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Please welcome your new kingpin: matt3o

webwit
Hi everybody, After 8 years of running deskthority, I've decided to retire in that role and hand over the reins to matt3o, who volunteered to help out and take over. My role from now on is as some…

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XT Zenith Z-150 converter?

itzmeluigi
I was curious if anyone has been able to get their black label XT Zenith Z-150 to work with a converter such as a Teensy with soarer firmware or Orihalcon's XT to USB adapter. I was going to…

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Alps Appreciation

ohaimark
Oh Alps, your price high Your colors, shapes unending Like namesake mountains (Thread started due to Chyros' "DO ITTTTTT.")

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Zenith Z-150 black badge still not convert-able?

Sup
I was thinking about getting one but i read people saying that it isn't fully convertible and that there are still issues. I also haven't seen any documentation of someone successfully converting one…

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Unknown Alps Switches Keyboard w/ built in Track Pad.
Unknown Alps Switches Keyboard w/ built in Track Pad.

lumpybutt33
I found this decent little unlabeled keyboard with really nice tactile alps switched in it. The layout is nice and it has a built in track pad. the…

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Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!
Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!

Blaise170
We've all seen them - keyboards which look like a unicorn vomited on it or with austere modifications on classic vintage keyboards. The…

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Genovation PLUM Ortholinear Keyboard | Need Information
Genovation PLUM Ortholinear Keyboard | Need Information

whiffysole
Hello everyone, I recently got my hands on one of these Genovation PLUM keyboards that I'm sure you're fairly familiar with. While taking it apart out…

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IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Prelim
Hi guys, I've search the forum but I can't find a thread for keyboards identification... so I thought the best was to create one by myself. Here's the first one since I have no clue of…

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Blind test: keyboard sound comparison challenge
Blind test: keyboard sound comparison challenge

hansichen
Hello fellows, recently we've seen some controvery about the sound of keyboards and different switches and manufacturers. Talking about switches is…

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What do "M" and "F" stand for?

digital_matthew
Hey everyone. I was just curious as to what the "M" and "F" represent for IBM keyboard model designations. (I'm too lazy to do the research, so I thought I'd just ask.) Thanks!

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What's the most underrated keyboard (in your opinion) and why?
What's the most underrated keyboard (in your opinion) and why?

snacksthecat
I'll go first Wyse WY60 ASCII https://i.imgur.com/xEqGYs… Switches Vintage Cherry MX Blacks. Unrivaled…

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should we make a new XT layout group buy?
should we make a new XT layout group buy?

andrea-i
As naive as the title says : ) I know there's the XTant and I don' particularly like that solution, this is more what I have in mind: DSC03658.jpg …

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IBM Model M 1392373 ?

zx_spectrum
I couldn't find real data about 1392373. aside from the fact that it is french/canadian ISO, It has strange connection cable . and what about its protocol ?

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NEC 8801 MKII Adapter
NEC 8801 MKII Adapter

Muramasa
I’ve had this blue alps board for quite some time and wondered if anyone knew of any adapters?

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Does the asymmetry bother you?

Wendell
When I moved from typewriters to PCs in the late 1980s, one of the things I really disliked was the huge asymmetry of the 101-key layout. With the alpha keys directly in front of me, the…

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Typing Demo XL - Cherry solid-state capacitive switches (Cherry KFN-3)
Typing Demo XL - Cherry solid-state capacitive switches (Cherry KFN-3)

Chyros
As requested by a viewer, a typing demo of a rather uncommon switch; Cherry solid-state capacitive! Hope you enjoy! :) HWmxLfZuMdQ

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"Solid" mechanical keyboard with ISO-DE layout (100 %)

ghostdawg187
Hey guys, I want to buy my father his first mechanical keyboard for Christmas. He is an old fashioned programmer but has never possessed a mechanical keyboard in his programmer life. So it is time to…

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a wild IBM Model F appears...with a thai exclusive layout?!?
a wild IBM Model F appears...with a thai exclusive layout?!?

andrea-i
Scrolling reddit/mechanicalkeyboards I noticed this nice post: https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKey… And then something odd, look at this: …

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Decent Rubber Domes thread

green-squid
I thought it would be a good idea for all of us on a budget to have a thread where we can collect all the decent rubber dome/slider over dome boards in one place, so that we know what's up…

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Bought a Digicomp DR-70 Astrology Microcomputer [1981]
Bought a Digicomp DR-70 Astrology Microcomputer [1981]

Kankurou1010
https://imgur.com/a/4HgqT57 Well, I got it. It's pretty freaking cool. MEI WEAB switches. https://deskthority.net/wiki/MEI_T-5_s……

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Need HELP!! IBM5291 Bigfoot converter

bhatara007
Yesterday, I recived IBM5291 bigfoot and I find solution how to convert to usb. I just find Soarer converter v.1.20 beta4 to do that but I am guessing D0, D1, D2, D3 , D4, D5, D6 etc. are the pins on…

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Model F AT not working

Shifty
Hey all, I got an F AT off of ebay a few weeks back, but I've had no luck getting it going. The seller said it was working when he last used it, but that was over 6 months ago. I ordered a soarer's…

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Do you type properly?

ruhtraeel
As in, do you keep your fingers on home row, etc? If not, what do you do differently? I'm curious, because I personally don't believe that there is a proper way to type. I notice that when…

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Alps switch identity?
Alps switch identity?

elecplus
I have looked through the Alps switches on the wiki, and I can't find these. These came from an old Apple keyboard. It says Alps in the logo on the…

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NBM RT6671?

reececonrad
https://www.ebay.com/itm/143012503713?… Anyone know about this particular model? I'm guessing it's Hitek switches of some sort, but I cannot find anything about it. Seems to be in very nice…

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Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!
Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!

Chyros
If you could have any keyboard layout, what would it be? Post a picture (doesn't have to be pretty, doesn't have to specify keys that are…

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Toshiba-branded Alps Bigfoot keyboard with red + clicky Alps switches
Toshiba-branded Alps Bigfoot keyboard with red + clicky Alps switches

XTaran
Hi, I'm new here, was only using the DT wiki as useful resource before. Over at Reddit's /r/MK I have been told I have to post my find here: I…

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The Korean Custom Keyboards #1: 356 Series
The Korean Custom Keyboards #1: 356 Series

sixty
Since a bunch of people always ask "omg what is that keyboard???" every few weeks, whenever someone links a picture from OTD, I…

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Matias Mini Quiet Pro: what's it like to live with?

vometia
Bit of an impulse-buy, this : unable to sleep in the early hours I'm hammering away on my Model M and becoming increasingly uncomfortable that my gf is asleep in the next room and at this…

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PCB for the 50-key IBM 4740

TerminalJunkie
After seeing the XTant, FSSK/FEXT, Model MF, and the 3277 PCBs, I'm wondering what the PCB of the 50-key IBM 4740 keyboards look like. (That's the 10 x 5 ortholinear one). I know that a number of…

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Zenith ZFA-138-42 Mods + Video with Typing Sounds
Zenith ZFA-138-42 Mods + Video with Typing Sounds

Hypersphere
The Zenith ZFA-138-42 keyboard is similar to the Zenith Z-150, but the former has been lightened up a bit for use in a "portable" computer.…

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Sound/Lighting operator keyboard?

abhibeckert
I'm having trouble finding a good keyboard for use in a sound/lighting desk at a theatre. Can you guys help find one? I need: 1. Tactile switches The operator will typically rest their finger on a…

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Problems with my AEKIIs...

Johnnya101
Hi guys, New to mechanical keyboards, but not to vintage things. Have a bunch of old apple keyboards Im refurbishing/cleaning, and came across two Apple Extended IIs. AEK 1: Works great! No…

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Zenith Z-150 Makeover
Zenith Z-150 Makeover

Hypersphere
In spite of myself, I like the form factor of the Zenith Z-150 series, and the 100-1886 model sports the visually appealing black label. However, the…

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[Advice Needed] Options for ortholinear keyboards

Ralph_IT
Sorry if this thread doesn't belong here. I looked through the wiki and ortholinear keyboards caught my eye, splitted ones specially. As I visited some of the sellers, I had trouble trying to decide…

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Capacitive vs Regular (membrane) Buckling Spring Tactility?

zx_spectrum
I know very well the sound difference between capacitive and membrane buckling spring switches. i own a model m keyboard and i have watched a lot of videos for sound comparison. but i would like to…

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