… beakl


sunday, 15 august 2021

chorded bigrams – a recent thread on reddit raised an interesting topic regarding same finger bigrams. While constituting only a small percentage of common bigrams—two letter combinations—the problem is exacerbated when the letter requires a weak finger double tap, notably the ... colophon

monday, 10 may 2021

split chords – waiting on 15g springs for the Splitography, porting the chorded home row layout to it was inevitable as i further explore this minimal finger travel layout approach and the power of DennyTom’s chording engine. While my ... colophon

tuesday, 20 april 2021

chording engine macros – in case anyone else gets the chording engine bug, this is another example of the M() macro for DennyTom’s chording engine adding some dynamic features to the left hand hexpad of the.. number layer ... colophon

sunday, 18 april 2021

georgi wi – beakl wi chord output Shift : Y ” :: “ Shift I Space Shift Tab Enter Shift Backspace Backspace (autorepeat) ... colophon

saturday, 17 april 2021

chording engine – and how i have been won over by a 30% keyboard. The Georgi keyboard for steno is flashed with QMK software but with a divergent approach from most supported keyboards. Namely, it uses a “chording” ... colophon

georgi'ous – keyboard and how i have become a chording engine convert. A couple years ago, g Heavy Industries introduced the Georgi for steno advocates using Plover. It is one of the few dedicated split steno keyboards and ... colophon

friday, 29 january 2021

beakl wi'd – the main BEAKL development test bed platform for the past two years has been the Chimera Ergo 42 and Corne 42 key keyboards. They both share the same codebase including all the layers with only a single ... colophon

saturday, 16 january 2021

hex keypad revisited – it has just been a couple days since completing a facelift to the Number Layer to facilitate upper and lower case hexadecimal and Square, Round and Curly Bracket input. Fixing the rolling modifier key issues led ... colophon

daily beakl – the current keyboard layout daily driver is BEAKL Wi**. This page consolidates information which may be ommited from the layout write-up, with inherited layers or features described elsewhere. It is presented so one doesn’t have to ... colophon

friday, 15 january 2021

number pad – BEAKL Wi saw the first changes to the Number Layer after a long history of BEAKL iterations, with the placement of the numbers in their order of frequency—by finger row and column priority. While a radical departure ... colophon

thursday, 14 january 2021

extreme beakl wi – if BEAKL Wi-v is a variant of BEAKL Wi, then.. beakl wi-x is the logical extension of it to the extreme, moving the Z to the pinkie home row and the X to ... colophon

saturday, 2 january 2021

lazy beakl wi – or shortie pinkie Wi. i came across this keyboard design some time ago which had a distinctively heavier pinkie finger stagger than is commonly found. But as radical as the column stagger appears, i had ... colophon

saturday, 21 november 2020

beakl wi – it didn’t take long! the changes introduced by the BEAKL Bi layout spurred on further explorations—the upper row QU roll, never quite feeling as natural as the familiar home row roll with BEAKL Zi. Returning to the new ... colophon

friday, 20 november 2020

keyboard layout evaluation – there are a number of keyboard layout analysers, some web based, some desktop applications. The readily accessible web based analysers use a graphical interface to input a new layout for comparison against a predefined library of stock layouts—QWERTY, ... colophon

monday, 19 october 2020

beakl bi – i stumbled upon a keyboard analyzer app which took an interesting approach to testing layouts via a bigram corpus. This makes for a computationally efficient analyzer with the added advantage of a standalone app versus the common ... colophon

saturday, 10 october 2020

rolling qmk modifiers revisited – with Covid-19 time on my hands, i thought i would revisit rolling modifiers. since implementing my own mod_roll() library to handle rolling modifiers in place of the QMK mod_T() macros (SFT_T, ALT_T, CTL_T, GUI_T) due ... colophon

thursday, 17 september 2020

beakl ji – covid-19 has seen a lot of our time on computers increase substantially in place of personal social contact. So, while monitoring a discussion on the BEAKL forum concerning hand tuned BEAKL layouts versus those generated with optimizers, ... colophon

tuesday, 7 january 2020

corne – with the unavailability of the Chimera Ergo 42 the past several months, i came across the Corne keyboard in the hunt to build another keyboard. While not wireless, it is another 42 key 40% keyboard ... colophon

tuesday, 17 december 2019

beakl zi revisited – after the most recent fixes to the BEAKL Pi layout, the new navigation layer.. stood out for its natural thumb Enter (select) position after navigating menus—a common workflow activity on a keyboard ... colophon

wednesday, 13 november 2019

beakl pi – is a subtle variant of the BEAKL Zi configuration.. shift punctuation providing alternate fingering by moving the Question and Exclamation marks from the thumb Symbol Layer to the Base Layer Shift Dot ... colophon

wednesday, 30 october 2019

rolling keys revisited – over the course of time, two rolling key corner cases surfaced from the QMK rabbit hole descended in the (highly personal) tuning of the BEAKL Pi keyboard behaviour.. rolling thumb keys rolling sequences leading ... colophon

friday, 19 july 2019

rolling leader capitalization – until now, Punctuation chords providing leader (Space / Enter) capitalization shortcuts, lengthened the hold of the punctuation key which adds a subtle disruption to the typing rhythm— much like traditional shifting. Introducing the rolling ... colophon

monday, 22 april 2019

planck zi – Split keyboards have been my daily driver for awhile now so the Planck hasn’t seen a whole lot of love on this site of late. Time to acknowledge this solid keyboard that opened ... colophon

sunday, 21 april 2019

rolling qmk modifiers – many convenient modifier macros for redefining keys as dual function key values and modifiers, notably the SFT_T, CTL_T, ALT_T and GUI_T toggle macros are part of the standard QMK firmware library. For several BEAKL layout ... colophon

wednesday, 20 march 2019

chimera ergo 42 – foregoing steno, a dedicated BEAKL Si layout can be applied to an ergo keyboard design with non-linear rows. The Chimera Ergo 42 is one such design that recently caught my eye.. The ... colophon

friday, 4 january 2019

beakl si – the keyboard layouts for the Splitography and the Planck on this site, applied certain personal thumb conventions—noticeably, the Shift modifier, the Space Enter Backspace Delete Tab Escape keys, and raising the various Symbol Number ... colophon

wednesday, 14 november 2018

beakl ti revisited – it didn’t take long. BEAKL Vi’s placement of the Enter key and it’s improvement to chords and sequences involving Enter was immediately discernible over BEAKL Ti’s use of the Shift Space for the ... colophon

friday, 9 november 2018

2018-11-09 – changes fast and furious. The look continues to garner attention—influenced, in part, by my Kindle e-reader font themes (Futura) and a desire to impart a less “technical” look to this site. On the ... the darnedest thing

monday, 29 october 2018

beakl vi – restores the Enter key to the base layer with a swap of the Backspace key from the Shift Layer of the BEAKL Ti layout, resulting in simplified Enter chords throughout the keyboard design. ... colophon

sunday, 28 october 2018

2018-10-28 – lots of changes under the hood. First and foremost, the look, gets a facelift with more modern fonts and corresponding page layout changes. The site search limitations have been effectively removed. Not only ... the darnedest thing

friday, 24 august 2018

beakl ti – the Thumb I or BEAKL Ti (titanium :-) layout advances BEAKL Mu’s left hand fingering by replacing the universal thumb key Space assignment with the alphabetic character I to lower same finger usage and ... colophon

friday, 3 august 2018

thumb h – the HIEA home row of the split thumbs up layout featured nice finger rolls and low same finger usage. But having come from the standard BEAKL layouts, the left pinkie finger H assignment always ... colophon

wednesday, 23 may 2018

homed split – symbols in layout BEAKL mu are accessed via the index, middle and ring fingers of the thumb shift side hand. It is surprisingly effective but constrained by the range of keys comfortably reached by ... colophon

monday, 16 april 2018

beakl mu redux – mashes up the BEAKL mu layout further by applying the HIEA home row of BEAKL EZ to the left hand, thus, resolving the UAI same finger issue of BEAKL 8 in favour of finger ... colophon

split redux – my new daily driver applying the Planck BEAKL layout to the SOFT/HRUF Splitography keyboard— though, this design should be effective with any keyboard layout. legend splitography beakl I have since ... colophon

planck reduxed – defining the PERMISSIVE_HOLD and IGNORE_MOD_TAP_INTERRUPT config.h options enables applying responsive modifiers to the home row, for vastly improved accessibility. The redundant center column modifier chords are now replaced with layer toggles, freeing both ... colophon

sunday, 25 march 2018

beakl mu – where Colemak emphasizes finger rolls, AdNW models keyboard layouts to emphasize hand alternation, a la Dvorak. BEAKL, utilizing the AdNW optimizer, further minimizes pinkie finger usage, emphasizing the central home block comprised of the index, middle and ring ... colophon

tuesday, 14 november 2017

planck redux – is the ongoing evolution of the Planck layers. Notable is the refinement of the Shift Layer symbol clusters from a 2x3 to a 3x2 (row by column) layout emphasizing the stronger index and middle ... colophon

monday, 13 november 2017

planck history – was originally part of the supposedly last write-up on this site’s particular Planck keyboard layout. The annotations grew, then became long enough to warrant being separated out into its own update page here! In ... colophon

sunday, 12 november 2017

planck done – plancks with Cherry “Silenced” MX-Black keyswitches with 62 gram springs and sculpted SA profile keycaps.. Planck constant was supposed to be the last word on this Planck. One glance at the change history ... colophon

thursday, 19 october 2017

split steno – an alternate right hand centric, thumb oriented TxBolt (default layer) implementation for the soft/hruf Splitography.. legend base layer cursor and mouse actions numbers and symbols function ... colophon