Maxkey SA Cyan On Dolch

A budget friendly SA profile keycap set.

I’ve been very excited to receive this set.

Maxkeys sets are notable in that they are Chinese made, and significantly cheaper than Signature Plastics keycaps. This set was only ~$90 compared to the typical ~$150 one pays for an SA profile keycap set.

Cyan on Dolch is a SA profile keycap set from Maxkey SA; from a group by on KeyClack. Unlike the Elvish SA set I received a few weeks ago, Cyan on Dolch is a fully sculpted SA profile set.


The keys in this set are exceptional, I dare say even superior to offerings from Signature Plastics. Keys are thick double shot ABS, and unlike Signature Plastics keys, have a matte finish. Typing on these keys feels fantastic. Being matte, they are slightly less grippy than Signature Plastics’ SA, but the texture is great. The matte finish is fine, not rough at all.

Key fit was great as well. The stems are uniform and very well molded. They’re slightly less tight than Signature Plastics, but not too loose. These keys are well suited for folks who like to swap keys frequently.

At the moment I’ve got these on my Satan GH60 board, but I eventually plan for them to have a permanent home on my Red Scarf II + Ver. D.

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Elvish SA Keycaps

I’ve been waiting for this set since December last year. The Elvish SA group buy was ran by Sennin32 of Doyu Studio. Sennin32 isn’t well known as a group buy leader among the Geekhack and r/MK crowd, but they are well known on eBay. If you’ve bought a Satan GH60, you probably bought it from Sennin32.

Elvish SA is a Chinese-manufactured clone of Signature Plastics’ SA profile keycaps. At only $70, these keycaps are significantly cheaper than Signature Plastics typical $100+ offerings.

This group by predates the wide availability of other SA clones like those from MaxKey. I’ve a set of MaxKeys on order from KeyClack, so I’ll have a post about those when they arrive.

The set is made with single shot PBT plastic, with a mix of dyesub and laser etched legends. The set has dual legends in both English and Elvish. Row profile is 1-3-3-3-3. The dyesub work is just okay. Legends are not particularly sharp, especially on the Elvish legends. The laser etched legends, however are clear and sharp. I would’ve rather seen the entire set be laser etched. Texture on the keys is good, there’s a slight texture present, but these are no where near as rough as other PBT sets like Signature Plastics DSA. Stems left a bit to be desired, they aren’t very consistent - some keys were easy to put on switches, others took much more effort.

Overall this set is okay. If you’re looking for SA profile the price point is quite nice, but the quality isn’t nearly as good as Signature Plastics. It was worth buying, but I wouldn’t buy a set from the same manufacturer again.

Typed on MacBook

Scott Forstall On The Genesis Of iPhone

We went to the design team, and they made a simple demo.

It was a simple list of names. With your finger you would drag along. It probably had rubber banding, everything. You’d tap on a name, and it would slide across and reveal the card. You’d tap on a name or a phone number, and it would say it was calling.

The second you saw this demo you knew this was it. There was no question. This is the way a phone had to behave.

Steve saw it, said put the tablet on hold. Let’s build a phone, let’s build a phone based on multitouch.

Scott was interviewed at the Computer History Museum on June 20th. The video is here. Scott’s interview begins about 1 hour 5 minutes in.

This the first time (I can recall) that Scott has talked publicly about iPhone since he left Apple in 2012. In Keynotes, Scott was always one of my favorite presenters, he was clearly cut from the same cloth as Steve.

Great interview.

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Reviewing The First iPhone

Steven Levy writing for Wired:

As launch approached, the anticipation reached a madness-of-crowds level. So when Apple chose only four judges to give the first verdicts on the product—our reviews were to appear two days before the public would have a chance to buy iPhones—each of us knew that these would be the most scrutinized reports in our career.

In the early 1980s, reviews were fairly technical, and directed at the aficionados and hobbyists who were early adopters of the products. As technology became more mainstream, however, product reviews sometimes became news themselves. The iPhone experience was the apex of that trajectory. No product will ever be as hyped, and no tiny group of reviewers will ever get such weight dumped on them

Ten years ago I was a high school kid in the Midwest, pining after the iPhone. I devoured all the reviews and news leading up to and after the launch. I was obsessed. In many ways, I still am.

[via The Loop & Wired]

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