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by twinrotor
15 Feb 2019, 16:49
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Learning to touch-type properly
Replies: 12
Views: 3611

Re: Learning to touch-type properly

Looks like you figured out the part that matters the most: keeping consistent and practice. I learned touch-typing from a teacher almost 25 years ago, who had taught typing for around 20 years at that point. We did have 386 IBM compatibles to learn on, but the cheap dome boards were not much better ...
by twinrotor
21 Jan 2019, 16:09
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

Re: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods *NEW VIDEO 6.1.2019*

Nice, thanks for the great writeup! I've been using my resurrected KB101A exclusively since about September, with zero issues. I don't see the point of not using my favorite keyboard. I'm not at all worried about "using it up"; I just haven't had that problem with any early Alps switches. And it do...
by twinrotor
20 Jan 2019, 13:27
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

Re: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods *NEW VIDEO 6.1.2019*

It has been almost five weeks since I put the Multitech back into service. I'm happy to say no issues so far, other than I wish my notebook had these caps/switches :) I hoped this might help someone out there who is scared of this "size" of a project. It really just is 90% pulling key caps and 202 s...
by twinrotor
06 Jan 2019, 14:40
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

Yes, it took entirely too long, but here is the latest:
by twinrotor
25 Oct 2018, 16:12
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

It has taken forever to find time, but I'm finally getting this thing back together. I had planned on doing a bit more video, but just have not been able to set up anything. Went ahead and decided to do the keys. I'm leaving the case alone, as there are come cracks and I don't want the heat of the r...
by twinrotor
13 Apr 2018, 19:18
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

Still waiting on the weather and timing.. We are having a typical spring, but more rain and cooler temps than normal. The crack in my top case is spreading :( At least I can work on it inside. Will post pictures as I mess with it. In another thread, I recieved a bunch of great ideas on how to treat ...
by twinrotor
27 Mar 2018, 17:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Commodore 64 Caps
Replies: 15
Views: 991

Lots of great info guys, thanks.

I did notice they looked like a SKCC stem, but wasn't sure. All I have to compare them with are MX style. There is a possibility I'll have these, plus another keyboard. If they are not useful to anyone but C64 users, I'll just pass them on to those guys :)
by twinrotor
20 Mar 2018, 20:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Commodore 64 Caps
Replies: 15
Views: 991

I did notice the similarity between MX mounts and these, but way bigger than MX. Thanks for the info on the spacers!
by twinrotor
20 Mar 2018, 20:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Commodore 64 Caps
Replies: 15
Views: 991

Commodore 64 Caps

Are the Commodore key caps usable on anything other than the breadbox? I have some spares that came with a bunch of Commodore stuff I recently scored

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by twinrotor
20 Mar 2018, 00:27
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: I planted some BASIC seeds
Replies: 2
Views: 594

It has a 1985 build date. I'll check it when I go in tomorrow
by twinrotor
19 Mar 2018, 18:56
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: I planted some BASIC seeds
Replies: 2
Views: 594

I planted some BASIC seeds

and had Commodores grow out of the floor!

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Pretty good score for free.99. :D
by twinrotor
19 Mar 2018, 15:58
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Microsoft Intellimouse 1.1A clicky switch mod experiment
Replies: 8
Views: 906

Wonder if they'll ever get away from D2Fs?

Funny the original switches are Japanese. My Omrons in my Logitech M570 were chinesium.

I've only seen too variations in actuation force in D2Fs; 75 and 150g.

And ball mice are scrapped here to make monkey fist :D
by twinrotor
19 Mar 2018, 15:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Retr0bright - German options
Replies: 10
Views: 870

Looks like you might have got up to 14% or a little higher with the mixture you used. I don't know if 2% in solution is going to make that much of a difference.

I've also seen successful attempts with less than 14%, as distilled water is added to cover parts (liquid), rather than a creme.
by twinrotor
09 Mar 2018, 00:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps naming woes
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Which source is closest to primary? Not Apple. I would trust a translated Alps catalog before anything a technical writer at Apple interpreted, from whatever source. The point of translation is also going to account for variances. I doubt the same people worked at Alps, or the American firm that did...
by twinrotor
08 Mar 2018, 14:25
Forum: News
Topic: Kailh Pro Switch and BOX Heavy Switch is open to all,welcome to order
Replies: 18
Views: 1891

Thanks.. I was under the impression Kailh was going to produce the Novelkey versions for some reason.. My mistake.
by twinrotor
08 Mar 2018, 14:13
Forum: News
Topic: Kailh Pro Switch and BOX Heavy Switch is open to all,welcome to order
Replies: 18
Views: 1891

What exactly is the difference between these and the ones listed on Novelkeys?

https://kbdfans.myshopify.com/products/ ... 0537759757

Also, direct email order? No beuno.
by twinrotor
07 Mar 2018, 19:23
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Omron "10 million" Fail Logitech M570
Replies: 3
Views: 1330

Omron "10 million" Fail Logitech M570

About a year ago, my 6 year old M570 would occasionally not register a left click. A week later, it would sometimes work fine, or make me dump files all over the place/plain not work. Ok, its getting older, so I buy a new one, taking the old guy back to my house. I've used it with my home notebook s...
by twinrotor
06 Mar 2018, 01:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: keyboard problems : I do know now! :)
Replies: 67
Views: 2000

I'll tell you what lad, I'll look and see what I can scrounge up in my storage which I can get to you, shipped, for your max price. Speaking of which, what is your max? Ha! That gotta be the most honest thing I have heard all day today :) I know it happens to me when I get excited about showing off...
by twinrotor
05 Mar 2018, 23:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: keyboard problems : I do know now! :)
Replies: 67
Views: 2000

Don't rush into a purchase, if you're patient I'm sure you'll be able to find something. I personally wouldn't touch that M that you posted, it looks to be about at the point where it's not worth saving. you are right. I rushed all this. Maybe somebody in Europe will get a big ass haul of Fs and se...
by twinrotor
05 Mar 2018, 23:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

Its fairly straight forward. Having not done a keyboard, I was a bit intimidated. Once I figured out exactly how the switch plate/switch/PCB all mesh together, its not such a mystery. From case removal to separation took two hours. Would have taken about fifteen minutes less if 20% of the pins were ...
by twinrotor
05 Mar 2018, 11:15
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

If the damage was greater, of course I would repair. Since no more than a pin width of trace was lifted (about 10% of pad total area), I'm not too worried about it. Most of the 5 pads affected do not even look damaged.

My main concern now is finding one small stupid stabilizer mount....
by twinrotor
05 Mar 2018, 02:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

After some thought, I think I'm going to follow //gainsborough's lead and paint the back plate a color from the label. Its a dark gray, similar to the same dark silver/gray used in many electronics. Didn't have my good camera, so the colors are off a bit http://www.rivervalleycomputer.org/geekhack/m...
by twinrotor
05 Mar 2018, 02:38
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Wiki Q and A
Replies: 156
Views: 21128

Daniel Beardsmore wrote: See under [wiki]Category:Deskthority media[/wiki].
Thank you sir.
by twinrotor
05 Mar 2018, 00:24
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Wiki Q and A
Replies: 156
Views: 21128

I looked around and didn't see anything on the forums or the wiki for literature that would have came with keyboards. Am I missing it?
by twinrotor
04 Mar 2018, 22:54
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

I've never pulled the wires out of mine even on extremely tight keys. I have a WASD, Varmilo, and Keycool as well as a bunch of plastic ones. I have bad luck? I don't remember where they came from, but one is super old and the other was off either eBay or Amazon. Now, these key caps and switches ar...
by twinrotor
04 Mar 2018, 16:21
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

I used a similar method with two plastic spudgers. Works fine, but you do occasionally have to put pressure on an adjacent slider.
by twinrotor
04 Mar 2018, 13:57
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

awwwwww yeah!! Restoration time! Have fun, my man! Most definitely! Pulling caps really is my least favorite thing about any of it. I've broke two wire type and one chap plastic puller. If anyone can recommend one that's not going to pull the wires out of the handle, please LMK! Hopefully I won't b...
by twinrotor
03 Mar 2018, 16:27
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Multitech KB-101A Restoration and Mods
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

So it begins. These MX clones are driving me nuts, so I'm going to try and get this project done soon! The part I hate the most. Pulling caps. You can see where I bent the "power" LED. I really don't want to remove those guys, but I might have to. I don't have a board holder to keep from smashing th...
by twinrotor
02 Mar 2018, 16:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How do you get used to different keyboards ?
Replies: 7
Views: 423

I don't have to switch between ANSI/ISO/JIS, but I do see about a dozen different keyboards daily. You just get use to it. I think the most important thing I learned, while actually taking a typing class 25 years ago, is to learn to use "home key" markers. My Multitech is one of the only keyboards t...
by twinrotor
02 Mar 2018, 15:22
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Do any of you use an old-school mouse as your daily driver?
Replies: 29
Views: 2775

What about an IBM Scrollpoint Pro ( http://www.ibmfiles.com/pages/scrollpoint.htm ) ? It's the first mouse that fits in my rather large* hands and built like an armored rodent that's clicky too. [*) Definitely not insinuating any political commentary here.] LOL! That is the mouse that destroyed my ...

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