JoyToKey; or, Accessibility Through Coolability

Tue, Aug 8, 2023 | 900 Words

I’ve been having on-and-off issues with my right hand for over a year now. There is no way we could ever know how this could happen, especially with such a healthy daily schedule like: Wake up and scroll my phone one-handed. Go to work for eight hours using a mouse intensely for GIS work. Go home and play click-heavy video games for four hours. Go to bed and scroll my phone one-handed.

Personal Computing Should Be Personal

Sat, Dec 24, 2022 | 900 Words

We joke about the “graphic design is my passion” creations users built when given choice in the 90’s and 00’s. From Windows Media Player skins and custom operating system icons + themes to Myspace and GeoCities pages, so much of what people created could easily be seen as a collection of horrendous Frankensteinian monsters that were each welded to others. But that doesn’t mean it was bad and the more I reflect now the more I want that choice and personal freedom back.

Saitek X52 USB HID Mapping

Sun, Oct 16, 2022 | 500 Words

I found my old Saitek X52 HOTAS (joystick + throttle controller) that I used to use with DCS: A-10C Warthog and it made me realise joysticks are such a beautiful interface but one that doesn’t get much use outside the hobby world. I’ve been working on a project lately to use my ancient controller as an interface device for some software. It’s still very early days and I’m not sure if it’s something I’ll keep plugging at, but it’s been fun to get back into development stuff.