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IDOBAO ID80 mechanical keyboard kit review

Yes, another keyboard. No it won’t be the last one, there’s no point on trying to fool myself. This kit is available on AliExpress and was also sold on Drop (previously Massdrop). The one I got was from Drop, 1st batch.

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Converting an Amazon ebook to epub or PDF, or the annoying world of DRMs

I’m one of those people that like doing whatever they want with the things they buy. I hate when manufacturers or sellers voluntarily add things in your way to stop you from doing what you want. One of those things is DRM, that’s supposed to control how you use the product, and stop you from using it in a way that was not approved by the seller. I purchased a book from Amazon and wasn’t able to use it in my book reading app. So I started googling around, to try and get out of that DRM prison.

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XD87 TKL Keyboard kit – QMK firmware

I already went through the customization of the XD87 (HS) keyboard via TMK using a layout from KLE in this blog post (along with general information about keyboard layout customization). The XD87 now has QMK support. That firmware is based on TMK, so it has the same principles but is a bit different in multiple aspects. Let’s look at them and see how to flash QMK on the XD87 (HS).

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75% keyboard custom build – The parts

I told you I really wanted to build a new keyboard when I finished the previous one. Well here I am again, but with a different build in mind this time. First, I’m going for a smaller size. Second, I’m taking parts from different places (well, 2 different sellers…). Third, the RGB underglow is gonna be useful this time. Let’s dive in.

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Flash HM-10 and BT-05 firmware

The HM-10 and BT-05 modules are cheap bluetooth modules that can be used in various situations, like with an Arduino board, or even in a DIY electric skateboard. But most of the cheap ones use a buggy firmware that make them incompatible with Android 8. There’s a way to fix it though.

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