This Week I Learned - 2017 Week 36

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Tecware Phantom 87, a cheap TKL mechanical keyboard. I've bought one and some initial write up on the mechanical keyboard.

Meanwhile, keyboard have different keyboard profiles or different key caps height. Aesthetically, high-profile looks way better than low-profile. The only issue is cleaning. Low-profile keyboard is easier to clean in the long run. Furthermore, keyboards can be classified by different keyboard technology or keyboard switches.

On a related note, Kinesis, the maker of most expensive ergonomic keyboard, Kinesis Advantage 2, has released Kinesis Gaming. I'm not aware of the their Kickstarter campaign, but they managed to raise enough fund to build this. While it may seems like a new design, I noticed it bears similarity to Kinesis Freestyle2, another split ergonomic keyboard. Only difference is the extra wrist reset and additional features for gaming. Unfortunately, aesthetic wise it's not pretty (subjective opinion) and Kinesis keyboard is known for its high price tag.

What took them so long to produce a gaming mechanical keyboard? Even though they can come up with a non ergonomic version? They have been quite late in the gaming mechanical keyboard. Even Topre already came out with Topre Realforce RGB. Other keyboard manufacturers have been charging premium building so called gaming mechanical keyboard, lots of useless fancy features but little durability. Let's hope this split design catch on so that other keyboard manufacturers in China will follow suit (ahem clone) and produce a more economic version.

If you have a low-profile mechanical keyboard, there are other maker, Norbauer & Co. who are building aluminium case for your beloved keyboard. Mechanical keyboard is indeed a booming industry. 

Thinkpad 25 (via SD). To commemorate the celebration of 25th anniversary release of IBM's (or Lenovo's) Thinkpad notebook, a special edition will be released using the non-chiclet keyboard layout, similar to those in T420. Hence, some claims it's just a T470 body with T420 keyboard. However, I was surprised to find out that Thinkpad notebook uses different keyboard switches or variants all these while. Can' wait? Just get Frankenpad (modernized and modified version of Thinkpad) from 51nb (via RD). However, this is a custom-made motherboard and the price is quite steep. Claiming warranty maybe an issue.

Reddit user nitrocaster explained why you should get a Thinkpad X220/X230 instead of other models. In short, it's cheap, support 16GB DDR3 RAM, and support 7-rows keyboard (X220 only). Even better, there are full resource guide on Thinkpad X220.


Creating custom table of content in ConTeXt. I've been struggled with this issue for the last few days and finally managed to get it to work. It seemed that I misunderstood the \placelist syntax and use the wrong variable name, use `appendix`.
\setuplabeltext[appendix=APPENDIX~]
\definehead[appendix][chapter]

\definelist[appendix][criterium=all]
\setuplist[appendix][alternative=b]

\placelist[appendix,widetable]

\startappendices
    \appendix{Sample Appendix}
    \appendix{Another Appendix}
\stopappendices

The powerful \definestartstop and \definehighlight of ConTeXt macros. This is as good as the HTML's custome tags. Sadly not supported by all web browsers.

They knew the basics. But they lacked mastery. Don't study at the last minute.

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