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Nev wrote:
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Am I (almost) the only one that doesnt understand what anyone is talking about?
I think some people are talking about a keyboard & ships & other stuff , they should be talking about a torch ( I think) Question Facepalm please stay on topic because my head hurts.

Oh, actually this is a PC keyboard forum and some people obviously posted some off-topic items like flashlights, etc. Haha.. Beer

In reality, this off-topic banter has happened before to BLF projects that encountered delays and people just make things manageable the long waiting’s effect through crazy off topic posts, all in the spirit of fun.

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So now I’m using one of these:

<img src=“http://toykeeper.net/tmp/whitefox.jpg” />

That’s a nice mecha.
What brand & model is that?

It’s called a WhiteFox. It’s one of very few models I’ve found with the HHK+arrows layout (HHK = Happy Hacking Keyboard). I have the keys on mine rearranged a bit compared to the picture, but it’s still reasonably close.

If I get another any time soon, it’ll be similar but with a split space bar, RGB lighting per key, hot-swappable switches, and cleaner firmware. I made a physics simulation of a swimming pool which responds to keypresses and splashes colors around as if each key stroke is someone dropping a bowling ball into the pool. It’s totally unnecessary, but it also makes typing really satisfying. Did I mention I like shiny things?

Have to admit, nice keyboard, but when looking it up they mention, its 89,99 and it does not come with keys, you have to buy them separately ? Facepalm

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How can you use a keyboard without Home/End buttons? Shocked

I don’t really consider Home and End to be essential. However, it comes with a lot more keycaps than it can actually fit at one time, so the user can include whatever keys they want. And the firmware is open and easily configured, so the user can arrange the keys in any way. It also has extensive layering functionality, so it can give each key a bunch of different functions. It’s designed to be whatever the individual user wants.

About Home and End in particular though, I have three different ways to access those functions:

  • Vim-like programs: 0 and $
  • Emacs-like programs: Ctrl-A and Ctrl-E
  • Other: Fn-Left and Fn-Right

If there’s a thing missing that I wonder how people live without though, it’s… How can you use a keyboard without mouse functions? I find it really useful being able to click and scroll and stuff from the keyboard, without having to move my hand to a mouse.

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tatasal wrote:
Oh, actually this is a PC keyboard forum and some people obviously posted some off-topic items like flashlights, etc. Haha.. Beer
After a page of these posts I was almost ready to post saying “interested in 1” because I liked the keyboard…
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TK? Could you make the key’s auto ranging and only use like 4 actual letters? In this way I could have fun with my wife when she’s doing the two fingered hunt and peck and only getting one word on “paper”. Big Smile

I must be doing something wrong though, because even after all my posts here I still have paint on my keys. Silly

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I must be doing something wrong though, because even after all my posts here I still have paint on my keys. Silly
Shocked .. That is somewhat amazing Dale!!
………. The paint on yours must be ‘Imron’.. Wink

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I’m dumbfounded that people actually care this much about keyboards. Who knew?

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azj wrote:
tatasal wrote:
Oh, actually this is a PC keyboard forum and some people obviously posted some off-topic items like flashlights, etc. Haha.. Beer
After a page of these posts I was almost ready to post saying “interested in 1” because I liked the keyboard…

Hahaha…just when I was about to take a shower and I read this…thanks, you just made my day today!

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frank, can you imagine how many computer geeks gape in disbelief that ANYONE would care about a flashlight? Wink

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DB Custom wrote:
TK? Could you make the key’s auto ranging and only use like 4 actual letters?

Yes, kind of. Ever seen a braille typewriter?

There are also steno chording keyboards, used mostly for increasing speed while writing down speech real-time:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stenotype

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I’m dumbfounded that people actually care this much about keyboards. Who knew?

It’s another big enthusiast community. There’s a tier system and everything.

I wonder how the iceberg tiers would look for flashlights…

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Having Esc on the same row as my numbers is also literally a lifechanger. I don’t code but I see zero reason for tilde to take that spot.

I use tilde a lot, but I like it on the upper right corner instead of upper left. I use Escape a lot too. And with Backspace moved down one row, there’s a nice empty space to fill.

Agreed, its the tilde placement on regular full size and TKL boards that puzzles me. That key could be very commonly used for some people for all I know however.

Edit: Oh man that iceberg chart. Too real. Flashlights saved me from mech keyboards, but they didn’t save my wallet. And now I’m getting practice soldering sooo…

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So… Here’s a first stab at a flashlight iceberg tier system:

Muggle:

  • Flashlight phone app
  • Plastic
  • Walmart, Harbor Freight, dollar stores
  • Zoomies, showerhead lights
  • 8000K
  • Alkaline
  • 10+ lm

Fan:

  • Camping/hiking stores
  • Petzl, Black Diamond, Streamlight
  • Headlamps, keychains
  • Maglite, Fenix
  • UltraFire, clones
  • 6500K
  • NiMH
  • 100+ lm

Enthusiast:

  • Olight, Zebralight, Nitecore, Thrunite, Armytek, Klarus, SureFire
  • Cree
  • Aluminum
  • Illumn
  • EDC
  • Neutral white
  • Ceiling bounce
  • Facebook groups, /r/flashlight
  • CR123A
  • 1000+ lm

Weird:

  • Lumintop, Sofirn, Acebeam, Manker, Imalent, Rofis, Astrolux
  • Banggood, Fasttech, Gearbest, Aliexpress
  • Nichia
  • Candelas
  • BLF, TLF, CPF, Fonarevka
  • Emisar, Convoy, Fireflies
  • BLF A6
  • X6, C8, compact throwers
  • Group buys
  • CRI
  • DMM
  • Integrating box/tube
  • Soldering iron
  • Mtn Electronics, Intl-Outdoor
  • Triples, quads
  • 18650, 16340, 14500
  • 3000+ lm

Creepy:

  • Okluma, Sinner, McGizmo, Hanko, Oveready, Sigma
  • Skull clips
  • RGB
  • Copper, brass, titanium
  • BLF GT, dedicated throwers
  • Logging DMM
  • Integrating sphere
  • Hot air reflow
  • Flashing firmware
  • Building from parts
  • 5000+ posts
  • 21700, 26650, 18350, 10440
  • 10000+ lm

Irredeemable:

  • DEFT-X
  • Mokune gane
  • Modding drivers
  • Modding firmware
  • Completing the O-L competition
  • Running a store for enthusiasts
  • 26350, 18500, 14250
  • 30000+ lm

Fallen:

  • Hosted a group buy
  • Running a store for modders
  • Writing new firmware
  • Oshpark, Eagle / KiCAD / DipTrace
  • Machining your own hosts
  • Having your own flashlight brand
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Guess I’m at the creepy level ha!!! Facepalm

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Hmmmm, looks like I’m a tri-breed; a Creepy Weird Enthusiast. Big Smile

CWE for short. Wink

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Under “Fallen” I think we need “Hosted a Group Buy.” Big Smile

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Yourrid wrote:
Under “Fallen” I think we need “Hosted a Group Buy.” Big Smile
Good one Yourrid!! So true….. Wink

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Weird, Creepy, with a touch of Irredeemable

Sounds really bad

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It’s a first draft. I was mostly wondering whether people think the categories make sense, whether anything seems to be missing or extra, whether any items are in the wrong place, etc.

As is, there is probably too much detail to put things into an image. And I’m not sure things are really in the right places.

In particular, I was really tempted to make “Flashlight phone app” its own category… either above Muggle or perhaps way down at the bottom as “Ascended”.

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I jumped from Enthusiast to Irredeemable by buying a cheap soldering station with hot air.
ADDED:
No, actually my first flashlight was Creepy. Because it used 10440.

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I would add that westerners who use Taobao are Creepy.
Also I find 21700 not more weird than 14500. Actually I bought my first 26350 and 10250 before 14500, is that unusual?

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ToyKeeper wrote:

Fan:

  • Headlamps, keychains

Enthusiast:

  • Cree
  • Aluminum
  • Neutral white
  • 1000+ lm

Weird:

  • Sofirn, Manker, Astrolux
  • Banggood, Fasttech, Gearbest, Aliexpress
  • Nichia
  • BLF
  • Convoy
  • BLF A6
  • X6, C8, compact throwers
  • Triples, quads
  • 18650

Creepy:

  • 5000+ posts

Looks like I'm mostly a weird enthusiast.  :THUMBS-UP:

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Maybe you were just marching too far ahead of the music Wink

But I also have some 26350’s just sitting in a drawer. Maybe it’s time for a coming-out?

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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We all are unique snowflakes (i machined my own FL and assembled it with a hand wired driver before i even got a 100lm) but the Tier settings are very good as is imho.

(but i +1 the  “Hosted a Group Buy.” Fallen LOL )

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Updated the tiers a little. Still not sure how the different battery types should be categorized.

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18650 ships with many of the “enthusiast” brands’ onboard-charging products, so I think it goes there. Acebeam bundles 21700s with several of their lights, so again, they probably go in the same category.

Where does writing a phone app for testing flashlights go?

Ceilingbounce – flashlight testing and runtime graphs for Android

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It seems that Irredeemable or Fallen both feature very significant investments in the flashlight hobbies, either with time or with money.
But buying a light with battery X doesn’t fit the pattern, unless that light is a one-off custom.

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Where does writing a phone app for testing flashlights go?

I think it’s safe to say you walk among the fallen.

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