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  52.    <title>Freitagstexter Pokalverleihung</title>
  53.    <slash:department>1-2-oder-3-Du-musst-Dich-entscheiden-drei-Felder-sind-frei</slash:department>
  54.    <slash:section>Deutsch</slash:section>
  55.    <link>http://noone.org/blog/Deutsch/Freitagstexter-Pokalverleihung.html</link>
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  57.    <pubDate>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:38:54 +0100</pubDate>
  58.    <author>[email protected] (Axel Beckert)</author>
  59.    <description>
  60. Nuja, da w&amp;auml;r&amp;#8217;n &amp;#8216;mer also. Nu mu&amp;szlig; ich mich entscheiden.
  61. Schwierig isses&amp;hellip;
  62.  
  63. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  64.  
  65. Letzten Freitag habe ich ein &lt;a
  66. href=&quot;https://noone.org/blog/Deutsch/Freitagstexter.futile&quot; &gt;Bild von
  67. Venty gepostet&lt;/a&gt;, wie er nach (oder vor &amp;mdash; wei&amp;szlig; nimmer) einer
  68. &lt;a href=&quot;https://www.hackerfunk.ch/&quot; class=&quot;ext&quot;&gt;Hackerfunk&lt;/a&gt;-Aufnahme am &lt;a href=&quot;https://www.zeteco.ch/&quot; class=&quot;ext&quot;&gt;ZeTeCo&lt;/a&gt; rumgebl&amp;ouml;delt hat und drei Paar
  69. Headsets gleichzeitig auf hatte.
  70.  
  71. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  72.  
  73. Nat&amp;uuml;rlich habe ich das letzten Freitag nicht dazu erz&amp;auml;hlt,
  74. denn die Freitagstexter sollten ja selbst eine Text zum Bild erfinden.
  75. Und so hie&amp;szlig; &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.semmel.ch/&quot; class=&quot;ext&quot;&gt;Venty&lt;/a&gt; auf dem Bild durchaus auch mal Gustav, Jens
  76. oder G&amp;uuml;nther.
  77.  
  78. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  79.  
  80. Eigentlich schien aber schon mit dem ersten Text von &lt;a href=&quot;https://blog.atari-frosch.de/&quot; class=&quot;ext&quot;&gt;Atari-Frosch&lt;/a&gt;
  81. klar, wer das Rennen macht, denn in der K&amp;uuml;rze liegt die
  82. W&amp;uuml;rze, und k&amp;uuml;rzer als &lt;em&gt;Wie geht das mit diesem
  83. Raumklang?&lt;/em&gt; wurde auch keine andere Einsendung mehr. Und alleine
  84. das Wort &amp;#8220;Raumklang&amp;#8221; schien wie geschaffen f&amp;uuml;r dieses Bild.
  85.  
  86. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  87.  
  88. Aber dann war&amp;#8217;s fast wie auf eBay: Kurz vor Schlu&amp;szlig; &lt;s&gt;der
  89. Auktion&lt;/s&gt;des Wettbewerbes kam dann doch noch ein
  90. &lt;s&gt;eBay&lt;/s&gt;Freitagstexter-Sniper und schubste Atari-Frosch auf den
  91. ungl&amp;uuml;chklichen &lt;s&gt;vierten&lt;/s&gt;zweiten Platz:
  92.  
  93. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;
  94.  
  95. &lt;img src=&quot;/static/20170722_202044.cropped.jpg&quot; align=&quot;center&quot;
  96.     alt=&quot;Hier k&amp;ouml;nnte Dein Text stehen!&quot; /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  97.  
  98. &lt;em&gt;Die moderne Darstellung von &amp;#8220;ich sehe nichts, ich h&amp;ouml;re
  99. nichts, ich wei&amp;szlig; nichts&amp;#8221; &lt;acronym title=&quot;also known as&quot;&gt;aka&lt;/acronym&gt; Callcenter -
  100. Prim&amp;auml;rkompetenz!&lt;/em&gt;
  101.  
  102. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  103.  
  104. Eigentlich ist dieser Text von &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  105. href=&quot;https://nehalennia2.wordpress.com/&quot; &gt;Nehalennia&lt;/a&gt; etwas wirr,
  106. denn wo da die Prim&amp;auml;rkompetenz herkommt ist mir nicht klar. Aber
  107. das ist so ein sch&amp;ouml;nes Wort, da ist das dann auch egal. Denn der
  108. Re&lt;!-- --&gt;st pa&amp;szlig;t einerseits sch&amp;ouml;n auf die drei Headsets,
  109. die Venty da auf hat und andererseits passen die Headsets wiederum gut
  110. zum Thema Callcenter. Und das keine Ahnung von nichts haben auch. &amp;#8216;ne
  111. Runde Sache sozusagen.
  112.  
  113. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  114.  
  115. Deswegen verleihe ich hiermit diesen sch&amp;ouml;nen und formvollendeten
  116. Pokal an &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot; href=&quot;https://nehalennia2.wordpress.com/&quot;
  117. &gt;Nehalennia&lt;/a&gt;:
  118.  
  119. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;
  120.  
  121. &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot; href=&quot;https://nehalennia2.wordpress.com/&quot;
  122. &gt;&lt;img src=&quot;/static/wpid-freitagstexter_pokal_450x281.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;
  123.  
  124. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  125.  
  126. Herzlichen Gl&amp;uuml;ckwunsch!
  127.  
  128. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  129.  
  130. Wir sehen uns dann kommenden Freitag bei &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  131. href=&quot;https://nehalennia2.wordpress.com/&quot;
  132. &gt;Nehalennia&lt;/a&gt; wieder.
  133.  
  134. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;small&gt;
  135.  
  136. Ich hoffe, Atari-Frosch (die ich im Gegensatz zu Nehalennia kenne) ist
  137. mir deswegen nicht b&amp;ouml;se.
  138.  
  139. &lt;/small&gt;</description>
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  156.    <title>Tex Yoda II Mechanical Keyboard with Trackpoint</title>
  157.    <slash:department>I've-waited-years-for-this</slash:department>
  158.    <slash:section>English &amp;raquo; Computer &amp;raquo; Hardware</slash:section>
  159.    <link>http://noone.org/blog/English/Computer/Hardware/Tex-Yoda-II.html</link>
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  161.    <pubDate>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:38:11 +0100</pubDate>
  162.    <author>[email protected] (Axel Beckert)</author>
  163.    <description>
  164. Here&amp;#8217;s a short review of the &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  165. href=&quot;https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_list&amp;c=515&quot;
  166. &gt;Tex Yoda II Mechanical Keyboard with Trackpoint&lt;/a&gt;, a pointer to the
  167. &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  168. href=&quot;https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/7qn9av/fourth_swiss_mechanical_keyboard_meetup_on/&quot;
  169. &gt;next Swiss Mechanical Keyboard Meetup&lt;/a&gt; and why I ordered a $300
  170. keyboard with less keys than a normal one.
  171.  
  172. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;h4&gt;Short Review of the Tex Yoda II&lt;/h4&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;
  173.  
  174. &lt;a href=&quot;/static/Tex_Yoda_II.jpg&quot; &gt;&lt;img src=&quot;/static/Tex_Yoda_II.jpg&quot;
  175. width=&quot;512&quot; height=&quot;288&quot; align=&quot;center&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;
  176.  
  177. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;h5&gt;Pro&lt;/h5&gt;&lt;ul&gt;
  178.  
  179. &lt;li&gt;Trackpoint&lt;/li&gt;
  180. &lt;li&gt;Cherry MX Switches&lt;/li&gt;
  181. &lt;li&gt;Compact but heavy alumium case&lt;/li&gt;
  182. &lt;li&gt;Backlight (optional)&lt;/li&gt;
  183. &lt;li&gt;&lt;acronym title=&quot;Universal Serial Bus; United States of Bush&quot;&gt;USB&lt;/acronym&gt; C connector and &lt;acronym title=&quot;Universal Serial Bus; United States of Bush&quot;&gt;USB&lt;/acronym&gt; A to C cable with angled &lt;acronym title=&quot;Universal Serial Bus; United States of Bush&quot;&gt;USB&lt;/acronym&gt; C plug&lt;/li&gt;
  184. &lt;li&gt;All three types of Thinkpad Trackpoint caps included&lt;/li&gt;
  185. &lt;li&gt;Configurable layout with nice &lt;a
  186. href=&quot;https://yoda2.tex-design.com.tw/&quot; class=&quot;ext&quot; &gt;web-based
  187. configurator&lt;/a&gt; (might be opensourced in the future)&lt;/li&gt;
  188. &lt;li&gt;Fn+Trackpoint = scrolling (not further configurable, though)&lt;/li&gt;
  189. &lt;li&gt;Case not clipped, but screwed&lt;/li&gt;
  190. &lt;li&gt;Backlight brightness and Trackpoint speed configurable via key
  191. bindings (usually Fn and some other key)&lt;/li&gt;
  192. &lt;li&gt;Default Fn keybindings as side printed and backlit labels&lt;/li&gt;
  193. &lt;li&gt;Nice packaging&lt;/li&gt;
  194.  
  195. &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;h5&gt;Contra&lt;/h5&gt;&lt;ul&gt;
  196.  
  197. &lt;li&gt;It&amp;#8217;s only a 60% Keyboard (I prefer TKL) and the two common top
  198. rows are merged into one, switched with the Fn key.&lt;/li&gt;
  199. &lt;li&gt;Cursor keys by default (and labeled) on the right side (mapped to
  200. Fn + WASD) &amp;mdash; maybe good for games, but not for me.&lt;/li&gt;
  201. &lt;li&gt;~ on Fn-Shift-Esc&lt;/li&gt;
  202. &lt;li&gt;Occassionally backlight flickering (low frequency)&lt;/li&gt;
  203. &lt;li&gt;Pulsed LED light effect (i.e. high frequency flickering) on all
  204. but the lowest brightness level&lt;/li&gt;
  205. &lt;li&gt;Trackpoint is very sensitive even in the slowest setting &amp;mdash;
  206. use Fn+Q and Fn+E to adjust the trackpoint speed (&amp;#8220;tps&amp;#8221;)&lt;/li&gt;
  207. &lt;li&gt;No manual included or (obviously) downloadable.&lt;/li&gt;
  208. &lt;li&gt;Only the &lt;a href=&quot;https://yoda2.tex-design.com.tw/#download&quot;
  209. class=&quot;ext&quot; &gt;DIP switches 1-3 and 6 are documented&lt;/a&gt;, 4 and 5 are
  210. not. (Thanks gismo for the question about them!)&lt;/li&gt;
  211. &lt;li&gt;No more included &lt;acronym title=&quot;Universal Serial Bus; United States of Bush&quot;&gt;USB&lt;/acronym&gt; hub like the Tex Yoda I had or the HHKB Lite
  212. 2 (&lt;acronym title=&quot;Universal Serial Bus; United States of Bush&quot;&gt;USB&lt;/acronym&gt; 1.1 only) has.&lt;/li&gt;
  213.  
  214. &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;h5&gt;My Modifications So Far&lt;/h5&gt;
  215.  
  216. &lt;h6&gt;Layout Modifications Via The &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  217. href=&quot;https://yoda2.tex-design.com.tw/&quot; &gt;Web-Based Yoda 2
  218. Configurator&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/h6&gt;&lt;ul&gt;
  219.  
  220. &lt;li&gt;Right Control and Menu key are Right and Left cursors keys&lt;/li&gt;
  221. &lt;li&gt;Fn+Enter and Fn+Shift are Up and Down cursor keys&lt;/li&gt;
  222. &lt;li&gt;Right Windows key is the Compose key (done in software via
  223. xmodmap)&lt;/li&gt;
  224. &lt;li&gt;Middle mouse button is of course a middle click (not Fn as with
  225. the default layout).&lt;/li&gt;
  226.  
  227. &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;h6&gt;Other Modifications&lt;/h6&gt;&lt;ul&gt;
  228.  
  229. &lt;li&gt;Clear dampening o-rings (clear, 50A) under each key cap for a more
  230. silent typing experience&lt;/li&gt;
  231. &lt;li&gt;Braided &lt;acronym title=&quot;Universal Serial Bus; United States of Bush&quot;&gt;USB&lt;/acronym&gt; cable&lt;/li&gt;
  232.  
  233. &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;h4&gt;Next Swiss Mechanical Keyboard Meetup&lt;/h4&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  234.  
  235. On Sunday, the 18th of February 2018, the &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  236. href=&quot;https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/7qn9av/fourth_swiss_mechanical_keyboard_meetup_on/&quot;
  237. &gt;4th Swiss Mechanical Keyboard Meetup&lt;/a&gt; will happen, this time at
  238. &lt;acronym title=&quot;Eidgen&amp;ouml;ssische Technische Hochschule&quot;&gt;ETH&lt;/acronym&gt; Zurich, building CAB, room H52. I&amp;#8217;ll be there with at least my Tex
  239. Yoda II and my vintage &lt;a
  240. href=&quot;https://fsinfo.noone.org/~abe/cherry-g80-2100.html&quot; &gt;Cherry
  241. G80-2100&lt;/a&gt;.
  242.  
  243. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;h4&gt;Why I ordered a $300 keyboard&lt;/h4&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;small&gt;
  244.  
  245. (&lt;acronym title=&quot;Just For The Record&quot;&gt;JFTR&lt;/acronym&gt;: It was actually USD $299 plus shipping from the &lt;acronym title=&quot;United States (of America)&quot;&gt;US&lt;/acronym&gt; to Europe
  246. and customs fee in Switzerland. Can&amp;#8217;t exactly find out how much of
  247. shipping and customs fee were actually for that one keyboard, because
  248. I ordered several items at once. It&amp;#8217;s complicated&amp;hellip;)
  249.  
  250. &lt;/small&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  251.  
  252. I always was and still are a big fan of Trackpoints as common on
  253. IBM and Lenovo Thinkapds as well as a few other laptop manufactures.
  254.  
  255. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  256.  
  257. For a while I just used Thinkpads as my private everyday computer,
  258. first a Thinkpad T61, later a Thinkpad X240. At some point I also
  259. wanted a keyboard with Trackpoint on my workstation at work. So I
  260. ordered a &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  261. href=&quot;https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/migr-73183&quot; &gt;Lenovo
  262. Thinkpad &lt;acronym title=&quot;Universal Serial Bus; United States of Bush&quot;&gt;USB&lt;/acronym&gt; Keyboard with Trackpoint&lt;/a&gt;. Then I decided that I want
  263. a permanent workstation at home again and ordered two more such
  264. keyboards: One for the workstation at home, one for my &lt;a href=&quot;https://www.debian.org/ports/kfreebsd-gnu/&quot; class=&quot;ext&quot;&gt;Debian
  265. &lt;acronym title=&quot;GNU&apos;s not Unix&quot;&gt;GNU&lt;/acronym&gt;/kFreeBSD&lt;/a&gt; running ASUS EeeBox (not affected by Meltdown or Spectre,
  266. yay! :-) which I often took with me to staff &lt;a href=&quot;https://www.debian.org/&quot; class=&quot;ext&quot;&gt;Debian&lt;/a&gt; booths at events.
  267. There, a compact keyboard with a built-in pointing device was perfect.
  268.  
  269. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  270.  
  271. Then I met the guys from the &lt;a href=&quot;https://t.me/swissmk&quot;
  272. class=&quot;ext&quot; title=&quot;Swiss Mechanical Keyboard Telegram Group&quot; &gt;Swiss
  273. Mechanical Keyboard Meetup&lt;/a&gt; at their &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  274. href=&quot;https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/62cuw4/third_swiss_mechanical_keyboard_meetup_on_april/&quot;
  275. &gt;3rd meetup&lt;/a&gt; (&lt;a href=&quot;https://imgur.com/a/AsJfI#CpqGe26&quot;
  276. class=&quot;ext&quot;&gt;pictures&lt;/a&gt;) and knew: I need a mechanical keyboard with
  277. Trackpoint.
  278.  
  279. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  280.  
  281. IBM built one &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  282. href=&quot;https://deskthority.net/wiki/IBM_Trackpoint_II_Keyboard&quot; &gt;Model
  283. M with Trackpoint, the M13&lt;/a&gt;, but they&amp;#8217;re hard to get. For example,
  284. &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  285. href=&quot;https://clickykeyboards.com/product-category/ibm-model-m13-trackpoint-ii/&quot;
  286. &gt;ClickyKeyboards sells them&lt;/a&gt;, but doesn&amp;#8217;t publish the price tag.
  287. :-/ Additionally, back then there were only two mouse buttons usual
  288. and I really need the third mouse button for unix-style pasting.
  289.  
  290. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  291.  
  292. Then there&amp;#8217;s the &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  293. href=&quot;https://www.pckeyboard.com/page/category/EnduraPro&quot; &gt;Unicomp
  294. Endura Pro&lt;/a&gt;, the legit successor of the IBM Model M13, but it&amp;#8217;s
  295. only available with an &lt;acronym title=&quot;in my humble opinion&quot;&gt;IMHO&lt;/acronym&gt; very ugly color combination: light grey
  296. key caps in a black case. And they want approximately 50% of the price
  297. as shipping costs (to Europe). Additionally it didn&amp;#8217;t have some other
  298. nice keyboard features I started to love: Narrow bezels are nice and
  299. keyboards with backlight (like the Thinkpad X240 ff. has) have their
  300. advantages, too. So &amp;hellip; no.
  301.  
  302. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  303.  
  304. Soon I found, what I was looking for: The &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  305. href=&quot;https://theawesomer.com/tex-yoda-trackpoint-keyboard/316498/&quot;
  306. &gt;Tex Yoda&lt;/a&gt;, a nice, modern and quite compact mechanical keyboard
  307. with Trackpoint. Unfortunately it is sold out since quite some years
  308. ago and &lt;a href=&quot;https://www.massdrop.com/buy/tex-yoda&quot; class=&quot;ext&quot;
  309. &gt;more then 5000 people on Massdrop were waiting&lt;/a&gt; for its
  310. reintroduction.
  311.  
  312. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  313.  
  314. And then the unexpected happened: &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  315. href=&quot;https://www.tomshardware.com/news/tex-yoda-ii-mechanical-keyboard-trackpoint,34645.html&quot;
  316. &gt;The Tex Yoda II has been announced&lt;/a&gt;. I knew, I had to get one.
  317. From then on the main question was when and where will it be
  318. available. To my surprise it was &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  319. href=&quot;https://www.massdrop.com/buy/tex-yoda/talk&quot; &gt;not on Massdrop&lt;/a&gt;
  320. but at a rather normal dealer, &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  321. href=&quot;https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_list&amp;c=515&quot;
  322. &gt;at MechanicalKeyboards.com&lt;/a&gt;.
  323.  
  324. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  325.  
  326. At that time a friend heard me talking of mechanical keyboards and of
  327. being unsure about which keyboard switches I should order. He offered
  328. to lend me his &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  329. href=&quot;https://tigerimports.net/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&amp;p=13495&quot;
  330. &gt;KBTalking ONI TKL (Ten Key Less) keyboard with Cherry MX Brown
  331. switches&lt;/a&gt; for a while. Which was great, because from theory, MX
  332. Brown switches were likely the most fitting ones for me. He also gave
  333. me two other non-functional keyboards with other Cherry MX switch
  334. colors (variants) for comparision. As a another keyboard to compare I
  335. had my programmable &lt;a
  336. href=&quot;https://fsinfo.noone.org/~abe/cherry-g80-2100.html&quot; &gt;Cherry
  337. G80-2100&lt;/a&gt; from the early &amp;#8217;90s with vintage Cherry MX Black
  338. switches. Another keyboard to compare with is my &lt;a
  339. href=&quot;https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Hacking_Keyboard&quot;
  340. class=&quot;wiki&quot; &gt;Happy Hacking Keyboard (HHKB)&lt;/a&gt; Lite 2 (PD-KB200B/U)
  341. which I got as a gift a few years ago. While the HHKB once was a
  342. status symbol amongst hackers and system administrators, the old
  343. models (like this one) only had membrane type keyboard switches. (They
  344. nevertheless &lt;a href=&quot;https://www.pfu.fujitsu.com/hhkeyboard/lite2/&quot;
  345. class=&quot;ext&quot; &gt;still seem to get built, but only sold in Japan&lt;/a&gt;.)
  346.  
  347. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  348.  
  349. I noticed that I was quickly able to type faster with the Cherry MX
  350. Brown switches and the TKL layout than with the classic Thinkpad
  351. layout and its rubber dome switches or with the HHKB. So two things
  352. became clear:
  353.  
  354. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;ul&gt;
  355.  
  356. &lt;li&gt;At least for now I want &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  357. href=&quot;https://www.cherrymx.de/en/products/mx-brown.html&quot; &gt;Cherry MX
  358. Brown switches&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/li&gt;
  359.  
  360. &lt;li&gt;I want a TKL (ten key less) layout, i.e. one without the number
  361. block but with the cursor block. As with the Lenovo Thinkpad &lt;acronym title=&quot;Universal Serial Bus; United States of Bush&quot;&gt;USB&lt;/acronym&gt;
  362. Keyboards and the HHKB, I really like the cursor keys being in the
  363. easy to reach lower right corner. The number pad is just in the way to
  364. have that.&lt;/li&gt;
  365.  
  366. &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  367.  
  368. Unfortunately the Tex Yoda II was without that cursor block. But since
  369. it otherwise fitted perfectly into my wishlist (Trackpoint, Cherry MX
  370. Brown switches available, Backlight, narrow bezels, heavy weight), I
  371. had to buy one once available.
  372.  
  373. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  374.  
  375. So in early December 2017, I ordered a &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  376. href=&quot;https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&amp;p=3094&quot;
  377. &gt;Tex Yoda II White Backlit Mechanical Keyboard (Brown Cherry MX)&lt;/a&gt;
  378. at MechanicalKeyboards.com.
  379.  
  380. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  381.  
  382. Because I was nevertheless keen on a TKL-sized keyboard I also ordered
  383. a &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  384. href=&quot;https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&amp;p=689&quot;
  385. &gt;Deck Francium Pro White LED Backlit PBT Mechanical Keyboard (Brown
  386. Cherry MX)&lt;/a&gt; which has an ugly font on the key caps, but was
  387. available for a reduced price at that time, and the controller got
  388. quite good reviews. And there was that very nice &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  389. href=&quot;https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&amp;p=1169&amp;r=11462&quot;
  390. &gt;Tai-Hao 104 Key PBT Double Shot Keycap Set - Orange and Black&lt;/a&gt;, so
  391. the font issue was quickly solved with keycaps in my favourite colour:
  392. orange. :-)
  393.  
  394. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;
  395.  
  396. The package arrived in early January. The aluminum case of the Tex
  397. Yoda II was even nicer than I thought. Unfortunately they&amp;#8217;ve sent me a
  398. &lt;a class=&quot;ext&quot;
  399. href=&quot;https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&amp;p=680&quot;
  400. &gt;Deck Hassium&lt;/a&gt; full-size keyboard instead of the wanted TKL-sized
  401. Deck Francium. But the support of MechanicalKeyboards.com was very
  402. helpful and I assume I can get the keyboard exchanged at no cost.</description>
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