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Offline overlypedantic

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What got you in? What will force you out? MechKeebs, of course!
« on: Fri, 12 October 2018, 03:57:27 »
Just wanted to leave this post as a food for thought but also to satisfy my curiosity - what convinced you to start buying custom keyboards and/or collecting keyboards? (I mean non-retail, GB stuff)

Bonus question: what would force you out of this hobby? Price? Too many keyboards? KIDS?!?!?

I'll start: I started buying custom keyboards because I was running out of desk space and was desperate to keep my number pad and arrow keys. I resolved to never using the home cluster or the function keys and thought...why can't I have a keyboard without a function row but WITH a numpad and dedicated arrow keys? I never use caps lock lets get rid of that!

And here I am now still without the perfect keyboard. But with each new board I buy it gets a little better. :-)

What will force me out? Running out of space and maybe living life as a nomad. (Living lightweight and all that.)

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Re: What got you in? What will force you out? MechKeebs, of course!
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 12 October 2018, 05:06:35 »
I started looking at keyboard stuff when I wanted to learn Colemack, couldn't get caps for my rubberdome board so bought a mech.  Then I wanted to use macros at work where we weren't allowed to install remaping software so I built a numberpad with layers.  Then my work desk was too full so I built a 60% to go with it...

My 'collection' is only five boards one of which isn't even built but I'm effectively out already.  As with every hobby I find something that's significantly better than what the 'uneducated masses' use and stick with it, in this case that's a CP-SQ (1800ish).  Like you I still haven't achieved what I came for - I still can't type Colemack and don't have any caps for it!
                               
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Re: What got you in? What will force you out? MechKeebs, of course!
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 12 October 2018, 05:09:11 »
I don't know what will force me out of the hobby. But I do know that the word "MechKeebs" forces my stomach content out of my mouth.
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Re: What got you in? What will force you out? MechKeebs, of course!
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 12 October 2018, 06:07:12 »
Arrived because of Wrist Pain and Shoulder pain..


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Re: What got you in? What will force you out? MechKeebs, of course!
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 12 October 2018, 07:11:08 »
I love building things with my hands, electronics and customizing. I got in because custom keyboards are a perfect combination of all of those.

What will force me out? What is currently forcing me out; I'm tired of being promised something only to not have it delivered 18 months later, the product being sub-par or the gb leader just plain being a damn flake. There are some reputable leaders out there, but most of them are just not worth trusting.

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Re: What got you in? What will force you out? MechKeebs, of course!
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 12 October 2018, 08:32:25 »
Been collecting typewriters for years before I bought my first mech. keyboard.

That's what got me in.

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Re: What got you in? What will force you out? MechKeebs, of course!
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 13 October 2018, 04:52:09 »
I love building things with my hands, electronics and customizing. I got in because custom keyboards are a perfect combination of all of those.

What will force me out? What is currently forcing me out; I'm tired of being promised something only to not have it delivered 18 months later, the product being sub-par or the gb leader just plain being a damn flake. There are some reputable leaders out there, but most of them are just not worth trusting.

Oof, that does sounds off-putting, but I guess its a combination of a lot of factors - imo you have a choice between GBs with cheaper manufacturers to get lower prices for higher volume group buys or expensive GBs run by a select few long time reputable participants that run low volume and usually get delayed in the pursuit of perfection or something.

Hopefully, those who have been delivering continue to keep delivering and those who are new raise their standards for GBs.

I don't know what will force me out of the hobby. But I do know that the word "MechKeebs" forces my stomach content out of my mouth.

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Re: What got you in? What will force you out? MechKeebs, of course!
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 14 October 2018, 03:51:38 »
1. Why, the desire to clickety click click, of course.

2. Death.
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Re: What got you in? What will force you out? MechKeebs, of course!
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 14 October 2018, 04:23:17 »
What got me in: Had to put my Zealio's into something.  :p

What will get me out: Don't know. I honestly thought I would've lost interest after this board was done, but I can't stay away. The beautiful boards though.

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Re: What got you in? What will force you out? MechKeebs, of course!
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 14 October 2018, 21:01:30 »
Good origin stories so far  :D 
 
What got me in: getting a $60 DasKeyboard from a good friend who is a fan of MX Blue instead of MX Brown (his loss). Landed this Costar-built beauty and had no idea what I had stumbled upon. After spilling red wine over the left side of the board, fate would have it that I'd fall face-first into the community while just trying to learn how to unstick my keys. Much to my surprise the keyboard was absolutely fine after the tragedy. Just recently passed this tank on to another interested, fledging mechanical keyboardist :)

What would get me out: not seeing the manufacturers move beyond the old tricks to advance the community and market. MX silent switches are old news - ALPS did it first, and ALPS dampened (imho) are often better. Keycaps have had some interesting projects in the recent days (Laser for instance), but they are MX bound, while ALPS is an unaddressed step-child for the most part. Kailh 'stem-gate' and the like are reasons to just not really pay attention to anything in the current environment and stick with Gatistotles until my joints can only handle 3204-lubed MX silent linears when I'm 80+. Would I stop using mech keyboards? Absolutely not. Would I stop wasting hope on something better coming along? Yes. The current climate is pretty well guaranteed disappointment so far for me, though others may disagree.

Also have a little one on the way so pressure is real to reduce the total build count, which so far has resulted in a few charity giveaways at work.
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Re: What got you in? What will force you out? MechKeebs, of course!
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 14 October 2018, 23:44:28 »
The discovery of mice with sensors that don't suck had me look again at the keyboards I was buying and I realized that the input devices are, in many ways, the most important part of a full computer system. It just didn't make sense to get the "best" processor and the "best" video card and still use the cheapest possible mouse and keyboard.

The only thing that would make me stop using good input devices would be if computers stopped existing or if I stopped using computers, or if I simply couldn't afford them any longer.