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by Polecat
20 Feb 2020, 04:44
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Have you ever gotten scammed in a keyboard-related transaction?
Replies: 15
Views: 665

Re: Have you ever gotten scammed in a keyboard-related transaction?

Yes, a couple times. There were the switches from abrahamstechnologies which never arrived, and were probably never shipped, for which I (finally) got a refund. No more group buys for me, ever, the whole idea rubs me as very wrong. The other was a sale for individual keycaps on ebay, which also neve...
by Polecat
14 Feb 2020, 03:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Is it possible to run a patch wire here?
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: Is it possible to run a patch wire here?

So I looked into this a bit more, and it seems that conductive paint is the way to go, but what I just don't understand is how to remove the damn solder mask. I've tried scraping with half a dozen different knives, xactos, screwdrivers, etc, and it just seems like there's a point where you're eithe...
by Polecat
06 Feb 2020, 04:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3989
Views: 261114

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

EnthusiastDude wrote:
04 Feb 2020, 22:18
Hi everybody, I need your help again.
Thanks :)
Third one looks like an Ortek MCK-101

wiki/Ortek_MCK-101
by Polecat
04 Feb 2020, 03:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 176
Views: 16762

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

kralcifer wrote:
04 Feb 2020, 02:04
Does anyone have a name for the switches in the DEC LK201? I have an LK201BA but the wiki fails to name the switch type.

wiki/DEC_LK201
Wiki says it's membrane, so there are no switches as such.
by Polecat
02 Feb 2020, 21:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT Accidentally bought for... $5!
Replies: 18
Views: 1160

Re: IBM Model F AT Accidentally bought for... $5!

The IBM AT was based on the 80286 chip. The original IBM PC ("XT") was based on the 8086 chip. Actually the IBM PC and PC/XT used the 8088, which was a "cheapened" version of the 8086 (8 bit external bus instead of 16 bit). But yes, the dividing line for keyboard compatibility was between XT and AT...
by Polecat
29 Jan 2020, 02:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)
Replies: 55
Views: 2049

Re: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)

Is 3D printing of quality keycaps possible, or is it likely to be in the future? It's a subject I know nothing about, just throwing it out there as another possibe way to get the caps we'd like to have..
by Polecat
25 Jan 2020, 05:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)
Replies: 55
Views: 2049

Re: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)

treeleaf64 wrote:
25 Jan 2020, 04:58

Yes, I think that's the best way to do it. Unfortunately, we have too small of a market for anyone to be interested in such a thing.
Understood, and that's probably the reason nobody has made them up already. It's a real shame that the old molds aren't still available.
by Polecat
25 Jan 2020, 03:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)
Replies: 55
Views: 2049

Re: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)

collective bargaining is way easier to come by than benevolent rick folks In the old days if you couldn't swing it yourself you used investors (and cut them in on the profits, of course). Profit with no risk sounds too good to be true, so I guess it has to work. Except when the deal goes bad, that ...
by Polecat
25 Jan 2020, 03:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)
Replies: 55
Views: 2049

Re: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)

Group buys are less expensive than around-the-clock production, plus double shots are way more expensive than dye-subs in small quantities. I don't have the funding for all of that. Plus, I have to figure out how to do an Alps stab mount spacebar since nobody makes them anymore. Understood on the d...
by Polecat
24 Jan 2020, 03:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)
Replies: 55
Views: 2049

Re: Reproducing Alps Keycaps (IC)

Most important to me (and admittedly I'm not a good consumer...) is which keyboard(s) they'd work on? How about something for Northgates? I've got more than a dozen of those in various shades of yellow. Personally I'm fine with Tai Hao profile and thickness. Got to be double shots. For color somethi...
by Polecat
15 Jan 2020, 07:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3461
Views: 195171

Re: Alps Appreciation

I have a silly idea. I think an important thing that is missing is to construct a standard evaluation guide/instructions on how to determine the condition of various ALPS switches in a rough way. I know it would be hard but I am sure it is not impossible. This would certainly help many people by pr...
by Polecat
13 Jan 2020, 02:52
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23012
Views: 1441071

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Not much wiggle room for the gold label, maybe a trick of the lighting? What bothers me more is the "ATT 6300" hand written on the back. Those computers were built by Olivetti and used a special keyboard with a 9 pin D-sub. The Gen 2&3 Northgates had dipswitch support for the 6300; more than just a ...
by Polecat
13 Jan 2020, 00:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: I need to find a replacement keycap
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: I need to find a replacement keycap

If you have a matching keycap, would you be willing to sell it? Sorry, I just have the one with DS caps. It's yellowed but the switches are nice so it's a keeper. I've had good success repairing ABS with plumbing glue. But you have to be patient and wait two or three days for it to fully dry; that'...
by Polecat
12 Jan 2020, 21:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: I need to find a replacement keycap
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: I need to find a replacement keycap

We talked briefly about those caps a few months back, perhaps this will help: https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10405&p=450478 Those keyboards were made by Silitek and were often rebranded. The photos I posted were from a Liteon-branded SK-0002, badged as Northgate. I also have a Silitek-b...
by Polecat
12 Jan 2020, 05:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3461
Views: 195171

Re: Alps Appreciation

To add just a bit, the Focus FK-2001 boards went from having a plain bottom row to one with a backslash and blank "any" key at about the same time the SKCM switches went from pine to bamboo (1993 or thereabouts). Even later ones with Windows keys will almost certainly have four tab clone switches. B...
by Polecat
10 Jan 2020, 05:29
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 34
Views: 1108

Re: Goodbye

Refund received, thank you. I did decline a refund before, no argument there. I was hoping the switches would arrive eventually or that you would send a replacement set if they didn't. 40 bucks is a pizza, it wasn't the money. But don't try to tell me it was "1 last keyboard", I'm not buying that Br...
by Polecat
10 Jan 2020, 04:55
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 34
Views: 1108

Re: Blue Alps Comeback phase II discussion

I refunded you and offered to refund you in the past. Also I didn't have the 110 you asked for, only 70 or so. I think I'm just going to delete my account now. You did NOT refund me, nor offer me a set of switches to replace the ones you supposedly sent, but had no tracking number for. Do I need to...
by Polecat
10 Jan 2020, 04:38
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 34
Views: 1108

Re: Blue Alps Comeback phase II discussion

That is my own opinion of them (tactility wise at least), and they are not an exact copy of Alps at all. I clearly linked wiki pages of them so people knew what they were getting. ...or not getting, as the case may be. Funny you didn't have enough switches to fill the orders, but you had enough to ...
by Polecat
10 Jan 2020, 03:49
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 34
Views: 1108

Re: Blue Alps Comeback phase II discussion

It's been a while since I got burned on your group buy, but not long enough apparently. You need to put your NOS sample away somewhere safe and do about twenty years of growing up, then come back and talk to the nice folks here. I'll be dead or senile, but there will be new members and younger ones ...
by Polecat
04 Jan 2020, 02:15
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23012
Views: 1441071

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Rauha wrote:
03 Jan 2020, 18:01
Made in 1986 silver badge M122 for 49.99$ is decent price.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-Model-M-Cl ... SwEkJdXtsi
oops...shipping is inflated to make up for the decent price...
by Polecat
01 Jan 2020, 21:54
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Keyboard Photogrammetry
Replies: 46
Views: 2066

Re: Keyboard Photogrammetry

Nice, I'm enjoying your work as always Snacks!

I have a few of those old boxes myself, probably dating back to the '60s. But mine have white printing on a dark blue background. "Micro Switch a Honeywell Division" or just "Micro Switch".
by Polecat
01 Jan 2020, 20:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: This is so sad to see...
Replies: 15
Views: 1365

Re: This is so sad to see...

I worked at a recycling place in the '80s and '90s, and we couldn't give that stuff away. We couldn't afford to warehouse it forever, so the choices were to scrap it for a nickel a pound or to crush it down and put it in the dumpster. I didn't watch the video, but most of the guys here who break thi...
by Polecat
29 Dec 2019, 19:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Monterey K104 with cream colored ALPS clones
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Monterey K104 with cream colored ALPS clones

Oh, here's the reason for the "Any key" on the bottom row: https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=23242&p=457612&sid=01f831a5358d3e63bf7557e61bf40ca5#p457612 Apparently it was cheaper to use a switch and blank cap on the US layout than to make a second version of the case or install a filler b...
by Polecat
29 Dec 2019, 01:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Monterey K104 with cream colored ALPS clones
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Monterey K104 with cream colored ALPS clones

This keyboard was one of those lucky finds from a local craigslist ad. It didn't come with the original box, but it looks practically new with the plastic still on the cord. With only photos to go by, it was worth risking $20 even if it turned out to be a rubber dome one (unlikely considering it is...
by Polecat
27 Dec 2019, 05:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Two sets of white Alps sound/feel very different
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Re: Two sets of white Alps sound/feel very different

Very interesting, thank you! I guess maybe my Dell's are very early ones and my Focus's are very late ones. I bet there are some big differences in the switches as a loose switch still sounded quite different. Oh well. Kinda sucks they don't sound nearly as nice as the ones in the Dell, but I prefe...
by Polecat
26 Dec 2019, 02:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Two sets of white Alps sound/feel very different
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Re: Two sets of white Alps sound/feel very different

I'd be more surprised if they didn't sound different. First, you have two completely different plates and cases. Second, the difference in keycaps. Third, there were several changes to white Alps switches which affect the sound and feel. The Focus cases are held together at the front edge by plastic...
by Polecat
24 Dec 2019, 05:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3461
Views: 195171

Re: Alps Appreciation

I'm too lazy to recreate the post with proper image ordering and select the correct images so ill just dump all photos in a spoiler tab, got an nginx error when submitting the post. Finally got my Omnikey gold badge from the post, just a week after I decided to quit this hobby. Might as well post i...
by Polecat
20 Dec 2019, 19:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Morrow Designs keyboard
Replies: 14
Views: 2667

Re: Morrow Designs keyboard

I should have mentioned that the Pivot's keyboard, at least mine, has MX black switches. Wish it had Alps instead. <ducking>
by Polecat
19 Dec 2019, 02:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Morrow Designs keyboard
Replies: 14
Views: 2667

Re: Morrow Designs keyboard

I also have a Morrow Pivot II and the Zenith variant. If you are able to digitize the hardware/software engineering notes, I would love a copy. I do need the take a look at "Hackers". I have had it recommended before but I have a long list of stuff to read. Maybe I'll see if I can grab a copy and p...
by Polecat
16 Dec 2019, 00:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?
Replies: 35
Views: 1224

Re: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?

USB is indeed 5v, always, as far as I know. (Surely back in the pre-USB 3, fast charging for phones and tablets days. I don't know how all that later stuff works.) So I'm not at all sure what 12v on the label would have been about. Oops, sorry, of course you're (both) correct. It's been too long. I...

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