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Epomaker GK68XS

Minimalism, Sturdiness Make for an Intriguing Keyboard

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 4:42 PM

I’m doing a series of keyboard reviews for OFB. Here’s the second one, on the Epomaker GK68XS, which I like quite a bit:

Like Keychron, Epomaker has emerged in no small part due to its successive and successful crowdfunding of boards that eschew the gaudy B-movie sci-fi appearance of many gamer keyboards. Both companies also make a lot of different models, several of which have gotten a lot of attention for gee-whiz new features during those hugely successful crowdfunding campaigns.

Situated somewhere in the middle of Epomaker’s lineup is the unassuming GK68XS, which lacks all that hoopla, but like the K2 ticks off the sorts of boxes a person looking for a keyboard of similar layout to one’s laptop might want.

It isn’t a perfect keyboard, but if you’re looking for the same sort of keyboard I have been, it’s worth your consideration.

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If Only I Had (Blank) (September 27, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:23 PM

Can we experience God’s peace even in the midst of discouragement? David contemplates this in the last part of Psalm 4, as I wrap up the series “Peace.”

Sunday Devotional

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 39: Micah)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:30 PM

Melanie turns us to Micah this week to think about how God has a plan for our salvation throughout all time. There’s even a hint of Christmas in what she shares!

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Keychron K2

So Close, I Wish It Were Perfect

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:23 PM

I’ve been on the quest for the perfect keyboard for a while and I kick off a review series exploring different options with the very nice Keychron K2:

What I want is relatively simple, if hard to find: a mechanical keyboard that is oriented towards writing, not gaming. My match would be reasonably compact and friendly towards Macs, too. Keychron, as much as anyone, has arisen as one of the few companies interested in ticking those boxes.

What do I like about it?

The K2’s size is just about perfect for anyone who finds the size of an average laptop keyboard — including MacBooks — agreeable. It dumps the numpad to free up more of my desk, but doesn’t overdo the downsizing like so-called 60% boards do. They often drop keys I depend on for writing and editing, such as the arrow keys.

Many smaller options also end up with at least a few keys in non-traditional locations, slowing my touch typing. The K2 is perfect on this count, making it easy to go from my MacBook Pro’s keyboard to it and back again without having to recondition where my fingers go to do things. Mac friendly multimedia keys are also where you’d expect, which is nice and not necessarily a given on mechanical boards. I am not sure how I lived without volume and mute keys on my keyboard for so many years, but those years are a distant memory.

Steadfast

Calling Balls and Strikes (September 20, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:00 PM

We’re called to feel peace and yet anger can boil up so easily in the midst of the turmoils of life. What do we do with that as we seek to follow Jesus?

Sunday Devotional

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 38: Nehemiah)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:30 PM

How do we follow God’s leading in our lives? Are we seeking His guidance? Are we serving His people? Jim Krenning helps us to think about these questions and the answers to them.

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The Way to Survive Frustrating Tech Failures (and What that Says About Masks)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 12:32 PM

My latest musings on tech and mask, all in one:

Over the last week, virtually everything that could go wrong with the technology I depend on for work has gone wrong, as if it has actively turned against me. Having spent a fair number of years wrangling information technology, one thing has always provided a path to survival in those times: redundancy. Redundancy masks problems in the best of ways, much like the physical masks that are such a lightning rod in our culture today.

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Peace (September 13, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:37 PM

Do you feel a lack of peace in life? We’re starting a series exploring Psalm 4 at Little Hills, thinking about true peace. This week: what about situations when we are humiliated and attacked?

Sunday Devotional

52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 37: Lamentations)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:30 PM

We face tragedies that affect all of society (like 9/11) and ones that simply impact us. What do we do when we face them? How do we turn to the Lord in those moments?

Remember the Donkey (September 6, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:00 PM

When God places donkeys in our lives, do we pay attention? Or do we convince ourselves that our actions don’t really matter and so we can do whatever we want?

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