to help with this. But to my surprise, there is not.

Luckily, Sam Liu, built a clever little menu bar utility that can be configured to ignore these unintended double keypresses of they occur within a user-selectable timeframe. I have my “p” and “a” keys set to ignore duplicate inputs within a 50ms window and it’s worked wonders.

I have a bit more tweaking to do with the app’s settings — I still experience duplicate keypresses on occasion. But the frequency with which it happens has dramatically reduced. It feels like I have a functional keyboard again.

I’ve had the app installed on my work machine for the past five days and it has dismissed nearly 400 of these additional keypresses. That’s about eighty potential typos each day that I would have needed to correct. I can’t explain how happy I am that this app exists, but seriously, Apple needs to get its act together and fix these keyboards. Like, yesterday.

Elegance, Distilled ➝

Zac Bir took the mechanical keys off of an Apple Extended Keyboard II and built a miniature version with just 60% of the layout.

Enter the Clicky Keyboard ➝

I’ve never been interested enough in mechanical keyboards to actually buy one for myself. I can certainly see the appeal, but I’ve used laptop keyboards for seven of the past ten years, which hasn’t left me with much motivation to seek them out.

Maybe I’ll revisit the idea of mechanical keyboards when I inevitably transition from my current MacBook plus iPad setup to an iMac plus iPad setup. Because, with my current usage habits, I know it’ll happen eventually.

Regarding Physical Keyboards ➝

Lukas Mathis, regarding the Spike Keyboard:

I originally backed this physical iPhone keyboard on Kickstarter because typing Swiss German on an auto-correcting German virtual keyboard is difficult. If I turn off auto-correction, typing English and German becomes difficult. There’s no built-in auto-correction for Swiss German.

On Android, Kännsch helps a lot. It’s a dedicated keyboard for Swiss German.

Still, at least for me, typing on a physical keyboard always worked better. It helps me type correctly without relying on auto-correction.

I had never considered any possible difficulty in typing non-English languages on virtual keyboards. I still think Samsung’s keyboard accessory is an odd product, but I suppose there’s plenty of smartphone users who have practical reasons for wanting a physical keyboard — beyond the BlackBerry die-hards that I typically think of when the discussion is brought up.

Lukas goes on to mention another segment of the market who could benefit from physical keyboards:

I do have a friend who is legally blind, and recently asked me if I knew of a way of attaching something physical to an iPhone to get a tactile feel for where the keys are, so I’m going to give it to him and see whether he likes it.

Smartphones with physical keyboards are a dying breed and for some that’s a sad notion.