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by Polecat
Today, 06:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Focus fk-2002 ‘3systems’ / ‘Esystems’ branding
Replies: 10
Views: 392

Re: Focus fk-2002 ‘3systems’ / ‘Esystems’ branding

After fiddling with it a little more, that badge pops out and on the reverse side it does say Enhanced Keyboard! Case closed I guess :roll: Yeah they don’t have a logo on them just some numbers. I think the spacebar was just wedged back on when it was given to me because it was upside down and real...
by Polecat
Yesterday, 02:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Focus fk-2002 ‘3systems’ / ‘Esystems’ branding
Replies: 10
Views: 392

Re: Focus fk-2002 ‘3systems’ / ‘Esystems’ branding

Sorry haven’t had a chance to clean it up yet so it looks rather grim but here are some pictures. Nice find. Actually it looks fairly clean inside. Some Focus rebrands have a custom molded emblem, but this one just has a sticker. I'll bet it says "FK-2002" or "Enhanced Keyboard" under the 3Systems ...
by Polecat
Yesterday, 02:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3326
Views: 176334

Re: Alps Appreciation

How rare/expensive are focus fk 2001's in black? I think that they look absolutely amazing and I want one. I made mine a few months back from a black FK-2002 and a beige FK-2001 with blue Alps switches: https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=22072 I bought the black 2002 new almost thirty yea...
by Polecat
04 Dec 2019, 17:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Focus fk-2002 ‘3systems’ / ‘Esystems’ branding
Replies: 10
Views: 392

Re: Focus fk-2002 ‘3systems’ / ‘Esystems’ branding

Welcome! The Focus keyboards were popular, and many rebrands are out there. The wiki is not a complete list, only a guide based on the ones that have been found and reported by those who know how to do the entries. We'd love to see photos of your find.
by Polecat
03 Dec 2019, 04:19
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Bay Area Keyboard Meetup - Nov 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 490

Re: Bay Area Keyboard Meetup - Nov 2019

Thanks, I'm not on reddit, I'll have to pay more attention to the posts here.
by Polecat
03 Dec 2019, 03:03
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Bay Area Keyboard Meetup - Nov 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 490

Re: Bay Area Keyboard Meetup - Nov 2019

Wish I had known about this. Did I miss an announcement here, or is it an insider thing? Admittedly I tend to read only a few sections here. I'm more used to forums where the posts show up on a single chronological list.
by Polecat
01 Dec 2019, 23:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: DTK SPK-101 Keyboard
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: DTK SPK-101 Keyboard

DTK, also known as Datatech, was a big supplier of do-it-yourself parts back in the XT and early AT clone days. Nice quality stuff, and if anything they were more IBM-compatible than IBM. By that I mean that their parts were designed to work with all the other clone stuff being sold, while IBM only ...
by Polecat
01 Dec 2019, 03:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: DTK SPK-101 Keyboard
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: DTK SPK-101 Keyboard

Interesting. Mine has a slightly lower serial number than yours (01407500), but has SKBM (simplified Alps) switches. I wonder if all your switches were swapped? In my experience it would be unusual to find a "Made in China" keyboard with SKCM Alps switches. White SKCM switches were made in so many v...
by Polecat
30 Nov 2019, 03:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3326
Views: 176334

Re: Alps Appreciation

How do you guys generally maintain your alps keyboard? Even though I clean my desk often, I notice that there is some dust underneath the cap. I am afraid to blast it with air duster can though, worryying that the dust might go even deeper. For the future, should I get some sort of dust cover? Bah,...
by Polecat
30 Nov 2019, 03:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3326
Views: 176334

Re: Alps Appreciation

Just found this user manual for Siig Minitouch. On the first page, in the diagram, it makes mention of an optional keypad (connected to the RJ11 plug). Anyone ever gotten their hands on one of these? I think that would be a fun addition to this nifty little board. Snacks, good to see you back! We'v...
by Polecat
26 Nov 2019, 05:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3326
Views: 176334

Re: Alps Appreciation

Nobody got it so I ended up getting it. Congratulations, let us know if you find any interesting labels or markings inside once it arrives. Thank you for the other labels you posted. I'm keeping a database of Northgates (also Focus, Monterey, and a few others) to try to learn more about them. Some ...
by Polecat
26 Nov 2019, 05:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3326
Views: 176334

Re: Alps Appreciation

My man! :D If this isn't the definitive missing link I don't know what is! :D I'd already found an OmniKey with Focus on the PCB, and ones with Focus-STYLE stickers, but this one sports a genuine FSQ FCC ID. It also shows very clearly that the OmniKey and FK-555 ARE in fact related. Looks like my t...
by Polecat
25 Nov 2019, 01:19
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1801
Views: 114432

Re: Stuff you just bought

ABS (the company, not the plastic) M1 keyboard. Picked this up cheap. Black unbranded tactile Alps clones (wobbly/sticky), looks like it might take a complete Tai Hao keycap set. Metal plate, decent case, just needs some good switches and caps.
by Polecat
25 Nov 2019, 00:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3326
Views: 176334

Re: Alps Appreciation

We've talked about the many similarities between Focus and early Northgate keyboards...well...check out this label from a blue SKCM Gen1 Northgate Omnikey 102 currently on ebay.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/202829344522
by Polecat
18 Nov 2019, 03:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3880
Views: 236923

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Hello guys does anyone know what this keyboard is and if it is worth buying? Definitely Datacomp, and an early one from the fillers on the bottom row. The wide step on CapsLock suggests Futaba MA switches, but that's speculation. If so it's probably a model DFK-121. Futaba switches are interesting;...
by Polecat
18 Oct 2019, 04:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3326
Views: 176334

Re: Alps Appreciation

Acer KB123 with SKCM Blue Alps! I replaced the original macro keys at the top with blanks for now because some of the keycaps were missing. Also appears to be missing a power button/joystick on the upper corner, although I can't verify what used to belong there. Also has quite a funky layout, with ...
by Polecat
13 Oct 2019, 20:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Get the PITCHFORK key ready! Microsoft intends to molest the keyboard layouts again.
Replies: 29
Views: 2810

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

The Windows and Menu keys weren't standard either back in the day, but MS forced them onto the standard by... well... force. I bet $$$ they're already pushing OEMs to adopt these changes, too. Of course they are. After Win95 came out any manufacturer that wanted to put the trademarked Windows keys ...
by Polecat
09 Oct 2019, 17:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps restoration guide
Replies: 11
Views: 1234

Re: Alps restoration guide

SneakyRobb wrote:
09 Oct 2019, 16:59
I liked this, but part 4 is incomplete without mayonnaise and toothpaste test data. No internet test is complete without these 2 essential materials.
As contaminants, or as lube?
by Polecat
19 Sep 2019, 04:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Ebay Tai Hao Alps Keycaps???
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Ebay Tai Hao Alps Keycaps???

Thanks, that's definitely the same listing, on page 6 of the keycap section. They don't specifically say Alps or MX on the KPRepublic site, but I'm with you that they must be Cherry, as I originally suspected. It sure would be nice to have some Alps sets available, but they have to go where the mone...
by Polecat
18 Sep 2019, 06:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Ebay Tai Hao Alps Keycaps???
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Ebay Tai Hao Alps Keycaps???

Thanks, but those aren't the same sets.
by Polecat
18 Sep 2019, 05:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Ebay Tai Hao Alps Keycaps???
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Ebay Tai Hao Alps Keycaps???

Is this listing for real?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Taihao-ABS-Dou ... 3d93291f40

Or are these really MX caps mislisted as Alps?
by Polecat
07 Sep 2019, 23:06
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Taking a break
Replies: 22
Views: 4154

Re: Taking a break

Snacks, I rarely reply to non-technical posts, but to me you are one of the "good guys" who make this site worthwhile and because of that I need to share a few words. Sharing your projects as you do is a gift to everyone here, and it's natural to feel wronged when someone doesn't appreciate that. Ta...
by Polecat
03 Sep 2019, 02:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Odd Northgate Gold Label!
Replies: 10
Views: 924

Re: Odd Northgate Gold Label!

That's frustrating! A handwritten invoice could've remedied that situation, although not recommended. I guess that salesman couldn't think outside the computer! Those are nice keyboards as well! I've always heard that they have amazing feels and tactility. Quite the roller-coaster in getting into t...
by Polecat
03 Sep 2019, 00:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Odd Northgate Gold Label!
Replies: 10
Views: 924

Re: Odd Northgate Gold Label!

Thanks! I've been wanting to try my hands on blue alps for a while since it's quite the competitor to the capacitive buckling spring. & I've read that the Northgate OmniKey is the vintage keyboard to have where the case is just solid. Finally, the largest itch of my life will finally be relieved (;...
by Polecat
02 Sep 2019, 22:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Odd Northgate Gold Label!
Replies: 10
Views: 924

Re: Odd Northgate Gold Label!

Congratulations! I'm really looking forward to seeing more of this one.
by Polecat
02 Sep 2019, 21:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Odd Northgate Gold Label!
Replies: 10
Views: 924

Re: Odd Northgate Gold Label!

//gainsborough wrote:
02 Sep 2019, 21:22
looks like someone got him to pull a cap to confirm blues. It's purchased now. I'm interested to see internals from whoever got it!
Me too, hopefully someone here got it and will post details.
by Polecat
02 Sep 2019, 21:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Odd Northgate Gold Label!
Replies: 10
Views: 924

Re: Odd Northgate Gold Label!

I saw this one this morning but didn’t notice the 1u until you mentioned it, haha. I offered the guy 160, but I don’t think he’ll take it. If it’s blues its not a bad deal at its current price though! I wish I could afford to buy it just because. From the inspection number, or vendor serial number,...
by Polecat
02 Sep 2019, 20:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A case of keyboard hibernation?
Replies: 4
Views: 868

Re: A case of keyboard hibernation?

Right now I'm frustrated. Not because this is a particularly big task, but because I don't know how/why it happened in the first place. I'm even more frustrated that my nice new desoldering iron didn't come with a tip sized for Alps pins (I know, how dare the manufacturer). This is compounded by th...
by Polecat
02 Sep 2019, 20:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Odd Northgate Gold Label!
Replies: 10
Views: 924

Odd Northgate Gold Label!

This just popped up on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/333315674197 It's a Gen1 Northgate with a couple odd variations I haven't seen before. First it has a 1u backspace, with odd positions for the "floating" keys to accommodate that. Second, it has an on/off switch. Third, it has a "1xxxxxxx" inspec...
by Polecat
02 Sep 2019, 05:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3326
Views: 176334

Re: Alps Appreciation

Chyros wrote:
01 Sep 2019, 18:34

Off the top of my head, gold label ones don't.
Just confirmed that to be correct.

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