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Die Anne Pro ist eine geniale Tastatur. Ich selbst verwende seit zwei Jahren noch immer dieselbe Anne Pro 1 mit braunen Gateron-Switches. Die Faszination und Begeisterung hat nicht nachgelassen.

Das ANSI-Layout bevorzuge ich seitdem. Die Anordnung der Tasten finde ich persönlich, vor allem für Programmierarbeiten, angenehmer und sinnvoller.

Nur die Umlaute und das scharfe S geht natürlich ab. Dazu habe ich mir ein Autohotkey-Skript gebastelt.

Autohotkey (AHK)

Autohotkey ist eine kostenlose, Open-Source-Software. Man kann damit alles regeln, was Tasten hat und zum Beispiel Makros erstellen.

Autohotkey wird für das Skript benötigt. Zum Glück ist AHK "set&forget", läuft im Hintergrund und meldet sich auch nie mit aufdringlicher Werbung oder ähnlichem.

Bedienung/Features des Skripts

Zentraler Bestandteil des Skripts ist die ALT-Taste (egal ob links oder rechts). Sie lässt sich während dem Schreiben besonders angenehm mit dem Daumen drücken und passt sich überraschend gut in den Schreibfluss ein.

Ich persönlich habe nur ca. zwei Stunden gebraucht, um mich daran zu gewöhnen.

Umlaute

ALT + A = ä

ALT + SHIFT + A = Ä

ALT + O = ö

ALT + SHIFT + O = Ö

ALT + U = ü

ALT + SHIFT + U = Ü

Scharfes S

ALT + S = ß

ALT + SHIFT + S =

Pfeiltasten

Bei gedrückter ALT-Taste, werden "IJKL" zu Pfeiltasten. Sogar noch angenehmer und einfacher zu benützen als die weggefallenen, normalen Pfeiltasten.

ALT + I = 🠕

ALT + K = 🠗

ALT + J = 🠔

ALT + L = 🠖

YZ-Tausch

Mein einziges Problem mit ANSI US ist der Tausch von Y und Z. Daher mache ich diesen Tausch im Skript rückgängig.

Wer den Tausch von Y und Z lieber beibehalten möchte, kann die untersten beiden Zeilen einfach löschen.

Z = Y

Y = Z

Skript-Download

Um das Skript zu verwenden, muss eine neue Datei mit der Dateiendung ".ahk" erstellt und das nachfolgende Skript eingefügt werden. Der Name ist egal.

Alternativ biete ich unter dem Skript auch einen Direktdownload der passenden Datei an.

#NoEnv  ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
; #Warn  ; Enable warnings to assist with detecting common errors.
SendMode Input  ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%  ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.
 
 
; *** ARROW KEYS IJKL ***
 
*!i::Send,{Up}
*!j::Send,{Left}
*!k::Send,{Down}
*!l::Send,{Right}
 
 
; *** UMLAUTE ***
 
*!o::Send,{ö}
*!+o::Send,{Ö}
 
*!a::Send,{ä}
*!+a::Send,{Ä}
 
*!u::Send,{ü}
*!+u::Send,{Ü}


; *** SCHARFES S ***

*!s::Send,{ß}
*!+s::Send,{ẞ}
 

; ZY KEYS

y::z
z::y
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Skript mit Windows mitstarten

Der letzte Schritt ist es, das Skript automatisch mit Windows mitzustarten.

Das geht sehr schnell und einfach: https://ahkde.github.io/docs/FAQ.htm#Startup

Grenzen des Skripts

Im Grunde funktioniert das Skript ausgesprochen zuverlässig. In zwei Jahren Nutzung hatte ich noch nie einen Ausfall.

Weil ein Autohotkey-Skript aber trotz allem einige Level über der direkten Tastatureingabe liegt, gibt es natürlich ein paar Grenzen.

Bei spezielleren Anwendungen, oft auch Spielen, wird wohl tieferliegend im System auf die Tastatur zugegriffen. In diesen Fällen kann das Skript nicht eingreifen.

The moment I saw this calculator, I knew I need to have it.

I have never seen something similar before and it's a welcome difference to the dry market of calculators.

Pros and Cons

Pros

UNIQUE DUAL DISPLAY
This calculator has a one-of-a-kind functionality.

MODERN LOOK
Especially the seamless display-portion makes for a nice optic.

RUBBER PADS
Four rubber pads at the bottom ensure a stable stand on the desk.

COMFORTABLE, WELL-THOUGHT-OUT KEY LAYOUT
The keys are positioned in a way, that everyday-use is comfortable.

DOUBLE-ZERO
Double-zero key for quick input of big numbers.

ROUNDING SETTINGS
Many different rounding settings for many fields of application.

BACKSPACE KEY
Backspace key to delete inputs one-by-one.

Cons

BRIGHT KEY-PORTION
The key-area of the calculator is in bright colors which can be a bit distracting.

DISPLAY HAS STRONG REFLECTIONS
The seamless display-portion is very reflective. It can be very hard to see the display at night.

DISPLAY HAS WEIRD VIEWING ANGLE
The optimal viewing angle is unusually flat. The numbers are nearly invisible when looked at top-down.

PARTIALLY SLOW REACTION-TIMES AND "LOADING TIMES"
Typing in numbers feels a bit slower and not as "direct" when compared to other calculators.
Pressing [DUAL CALC] (explained below) does not switch in an instant, but rather takes some time best described as "loading time".

How does it work?

The calculator has three additional buttons, compared to a regular calculator.

DUAL CALC

The JV-220 handles one display as primary and the other as secondary display. All calculations you make will be performed on the primary display you selected.

Using the "DUAL CALC"-button you can change the primary display at any time; meaning you can choose which display to use for a calculation whenever you want.

UP-DOWN-BUTTONS

The up-down-buttons copy a value from one field to the other.

If you press DOWN the value from the top display will be copied into the bottom display.

Same with UP: The value will be copied from the bottom display into the top display.

This, of course, also works during a calculation.

What can I use it for?

This enhanced functionality is really useful. Let's take an example:

CALCULATION EXAMPLE

Adding up these lengths of material:

23 cm
84 cm
7 x 23,5 cm
0,37 x 34,9

NORMAL CALCULATOR

7 [*] 23,5 [=]
Jot down result on paper
0,37 [*] 23,5 [=]
Jot down result on paper
23 [+]
84 [+]
Type in result from paper [+]
Type in result from paper [=]

JV-220

23 [+]
84 [+]
[DUAL CALC] 7 [*] 23,5 [=]
[DUAL CALC] [COPY UP] [+]
[DUAL CALC] 0,37 [*] 34,9 [=]
[DUAL CALC] [COPY UP] [=]

And there you go.

If you realize there's a value you are missing to finish your main calculation, just calculate it on the same calculator and copy it into your main calculation.

It's like having two calculators next to each other but way better. I immediately fell in love with this feature.

This desk calculator is wonderfully simple. A timeless classic. Always there when you need it.

Pros and Cons

Pros

DISPLAY NOT REFLECTIVE
Unlike newer models of Casio calculators, the display does not show any disturbing reflections.

CHECK & CORRECT FEATURE
You can review the history of your calculations and even correct them.

COMFORTABLE, WELL-THOUGHT-OUT KEY LAYOUT
The keys are positioned in a comfortable way.

VERY COMFORTABLE KEY-HAPTIC
The feeling of the keys is with the best I ever had.

The Casio DJ-120D brings some interesting things to the table.

Unfortunately it fails to convince.

Pros & Cons

Pros

EXTENSIVE ROUNDING SETTINGS
Many different rounding settings for many fields of application.

TRIPLE ZERO
Probably the most striking feature in this calculator. A dedicated key for triple zeros (000).

CHECK & CORRECT
You can review the history of your calculations and even correct them.

MODERN LOOK
Especially the seamless display-portion makes for a nice optic.

Cons

VERY BIG OVERALL & VERY BIG KEYS
This might be a pro for many people, but for me personally it's too big as a desk calculator. It takes up huge amounts of space and the big keys are so far apart, it's a hassle to use.

BAD KEY-LAYOUT IN COMPARISON TO OTHER MODELS
Unfortunately, some keys are in a somewhat awkward place. Other models by Casio have done much better.

DISPLAY HAS STRONG REFLECTIONS
The seamless display-portion is very reflective. It can be very hard to see the display at night.

Voice assistants always fascinated me. I even made a working one by myself using a Raspberry Pi some time ago. I could ask for the weather, the news and it could even tell jokes.

When I saw how cheap there was a Google Home Mini available I immediately got one. Though, I was a bit skeptical as well: Is it only a funny gadget? Will I lose interest after a few weeks?

Without talking much around it: No. This was one of the best purchases I ever made and it can improve so many aspects of your life.

Features I use daily

Following are features of the Google Assistant I still use on a daily base:

Alarm clock

My wake-up-routine will turn on the radio and at the same time set the smart lights on sunrise. It's a really pleasant way to wake up and my getting out of bed immediately became so much easier.

I would buy a Google Home again for this feature alone.

Night-routine

I can keep my lights on all the time all the way into bed. When I'm lying in bed comfortably, I will say "Hey Google, good night" and the sleep-routine starts. First, it will turn off all the lamps and then it starts to play white noise. White noise covers any background noise and is an overall soothing sound that makes falling asleep easier. It automatically stops after 20 minutes.

Controlling the light

One of the coolest things to use a voice assistant for is smart lights. I use the Google Assistant to control mine every day. But even without smart lights, it's a tool I definitely wouldn't want to miss out of my life ever again.

Setting a timer

Setting a timer is quick, easy and reliable. I use it every day for pizza, noodles or when I have to leave the house. Big helper.

Asking for the time

When I'm in a hurry and don't have a clock at my disposal or at night, asking for the time comes in really handy. Also something I make daily use of.

Asking for the weather

Depending on how you ask, the Google Assistant can give you a full-blown detailed forecast of the whole upcoming week or only the current temperature outside.

It's a very flexible command that works really well. It always understands the amount of information you want and your desired timeframe.

Setting a reminder

An especially useful feature when laying in bed and suddenly getting an important thought. You can remember it for the next day without needing to turn on the lights to write it down.

Features I use weekly

Now the features I am using a few times per week.

Converting currencies

Google Home is perfect for quick rate conversions between currencies. I usually need it when browsing online-shops.

Converting units

Feet to meters, inches to centimeters, Fahrenheit to Celsius, etc. Really helpful feature.

Asking for facts

Asking for the height of mountains or the population size of countries is something I still use more often than I would've thought.

Asking for opening hours

If I quickly need to know how long a store has still opened, consulting the Google Assistant always works like a charm.

Asking for the definition of things

If I quickly want an overview over something I will ask "Hey Google, what is [thing]". It usually reads the first paragraph of the Wikipedia-article or an excerpt from another website. It works well most of the time and provides a relatively good overview on the topic.

Asking to calculate a travel route and how traffic is

If I want to get an overview of how long it will take to get from A to B (with live traffic of course), the Google Assistant also never disappoints.

Summary

All in all, the Google Assistant is a life-changer that makes things so much easier. I can happily recommend a Google Home device to you.

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