I haven’t gone on WordPress in a while to update this. The back end of the platform appears to have changed significantly, and seems to be worse, but it might be more powerful now and I just don’t know how to use it.
Before, the website had a new blog post tool with a WYSIWYG editor with buttons for inputting media and formatting text. This was Word 97 style. Now, formatting occurs through pop up menus and and hierarchical sidebar menus. The main part of the page is simply blank and you type shit. I consider this to be typical of modern UX design for computers and things like it. They don’t want to overwhelm the normies, as the kids are saying, and so make tools with the minimum possible options and features available. See iPhone camera. When they do have features, they’re buried through series and series of menus. Fuck that shit. Give me the options as buttons.
This is particularly pronounced, in my opinion, in the modern keyboard enthusiast community. People say things like “well, I don’t usually use the nav cluster, so I don’t need it.” Or “I don’t usually use the numpad, so I don’t need it.” You’re inconveniencing yourself for the sake of design aesthetics. Here, let’s look.
This is one of the most highly upvoted posts of a guy’s actual collections of keyboards on the mechanicalkeyboards subreddit which he “worked on.” Most of the highly upvoted posts are essentially exercises in product photography, and you can see that influence on his keyboard collection here, designed primarily for aesthetics. There’s not a single full sized keyboard in sight. Not a single one. Most of these things don’t even have function keys. They all have the same switches (derived from the Cherry MX type), and are designed to look cool. What if the guy wants to hit F5? He has to go into a function layer to do so. I know.
I understand shaving space off one’s desk, but they’re not really doing that much either, though arguably the numpadless keyboards with the nav cluster replaced by four buttons and the arrows aren’t terrible, as that’s a meaningful reduction and redesign based on use, but a fucking tenkeyless format is dumb as shit. “We’re getting rid of the numpad because nobody uses it, but we are keeping highly important buttons like Scroll Lock and Break.” Fuck right off.
And again, they’re all using the same switches. Many people use a bunch of different switches, but they all have the same fundamental design. Some people like switches that are heavier, so they put in a heavier spring. Or they want a bigger bump, so they put in a bigger bump in the slide mechanism, but it’s the same mechanism. They all feel samey, like how every internet browser except Firefox is running a webkit derived rendering engine right now. RIP Opera 12.
My keyboard I use is a variation on the old IBM Model F. Here it is at my office.
So, as you can see I’m no stranger to elimination of extra keys. This board has 83, and a tenkeyless has 87. I have had to make a few comprimises, but they’re not vast. The nav cluster is on the numpad, as it has always been. Ctrl, Alt, and Caps lock are around, and I have Scroll Lock remapped to plus and plus remapped to enter, as I use numpad enter more than normal enter.
In using this keyboard, I have realized a few things: it’s actually fantastic and didn’t need to change the layout for the AT model. The numpad is fine with that fat plus because the way the enter is positioned, it’s usable for both typists on the alphameric cluster and the numpad, with the pinky and pointer respectively. The backspace and shift keys are fine, and the function keys on the far left are excellent. Since I literally never use some of those keys, and I mean like literally never, I have a few remapped. F1, F4, F5, F6, and F8 retain their original functionality, but I have macros set up for the others F2 is CAD, F3 is a string I type frequently in emails and such, F9 is Windows, F7 is context menu, and I don’t have anything for F10.
So anyway, I understand small form factor. But there’s no way you get through life without using fucking home, or F1 or something. I refuse to banish to a function layer any key I will potentially use once or twice any given day.
In much the same way, this WordPress post redesign is irritating.
I also updated some photos on the photo page. That is all.