Saturday, November 28, 2020

Qwertysteno down, but we're working on it!

Invaluable steno learning resource qwertysteno is down, but I've contacted the developer and am waiting back to hear from him. If the Open Steno community can help in any way (financially or otherwise) to keep Qwertysteno alive, rest assured that we will do what it takes.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Two-Word Phrases

Would you like a spreadsheet of common two-word phrases, arranged by frequency according to Google's n-gram data (so from a written rather than a spoken corpus, which may or may not be what you're looking for, depending on your own particular use case)? Here's a spreadsheet of them!, helpfully compiled by Quetzal from the Plover Discord. I wouldn't necessarily run yourself ragged trying to figure out briefs for every last one of these ("free beast"? "of sewage"? "desserts and"? I think those can all safely be multi-strokers.), and keep in mind that as with any list of search engine terms, there's a fair bit of NSFW words in there, but at least trying to get some short versions of the top fifty or a hundred phrases or so might well be fairly helpful!

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Wanna Argue About Steno on Reddit?

Then I've got just the link for you! I'm way too wrung out and overwhelmed these days to dive into a combative forum and rehash all those well-worn debates, but if it's the sort of thing you find enjoyable, have fun!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Be Extremely Internet on Your Steno Machine

A bold new plugin has arrived from Discord user psethwick: Plover Fancytext, which allows you to use Plover to output text in various (mostly joke, mostly unicode) text formats:

bubble: ⓑⓤⓑⓑⓛⓔ
crytyping: I' finne,,, h ddon'nt w,,,orry about me, re,,el yy
fullwidth: vaporwave
medieval: 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖊𝖛𝖆𝖑
sarcasm: wELl ThIs IS cONvEnIeNt
upsidedown: ndsᴉpǝ poʍu
zalgo: z̓ä́l̘g̩̚o͡t́èx͓͠ẗ̬

This is hilarious and I love it. That is all.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Survey for a Proposed New Steno Machine

Fill out this survey from brookieoz on the Discord if you have need of a new independent steno machine that might solve certain problems for you that the current machines can't. There's also a prototype spreadsheet of some preliminary ideas in the #general channel, if you're interested. I always love it when new ideas like this floated, and I'm looking forward to seeing what shakes out of it!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Hacktoberfest 2020!

Hacktoberfest2020 logo

Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration of open source, and anyone who makes four or more pull requests to an open source repo hosted on Github will receive a free T-shirt from Digital Ocean.

Some Open Steno Project repos to contribute to:


If you have your own steno-related open source projects hosted on Github, feel free to add them to this post in the comments.

Happy hacking!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Splitography is Back!

photo of one half of a Splitography steno machine

Ecca, one of our original open source steno hardware pioneers, writes:

I am back, splito is back, supplier issues resolved again, steno keebs will be shipping November 29th. Yay!

The Splitography is a beautiful machine, with custom-designed keycaps and a really cool circuitboard-under-glass look. The springs are a bit heavy for my own personal taste, but it's an impeccably designed machine with many fans, and now's your chance to get one again, after a long while being out of stock.

Check it out!!