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I'm now over seven months into my TypeMatrix 2030 experience, and I still think it's the best keyboard available at this time. My main reason is the non-staggered layout. I disagree about the size or shape being for misshapen aliens. I'm not sure how this is a problem for the previous poster -- I ha...
by Shawn_Milo
05 May 2006, 20:15
 
Forum: Keyboards: TouchStream, MacNTouch, Digitouch, Mini
Topic: My review of an alternative -- the TypeMatrix 2030.
Replies: 33
Views: 18721

Re: typematrix

Yep I have a typematrix and it's great; our only hope against microsoft is that typematrix owns a patent for this kind of layout. No, you misunderstand me. I wish every manufacturer would use a non-staggered layout. I don't believe that it is, or even can be, patented. I'm sure TypeMatrix has some ...
by Shawn_Milo
03 Mar 2006, 14:24
 
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Alternatives?
Replies: 34
Views: 17178

Re: dumb windows

Windows login prompt I have to sit there and figure out what my password is letter by letter... on Mac I just press [command]-[space] and it switches to dvorak, so much easier. I completely understand. Windows is so annoying in both that and the fact that if you switch the layout when you are logge...
by Shawn_Milo
02 Mar 2006, 20:23
 
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Dvorak
Replies: 8
Views: 4264

Re: alt-tab issue

I have heard somewhere that the next wave of microsoft keyboards will have new keys, one of them being the shuffle key. Damn them! We don't need a frickin' shuffle key, we need a non-staggered layout! I refuse to buy another keyboard ever again that has staggered keys. Once they do that, we'll talk...
by Shawn_Milo
02 Mar 2006, 20:20
 
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Alternatives?
Replies: 34
Views: 17178

Thanks for the story -- interesting stuff! I'm about the same age -- 28, and I played a ton of video games before I got into computers also. I guess human evolution just has to catch up with the reality that we no longer have to throw spears or run miles to catch some food, but we have to make very ...
by Shawn_Milo
01 Mar 2006, 21:55
 
Forum: Mousing and Gesturing
Topic: Bad wrist? Try using the other one instead!
Replies: 6
Views: 3643

You can switch mousing surface using the Fingerworks Utilites and the Feature Selector, or program one of the keys or blank keyboard spaces to use the Internal Function "Swap Hands". I program one of the blank spaces, so when one hand tires of mousing, I just touch a spot on my keyboard and switch ...
by Shawn_Milo
01 Mar 2006, 21:14
 
Forum: Mouse: iGesture products
Topic: left handed mode?
Replies: 8
Views: 3889

Jason, So, what's the deal with the RSI -- is it something that only effects you while using a computer? Also, as far as you know are there any permanent effects from this condition, requiring eventual surgery or causing permanent disability? Do you have any discomfort or difficulty if you only type...
by Shawn_Milo
01 Mar 2006, 21:12
 
Forum: Mousing and Gesturing
Topic: Bad wrist? Try using the other one instead!
Replies: 6
Views: 3643

Bad wrist? Try using the other one instead!

If I rotate my right wrist, it sounds like someone is walking on gravel or grinding something. It feels like a knuckle that needs to be cracked, but if I get a pop sound it doesn't really alleviate the discomfort. The only solution that works is to stop using it. The interesting thing is that it onl...
by Shawn_Milo
01 Mar 2006, 19:31
 
Forum: Mousing and Gesturing
Topic: Bad wrist? Try using the other one instead!
Replies: 6
Views: 3643

As an amazing coincidence, I recently switched to using my iGesture left-handed. I don't see any features in the software to change it, but all the gestures seem to work just fine automatically. Just do the mirror of what you would have done. It's working for me. The only problem I'm having is that ...
by Shawn_Milo
01 Mar 2006, 19:17
 
Forum: Mouse: iGesture products
Topic: left handed mode?
Replies: 8
Views: 3889

Yeah, the TypeMatrix with the Mac isn't the perfect combination. But I've been told by the people behind TypeMatrix that they do plan to move to a native USB board with the keys in a better place for Mac users. However, it's not likely that this will be soon. They're a small company, so the change i...
by Shawn_Milo
26 Jan 2006, 16:38
 
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Alternatives?
Replies: 34
Views: 17178

Re: Has anyone found an alternative to their TouchStreams?

Yes, I've found a replacement.

forum/viewtopic.php?t=208

However, I still use and love my iGesture.

Shawn
by Shawn_Milo
26 Jan 2006, 16:36
 
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: Has anyone found an alternative to their TouchStreams?
Replies: 27
Views: 13411

Thanks Shawn, its good to know what can be accomplished in the long run when you have to invest as much as it takes to get comfortable with a work tool. Glad you joined me! :idea: We may suggest Henry Webber to embed some software under these keys :?: It might be nice to have some kind of configura...
by Shawn_Milo
13 Dec 2005, 21:58
 
Forum: Keyboards: TouchStream, MacNTouch, Digitouch, Mini
Topic: My review of an alternative -- the TypeMatrix 2030.
Replies: 33
Views: 18721

May be Barbara and Shawn could send some updates... How does it goes since your last review? I still use mine every day, and it's got to be the best keyboard available on the planet, at least for me. Obviously I miss the gestures at my fingertips, but I have my iGesture only inches away. Largely du...
by Shawn_Milo
13 Dec 2005, 18:33
 
Forum: Keyboards: TouchStream, MacNTouch, Digitouch, Mini
Topic: My review of an alternative -- the TypeMatrix 2030.
Replies: 33
Views: 18721

Yeah, you have several good points there. Fortunately, I use a Mac so I don't have those problem at home, and at work I don't have to share my PC. In that case, there's an even easier solution, which I should have realized before. Simply use the gesture editor to make the QWERTY/Dvorak switch one of...
by Shawn_Milo
18 Nov 2005, 15:44
 
Forum: Typing and Layouts
Topic: How to get away from Qwerty?
Replies: 21
Views: 8036

If you're having trouble touch-typing consistently on the TouchStream, use a normal keyboard. I don't think that finger drift is a big problem -- I actually think that the zero-force typing helps me to mentally separate the two layouts. The thing is that I share my computer with my fiancèe and it's...
by Shawn_Milo
18 Nov 2005, 15:14
 
Forum: Typing and Layouts
Topic: How to get away from Qwerty?
Replies: 21
Views: 8036

And you'll be welcomed with open arms. Thanksgiving is coming up soon, which gives me an idea. I see you're not in the US, and therefore have different holidays. However, maybe you can put this idea to work. Next time you have a holiday around which you will be taking a couple of vacation days, make...
by Shawn_Milo
16 Nov 2005, 22:37
 
Forum: Typing and Layouts
Topic: How to get away from Qwerty?
Replies: 21
Views: 8036

Torben,

You'll be back. I quit the first time I tried, but a year or two later I went cold-turkey and haven't looked back.

:o)

Milo
by Shawn_Milo
15 Nov 2005, 21:28
 
Forum: Typing and Layouts
Topic: How to get away from Qwerty?
Replies: 21
Views: 8036

Torben, As much as you're going to dislike this, put the TouchStream aside for a couple of weeks and learn Dvorak using a printed layout on the wall -- don't look at the keyboard. Using a regular keyboard instead of the TS will let you learn Dvorak as easily as possible. The TS, between its non-exis...
by Shawn_Milo
31 Oct 2005, 19:44
 
Forum: Typing and Layouts
Topic: How to get away from Qwerty?
Replies: 21
Views: 8036

My review of an alternative -- the TypeMatrix 2030.

I made a short post in another thread about this keyboard recently, but I've finished my formal review and wanted to share it here. --Shawn I have long held the opinion that the aspect of computing which is most in need of improvement is input devices. The keyboard which is the current standard is a...
by Shawn_Milo
06 Oct 2005, 15:34
 
Forum: Keyboards: TouchStream, MacNTouch, Digitouch, Mini
Topic: My review of an alternative -- the TypeMatrix 2030.
Replies: 33
Views: 18721

No, no issues with the PS/2 to USB adapter on Windows or Mac. The only difference is with the Shuffle key in Windows XP. The Shuffle key is basically like holding down Alt+Tab. Press it once to switch to the last app. Hold it down to scroll through the apps. The only issue is that, with the USB adap...
by Shawn_Milo
23 Sep 2005, 21:29
 
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Alternatives?
Replies: 34
Views: 17178

Just go cold-turkey. It sucks at first, but it's the only thing that worked for me. If you're used to touch-typing in any layout, then learning any other layout is going to be painfully slow. If you do it for an hour then quit, then next time you go back to it you're going to be about where you were...
by Shawn_Milo
23 Sep 2005, 21:23
 
Forum: Typing and Layouts
Topic: How to get away from Qwerty?
Replies: 21
Views: 8036

The TypeMatrix 2030 is great!

I'm almost two weeks into using the 2030, and it's great. Of course, there are no gestures, but it also costs hundreds less than the TouchStream. The #1 feature is the straight rows of keys -- not staggered. The TouchStream is the same way, but now you get tactile feedback with it. For the first tim...
by Shawn_Milo
22 Sep 2005, 20:05
 
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Alternatives?
Replies: 34
Views: 17178

I can think of a strong reason why it's not Apple. Apple is known for simplifying things. Fewer keyboard keys, easier interface, etc. No matter how much we all love our FingerWorks products, they present a learning curve, and trying to use the TouchStream when you're in a rush or already stressed ju...
by Shawn_Milo
25 Aug 2005, 13:06
 
Forum: News about FingerWorks
Topic: .....67% chance it's Apple... because...
Replies: 43
Views: 25453

First off, Fingerworks went out of business, so the only way you'll probably get one of these babies is through Ebay for about $150 over retail, maybe higher. Sorry. :( To answer your other questions: The gestures/macros can be edited through a Java interface which is available for Linux, Mac, and W...
by Shawn_Milo
17 Aug 2005, 16:59
 
Forum: Keyboards: TouchStream, MacNTouch, Digitouch, Mini
Topic: Should I buy this product?
Replies: 6
Views: 2562

Yes, they're still there, but the original poster couldn't get the Java web page to work in his browser.
by Shawn_Milo
09 Aug 2005, 14:03
 
Forum: Other troubleshooting
Topic: I need the latest firmware upgrade file, badly
Replies: 7
Views: 5031
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