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Offline ashort

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« on: Mon, 10 March 2008, 11:45:36 »
Matias has one of these at:

http://matias.ca/halfkeyboard/index.php

But holy crap, it's $149!!!  

I may need one of these for one to two months because I am going in for "Carpal Tunnel Release" surgery.  Pretty simple stuff, but painful enough for a Vicodin prescription (yeah!).

Sounds like they cut open your wrist and slice the smaller tendon in two, opening up the carpal tunnel (everyone has a carpal tunnel, one in each wrist, but not everyone has the "syndrome") and giving the nerve that runs through it more room to do what nerves do.
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« Reply #1 on: Mon, 10 March 2008, 12:14:22 »
There's also the frogpad which is very similar:

http://www.frogpad.com/

Although if you're going to go for the mac version it's no cheaper, although it looks like it's wireless.
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« Reply #2 on: Mon, 10 March 2008, 12:24:52 »
I'll stumble one-handed over my Matias TP2 for the duration of recovery.

I am more worried about maintaining my schedule at work, so I am looking for a one-handed solution to my Thinkpad T60, rather than the iMac.

Thanks I'll check out that Frogpad.
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« Reply #3 on: Mon, 10 March 2008, 12:38:44 »
Ouch.  That's priced and designed for someone with one hand, not someone with a hand that's out of commission for a month.  =-D  Good find, but I am going to pass.  Totally relearning the keyboard would take about as long as my recovery.  

I had considered taking the full "Frogpad Leap!"   Get one for the Mac, one for the Thinkpad, and sell out.  =-D  That's the kind of committment this product needs.
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« Reply #4 on: Mon, 10 March 2008, 12:46:34 »
I think I'll have a look at this for now:  

http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/samplesfolder/onepracsample.pdf

Or something like it...there are alot of resources out there, not all of them looking to make a buck.
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« Reply #5 on: Mon, 10 March 2008, 12:50:28 »
Daggum.  I should quit my job and start making one handed keyboards:

http://www.hallogram.com/bat/index.html
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« Reply #6 on: Mon, 10 March 2008, 14:14:29 »
Wondering if you could just write a driver to use a regular keyboard in the same way as a Matias half-keyboard. It doesn't use any special keys, so you could use ANY keyboard, if you did everything in software instead of hardware...

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« Reply #7 on: Mon, 10 March 2008, 14:20:41 »
Sounds very reasonable.  Simple bulk remapping of of the keyboard when you hold down the space bar.
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« Reply #8 on: Mon, 10 March 2008, 16:23:29 »
Why not an ergonomic keyboard then?

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« Reply #9 on: Mon, 10 March 2008, 16:24:05 »
Get a Maltron. Hell, what were you gonna do with the $600 it probably costs?

Damn, why are those things so expensive?

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« Reply #10 on: Mon, 10 March 2008, 18:39:24 »
You may also want to take a look at the one-handed Dvorak layouts.

No hardware investment required, but it'll take a bit of time to learn so it's probably not the best option for you.
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« Reply #11 on: Tue, 11 March 2008, 05:43:20 »
Interesting keyboard with extra punctuation keys.