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  1. I just got mine too with blue switches!
  2. I'm actually an idiot. I never thought to consider that it would be mapped to the same layout. I'm sorry for wasting everybody's time then lmao.
  3. I wasn't able to find this anywhere so I apologize if this has been asked before. I found how to view and edit the keymap in the emulator, however, I was curious if there was an image that somebody had put together showing the X16 default keymaps on top of a modern keyboard that can just be kept open as a separate window to reference while working in the emulator? I was thinking something similar to the image I'll attach of the VICE C64 keymap that somebody had made up. I feel like this would make it much easier for newbies like me to get used to where all of the special characters are located as well as to be able to use all of the functions easily until I'm able to purchase the expensive keyboard. I appreciate all of you in advance though!
  4. Thanks for the input everybody! This gives me a lot to go on for learning how the actual hardware works(:
  5. This is sort of the direction I was looking for. Something that kind of bridges the gap between languages and the hardware.
  6. Ohhh that makes a lot of sense to me. I guess I was looking at things the wrong way then. I was watching videos like from 8-bit show and tell and just figured if Robin knew to just poke and peek stuff, or manually editing hex values in TMP to do what he needed that it must be how everybody else was doing stuff too. I never thought to build a "library" of code of sorts to refer back to based on what I needed at the time.
  7. I've done a bit of programming on a very basic level before. I mostly meant the nitty gritty of the internals. It seems like all of you are super knowledgeable about pokes and peeks with specific memory addresses or telling the chips to do very specific things and I feel like I missed that class in school lol. I can understand the concept of loops, functions, variables, and such with programming, but figuring out how to tell that to the chips directly and remember it all with hex or pokes makes my brain explode.
  8. All of those things are really good tips! Thanks everybody. I will need to look into these further!
  9. Much like koalas, apparently my brain is smooth and the technical ability of the X16 and other 8-Bit computers from the 80's go way over my head. I'm just curious if anybody has heard of a more simple computer that somebody like me could get into learning how computers work so that when the X16 comes out I have a sort of foundation to help make the learning curve easier. I guess even if not a computer maybe some suggestions for starting points could be nice. I've tried playing around in BASIC on TheC64 and I quickly realized that my brain and the computer interpret logic very differently lol.
  10. Dani

    WASD Keyboard

    There are switch test boards you can buy with a single switch of different color types to give you a feel. It's difficult to get a real feel though until you use a full keyboard for an extended period with them. What I personally did was get inexpensive mechanical keyboards with different switch types to use for different computers in my home, which then let me know what I prefer for future purchases.
  11. Dani

    WASD Keyboard

    To answer your question about different key switch types, I would highly recommend taking your next move carefully lol. Once you feel mechanical switches under your fingers, you can't ever really go back and enjoy membrane keyboards . For somebody that types all day, I would actually recommend a switch that allows you to feel the tactile point of actuation such as Blues. It's much more satisfying in my opinion and they generally are regarded as the best to type with. Red switches don't have a tactile feel for the actuation point and so they just slide until they bottom out. A more silent version of the Blue switch would be Brown switches and are sort of a happy medium between the two as they aren't super clicky clacky, but still have that tactile feel when depressing the key. However, regardless of the switch type, if you are plunging the keys hard enough to bottom out with every stroke, no mechanical keyboard will be truly silent. When at home I use Blue switches as the sound makes my heart happy and the feel is the best out of any switch type I own. I personally use Brown switches when in an office environment and I have never gotten any complaints from co-workers. I know that this is a lot of words to not really answer your question, but I hope to give you some things to think about that videos sometimes don't convey about different keyboard types since mechanical keyboards aren't inexpensive. Hope this helps!
  12. I've been thinking about this since David mentioned the X16 project. I have some experience with sheet metal and was considering using that and part of an mATX case to house the mobo and a small LCD. The cutout of the keyboard could be made to create a new latching enclosure for it to mount on the front of the unit similar to SX64 or other portables. The issue is that while it seems feasible for a one off build, I can't see any case manufacturers getting behind the engineering and production of something like this without a secured number of sales. It's possible that a successful kickstarter could make that kind of sale with a case manufacturer, but I'm sure that would be a lot of PR phone tag.
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