I’m a Python programmer who always looked for a perfect keyboard, but was never quite satisfied with what was available. The closest to the ideal was my Logitech UltraX, but it had some problems still. One day I got my hands on an old ALPS-based keyboard, and decided to convert it to USB (and chop off the numpad), and that’s how I realized you can build your own keyboards. The tools I discovered in the process made me try a full mechanical keyboard build, but I was never happy with how thick those keyboards are. Recently I’ve been working with the low-profile chocolate switches, and I feel I’m close to my ideal.
Some of my keyboard projects so far:
As you can see, I’m gravitating towards a minimal, ortolinear, low-profile setup.