Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Another Controller Steno Diagram

Back in September of 2022, I posted an infographic on how one member of the Plover Discord wrote in steno using an Xbox controller. I asked the Discord today what I should blog about, and someone suggested that I post this new diagram of controller steno, with the assertion that at least six people have now tried to learn it! I have to admit the idea still breaks my brain a little, just as it did two years ago, but clearly the idea has something to it!
diagram of steno layout on an xbox controller, mapping each steno key to a button

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

A Hobbyist 's Guide to Stenography

A wonderful intro to steno by the ever-magnificent Aerick!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Open Steno in the New York Times!

The Long Case for Machine Shorthand appeared in The New York Times this week, and on the whole I have to say I was really happy with it! It mentioned steno as a fandom, talked about our 7,000 Discord members, and gave just a tiny hint of how fun steno can be. The author of the article interviewed two other stenographers as well, so there wasn't space for everything I put into our hourlong conversation (like the fact that if you add all the releases together, Plover has been downloaded 127,417 times!!), but I think it got a lot of the most relevant details. I hope it intrigues some readers into checking us out and joining our delightful little community!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Even More Javelin Updates!

Tharelia writes:

In the last week, Javelin has gained a number of features: Lookup, Paper Tape and Add Translation tools have had improvements to be more aware of what dictionaries and definitions are used and Paper Tape tool has a number of options that control the display. emily-symbols can also be reverse looked up now too. Grab a firmware dated March 17 or later for all of these!

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Stenoknight's Steno Stash

an array of 13 steno machines arranged on a purple quilt

Preparatory to my presentation at the kid's class on Friday, I decided to try to dig up all the steno machines I had in my possession. I know this picture is missing at least three, because I don't want to risk waking the kid up extracting their Javelined Uni from the bedroom, and my trusty wooden-backed StenoMod bag is AWOL, which is unsettling, since it tends to be my go-to backup machine. I also couldn't find the pieces of my late lamented Georgi. There might be still others tucked away in the messy recesses of my home office. But I'm pretty happy with this array nonetheless! Not sure I'll take all of them to the classroom, but it was fun going back down memory lane while excavating these beauties. How far machine steno has come in a little over 100 years! I can't wait to see what the future brings.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Steno Presentation to Second Graders

My kid's second grade class is reading the excellent graphic memoir El Deafo, about the experiences of a kid who lost much of her hearing at age 4 (i.e., postlingually) from meningitis. Since people of that general description make up a large part of my captioning clientele, I'm going to talk to the kids about hearing loss, realtime captioning, the ADA, and accessibility work in general, but I'd also like to give them a rundown of steno and how it works. I'll be bringing in my professional machine and a number of hobbyist machines for them to play with, I'll give a live demo, and I'll also probably print out some steno keyboard diagrams for each of them to take home. Can anyone think of anything else that might be fun to do with a bunch of 7 and 8-year-olds during an hourlong presentation? Suggestions extremely welcome!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Talking to a Georgi with C [Steno Coding]

Paul says:
This is my attempt at creating a basic HID host program using C to talk to a Georgi stenographic keyboard.The coding parts were done with Plover stenography and UltiSnips vim snippets.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Aerick's Video on Lapwing Theory

I don't know Lapwing theory, and at this point (almost 20 years into steno with Plover theory, a semi-homebrewed but ultimately very standard, middle-of-the-road steno theory) I think it's unlikely that I'll be learning it myself, but I think Aerick makes some compelling points in its favor in this video, and I'd say if you're interested in new and potentially improved theories, it might be worth a watch!

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Steno in the Spotlight

I confess I haven't yet gotten a chance to watch it, but this video has been blowing up the steno community online for the past day and change, so I thought it would make sense to post it here. Apparently it doesn't mention Open Steno per se, but the comments have already led a bunch of viewers to our Discord, so that's something!

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Javelin Provides Prefix Suggestions!

Wow, it's been a while since I've built Javelin firmware on one of my machines, but I really should. It's been improving steadily! From Tharelia on the Discord:

Javelin has gained the ability to provide prefix suggestions -- if you use a delete space command after a word, Javelin will show any suggestions for a prefix if it exists. Build a new full firmware to get this update. Screenshot of it in action:

image showing a screenshot of Javelin with prefix suggestions

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Fix for Missing Plugin Manager Bug

As explained in this GitHub issue, if you're having trouble accessing the Plover plugin manager, a quick uninstall/reinstall should fix the problem.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Beautiful Machines

A quick one tonight, since I just got back from taking my kid to a Broadway show for the first time and it's pretty late, but check out this lovely tableau of hobbyist machines posted by Plover Discord member TKAOEUS (aka Dice) in the Hardware Showcase channel. What a fantastic collection! Can anyone name them all?
various hobbyist steno machines arranged in a tableau

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Kickstarter for the $50 Asterisk Keyboard!

The Kickstarter for the new $50 Asterisk Steno Keyboard was funded in one day (and I'm pretty sure I was the first backer!), but there's still almost a month to pledge and get one of your own. It looks fantastic!!