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April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 07:55:09 »
Folks,

I mentioned in passing last month that the polycarb orange on white keys were tests. What were they tests for? Well, they were tests for this key. For those who aren't familiar with it, the key is a classic geekhack legend; it made its first appearance in round 3 in the nostalgia orange on grey theme:


(courtesy reaper)

I wanted to remake it, but I also wanted to try 1st shot polycarb. We knew that 1st shot polycarb would need special attention to contrast and legend to key proportions to make the keys really pop, so we ran a few tests -- those ended up being the late march keys. Having deemed those a success, I had these made:


backlit


boringlit

They match the late march key (and techkeys' complementary keys), and are a prelude to something even cooler:

First, geekhack will be paying to finish cutting the cherry font legends with signature plastics. We will be doing so with cash on hand plus the proceeds of this sale.

Second, we will be making an entire set of polycarb keys. In standard configuration, the alphanumerics of this set will be 1st shot polycarb on white. The modifiers will be 1st shot white on polycarb. The legends, of course, will all be cherry font :).


Because geekhack will be dirt poor after paying for the rest of the cherry legends, the group buy for this set will include a modest contribution to geekhack. As penance, the staff will probably be ganging up at Ron's office to sort and ship everything again ;).

The keys themselves will go up on techkeys.us forthwith! Pricing will be 12$ for one keycap with 100% of proceeds paying for cherry legend tooling.
« Last Edit: Sat, 20 April 2013, 14:45:58 by mkawa »

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 07:56:14 »
:o
unless they have some unforeseeable downside (like they're actually made of cream cheese cunningly disguised as ABS)


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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 08:00:28 »
:o

edit: I just bought a bunch of stuff from Techkeys too :( Shipping is a *****.
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 08:00:56 »
Here we go!  :D

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #4 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 08:08:32 »
:o

edit: I just bought a bunch of stuff from Techkeys too :( Shipping is a *****.

Get used to it every month!
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 08:23:19 »
i bet its 420 related! :D

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 08:36:22 »
notice by techkeys?


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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 08:40:02 »
Mouse Guide 2.0: A list of mice with superior sensors and more.
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 09:08:40 »
And now we wait :D
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 10:18:36 »
Hmmm... I thought we already had the April release of the GeekHack key. No?

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 10:21:21 »
Mashby, you know you're going to order a bunch of these caps anyways so why bother with semantics?! The real issue is how you're going to hide the caps from H and finding your wallet :P

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:00:12 »
we're on a bit of an offset schedule right now :P

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:06:47 »
Maybe it's a sign that the April key is related to 420  :eek:
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April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:36:13 »
No

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:37:15 »
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Re: Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:02:51 »
Maybe it's a sign that the April key is related to 420  :eek:
I doubt it. Gh doesn't promote drug use afterall. Which personally I have no argument with

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #16 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:13:03 »
Will it be meant for an LED backlit switch?
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:20:43 »
Would really like a beige shift key or something that still had the shift icon, but the words Geekhack or something... something other than another esc key with Geekhack on :P

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #18 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:22:50 »
something other than another esc key with Geekhack on :P

Yes

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April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #19 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:26:49 »
A backspace or something

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 14:14:02 »
I just bought a bunch of stuff from Techkeys too :( Shipping is a *****.

Yeah, me too...... I hope I don't like this key!  :))

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #21 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 14:41:04 »
details are up in the OP. i hope everyone finds this as exciting as i do.

* mr friday not included in any way shape or form. bug clickclack for that one ;)
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #22 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 14:43:56 »
Mhm, mhm.

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #23 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 14:47:09 »
A whole set is going to look amazing!  :eek:
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #24 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 14:48:47 »
Oh my glod!

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 15:24:01 »
Holy cool!

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 15:24:35 »
Did anyone else's email come with borked pictures?

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Re: Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #27 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 15:26:51 »
Did anyone else's email come with borked pictures?
I never look at the pictures anymore due to how I notify myself of TechKeys newslettets, so mine was just a wall of text. :P

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #28 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 15:30:00 »
Ordered a keychain :D

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #29 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 15:37:33 »
Oh my glod!

glod damn it....

could do something like this


so you guys should consider offering some DSA profile stuff :D

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #30 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 15:49:15 »
Backspace Key looks amazing. Just order

Also couldn't resist the blue switch keychain
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #31 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 15:53:07 »
Gonna try to snag one of these! Missed my chance with the normal geekhack key. You guys should make a full set like these. I would have no hesitation to buy one.
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #32 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 16:05:25 »
Gonna try to snag one of these! Missed my chance with the normal geekhack key. You guys should make a full set like these. I would have no hesitation to buy one.

They are.....
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #33 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 17:11:35 »
Gonna try to snag one of these! Missed my chance with the normal geekhack key. You guys should make a full set like these. I would have no hesitation to buy one.

I have extras. PM me and maybe we can work out a trade.

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #34 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 17:18:11 »
Just ordered 2 plus some other stuff. :)

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #35 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 17:23:18 »
Ordered one. Interested to see the full set as well!
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #36 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 17:32:02 »
Gonna try to snag one of these! Missed my chance with the normal geekhack key. You guys should make a full set like these. I would have no hesitation to buy one.

They are.....

Didn't even see that! Is there gonna be/is there a public group buy for it yet? I see nothing in group buys atm. lol.
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #37 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 17:36:20 »
Nobody knows. But I'm sure you'll hear about it.
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #38 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 20:07:37 »
if bg was grey..


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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #39 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 20:27:01 »
if bg was grey..

+1 or a darker colour

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #40 on: Sat, 20 April 2013, 22:53:34 »
Black and Orange!!!!!! Og GH colors and sexy as a chocolate strawberry.
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #41 on: Sun, 21 April 2013, 00:48:33 »
polycarb 1st shots on dark second shots don't tend to give enough contrast. the reflectivity of the white 2nd shot is really the best case for contrast. it's going to take something really creative to get darker second shots with translucent first shots..

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #42 on: Sun, 21 April 2013, 00:50:31 »
polycarb 1st shots on dark second shots don't tend to give enough contrast. the reflectivity of the white 2nd shot is really the best case for contrast. it's going to take something really creative to get darker second shots with translucent first shots..

That's what we were told about poly shots. Now look where we are. I have faith!!!!!
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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #43 on: Sun, 21 April 2013, 01:11:13 »
February key still the best key/method but that's just my thought

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #44 on: Sun, 21 April 2013, 01:22:07 »
February key still the best key/method but that's just my thought

I like it too! Especially the way it glows on a backlight keyboard!

Regardless, I'm still excited for the entire set of polycarb keys!

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #45 on: Sun, 21 April 2013, 02:32:40 »
February key still the best key/method but that's just my thought
this is what the modifiers of the full set will look like :)

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #46 on: Sun, 21 April 2013, 02:36:26 »
Because I'm curious and have my own plans to start getting vaguely into motion, how much more is required on the project (pm if you'd rather)?

Also, should I assume that you want the polycarb set to be the first with cherry font, then?

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #47 on: Sun, 21 April 2013, 05:57:31 »
polycarb 1st shots on dark second shots don't tend to give enough contrast. the reflectivity of the white 2nd shot is really the best case for contrast.

Maybe, but subtlety can be good too!

Or for those determined to 'pop': remove stab, add orange LEDs.

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #48 on: Sun, 21 April 2013, 09:24:05 »
Oh my glod!

glod damn it....

could do something like this
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so you guys should consider offering some DSA profile stuff :D

:D

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Re: April '13 Geekhack key -- Cherry legends final push
« Reply #49 on: Sun, 21 April 2013, 11:43:50 »
I'm so confused. I was under the impression that the Toxic set organizers were finishing cherry legends with SP?

Will we be waiting for this set to be done before other have access to the cherry legends? I'm worried soon as the cherry legends are finished there will be too many group buys moving ahead all at once and make it harder for people on a budget to take part in all of them.

For this set will there be the option to have the whole set like the GeekHack backspace even the modifiers?

I have a white Choc Mini in the mail that this set would look amazing on, even with the stock space bar.

I really like how even when not backlit, the legends look like they have depth. I'm really impressed with how the April GH key and Roadcone legends look in person.

All in all, damn excited for this set.
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