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by Polecat
Yesterday, 05:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Sticky keys on NOS Northgate OmniKey Plus
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: Sticky keys on NOS Northgate OmniKey Plus

Something about the blue cubes and other "cheap" converters causes them to miss scan codes on some keyboards. I had a Radio Shack dongle type that did the same thing, on the same subset of keyboards. You'll get a "typematic" stuck key effect if the converter misses the release code. That's a convert...
by Polecat
29 Mar 2020, 01:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4027
Views: 280091

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Ohhh, that's so sad :( Thanks Polecat, I think my life can go on now. A bit of searching for that model number turned up a video: https://www.bilibili.com/video/av93764654?from=search&seid=10389269669074192251 This one has a different case, but the same slightly odd layout with the big spacebar. If...
by Polecat
28 Mar 2020, 22:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4027
Views: 280091

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

I would like to bump this thing, is intriguing me so bad with that Focus looking mini LED cluster. The guy who owns it say it's labeled with "MDL - CKB 101-102 S/N 713326" but I can't find anything. I had one of those back in the early '90s. Sorry, I don't remember who made it or what's inside, but...
by Polecat
23 Mar 2020, 01:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: TS-1605 keyboard
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: TS-1605 keyboard

If you look up '"tele-pc" terminal', it's pretty easy to figure out that it's for a TeleVideo terminal, and you can kind of just go from there. Looks like Polecat has direct experience with these though. Actually the Televideo terminal keyboards, which were much more common, are not compatible. Tel...
by Polecat
23 Mar 2020, 01:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: TS-1605 keyboard
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: TS-1605 keyboard

Back in the good ol' days there was no "research", at least not as we know it today. I had customers with Televideo computers and failing or missing keyboards, and piles of XT keyboards, so I wired up an adapter with an internal voltage regulator and plugged it in. A local Televideo dealer wanted so...
by Polecat
23 Mar 2020, 00:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: TS-1605 keyboard
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: TS-1605 keyboard

Switches are Futaba MD (Futaba MA on the TPC versions). Scan codes are XT. Runs on 12 volts. Bypass the internal regulator to use on 5 volts. No idea if it will work on a Soarers or other converter as I haven't tried it yet. More info here: https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=17624&p=450899&...
by Polecat
11 Mar 2020, 04:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3495
Views: 209635

Re: Alps Appreciation

Today I received an ALPS Electric keyboard to replace one that I had years ago but foolishly sold to J Carpenter at a time when I needed a few bucks quick. I have been looking for another one for a long time, and finally it turned up on ebay, here in Tennessee (right in the tornado zone). I bought ...
by Polecat
06 Mar 2020, 03:08
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Ch MVP Trackball
Replies: 19
Views: 1004

Re: Ch MVP Trackball

I'm not familiar with that specific trackball, but if it's from the '80s or early '90s I would guess it uses bus mouse protocol. Logitech, Microsoft, and others used that interface for a while, and it did work through an 8 pin mini-DIN. The associated PC card plugged into an 8 bit ISA slot. Not sure...
by Polecat
02 Mar 2020, 02:04
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23191
Views: 1509535

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

xxhellfirexx wrote:
01 Mar 2020, 23:24
Black Monterey

https://www.ebay.com/itm/13334883347
Dark gray actually. I used mine for ten years or so, until the printing finally wore off the caps.
by Polecat
23 Feb 2020, 20:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3495
Views: 209635

Re: Alps Appreciation

A few days ago I went digging in my storage. Apparently when you get old enough you can hide your own Easter eggs, because I found a few things I didn't even remember having. One of those is an Apple M0116 with salmon switches. I was never a fan of tactile switches, so I haven't paid much attention ...
by Polecat
20 Feb 2020, 04:44
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Have you ever gotten scammed in a keyboard-related transaction?
Replies: 15
Views: 1097

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: 12
Views: 811

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: 4027
Views: 280091

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: 178
Views: 18115

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: 1363

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: 2443

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: 2443

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: 2443

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: 2443

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: 2443

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: 3495
Views: 209635

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: 23191
Views: 1509535

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: 349

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: 349

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: 3495
Views: 209635

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: 1339

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: 1339

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: 1339

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: 1339

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: 23191
Views: 1509535

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...

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