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Can I turn a USB keypad into a shortcut machine for complicated tasks?

Let's say I want to highlight a piece of text and hit a button and have it place the text in quotes (or within code) and tweet it, is that possible? I'm on the newer OSXs. Curious about using either a cheap USB numeric keypad or a cheap USB controller like the Korg NanoKEY2 Slim Line. Is this possible?
posted by history is a weapon on Jul 16, 2014 - 2 answers

I need help choosing a mechanical keyboard.

I am super hard on keyboards. I have killed 2 fancy ergonomic ones and more cheap keyboards than I can count in the past 4 years so I have decided to splurge on a nice mechanical keyboard, that can hopefully stand up to my destructive ways, well that and I really like the clicky clacky sensation when I type that you don't seem to get on modern keyboards. I have read various forums & even an old question on the green and all I have done is confuse myself so looking for some suggestions. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Jul 9, 2014 - 16 answers

How do I create a custom keyboard for Windows 8? Difficulty: Parallels.

I need to create a custom keyboard for Windows 8, which I'm running in a Bootcamp partition with Parallels. Microsoft Keyboard Creator doesn't work (some people claim it does despite not being supported, but it didn't work for me.) [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Jun 13, 2014 - 4 answers

I ♥ my White Apple Wireless Keyboard, but it's time for a change!

I am looking for suggestions on a full-sized, wireless keyboard (Bluetooth or non-Bluetooth) that would be a worthy replacement for my old, disgusting White Extended Apple Wireless Keyboard. [more inside]
posted by melorama on May 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Tablet piano instruction?

I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Explain my slightly annoying keyboard problem!

I have a Thinkpad T430. I can type anywhere up to 120 words per minute. When I type certain words at high speed my system freezes for a split second - long enough to be noticeable and to break my rhythm but not long enough that anyone watching would probably notice. Sometimes it registers the key-presses, sometimes it doesn't. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by ddd on Oct 3, 2013 - 11 answers

What's the latest word in bluetooth keyboards?

My Mac's 10-year-old bluetooth keyboard is acting up, and I'm pretty sure that it's death is imminent. I'd like to find a replacement, but Apple long ago stopped making full-sized wireless keyboards -- what are some good alternatives that exist in 2013? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Find me more Missing Links.

A recent (for me) music find, The Missing Links. I liked the one tune and so got their album and now I'm hunting for more like it. They sound kind of like The Stooges with a great keyboard player. What else sounds like the Stooges with a great keyboard player? Throw me your obscure and not so obscure 60's garage punk recommendations!
posted by merocet on Aug 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Comfortable Mac-compatible keyboards for people who type a lot: Y U NO EXIST?

So the 'H' key on my aluminum Apple USB keyboard gave up the ghost and I'm using the wireless Bluetooth keyboard while casting about for other options... [more inside]
posted by bokane on Jun 29, 2012 - 12 answers

Experience of Chorded Keyboards ?

Anyone have experience of using a Chorded Keyboard in place of a conventional QWERTY type keyboard ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Oct 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Do light up keyboards help learning piano?

I am considering buying an electronic keyboard. I have some basic skills I'd like to improve, would one of the kind that light the keys up as you play along be helpful? Or is it just a gimmick?
posted by zingzangzung on Sep 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Inkorgible

Korg, Kurzweil, Roland... What other brands am I not yet looking for in an excellent digital concert piano? [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey on Jul 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Synthesizers on the home PC

Keyboardists: What is a good setup to go with if I want to buy a cheap vanilla polyphonic keyboard and some kind of software package that emulates one or more legendary synthesizers (Moogs, Vox Connie, Jupiters, DX-7, etc) with this keyboard on my Windows PC? Will I have to get a MIDI card or can I go with USB? Also are weighted keys worth it and what price point would these come in at? This is just for messing around at home and should be cheap... even eBay goods are fine. Thanks!
posted by crapmatic on Jul 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Proper technique for mechanical keyboard typing?

Mechanical keyboard aficionados say that ideally you should type without "bottoming out" the keys. What are the benefits of this technique, and how do I learn it? [more inside]
posted by brett on May 23, 2011 - 11 answers

Mac External Keyboard & Mouse

Mac peripherals filter: Just bought a MacBook Air. Looking for an external mouse and keyboard when I want to use it at my desk (plugged into my external monitor). What are your favorite Mac mice and keyboards? USB or Bluetooth are options. Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Feb 15, 2011 - 18 answers

Fuzzed out keyboard bands?

Looking for poppy indie bands/songs that use fuzzy or heavily distorted keyboards. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Dec 1, 2010 - 29 answers

Printing method / Service for printing directly on keyboard keycaps?

What is the printing method or technology used by 'custom' keyboard makers like kbcovers.com and logickeyboard on their products? [more inside]
posted by lunelson on Oct 24, 2010 - 3 answers

How to remap a japanese windows keyboard for an english mac usage?

How to remap a japanese windows keyboard for an english mac usage? [more inside]
posted by SageLeVoid on Jun 13, 2010 - 1 answer

Help creating a keyboard layout shortcut.

Mac users: Can somebody please tell me how to set up a keyboard shortcut or script that allows me to toggle between U.S. keyboard and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) keyboard layouts? I switch these on and off a LOT when I'm using my iMac and Macbook, but am tired of constantly going up to the little flag dropdown menu in the Finder (which I have to do repeatedly as I switch from program to program, since the drop-down window change doesn't seem to apply globally, but rather only within the current program you have up top). I know there's an easier way, I just haven't gotten around to figuring it out or setting it up. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 25, 2010 - 5 answers

Piano, pianissimo.

Crazy old guy filter: Picking a keyboard. Learning to play the piano. How best? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Jul 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Upbeat Synthpop

I'm interested in finding more upbeat-sounding synthpop or alt/pop singles with electronic elements for my music library. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on May 31, 2009 - 40 answers

Hardware remaping CAPSLOCK to CTR

Is there a hardware solution that lets me either change the CAPSLOCK key into a CTRL key or swap the CAPSLOCK and the CTRL key? [more inside]
posted by cm on May 28, 2009 - 11 answers

Is it just me or do Bluetooth mice and keyboards suck?

Is it just me or do Bluetooth mice and keyboards suck? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on May 25, 2009 - 19 answers

Tickling the Ivory

Who are the keyboard players who are really wowing you these days? I'm looking to enhance my listening pleasure. Any style or genre is fine. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Nov 13, 2008 - 17 answers

How to connect a keyboard to a stereo?

What's the best and least expensive way to connect an M-Audio 88SX keyboard to a stereo? The keyboard has two 1/4" jacks, one for left and right outputs. [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Nov 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Are there any new synths in existence that have true poly-key pressure?

HardwareSynthFilter: Is there a synthesizer available today, new, out there somewhere, that has poly-key pressure (like the Ensoniq VFX series had)? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on May 27, 2008 - 4 answers

How to remap Windows XP keyboard shortcuts to standard Apple shortcuts

I'm used to the keyboard shortcuts on OS X, but I have to use a Windows PC at work. What are some ways that I can remap the keys on XP to get as close to Apple's as possible? [more inside]
posted by Frankieist on Feb 28, 2008 - 7 answers

I type $&@^$#! but it still won't let me swear

Help me find out what magic spell will get my keyboard to play nicely with my computer again. For several years, I used a Microsoft "Natural" Keyboard with my PC without a problem. But now that I just connected it to my new MacBook it's acting out. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jul 5, 2007 - 7 answers

What's a good weighted electronic keyboard for my six year old's piano lessons?

Daughter (age six) perhaps to begin piano lessons. Considering a weighted response electronic keyboard as a piano substitute. Seeking advice in brands, models, retailers, price, durability, and indeed, overall wisdom of this route over standard piano. All views even slightly extraneous welcome. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Jan 16, 2007 - 25 answers

tap tap

What are the 'springiest' keyboards? [more inside]
posted by petsounds on Nov 19, 2006 - 14 answers

"vintage" computer parts store?

I'm looking for a extremely old used PC component store in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by soda pop on Oct 25, 2006 - 8 answers

Fixing laptop settings changed by feline random entry

Two parter about cats walking on computer keyboards and havoc their little toes wreak: [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Mar 12, 2006 - 7 answers

Good keyboards for RSI problems

RSI - a dear friend has bad repetitive injuries (carpal tunnel problems)...it gets bad when she types....and allieviates when she stops. Oh, yeah, she's a professoinal writer. No - not RSI advice....keyboard advice. Have you (or someone you know) had comfort (or a reduction of discomfort) from using a particular keyboard? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Dec 16, 2005 - 36 answers

What (musical) keyboard should I buy?

I've played guitar for 10+ years - I want to learn piano, for writing, performing, and to widen my musical understanding. A real piano doesn't jive with my life, what should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Sep 25, 2005 - 14 answers

typing accents

My wife wants to be able to put Spanish Accents in on our PC Laptop however we have not found a solution. Is there one for a PC Laptop Keyboard without using that Function method?
posted by Hands of Manos on Jul 27, 2005 - 4 answers

Slim keyboard?

My boss is looking for a good travel keyboard and mouse, so's to avoid the hassles of laptop typing. (He even mentioned a folding one, or maybe a wireless one?) Any suggestions?
posted by Specklet on Jun 28, 2005 - 6 answers

MIDI keyboard connection for dummies

I just bought one of these keyboards (finally). I want to use it in FL Studio. How? [more inside]
posted by bdave on Apr 8, 2005 - 7 answers

What's wrong with my spacebar?

Something has gone horribly wrong with the spacebar on my laptop. You have to hit it in the middle to get it to work. If you tap it towards one side, nothing happens.

I admit, I removed it to clean it. Maybe this damaged it. But all the other keys on my laptop can be safely removed and replaced without damage. It's a Toshiba Portege. I'm weirded out.
posted by Polonius on Jan 27, 2005 - 5 answers

Identify this music keyboard

What is this music keyboard? [warning: flash w/ sound, resizes browser window] The keys on it look like those on an accordion. The site's in Japanese, so I can't get anything out of it. [music theory inside] [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Jan 5, 2005 - 6 answers

Keyboard Configuration

Keyboard configuration question. [the more, it is inside] [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Jan 2, 2005 - 5 answers

Keyboard ruined by coffee?

I spilled coffee on my keyboard; at least 6 oz. The caps are locked. The only way to type in lowercase is to hold down the shift key. My cpu keeps beeping. Is all lost? Is there anything that I can do to fix it?
posted by Stylistique on Dec 18, 2004 - 16 answers

Clicky keyboard with a Windows key

Does (Did) anyone make a PS/2 buckling spring keyboard with a Windows Key? Bonus points for model numbers. More bonus points still if your answer has "IBM" in it.
posted by trharlan on Nov 16, 2004 - 9 answers

How can I find drivers for this USB hub multimedia keyboard?

Soon after spilling half of a bottle of Rolling Rock into my keyboard, I ordered the cheapest USB hub multimedia one I could find. It arrived today, sans drivers: only the volume and mute work. Drivers I've downloaded either have no effect or only allow me to program a few of the buttons. If HP's own drivers don't work, am I SOL? Or might one of you know of a solution? [more inside]
posted by skryche on Jun 29, 2004 - 4 answers

Seeking Personal Testimonies About Specific Keyboard Models

Keyboards: I'm currently using a Microsoft Natural Keyboard, but I'm looking for something new. Does anyone have any recommendations? [mi] [more inside]
posted by bshort on May 21, 2004 - 16 answers

Bad Keyboard

Th 'e' ky on my laptop is misbehaving a lot. I took it off, but there is just a rubberisd nobble undr there. What should I do? Can i fix th thing by taking th laptop apart? shall I just typ funny? Hlp?
posted by twine42 on Apr 29, 2004 - 8 answers

Ink on Mac Book keys wearing off

The ink is wearing off the keys on my Macintosh "iBook." Are they easy to replace?
posted by inksyndicate on Apr 16, 2004 - 6 answers

Learning Keyboards

I've been really enjoying GarageBand lately, especially since I finally got a keyboard to use as a MIDI controller. Unfortunately, it also reminds me that I have no skill or training on a keyboard (or any other musical instrument). Can anyone suggest a good book to learn keyboards from, especially one that will let me "fake it" easily?
Thanks.
posted by jpburns on Jan 24, 2004 - 8 answers

How many keys does my piano keyboard need?

Considering a Piano Keyboard or MIDI controller, planning to use it with GarageBand. I'm a just-learning beginner for keyboards. How many keys should I get on my first board. Looked at this one which Apple is reselling, and this one which is more keys and more functions. [more inside]
posted by benjh on Jan 10, 2004 - 12 answers

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