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by Polecat
Today, 06:08
Forum: Gallery
Topic: 30 Years later : Before & After with Datacomp DFK101
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: 30 Years later : Before & After with Datacomp DFK101

Nice, thanks for sharing! The Datacomp looks very similar to a Monterey K102, except for the bottom row. It's probably related, since we know Monterey used Datacomp keycaps.
by Polecat
Today, 06:02
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Our desktops of yore.
Replies: 25
Views: 870

Re: Our desktops of yore.

One more, also from 1999, showing the black Focus FK-2002 that I recently rebuilt. It was already showing some shine on the spacebar, so I guess I used it quite a bit early on.
by Polecat
Yesterday, 05:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3222
Views: 142628

Re: Alps Appreciation

Hello everyone!! I have a question regarding Apple's m0116. I've got this keyboard recently, and after disassembly, I found that this one has multiple different switches. It seems that it has orange, salmon, and cream switches? I do not think somebody had modded this one. Is this a common phenomeno...
by Polecat
Yesterday, 04:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Repair Services for vintage Alps boards
Replies: 13
Views: 342

Re: Repair Services for vintage Alps boards

Bob Tibbetts at Northgate Keyboard Repair will probably be able to help:

http://www.northgate-keyboard-repair.com/
by Polecat
19 Aug 2019, 06:35
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Televideo PC Keyboard Pinout/Adapter
Replies: 14
Views: 767

Re: Televideo PC Keyboard Pinout/Adapter

I've been doing some reading online, and one reference says that the 803 keyboard (CP/M) is not compatible with the PC/XT compatible Televideos such as the 1603, 1605, and TPC2. So if that's indeed true the above won't apply to the 803. The 1603/1605 (big gray wedge) and TPC1 and TPC2 (beige and gra...
by Polecat
18 Aug 2019, 03:40
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 282
Views: 12785

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

fohat wrote:
18 Aug 2019, 03:35
Polecat wrote:
18 Aug 2019, 01:26

but now we need four digits zeroes for it to be meaningful: 1999/ 04 / 01.
Fixed that for you.
Absolutely correct, thank you!
by Polecat
18 Aug 2019, 03:32
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Televideo PC Keyboard Pinout/Adapter
Replies: 14
Views: 767

Re: Televideo PC Keyboard Pinout/Adapter

Let's try this again. Took me 3 minutes to redo the drawing and 45 minutes to get the P1 that runs my ancient scanner to boot. Seems the cat has been back there unplugging cables again. Again this adapter is to run the Televideo keyboard on an XT connection. You can run an XT keyboard on a Televideo...
by Polecat
18 Aug 2019, 01:26
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 282
Views: 12785

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

M/D/Y is the best date format, and I say that as someone who usually hates the "American" way of doing things (farhenheit, imperial) "Best" in what sense, exactly? In American English it's customary to say, for example, "April first, nineteen ninety nine." So I would write "April 1, 1999, or 4/1/99...
by Polecat
18 Aug 2019, 01:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: NEC APC-H412 restoration process and review
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: NEC APC-H412 restoration process and review

I have one of these also, in original, unrestored condition at present. Mine would not work correctly on a blue cube or Radio Shack USB converter, but works fine as native PS/2. I haven't yet tried it on the Soarers, but I suspect it will work there as my other "problem" keyboards have. Thanks for t...
by Polecat
18 Aug 2019, 01:06
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!
Replies: 26
Views: 2559

Re: Focus FK-2001/2002 Project!

I've determined that the black Focus is "done" (as much as any of my projects are ever done...), and I'm now using it as my driver. I dug out a less-shiny spacebar, and made a custom badge since the "Enhanced Keyboard" seemed a bit too generic. I'll try to find a better camera, or at least a better ...
by Polecat
17 Aug 2019, 20:12
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Televideo PC Keyboard Pinout/Adapter
Replies: 14
Views: 767

Re: Televideo PC Keyboard Pinout/Adapter

Hello!. I've bought a Televideo TPC Senior 2 computer lately. And i'm adapting a XT keyboard for this machine. So i'm doing the inverse job, like adding a LM7805 to the circuit. I see that you don't connect the "middle pin, 3" on the DIN. But that's seems to be the "DATA" on the IBM PC/XT specifica...
by Polecat
17 Aug 2019, 04:36
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Datacomp Project
Replies: 18
Views: 756

Re: Datacomp Project

Wow, 5 Datacomp keyboards with early whites in new condition. Your storage is a vintage gold mine The Datacomp boards are quite good, much better than Chicony boards. Try knock on it with your knuckles, doesn't sound hollow. I think the keycaps are made by Tai Hao. Well four of those are Mac/ADB, o...
by Polecat
16 Aug 2019, 05:45
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Datacomp Project
Replies: 18
Views: 756

Re: Datacomp Project

Hi Polecat, I think they are early whites, according to the wiki https://deskthority.net/wiki/Alps_SKCM_White The majority of complicated white Alps switches are branded "ALPS", but the earliest examples are reported to be unbranded Curiously, it appears that the very first white Alps switches reta...
by Polecat
13 Aug 2019, 17:55
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Our desktops of yore.
Replies: 25
Views: 870

Re: Our desktops of yore.

Woah, this DOES look very much like my old Mitac keyboard! The only difference is that it was an ISBAE variant with the Spanish (Spain) layout laid on top (with a worthless pad printing that started wearing off quickly, I must say). It seems that I indeed used Monter(r)eys back then without knowing...
by Polecat
13 Aug 2019, 06:02
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Our desktops of yore.
Replies: 25
Views: 870

Re: Our desktops of yore.

What do you think I did with that picture of myself in front of a terminal? :mrgreen: Today, with any luck, I'll find that one picture of myself in front of my 386, playing this newfangled game called DOOM. I may finally be able to confirm my suspicion that THAT Mitac-branded keyboard had Alps-clon...
by Polecat
13 Aug 2019, 05:03
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Our desktops of yore.
Replies: 25
Views: 870

Re: Our desktops of yore.

Great idea for a photo thread! I was a bit ahead of the game, using a computer to publish a newsletter long before internet. Working at an electronic/recycling shop gave me access to all kinds of hardware for next to nothing, which is how I got the Leading Edge keyboard and most of the others I stil...
by Polecat
12 Aug 2019, 03:33
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1696
Views: 137500

Re: Post your desktop.

I found an old photo from twenty years ago (13 August 1999). Sun 19 inch monitor, and Leading Edge DC-2214 keyboard. I still have both, but the monitor hasn't been used much lately. It was a big deal at the time though.
by Polecat
10 Aug 2019, 22:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3713
Views: 190430

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

A plastic plate? How odd. My phone hates that image too much for me to make out the date on the indicators, but sure looks like plastic. I don’t think that cap you’ve pictured is a doubleshot. There weren’t any red legends. Could that be something more cunning going on? I’m sure it’s not this, but ...
by Polecat
07 Aug 2019, 07:07
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Datacomp Project
Replies: 18
Views: 756

Re: Datacomp Project

Early whites are delicious ... yummy! My copy is a standard white board. It has pine white Alps switches with slits, quite good after some cleaning and little bit lubing. It has also has nice double shot German keycaps, shame I had to replace some of it with dull Dell keycaps. If you want to have a...
by Polecat
06 Aug 2019, 03:44
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Datacomp Project
Replies: 18
Views: 756

Re: Datacomp Project

Thanks! Datacomp was a bigger player than many folks realize, at least partly because most of their stuff was rebranded with someone else's name. They used that same basic case design (with variations) for decades, and in fact they still show current versions on their website. What are the switches ...
by Polecat
06 Aug 2019, 03:35
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Retr0bright - a cautionary tale
Replies: 50
Views: 4094

Re: Retr0bright - a cautionary tale

Nobody tried this new sun-only method? It works! All my previously hideously-yellowed items are now either original colour or tolerably creamy-coloured instead of "bright banana". I'd never try this with a nearly perfect item or something rare/valuable, but it certainly makes ugly yellowed items mo...
by Polecat
05 Aug 2019, 02:28
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Datacomp Project
Replies: 18
Views: 756

Datacomp Project

I had a bunch of leftover Datacomp boards and parts laying around, so I decided to play a bit. Not a big project, just messing around on this one. There were at least two versions of the black Datacomps, without and with Windows keys. I didn't really care for the layout of either one. I also had som...
by Polecat
05 Aug 2019, 01:36
Forum: For sale
Topic: IBM Model M BT-USB controller conversion kits
Replies: 106
Views: 8891

Re: IBM Model M BT-USB controller conversion kits

So far I haven't been able to find any active USB to PS/2 converters, let alone firmware for one. Only the other way around. Even if I do find one, I wonder how much input lag it would add. You probably won't find such a converter. Besides the issue of writing a device driver that would allow USB d...
by Polecat
03 Aug 2019, 22:30
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Monterey K104W
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Monterey K104W

No, if they’re raised they likely are laser infilled. Plain lasered legends are very flat indeed, and quite pale, just like your pictures. Infill raises them, with a stronger coloured paint (good) which will indeed wear out (bad). I believe plain lasered legends are essentially bubbled plastic. The...
by Polecat
03 Aug 2019, 22:08
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Monterey K104W
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Monterey K104W

Interesting, you're saying there's more than one type of lasered caps then. The legends on these are raised above the surface of the caps enough to see and feel like printed caps, so I don't think they're infilled.
by Polecat
03 Aug 2019, 22:04
Forum: For sale
Topic: IBM Model M BT-USB controller conversion kits
Replies: 106
Views: 8891

Re: IBM Model M BT-USB controller conversion kits

Sorry, severe misconceptions on my part. I'll make my question more specific: I would like to use the Model M wirelessly with an old DOS PC that offers only the PS/2 port & protocol for connecting the keyboard, and I was wondering about whether I could make this work by using the BT-USB dongle with...
by Polecat
03 Aug 2019, 19:59
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Monterey K104W
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Monterey K104W

Got it, thanks! How do lasered legends hold up compared to printed (or double shots)? I wore the printed legends off a K104, which was my driver for the better part of ten years. So I bought an earlier one with double shots, but the switches in that one didn't feel right for some reason. I'll swap t...
by Polecat
03 Aug 2019, 19:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Futaba MA switch plate stuck
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: Futaba MA switch plate stuck

I’m having trouble with my Packard Bell board with Futaba MAs in it. The switches all had varying degrees of clickiness when i first got it. I did the method where you press down hard on the slider and it fixed most of the switches but there are quite a few i unintentionally made completely linear....
by Polecat
03 Aug 2019, 19:15
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Monterey K104W
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Monterey K104W

It's possible, I honestly don't know how to tell. You can see and feel the legends above the surface of the caps. They're dark gray, not black like the earlier printed K104s I'm familiar with. Is there an easy way to tell if they're printed or lasered?
by Polecat
03 Aug 2019, 05:15
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Monterey K104W
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Monterey K104W

I just picked up a NIB Monterey K104W. The wiki says this model is "yet to be sighted", so I'm filling in a small blank. I don't know how to create a wiki entry, so I'll post it here instead. If anyone wants to do a better job of documenting this I can borrow a good camera and take some nicer photos...

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