First, a few things you guys say you want to know:
I’ve been testing other people’s software since the days of Ultima Online and Everquest. I currently help test iOS PCalc and ConceptsApp. I’ve tested hardware since the Compaq iPaq. I recently tested an integrated iPhone mount with battery pack, but I can’t say much more than that about it. I test software at my day job - both my own code as well as others. I’ve done this through my days at McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, NASA, and my current employer.
Throughout my career I’ve been complimented on my ability to explain complex subjects such that people can easily understand it. I pride myself in this!
I’ve not used Trello but I love slack and discord as modern alternatives to the IRC clients I’ve used since 1991. I’ve had Trello on my iPad since Viticci talked about it back in 2016. I thought it was subscription based, but in looking at it now, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Looks cool, I’ll give it a whirl!
I can be reached most any time by email, Skype, phone, text, discord, slack, Facebook messenger, or iMessage.
I genuinely want to improve not only TextBlade performance but stability, capability, learning curve, documentation, you name it!!
My background (I’m no longer young, but I’m only 20 in heart, mind, and action):
I began my keyboard life in the fifth grade on the family Atari 800. I learned to type on it, I learned to program on it. I hated how the rows of keys formed a distinct RAMP:
When I started junior high, I got MY OWN COMPUTER, an Atari 800XL, which had a better keyboard, but the keys sometimes stuck so I had to jiggle them:
When I graduated from high school, I got an Atari 1040ST, whose keyboard was really mushy. It felt like it had thick cardboard over all the key switches:
Then an IBM branded “clickety bangety” keyboard from 1988 to maybe 1999. This was a loud but SPECTACULAR keyboard. I used it through AT, PS/2, and USB eras of keyboards, from DOS to Windows 3.1 and OS/2 to Windows NT and Linux:
I began some... romantic relations, and found that my IBM keyboard was infuriatingly loud to my partner. I switched to a Dell keyboard that was far worse but my partner was happy (I also had to decommission most of the eighteen Linux servers I had in my apartment at the time so as to not be “as much” of a geek):
It should be noted that during some of that time I was also getting into PDAs. First, I had a number of Sharp Wizards like this one. The keyboards were horrible but I loved the portability:
I also got Palm Pilots from the original US Robotics model through Palm, Sony, and Handspring models. I loved the “Fitaly Stamp” as an alternative to writing in graffiti, and achieved some 70wpm on it:
I also had a wonderful Targus folding keyboard for the Palm Pilot. It got good grades on the keys more because of the portability than because they were that great:
In college I actually was able to type fast enough to take notes on my HP 28C and 48SX calculators (even though I’d never advocate them as good keyboards). I also wrote a seemingly endless set of programs on these calculators, ranging from a working version of Attaxx to a three dimensional plotter (the HP 48G eventually did this, but my model didn’t, so I added it myself):
I also had laptops from the “trackball” era up through the MacBook Air, my first laptop with a functional keyboard. I do not like the butterfly keyboards on my 2017 MacBook or my 2016 Retina MacBook Pro with TouchBar. I loved the keyboards on my older MacBook Airs and Retina MacBook Pros though.
I have bought every multiple device Logitech Bluetooth keyboard from the K810, to K480, to K380, to my current K780. NONE of them are good keyboards, not one. But I need a way to easily switch between all my devices. None of them pair to more than three devices, so I have to pair to the primary three I’m using at any given moment. I have to re-pair two to three times a day based on what work I’m doing. The devices I’m choosing to pair are from among the following pool:
2017 Retina MacBook
2016 Retina MacBook Pro
2015 12.9” iPad Pro
2017 iPhone X
2017 Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
2018 HP ZBook 15 G3 (runs both windows 7 and Debian Linux)
This is what my three device K780 looks like (though this isn’t mine):
I only have my K780 at work, at home I use the K380 or the device itself (I use all these devices at different times either at home or at work each week).
For reference, I also use a three device mouse - the Logitech MX Master.
I love keyboards, I am writing books right now (three at the same time, using both Ulysses and Scrivener) and I also write code for iOS, OSX, Android, Windows and Linux. My primary development though is in Swift and .NET.
I think it is important to note that I have been writing macros since the early nineties in both vi and Emacs and currently use Keyboard Maestro on OSX for macros. I’ve been mapping custom keys for decades in X11, window managers (like fvwm), in shell profiles for sh, bash, zsh, csh, ksh, and my least favorite, tcsh.
I hope this gives you an idea of my use case - the ability to jump between all six devices, to do custom key mapping, the portability, the increased desk workspace, the thrill of something so advanced - the TextBlade is truly a dream come true for me!