Keychron K2: A Mechanical Glory

Keychron K2: A Mechanical Glory

The Keychron K2 v2 is my first ever mechanical keyboard, and as a first time user, here are my thoughts.

I have been using this keyboard for the past week and have been loving the typing experience. I got the K2 v2 with Gateron Brown Switches and RGB backlight (of course). The typing feels butter smooth and I haven’t had any issues with rattly keys. The RGB backlight comes with a range of options, but i have just stuck with a pulsing RGB effect as I have found that other effects are too distracting.

Though 90 WPM isn’t fast, I have been consistently getting 90+ WPM on all typing tests with this keyboard, compared to my old Logitech keyboard where I was only getting around 60-70 WPM.

You may have heard people talk about the wrist pains they have been getting from using the K2. As I have been using this keyboard daily for about six hours a day, I can safely say that I haven’t had that issue. In conclusion, I think this is a great keyboard for first time mechanical keyboard users since it is great quality, has RGB lights, is hot-swappable and has a good variety of switches to choose from.

5 Best Modern Windows Apps!

Hello Friends ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿพ! Today I am going to be sharing some of my favourite Windows apps.

1. Modern Flyouts

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This is Modern Flyouts. A free alternative to the default, ugly Windows flyouts. Modern Flyouts serves the same purpose but gives you more customisation over the look and feel of your flyouts. These flyouts work on volume, brightness, caps lock and insert and overtype mode.

Microsoft Store Download, GitHub Download

2. TaskbarX

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TaskbarX gives you control over the position of your taskbar icons and the look of your taskbar. You can centre the icons, change the colour of your taskbar and change the position of your taskbar. I personally use this on my windows machine since I love the mac’s dock so much. I find that the centred icons make it easier to reach the icons with my cursor.

GitHub Download

3. ShareX

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ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key. You can also register a free anonymous subdomain to automatically upload your screenshots and videos. I personally have set my subdomain to ihsaan.likes-throwing.rocks. You can also pixelate, blur, add text and more while taking a screenshot. There are more features hidden in the settings menu such setting up hotkeys. Personally, ShareX is one of my most used apps and I would recommend that you start using it too.

GitHub Download

4. Lector

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Lector is my personal PDF reader of choice because of its simplicity and one feature which I’ll talk about later. Lector, is an electron app that doesn’t have a flashy design and doesn’t have an annotate feature. Besides the fact that Lector doesn’t have an annotate feature, (which doesn’t bother me much since I don’t annotate much) I admire its simplicity. For those rare occasions when I do need to annotate I use Drawboard PDF which you can download from the Microsoft Store. The one favourite feature I was talking about was that Lector detects the page number on the actual PDF unlike other PDF readers which will just count the amount of pages in the file. This feature comes in handy when I want to get to a specific page.

Electron js Download

5. PanWriter

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PanWriter is an easy way to write Markdown on windows. For those of you that don’t know, Markdown is basically simplified html that looks nice. I regularly use PanWriter to write quick notes and do research. While PanWriter does offer a nice writing experience, I would not recommend that you use it to write essays. In my opinion, apps like Google Docs, Microsoft Word and Notion provide a better writing experience for long term pieces.

PanWriter Electron js Download

Something a bit different…

Hello friends,

Today I am just going to post a random scene I wrote. I am considering the thought to make this a short film, so lets see.

Lying awake in bed at night…

I am woken up by a glint on my window. I sit up, half asleep and stare at the glint. My focus slowly shifts from the window to the sky where the moon stares at me, culpable for waking me up. I pull my covers back onto myself aggressively in attempt to sleep, but am disturbed yet again by the creaking of my old floorboards. Annoyed by the fact that I have been disturbed twice, I move my head up, only to realise that I had just hit my self on my bed. I swear to my myself under my breath. This time, I slowly pull my blanket off, wiggle my toes before they touch the orchestral disaster of floorboards and slide my feet into worn out thongs. My head takes a panoramic view of the bed room before I decide to go to my table and start drawing. Just as I’m about to sit down, I hear something break downstairs.

Without looking my hand instinctively moves towards my pencil case. I grab the sharpest pencil I can feel, and slowly start exiting the room with blood dripping off my hand. Then as I am walking, it hits me. I am the only one home. I think about possible weapons downstairs, heated waffle machine, the toaster and… KNIVES! I swallow the most saliva I’ve ever swallowed. My muscles clench, awaiting a fight. I start to sweat and all I think is, ‘Please be a weak person, please be a weak person’. This is because I do karate and from my past experiences, I am pretty decent, so… I might be able to put on a fight. Then I realise I’m at the bottom of the stairs. This is it.

My head turns abruptly as the clock starts to chime. My feet touch the ground and I know there’s no turning around. I walk towards the kitchen where the sound seemed to come from. The corner is there waiting for me to pass it and find out what the sound was. So I go in. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Or at least that’s what it seems like. I see my phone still buzzing with a broken screen. I pick it up. Staring at the half black screen. And now I see the cause of the sound. I vaguely make out the 3,000 notifications on the tiny screen. “Would you like a free month of YouTube Premium?”.

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My Move To WordPress

Hello Friends ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿพ,

You may have noticed that my website has changed quite a bit. This is because I have moved to WordPress. For those of you who don’t know, WordPress is the most popular Content Management System in the world. It powers more than 38% of the websites on the internet. That is not the reason I moved my website to WordPress though. The reason I moved website to WordPress is because of ease of use.

I love to code my website, tackle the challenges and learn new things, but, I found that it takes way too long to add small things to my website. For example, a few days ago, I added an iframe that automatically updates to show my latest YouTube video. I had gotten the JavaScript from somewhere else, so that did not affect the time spent. What affected the time spent was making the iframe compatible for phone screens since the majority of people are not going to be looking at my website on a laptop. The problem ended up being found TWO days later! It was a human error. Who would have known.

Using a CMS and a website maker seemed like the right direction to head in. I ended up choosing WordPress. Firstly, because it hosts 38% of the websites on the internet and secondly because I do not want to be paying absurd prices to โ€œthoseโ€ website makers. cough Wix cough. With that said, now whenever I want to publish a new blog post or add something new to my website I can add in a maximum of 10 minutes.

Anyway, that wraps it up for today. I hope you enjoyed!

My Favourite Apps

Hello Friends ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿพ,

Today I want to share with you some of the apps that help me organise myself, get work done and overall just offer a pleasurable experience.

1. Drafts (iOS, watchOS and macOS – free)

Drafts offers an easy way to write Markdown. I love Markdown so much because of its commands. For example, if you want to write a h1 (Heading 1), you just type ‘# Hello World!’. Basically Markdown allows you to write beautified html. You don’t need to see all those tags. Instead it’s just good old text. One of my favourite parts about drafts is that it exports as Markdown, plain text, list in reminders, a tweet, as a message, the list goes on. Drafts is an iOS only application which is personally one of the cons for me, but other than it is awesome.

2. Notion (Windows, iOS and macOS – free)

Notion currently manages my personal life, school life and everything. If you compare my notion to someone like Ali Abdaal, my notion is not going to look to crazy. I have separated my notion into separate parts to organise a bit more. I have all my blogs in notion, school work, personal notebook, movie ratings, quick notes etc. I also have a shared notion with my friends RemiixInc and IhsFace.

3. Bitwarden (iOS, android and web extensions – free)

Bitwarden is a fantastic free password manager. It syncs your passwords between you iOS devices, android devices and web extension. My favourite feature about bitwarden is the randomly generated secure passwords. Bitwarden even has a dedicated tab for randomly generated passwords.

4. CARROT Weather – iOS (iOS and android – free)

First off, the design is beautiful. Curved edges, beautiful colours, accurate weather comfortable arrangement. What more could you ask for. Oh yeah, the quirky voice. While the iOS app is beyond amazing, the android app has not been given enough love. So I am mainly focusing on the iOS app. It has an awesome widget and a customisable feed. Just recently this weather app became free iOS. While you still have to pay a subscription for a few extra features, the free app is fine. No annoying ads, no โ€œSUBSCRIBE NOWโ€ in your face. Just a clean UI.

5. Procreate (iPad Only – $9.99)

Procreate is a really easy way to draw on the iPad. It has great layer support and tons of brushes to choose from. You can even import custom ones. I use it to sketch, doodle and create wallpapers for my website – https://grapeywalls.glitch.me. My favourite features are the auto shape and colour drag features. This is the only paid app on this list and it cost ten dollars. It is definitely a worthwhile buy and would recommend it to anyone that has an iPad and an Apple Pencil.

6. Birdie (iOS, free)

Birdie is a free, clean and simple twitter client. It removes ads, bots and shows top tweets from people you follow first. They also recently added a news tab for you twitter newsreaders out there. My favourite feature is the simplest. Being able to follow and tweet. There are some more popular clients that don’t let you tweet or follow if you aren’t subscribed to the pro plan. Birdie has an overall simple design and that’s what I like.

7. Microsoft Edge (All devices, free)

Microsoft Edge is my browser of choice for windows. That is until Dot Browser comes out. Many people think that Edge not as good as chrome because of their past experience. But now the new Edge is out, it is cleaner and faster. Edge has Chrome Extension support, nifty features like vertical tabs and collections. Overall I find that Edge is the best browser for Windows.

I hope you guys liked The Grapey Blog. If you did please share it to your friends and family. Have a great day!

Web Development Tools – Part Two!

More Web Development Tools!

Hello Friends ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿพ,

Today I want to share with you some more helpful web development tools. I have been a ‘web developer’ for a few months now. I would not consider myself a pro but I am definitely not a beginner.

1. Ray.so

Ray.so allows you to create beautiful images of your code. It has different background colour options, auto formatting, different padding sizes and supports fifty two different coding languages. It also has a nifty feature that automatically detects

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2. Meta Tags

Meta Tags does exactly what it’s name says. It gives you meta tags. Usually when you send a website to someone it will look like this (Picture 1), but with Meta Tags it will look like this (Picture 2). The website is functional and very easy to use. It automatically shows you previews of what your website will look like on Google, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest and Slack.

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Picture 1:

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Picture 2:

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3. grapecss

grapecss is a stylesheet created by me. As the name suggests grapecss has an overall purple theme. grapecss supports elements such as all the headings, paragraphs, buttons, checkboxes, images, iframes, custom scrollbars, inputs and much more.

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Shower Thoughts ๐Ÿšฟ!

  1. As a kid bringing McDonald’s for lunch makes you look cool. As an adult bringing McDonald’s for lunch makes you look gross.
  2. You just kinda trust your brain that your memories happened.
  3. A lot of road rage could be avoided if vehicles had a that-was-my-bad signal.

Part three maybe coming soon… I hope you guys liked The Grapey Blog. If you did please share it to your friends and family. Have a great day!

Web Development Tools!

Hello Friends ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿพ,

Today I want to share with you some helpful web development tools. I have been a ‘web developer’ for a few months now. I would not consider myself a pro but I am definitely not a beginner.

1. Glitch.com

Glitch is the perfect place to code and host a website for free. Glitch supports languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python, PHP and more. One of my personal favourite features in Glitch is how when coding, the program automatically finishes off tags and brackets for you. Glitch also has a fantastic format button to make your code look sexy. You even get a free subdomain (yourtitle.glitch.me).

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2. Eggradients

Eggradients is an awesome place to find beautiful gradients for backgrounds and texts. You can easily browse through hundreds of eggs and find the one you like. Then, you can press the ‘copy CSS’ button and paste it in to your file.

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3. Screely

Screely is a browser mockup tool. What you do is take a screenshot and then upload it to screely. it then takes your image and puts it inside a window. The thing that sets screely aside from other browser mockup tools is its customisability. You can change light and dark mode, resize, change window type and change the icons. Infact, all of the screenshots you see are made by screely.

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Part Two coming soon