Monday, August 14, 2017

Back in business

I'm back from vacation and slowly getting caught up with assembling stenomods. If you're ready to buy one, I'm ready to sell you one now, so let me know.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Out of Stenomods for the next week or so

I've run out of finished stenomods just as I'm about to take a week off for a family vacation. I'm happy to get your emails and answer questions, but I won't be able to take your money and ship you a stenomod until sometime after August 7th. I'm sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A New Option

I'm calling it "the Hinge".



I discovered that a standard 3 1/2 inch door hinge fits almost exactly to join the two halves of a Stenomod. It makes a solid unit and allows tenting if you use something to support the middle, as I have in the picture above.

You can fold it up, as in this picture. You can also lay it flat pretty much just like the older version, and the distance apart is the same.

What's the disadvantage? Well, it's a little heavier, if that matters. You probably won't want to put it directly in your lap, because the middle falls down into a sort of negative tenting situation. But of course you can support it with something, a book for example.

I'm still going to offer the original version with the wood deck. They will both be the same price. So it's up to you to is decide which way you want it.

Like this?
"Classic"

Or like this?
 "Hinge"

Let me know your choice when you order.

$200 plus shipping, same as before.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Out of Stock until May 17th

I won't be able to take and fill any more orders until about Wednesday, May 17th. I hope this doesn't inconvenience anyone too badly! Please feel free to ask questions but I won't take your money until I have something to send you!  stenomod@gmail.com

Friday, May 5, 2017

A History of Stenomod

I recently shared a link on Discord to a talk I did about two years ago to the Silicon Valley Forth Interest Group about steno, Arduino, and Forth. This was before I'd made the first stenomod, but shows me working my way up to it. I'm posting it here too, for people who aren't on Discord but might have some interest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuniytXPdX0&t=27m30s

My part is about an hour in the middle of three, but that link should start at the beginning of my talk. It's roughly in three sections. 1. Stenography 2. Making a keyboard by hand using an Arduino 3. Programming the firmware in Forth. So pick and choose based on what your interests are.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Running Plover on a Raspberry Pi

Disclaimer! I can't show you how to run Plover on raspbian, or on a pi zero. But I did get it going on a Raspberry Pi 3, model B, using Ubuntu Mate. It was actually quite easy as it turns out. I just followed directions.

I did try with raspbian, but ran into trouble with dependencies which I didn't know how to deal with. Then I saw that Ubuntu Mate was available for the Raspberry Pi 3. I knew that I could install Plover on Ubuntu. I'd already done it on my laptop. The only question was whether or not it would work on the ARM processor of a Raspberry Pi.

I'm not going into how to install Ubuntu Mate. You can find that on the internet. I'll assume you've done that, and that you're working from the Pi. Start Firefox. Now, go to the Open Steno Project website:

        http://www.openstenoproject.org/

Then click on the Download button, which puts you here:

        https://github.com/openstenoproject/plover/releases

You might as well download the .deb file now:

        plover_3.1.1_all.deb

Leave it in the Download folder, and click on the "installation guide" link. Scroll down to the Linux directions and click on the  "ppa:benoit.pierre/plover"  link. There are two lines there to be executed on the command-line in order to make Benoit Pierre's ppa visible to your computer.

        sudo add-apt-repository ppa:benoit.pierre/plover

        sudo apt-get update

Once you've done that you're ready to actually install Plover. Type on the command-line:

        sudo apt-get install plover

Be patient. It might take awhile to respond and finish. When it does you can find an icon for Plover in the Applications/Universal Access menu.

Wait though, there's one last thing you need to do. You don't have permission to use the serial ports yet. This won't matter if you're using an NKRO keyboard, but let's assume you have a stenomod and need TX Bolt over serial. Write this on the command-line:

        sudo usermod -a -G dialout "$USER"

This adds you, the USER, to the dialout group, which allows you to have access to serial ports.

Now you should be be able to run Plover from that   "Applications/Universal Access" menu. Again, be patient! It takes awhile for Plover to start, but once it does, you can configure it for your machine and get to work!

The downside is that this has to be done in a GUI and it starts after you've logged in. It's not the ideal situation for a Plover-in-the-middle, where it acts as a USB keyboard for another computer without installing Plover or any other drivers. Still, running Plover on a Raspberry Pi is pretty fun!

Many thanks to Benoit Pierre for setting up and hosting the ppa!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Standard Model

I've decided that it doesn't make sense for me to try to maintain two types of plastic case. From now on I plan to make this the standard stenomod, plastic cases mounted to a wood deck. You can easily remove the wood deck if you like to experiment with other ergonomic positions. You can also put the deck back on if you prefer it that way.



If you would really rather have just the plastic cases without any screw holes, I can still print them that way, but you'll have to wait a day or two while I make them. And it limits your options.

I'm recommending that you try it this way.

Still $200 USD for the keyboard plus $13.60 shipping in the US. Outside the US I'll have to look up the shipping costs.

My email address is  stenomod@gmail.com  for inquiries.