Wednesday, July 11, 2012

An DHIATENSOR Phoenix

Ok, so it's a very early version and I have already had some ideas on how to make a modern DHIATENSOR keyboard better, but this is the keymap bundle that you can use to turn your modern keyboard into George's Dream.

Right now, its only for MacOS X, but I am looking into the possibility of making this map available for Windows and Linux. Perhaps there will even be an Android version (Apple will not let you change the keyboard)...but I get ahead of myself. 

To install the keymap, drag the bundle file "DHIATENSOR.bundle" (link at the bottom of this screen) to the "/Library/Keyboard Layouts" in either your home folder on on the system library. If you copy the file to just your home folder you will be the only one able to use the layout. If you copy the file to the system Library folder, everyone who uses your computer will have access to the layout. Drag the file to the correct folder and logout (Home folder Library) or restart (system Library).

Login and go to the "Language & Text" pane in "System Preferences" application. Select the "Input Sources" tab. Scroll down to DHIATENSOR (it has a small Blick 5 next to it) and check the box. Close "System Preferences"

In the upper-right-hand side of the screen you will see the flag for your keyboard. Click on that flag and select "DHIATENSOR."



You will now be using the very very proof-of-concept version of a modern DHIATENSOR. I tried it on my Apple aluminum keyboard and it works well. Mrs. Magic Margin's MacBook also seems to function with the layout. Here is a reference illustration:


Please do not use this in any sort of nuclear facility or in a situation where people's lives may be in peril. Neither George nor I want that on our consciences.

The problem with this method is that your keyboard still has the hated, inefficient QWERTY layout. If you have a model M laying around it's easy to switch the keytops around. Other keyboards pose more of a struggle. I have some ideas and I will save them for later. If you can try it, let me know how it works for you.

6 comments:

  1. That is cool! I downloaded it, seems to work on my MacBook (though I had to restart Word). The Keyboard Viewer makes it a bit easier to use, although I am so used to QWERTY (which I don't hate) that I doubt I'll ever really go Scientific.

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  2. I really don;t hate QWERTY either, it's a classic. Like a classic, it will never go out of style. It really is quite amazing how many letters are on the Scientific home row.

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  3. Great idea!

    I hate the QWERTY keyboards on computers (only on computers -- I do not hate it on typewriters and I find it fine on computers because I can touch type) and from my first exposure to mainframes in the 70s could not understand why at least a Dvorak keyboard was not used exclusively on computers. I would always hear complaints from the data entry girls about how they all needed to continuously be faster and the keyboard was always the issue (then there is the insidious mouse, only invented to further slow one's computer navigation)

    I hope you can make it available for Linux.

    It will be something new to learn and fun to switch back and forth from typewriter to PC.

    I have an IBM M keyboard waiting.

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  4. After messing with my Blick 5, I am sure this is a layout that I could get used to. It's just so hard to break the habit qwerty has formed in our minds, you know?

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  5. Oh, this looks like a lot of fun. I might have to even mangle one of my spare Mac keyboards to have a play. Good stuff.

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  6. I want that for win 10!! how are the updates?

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