Sacha Chua's Emacs Chat with Phil Hagelberg (aka Technomancy)

By Xah Lee. Date:
Emacs Chat — Phil Hagelberg (aka technomancy)

Phil Hagelberg is best known in emacs community for his “Emacs Starter Kit”, now as “Better Defaults” At

I learned about Phil Hagelberg about last year, then i think i remembered that back in 2007 or so, there's “Emacs Starter Kit”. Emacs Starter Kit has several forks now, but i think techomancy is the original author. [see List of Emacs Starter Kits]

But what particularly caught my attention with his name was about 2 months ago, i noticed that he designed his own keyboard, called Atreus keyboard, and actually manufactured it.

atreus keyboard by Phil Hagelberg 2014 43e4fae4
Atreus keyboard by Phil Hagelberg 2014. (

You can see my analysis of it at: Heart ♥ Keyboard, Butterfly Keyboard, Cat 😸 Keyboard, Star Trek Keyboard ⌨.

Phil also uses Ergodox Keyboard. You can see it in the video.

btw, Phil Hagelberg has a catchy nick name: “technomancy”. The “techno” part means technology. The “mancy” means “magic”, usually in some divination sense, as in:

Divination by using lines and figures.
Divination by talking to the dead.
Divination by books, especially Scriptures.
Aka palmistry.
Divination by observing water.
Divination by fire.
Divination thru dreams.
Divination by rod: dousing.

You can see the word used in The Tale Of The Ensorceled Prince (The Arabian Nights translated by Sir Richard Burton)

Phil Hagelberg's sites: