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Test the keymat!

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by EvilDragon, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. waGL

    waGL Still Fresh

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    Oh my goodness you took it apart :-O Don't shock me like that! :-D

    Seriously though, thank you very much for those closeups @comradekingu. Very interesting to see the board from a new perspective as well. :) gl
     
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  2. kabaiakh

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  3. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    They're the battery contacts, I think.
     
  4. Grench

    Grench Forum Addict!

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    Ahh - that makes more sense. Thank you!
     
  5. Neelix

    Neelix Insecticidal Maniac

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    Those aren't dip switches, they are the battery contacts.

    -Neelix

    Edit: Gah... missed that I wasn't on the last page of messages again.
     
  6. Christoph.Krn

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  7. EvilDragon

    EvilDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    That's no black marker. It's the reason only the power button is translucent white:
    That's the carbon pad which makes the contact on the PCB. They're always black and they are clearly visible when you have white translucent keys.
    Since the power button has an RGB LED (which could, for example be green for a full battery, turning yellow, orange and red the further your battery is depleted), it wasn't that big of an issue.

    However, it would look ugly if all keys would be like that.
     
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  8. fayer3

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    I think he meant the black marker on the case around the power button visible in this picture

     
  9. EvilDragon

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    Ah... well... no idea what that is - I didn't ship it like that :D :D
     
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  10. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    They look the same to me and very similar to how my Pandora d-pad looked from the same angles. IIRC when handing the prototype parts, I think there was one 3d printed in white, but the others looked basically the same (although different ones behaved differently in use)
     
  11. second exodous

    second exodous Well-Known Member

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    Is the order still the same or have people been injected? The reason I ask is I want to know if I'm close as I might not be here. Just got back from my first 2 week bicycle tour and was worried it would get to my house while I was gone but luckily It didn't. In a week I'll be leaving for a 7 week bike tour, well, more or less, and don't want to be gone when it gets here. I want to be home for August 21, the end of the world, just kidding, the lunar eclipse that passes just by my apartment. So this this the list so far?

    x Fahrstuhl
    x SneHebNor
    x gbp
    x el joker
    x ClockworkCoder
    x comradekingu
    slaeshjag
    edgex004
    Grench
    Mecksg1
    second.exodous
    xrandr
    Neelix
    Kolbász

    Has anyone been added or is this still the list? I think I might be safe being back in about 8 weeks with the speed the package is making the rounds but I don't want to be in the middle of a desert 1000 miles from my apartment and get a email saying it is getting to my house. I don't want to drop out but I might have to. If ED can give the the address of the person after me I could make a shipping label now and have my roommate just slap that on and ship it if I am really far from my apartment.
     
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  12. EvilDragon

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    One has been added, but that was between gbp and el joker, so already done.

    Just let me know from when to when you won't be there and I'll make a note.
     
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  13. comradekingu

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    There was no "you didn't take it apart" in that sentence.

    Yes, and they aren't. On the newest version it was concave all the way out. On the previous ones it is flat on the edges, with a dip in the middle. I prefer that one.

    It would go really well with the translucent case though.
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    The carbon pad is round, and it had a white round plastic atop it on at-least one of the keymats.

    Here is my idea, make the pad and backing, or the white backing even it out, so that the end result is rectangular, covering the whole key. That way it diffuses the backlight evenly (?), or escapes all along the sides, but more importantly, should have a small improvement on potential key wobble. Or side-fumble, as is the proper nomenclature.

    To clarify, the black part of the case is black marker. I was trying to see how well painting the back of it worked. Easier than applying anything to the outside, because you cant see variations to the coating, only the adhesion. I did remove it afterwards.

    Allow me (
    I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Linux,
    is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux.
    Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component
    of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell
    utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

    Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day,
    without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU
    which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are
    not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.

    There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a
    part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system
    that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run.
    The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself;
    it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is
    normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system
    is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux"
    distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.
    ): 1476866430829.jpg
    This is how well sending it on Saturday went:
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    Sorry!
    Due to data issues bank services are unavailable.
    We can also not deliver cash on delivery packages or
    send tracked packages/letters.
    With friendly regards, the staff.
     
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  14. waGL

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    GNU? Never hurd of it
     
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  15. TrashyMG

    TrashyMG Sarcasm Dispenser Staff Member

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    Really?
     
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    If that does not suffice, try this (the original):

     
  17. Christoph.Krn

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    @EvilDragon When I previously asked you, the plan was to copy the Pandora D-Pad as closely as possible, what happened?
     
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  18. comradekingu

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    That might still be the case. That part of the keyboard was not final.
     
  19. rygD

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    GNU's not UNIX, so I'm not surprised. :p
     
  20. second exodous

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    Well, I should be safe as fast as it is going. Like I said if I can get xrandr's address now I can make a shipping label and have it ready if I'm not here when the package gets here.

    My tour looks like it will take a few more weeks than planned. The main stretch is across the souther border of Utah, so I have to plan to go from 'water hole to water hole'. Some days I'll be going 70 or 80 miles and some days only 30. One stretch is 120 miles with a stream that hopefully has water in it, it should run until October, that I'll have to filter. This is practice for riding my bicycle through Mexico. Anyway, I should be back before the package. If it isn't to me by Aug. 21 I might drop out though as after that date I'll be heading towards South America. Fingers crossed.
     

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