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by Polecat
Today, 05:33
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!

Hey, wait a minute! Does Dolch count as gray? I built one of those a year or so back...
by Polecat
Today, 04:37
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!

You should have done a black keys cream case and tried to find some grey alphas . That would have looked amazeballs! Good job tho mate ! Thank you, I still have the cream case and several other Focus keyboards, so anything's possible. I only have three sets of gray Alps caps, and all of them are pa...
by Polecat
Yesterday, 17:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Get the PITCHFORK key ready! Microsoft intends to molest the keyboard layouts again.
Replies: 11
Views: 369

Re: Get the PITCHFORK key ready! Microsoft intends to molest the keyboard layouts again.

Well they shot down Microsoft Palladium, which was a hell of a lot more insidious, so maybe this will just die on the vine? If Billy's mom had let him play with the other kids we wouldn't have this kind of bullshit.
by Polecat
Yesterday, 06:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 106
Views: 5527

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

Seems to me that Alps, or whoever made these, did not want them branded for whatever reason. I'm thinking of the blues that just showed up with "FD" branding as a related example of that. Datacomp was a big player, so I really doubt they were just using up old stock, especially since the early switc...
by Polecat
Yesterday, 06:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 106
Views: 5527

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

Those definitely look genuine! Could be some early whites for sure! Thanks, I'm still trying to make sense of these switches. Case and chip dates on one of the Datacomps is 1993. I found these two related references in the wiki: https://deskthority.net/wiki/Simplified_Alps_Type_III https://deskthor...
by Polecat
24 Jun 2019, 00:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Franklin FKB-3 Project
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Re: Franklin FKB-3 Project

I love Futaba MA switches, can we get a sound demo? Send a typist with a video camera, I'll provide the Futabas. I like them too. Infinitely more than the foam and foil mushmat that was in there before. Sorry, I have no way to record a video. My phone still has a rotary dial, and my $2.99 camera ba...
by Polecat
24 Jun 2019, 00:21
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 49
Views: 969

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

Someone else's ignorance is not as good as my knowledge.
by Polecat
23 Jun 2019, 17:59
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!

Comparing early Northgate 102 and early Focus FK-2001.
by Polecat
23 Jun 2019, 07:56
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!

Almost there. I'm typing on it now. Still undecided on BAE Or ANSI. It's easy to do either on this model, and completely reversible if I change my mind. I have nicer BAE and spacebar caps here someplace. I'm also up in the air on the alpha caps. I had swapped NeXT alphas onto the 2002 several months...
by Polecat
21 Jun 2019, 06:24
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!

The other half of this project, a black FK-2002 that I bought new at a computer show many years ago. The guy had a stack of these, but by the time I made the rounds and came back there was only one left. This is the only Focus I've ever seen with an ISO-style Enter and US legends. I never did figure...
by Polecat
21 Jun 2019, 05:11
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!

Minor update. Switches, stabilizer inserts, and guides for Enter and spacebar installed. Switches are like new, so I didn't mess with them.
by Polecat
21 Jun 2019, 02:27
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Acer 6011 PCB
Replies: 1
Views: 202

Re: Acer 6011 PCB

Thank you for sharing this! I was just wanting to compare a 6011 to a KB-101A, and I have one of the latter, so this is appreciated.
by Polecat
18 Jun 2019, 06:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3156
Views: 127735

Re: Alps Appreciation

Wow, pristine blue alps switches. They deserve a good heavy keyboard. I recently got a Chicony with blue Alps, it's ok, but it's like a Lada with a Ferrari motor. Great switches, good electronics (N-Key rollover), shit housing. So far I have blue Alps in a KB-101A, a couple early Northgates, a Mont...
by Polecat
18 Jun 2019, 06:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3156
Views: 127735

Re: Alps Appreciation

Wow! This is in amazing condition! It should fit just fine into the 2002 case. Thanks for the encouragement! I started a new topic in the Gallery for this, and hopefully I won't hit any major stumbling blocks. https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=22072 I bought the black case donor new back...
by Polecat
18 Jun 2019, 06:44
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!

I have two Focus keyboards that I'm hoping to make into one useful one. The PC board/plate/switch donor is a clean, but irregularly yellowed early FK-2001 with blue SKCM switches. I'm hoping to put the guts into a black FK-2002 case. The black one I bought new many years ago, and I used it until I w...
by Polecat
18 Jun 2019, 06:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 106
Views: 5527

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

More stuff from my storage. I have four Datacomp Mac keyboards. One has normal, branded white SKCM switches. The other three have unbranded switches as in the photo. These have wide mounting tabs like normal Alps, not four tabs like most clones. But no branding whatsoever on upper or lower housings....
by Polecat
16 Jun 2019, 05:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3156
Views: 127735

Re: Alps Appreciation

Today I dug this Focus FK-2001 out of my storage. This is as I got it, twenty-some years ago. Surprisingly clean, not much use. The Blue Alps were not a surprise, but I didn't expect it to have a single stabilizer and guide pin on the Enter key. Previous Focus boards I've worked on have had two stab...
by Polecat
13 Jun 2019, 05:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

keyboard Kultist wrote:
12 Jun 2019, 19:44

I'm definitely interested! How much were you thinking?

I'm relatively new here on deskthority, how do we do this?
PM sent.
by Polecat
12 Jun 2019, 06:25
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22491
Views: 1160257

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Could very well be the same OEM of the basic parts as Dolch used. Early Dolch keyboards were similar to this one's: with Cherry MX switches and thin pad-printed keycaps. Those lunchbox cases were somewhat generic back in the 286/386/486 days. You could buy them separately and install your own mini-...
by Polecat
12 Jun 2019, 05:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3614
Views: 170912

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Hey! I think I got that board off ebay the other day :-) Serial number and little smudge close to the broken clip are the same. The seller (or someone) wrapped the top case in some sort of cammo.....doesn't look awful, but that's why I was thinking of transplanting the innrards into a model F case....
by Polecat
11 Jun 2019, 05:52
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Univac Keyboard (Micro Switch)
Replies: 49
Views: 2012

Re: Univac Keyboard (Micro Switch)

Wow, you weren't kidding. I finally caved over the weekend and bought a proper desodering gun with temperature control, vacuum, etc. It arrived today and I just tested it out. I set it to about where you said you set your station and got to work. The solder melts pretty much instantly and you suck ...
by Polecat
10 Jun 2019, 00:20
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [SHIPPED] Hua-Jie AK-CN2 Alps clones (ROUND 2)
Replies: 80
Views: 3822

Re: [SHIPPED] Hua-Jie AK-CN2 Alps clones (ROUND 2)

That's a good point, and it's also the very reason our old company existed in the first place. We bought surplus components from companies that for whatever reason no longer needed the parts. And of course one of the reasons was their misjudging the demand for their product. Since we were (in theory...
by Polecat
09 Jun 2019, 22:25
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [SHIPPED] Hua-Jie AK-CN2 Alps clones (ROUND 2)
Replies: 80
Views: 3822

Re: [SHIPPED] Hua-Jie AK-CN2 Alps clones (ROUND 2)

I've been thinking about this for several days now, and I think I've finally figured out why the whole group buy thing bugs me so much. I've eaten 40 bucks on this deal, so I feel that I'm entitled to state my opinion. It's remotely possible that my switches were lost or stolen during shipping, but ...
by Polecat
09 Jun 2019, 21:48
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Univac Keyboard (Micro Switch)
Replies: 49
Views: 2012

Re: Univac Keyboard (Micro Switch)

It's counterintuitive, but a lower temperature on the (de)soldering tool can actually put more heat into the part. From decades of PC board work I've learned that it's better to get in and out quickly, which is easier with a higher temp iron. I use an old Weller station with an 800 degree (F) tip mo...
by Polecat
04 Jun 2019, 03:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Azio Levetron Clicker Matias Click switch swap
Replies: 1
Views: 172

Re: Azio Levetron Clicker Matias Click switch swap

Nice job, and thanks for sharing! There aren't that many modern Alps/clone keyboards, so it's always interesting to me to see a new one.
by Polecat
04 Jun 2019, 03:31
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22491
Views: 1160257

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

This is one I hadn't seen before. Bulgarian relegendable with what might be Cherry M9 switches? It's already XT/AT compatible, so that's a help. Looks like someone was in a real hurry when they put the caps back on! https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fully-Mechanical-AT-XT-BULGARIAN-KEYBOARD-From-IZOT-103-C-C...
by Polecat
02 Jun 2019, 00:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Franklin FKB-3 Project
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Franklin FKB-3 Project

I just finished a fun little project, installing new guts in a Franklin FKB-3. I bought one of these last year expecting it to have green Alps. That was before Chyros posted his review of this model, which identified the switches as Datacomp foam and foil. I couldn't get it to work on any of my conv...
by Polecat
01 Jun 2019, 07:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3156
Views: 127735

Re: Alps Appreciation

Congrats, your copy is even better than mine. My copy looks more like your Alps blue board. Well thanks again for the ebay tip! It works perfectly, and feels and sounds very much like the blue Alps version. I haven't done a direct comparison yet; to do that I'll have to open up the blue Alps one to...
by Polecat
01 Jun 2019, 05:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3156
Views: 127735

Re: Alps Appreciation

Hokey smokes, Bullwinkle! Are those pre-Alps blues? Perhaps ForwarD Electronics? Pretty sure 'FD' means ForwarD Electronics. I don't think they are pre-Alps blues, some early blues have black switchplate, as far as I know. so to be clear, the only switches with the complicated switchplate are the o...
by Polecat
01 Jun 2019, 00:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3156
Views: 127735

Re: Alps Appreciation

My latest purchase, a Laser white SKCM board. It has been used, but minimal shine and no yellowing. And more importantly no crud inside. I don't think it had ever been opened before. I wish the Lasers had serial numbers. I didn't know my other one was really a Monterey K102 until I asked about it he...

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