Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Aerick Demonstrates Javelin

The ever-marvelous Aerick shows you how to embed steno on your hobbyist steno keyboard using the wonderful Javelin firmware!

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

The Jarne Store is Up and Running!

You can now buy a Jarne! Woohoo! Notice that prices are in Australian dollars.

Jeffrey Lim, aka Tharelia, inventor of the Jarne, says:

The order page for Jarne is now public! Prices are in AUD.

Boards are being made as orders come in, so please allow some time before your board ships.

Some notes on options:

- USD had to be disabled in the store for the options to be charged properly. If payment in AUD is an issue, get in touch with Alecat and a USD paypal invoice can be issued. No other currencies will be offered.

- Black keycaps are coming. ETA mid July

- Nocturnal switches are currently being investigated, but no ETA on that.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Asterisk First Impressions

A computer showing a Vim document open with an Asterisk in front of it
I got just a few minutes to play with the Asterisk today, and it's definitely gonna require some practice to build the muscle memory necessary to use it, but I have to say the thing is absolutely adorable. I love that it fits in the little zipper pocket on my backup laptop's sleeve. I love how light and sleek and cheerful the design is. The cutouts are an ingenious way to tell your fingers whether you've hit the right key after the fact, but I do miss the ability to rest my fingers in the home position between strokes. Whether I'll be able to retrain my hands sufficiently to find that position while hovering in midair remains to be seen, but the experience of using it is enjoyable enough to give it a try, for sure. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna load Javelin onto it so that I can use it with either phone or computer, and I'm currently in the planning phases for a new novel that I'm planning to write for NaNoWriMo in November, so I'm thinking of trying to build up some proficiency with the Asterisk while working on notes for it. Definitely not something I anticipate using as a backup for any of my captioning machines (I'm happy to say that I was unable to use my daily driver Infinity Ergonomic yesterday and the Jarne worked marvelously well as a backup!), but as an ultralightweight and low profile machine to carry around for fun and brainstorming? It just might fit the bill! I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Blue Asterisks!

Over on Kickstarter, the beautiful Asterisk keyboards are almost ready to ship, and surprise! They're not white -- they're blue! Which I'm really happy about, personally. I like blue way more than white! Can't wait to get mine and try it out!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Talking about Open Steno to Court Reporters

I'll be addressing a group of professional court reporters tomorrow, telling them about my career as a professional captioner and also about The Open Steno Project. I've found in the past that court reporters are often unimpressed when I try to explain about Open Steno. They don't see the point, or think the project is doomed to failure, or... Something! I've never quite been able to figure it out. I find the idea of making steno open source and unlocking it to a vast pool of amateurs and hobbyists thrilling and empowering, but in the past I've gotten the sense that those who don't find it futile find it threatening somehow. Anyone have any ideas on how I can break through their indifference or suspicion and make my case? Any suggestions welcome.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

PyCon Jarne Demo Video

My friend and colleague Miss Steno just uploaded a fun video of the two of us playing with the Jarne on the roof deck of the convention center at PyCon last month!