Monthly Archives: November 2010

Extending a keyboard with LASERS




Photo by Duncan at Metrix [flickr stream].

Since Unicode “works” in most places on the internet these days (from webpages to Twitter to IRC in terminal sessions), I like to use all the characters that are available to me, when they make sense — like “99¢” or “-40°”. I decided go to Metrix and laser many of the characters accessible from Alt(Gr) into the keycaps on my MacBook Pro. The keyboard is backlit and lasering the key exposes the clear key underneath, so it turned out quite well. If I’m feeling like there still isn’t enough visual interference on my keyboard, I may decide to laser on the AltGr and Cyrillic characters too.

Extending a keyboard with LASERS




Photo by Duncan at Metrix [flickr stream].

Since Unicode “works” in most places on the internet these days (from webpages to Twitter to IRC in terminal sessions), I like to use all the characters that are available to me, when they make sense — like “99¢” or “-40°”. I decided go to Metrix and laser many of the characters accessible from Alt(Gr) into the keycaps on my MacBook Pro. The keyboard is backlit and lasering the key exposes the clear key underneath, so it turned out quite well. If I’m feeling like there still isn’t enough visual interference on my keyboard, I may decide to laser on the AltGr and Cyrillic characters too.