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by digital_matthew
20 Jan 2019, 15:42
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM stash in Houston
Replies: 36
Views: 1407

Re: IBM stash in Houston

There's a keyboard that's very similar that Atex Terminal at the recycling center near me, but unfortunately it's in their "props rental" department and not for sale. Wish I could have been there! :)
by digital_matthew
18 Jan 2019, 22:40
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 15
Views: 534

Re: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion

So today I pried the foam disks out of the switch housings, and sure enough the foam was rotted more than I had realized. The key feel was okay when I tried it, so I'm looking forward to typing on it when it's finished. I separated the stiff plastic disks and gave them a wash. IMG_0930.JPG It looks ...
by digital_matthew
17 Jan 2019, 02:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Mainframe Computer Ops (Beamsprings)
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: IBM Mainframe Computer Ops (Beamsprings)

Thanks for posting that video. I need to make a room of my apartment look like that place. Play the soundtrack to "War Games" as you watch the video for the full effect.
by digital_matthew
16 Jan 2019, 02:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 54
Views: 1655

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

I recently bought this keyboard hoping for Alps, but no dice (I think). The switches are very clicky and rather course. Not terrible, but not great. The keycaps are pretty nice. They're double-shot MX mounts. Any idea as to what the switches are? Hi! I ended up getting one of these just recently as...
by digital_matthew
15 Jan 2019, 20:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 2859
Views: 92340

Re: Alps Appreciation

I just discovered that my ancient Harman/Kardon amp has a legendary Alps Black Beauty potentiometer inside. I always wondered why its volume knob felt superior to anything else. It's such a silky smooth and perfectly dampened knob action... Now I know that not only Alps keyboard switches, but also ...
by digital_matthew
15 Jan 2019, 20:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 54
Views: 1655

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

I recently bought this keyboard hoping for Alps, but no dice (I think). The switches are very clicky and rather course. Not terrible, but not great. The keycaps are pretty nice. They're double-shot MX mounts. Any idea as to what the switches are?
by digital_matthew
12 Jan 2019, 15:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What's your favorite keycaps?
Replies: 22
Views: 481

Re: What's your favorite keycaps?

IBM Mopar.
by digital_matthew
11 Jan 2019, 19:15
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority header images v2
Replies: 93
Views: 2269

Re: Deskthority header images v2

I'm resubmitting my "Wheel Writer Barrel Plate Caught in a Prism". Deskthority can use this image as they like, but it is still my property.
by digital_matthew
10 Jan 2019, 19:41
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 1986
Views: 83434

Re: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)

I'm happy to hear things seem to be going better for you. Looking forward to seeing more of this amazing project! :)
by digital_matthew
09 Jan 2019, 15:41
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IBM beam spring and vintage computing prices in general - speculators?
Replies: 18
Views: 1991

Re: IBM beam spring and vintage computing prices in general - speculators?

This is a really good read, and I've pondered the speculative nature of this keyboard hobby for some time now. If you are trying to think of it as a purely cost/benefit relationship it won't make sense until you address the "Big Shaggy"; the part of the human psyche that cannot be mapped via simulat...
by digital_matthew
08 Jan 2019, 15:52
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: DT Update Log and TODO
Replies: 312
Views: 6540

Re: DT Update Log and TODO

I don't know if this has been mentioned already, but it looks like any poster can change the subject of a thread. This could lead to...confusion...
by digital_matthew
08 Jan 2019, 15:43
Forum: Gallery
Topic: What's in the box?!?!?! (IBM Industrial SSK)
Replies: 17
Views: 746

Re: What's in the box?!?!?! (IBM Industrial SSK)

My plan right now is to use hot water to gently heat the case. Then apply force, either with weight or clamps, while it cools down. Just doing this a little bit I've already noticed the more drastic bends straightening out. It will be difficult to deal with the warping though. For instance, the cas...
by digital_matthew
08 Jan 2019, 02:22
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: DT Update Log and TODO
Replies: 312
Views: 6540

Re: DT Update Log and TODO

I like what I'm seeing so far. Keep up the good work, matt3o! :)
by digital_matthew
06 Jan 2019, 17:39
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Buckling spring keyboards
Replies: 27
Views: 871

Non-expert opinion this, but I think a model M is a great start. They're easily available, with clean ones going for a decent price if one must buy them. They're often just found. I agree. Although the M2 is a nice board, it'll almost certainly need new capacitors and/or a membrane cleaning. A Mode...
by digital_matthew
04 Jan 2019, 19:46
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 15
Views: 534

Thank you so much for these posts, guys. That matrix traceout will be tremendously helpful. I owe you a beer if we ever meet, Sangdrax and Tim :)

I need to find some foam, and I want to preserve the key feel as much as possible. Does anyone have any recommendations?
by digital_matthew
04 Jan 2019, 03:26
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22075
Views: 988925

The retirement placard is actually kind of cute...
by digital_matthew
04 Jan 2019, 02:12
Forum: Workshop
Topic: wcass' Compact SSK: a review, reverse engineer, teardown, geek-out.
Replies: 39
Views: 1577

That's just phenomenal. I'll take mine in an M2 form factor please...

EDIT: It's a shame that you aren't in the EU. I'd love to see Chyros do a review of this.

DOUBLE EDIT: I really enjoyed your teardown and review though :)
by digital_matthew
03 Jan 2019, 16:06
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22075
Views: 988925

Converted 3277 for lots of money: https://www.ebay.com/itm/66-key-IBM-3277-Beamspring-Keyboard/254034238722?hash=item3b259edd02:g:v1oAAOSwmfhcHFBG Even for a space-saving keyboard, that's a lot of money. Is that a realistic market price now? Oo Probably not. This 3279 has been languishing for month...
by digital_matthew
03 Jan 2019, 15:13
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22075
Views: 988925

by digital_matthew
01 Jan 2019, 21:35
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 15
Views: 534

Okay so I took the PCB apart from the switch plate. Sure enough it looks like the foam is rotting, and some of the capacative material fell off of a few of the pads. Also it looks like the PCB itself has some muck on it. So my questions are: How do I replace the foam and foil? Is there any way to re...
by digital_matthew
31 Dec 2018, 03:05
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 15
Views: 534

Thanks for the info, Tim! :) I'm going to need lots of hand holding on this. My next step is to separate the PCB from the key housing. I'll probably end up doing the foam and foil replacement. I think I have a bunch of anti-static bags around here somewhere...
by digital_matthew
30 Dec 2018, 04:30
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22075
Views: 988925

PlacaFromHell wrote: Soviet buckling springs :?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/USSR-Soviet-Ru ... 2318748653
In Soviet Russia, springs buckle...oh wait it isn't 2009 anymore :|
by digital_matthew
30 Dec 2018, 03:25
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 15
Views: 534

That got there pretty quickly, considering the holidays and all! The other two were purchased by people in the classic computers chat, so they will not be converting them. They have Sperry terminals they want to use them on. Yeah it was supposed to arrive on January 2nd, so it was a nice surprise t...
by digital_matthew
29 Dec 2018, 05:34
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 15
Views: 534

Oh that's a nice board! It looks similar to a DEC VT100 Hi Tek board - but is it KeyTronic F&F ? If so, its fairly straight forward to do. Or if its a Hi Tek high profile like the DEC VT100, it's still not hard but takes a different approach. Would be happy to try to help if I can. Thanks! It's Key...
by digital_matthew
29 Dec 2018, 05:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Anyone in Italy? Go rescue those beams man!
Replies: 35
Views: 1229

No mike5787! Keep your eyes on the prize! Mr. Nobody is right! With just that little extra money for a supermodel I can make it happen for sure! Trust me! You get the supermodel(s) after the beamsprings are rescued. Deal? If you can restore those beamers to working condition those supermodels will ...
by digital_matthew
29 Dec 2018, 05:01
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 15
Views: 534

Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion

Hey everyone. My Sperry UTS-400 just arrived from elecplus today (thanks, Cindy!) I want to clean and convert this to use with my PC. I felt like expanding my keyboard restoration skills from the usual Model M/M2s that I've worked on. Also this keyboard just oozes period '80s charm, so I'd like to g...
by digital_matthew
28 Dec 2018, 02:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Blue Cube PS/2 Adapters
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Whoa I had no idea that those had become rare and valuable. I got this one for my M13. I can't speak of its longevity as it's not my daily driver, but it's done well by me so far. https://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-Male-to-Dual-PS-2-PS2-Female-Cable-Mouse-Keyboard-Adapter-Converter/121373560863?_trkparms=...
by digital_matthew
23 Dec 2018, 02:02
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Optimus Maximus Keyboard review (Cherry ML)
Replies: 6
Views: 321

It would be funny to put jpegs of Selectric blue keycaps on those screens.
by digital_matthew
21 Dec 2018, 18:31
Forum: Workshop
Topic: The Not So Space Saving Keyboard Thread!
Replies: 17
Views: 786

Inspiring and beautiful. I'd like to tackle this myself one day, especially when Ellipse releases his MOPAR keys.
by digital_matthew
21 Dec 2018, 17:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What do "M" and "F" stand for?
Replies: 32
Views: 1568

I want that key testing job. Also I move that we start saying "Keyboard F" instead of "Model F".

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