he’s pining for the keyboards

I could stand my replacement Keytronic keyboard for about six seconds before I felt like throwing it across the office. In my cupboard, however, was an IBM Rapid Access II keyboard. This is similar to the black IBM that was stolen from my desk this morning (damn you, marketing!) but has dumb “Internet” keys, and volume/CD controls. Of course, since I’m running Linux, none of these keys do anything.

Only after a full hour of searching on Google did I finally find rakd, the Rapid Access keyboard daemon. Using this plus a small change to the OS kernel, I can use those dumb looking buttons for something useful. Yay.


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