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30 Keys

My continuing adventures in designing keyboard layouts, this time for a 30-key split keyboard.

May 23rd, 2022

A split 34-key layout for iPadOS

Designing a split, ergonomic, ortholinear keyboard layout in 34 keys (5x3 plus 2 thumb keys per hand) optimised for iPadOS.

Jan 16th, 2022

The Corne Keyboard

Creating a layout for a 42-key ortholinear ergonomic split keyboard.

Jan 3rd, 2022

Compressing Your Keyboard

Moving to a smaller keyboard without losing functionality.

Aug 23rd, 2021

40% Keyboard Layout for Writing

Some useful keyboard layout customisations for writers using a 40% keyboard, particularly with the QMK firmware.

Aug 6th, 2021

The Planck Keyboard

Using a 40% ortholinear mechanical keyboard, and how I've customised my layout.

Aug 2nd, 2021

Publishing paperback novels with an iPad

Creating and publishing paperback (and ebook) novels using only an iPad from start to finish.

Oct 11th, 2020

Beautiful paperback novels with Ulysses

My iPad-only workflow for creating paperback novels.

Sep 24th, 2020

Custom Prompts for Drafts

Two open source custom prompts/dialogs for Drafts on iPadOS, iOS, and macOS.

Jun 17th, 2020

Using Drafts as a local Wiki

Keeping an offline knowledge repository in Drafts for iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

Jun 9th, 2020

Keyboard-Driven Cross-Linking in Drafts

An action I wrote to make the Drafts app's cross-linking feature usable entirely from the keyboard.

May 27th, 2020

Pointer Control

On the ability to use a traditional pointing device with the iPad.

May 11th, 2020

Beautiful ebook novels with Ulysses

My iPad-only workflow for creating ebook novels.

Nov 30th, 2018

Using the iPad for: autographed ebooks

My iPad-only workflow for making autographed ebooks, customised for each reader.

Nov 23rd, 2018

Autographed ebooks

With the help of iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, I can now offer autographed ebooks.

Nov 21st, 2018

The Big iPad

I upgraded to the 2018 model 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Nov 13th, 2018

A Big Phone

The iPad is a larger version of everyone's main computer.

Apr 17th, 2018

Breath of the Wild

My thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Dec 21st, 2017

Laptop Replacement

On the preoccupation with laptop-tablet equivalence.

Jun 27th, 2017

Using the iPad for: Taking notes and planning

My iPad-only workflow for taking notes, planning, and replacing a paper notebook.

Feb 23rd, 2017

Designing for iPad Power Users

Thoughts for iOS app developers who want to cater to iPad power users.

Jan 27th, 2017

Using the iPad for: Writing Novels

My iPad-only workflow for writing long-form fiction.

Nov 12th, 2016

Using the iPad for: Web Development

My iPad-only workflow for web development.

Nov 9th, 2016

Lifting the Mouse

Reflections on the role of the iPad, and why it holds such an attraction for a jaded user of computers.

Nov 8th, 2016

Using the iPad for: Blogging with Jekyll

My iPad-only workflow for blogging with the Jekyll static site generator.

Nov 7th, 2016

Rediscovering the iPad

After several years without a tablet, I'm going iPad-only.

Nov 1st, 2016

Writing in Markdown

My new mini-ebook, Writing in Markdown.

Apr 5th, 2016

Permalinks

Why you should get rid of the cruft from your site's URLs.

Feb 24th, 2015