Changing keyboard layout on Windows 8

I was asked how to “reassign keyboard functions” on Windows 8, so that the characters produced by the keys match what’s physically printed on the keys. (Specifically, the @ symbol and the double-quote were swapped; we needed the @ symbol to be shift+2, and the double-quote to be shift+single-quote). This issue is resolved by setting the correct keyboard layout; here’s how to do it.

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Integrating LiFX with Artemis


Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator is an awesome game in which several people with several computers sit in a room together and take different roles on the bridge of a starship (Captain, Helm Officer, Weapons Officer, etc). The game runs on Windows. It can interface with DMX lighting using USB DMX controllers based on FTDI USB-serial chips, to do such things as turning the lights on the bridge red in a “red alert” situation.

I don’t have any DMX lights or FTDI chips, but I do have a smart light bulb from LIFX which is controllable over Wi-Fi. I’ve made this light bulb work with Artemis, although it’s a bit of a hack.

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