This keyboard project is quite nice:

I liked the part about him needing to borrow a USB device ID. I actually bought a Gear Head as my first mechanical keyboard, it was pretty good for the price.

I still think my little Last Starfighter tribute ship is kind of cute. *pshzzewww*

^ That's what spaceships sound like.

I thought that starting an article with "It may sound like science fiction..." was the absolute worst but actually it's when a writer uses 'mom', 'aunt', or 'grandma' as a stand-in for a clueless person who doesn't understand technology.

Here's another scale shot of the portable computer, next to a very serious looking business laptop.

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It isn't just software making things sluggish of course:

I wouldn't have thought 30+ ms of latency would be common, at least not with keyboards meant for hackers and gamers. That may not seem too bad by itself but you have to remember that there's also going to be display lag added on at the other end.

This stuff matters. It's the difference between your computer feeling snappy and responsive vs. janky and broken:

Processors and internet connections have improved tremendously but the software and websites piled on top of that make it seem like we're just flooring it in a mud field.

I love seeing VR demos that only take up a tiny amount of space. They're even better if they also run well on older GPUs and don't have obvious aliasing.

Related, is there a Future Crew of VR yet?

You know you did a good job installing your video driver if getting back to the Ubuntu desktop involves needle-nose pliers.

Let's just say I need more practice with Linux.

I guess it's true that I could also use Wine for some Windows software if I need to, I've not looked into all that yet.

The same goes with Gimp and Godot.

It seemed like Unity releases on Linux were a bit half-hearted and I'd only learned the basics anyways so I figured I may as well just start fresh with Godot on Linux. It also has steadily improving VR support so I'm all set.

I know some people bounce off Blender because of the UI but let me tell you it is very convenient to just flippantly decide one day that I'm going to switch to Linux and then be up and running again.

I don't have to dig up a user account and password, jump through licensing hoops, or *shudder* buy another copy for each OS.

@thetrakynia is that an imperial neuromancer or a metric neuromancer?

Here's a view that shows the footprint. The deck is one Neuromancer along the y-axis.

I didn't mean to do that...

@technomancy I like your little computers! I just made my own custom deck, it isn't as polished as your stuff but I thought you might be amused:

I still can't code worth a damn but it's fun to pretend. :-D

Here's my new portable computer. The case was finally printed successfully so I was able to make sure all the electronics actually fit. The cables need a lot of wrangling so I might look for some shorter ones. The list of components is on my blog:

This was a fun custom deck to make. I'm happy to have a sturdy little computer with a mechanical keyboard that I can take with me.

It's been quite a while since I built my desktop. I'm treating myself and getting another 120GB SSD since they are pretty much giving them away at this point. I'll make it my Linux drive.

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