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by digital_matthew
11 Oct 2019, 02:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Suggestions needed for cleaning an old keyboard
Replies: 18
Views: 711

Re: Suggestions needed for cleaning an old keyboard

Hey there,

You may want to also try a citrus based price tag gunk remover like Goo Gone. I've used it on keyboards and cables with varying degrees of success. I've seen it dissolve some synthetic rubber though, so always test before use.
by digital_matthew
22 Sep 2019, 22:00
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Steelseries Apex Pro review (OmniPoint Hall effect)
Replies: 6
Views: 518

Re: Steelseries Apex Pro review (OmniPoint Hall effect)

Loved the video. I'm very intrigued by those switches. I just wish it came with better keycaps.
by digital_matthew
01 Sep 2019, 05:24
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22700
Views: 1303401

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Ugh. Upon closer inspection those purple PS/2 plugs are not a good sign.
by digital_matthew
01 Sep 2019, 01:50
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Zed's IBM 3101 Beamspring Triple Restoration Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 1690

Re: Zed's IBM 3101 Beamspring Triple Restoration Thread

It's inspiring to see so much love going to keyboards that deserve them.
by digital_matthew
27 Aug 2019, 02:29
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22700
Views: 1303401

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

May a pallet of kishsavers be in your near future...
by digital_matthew
25 Aug 2019, 18:55
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Sperry / Univac Mini Keyboard
Replies: 11
Views: 1169

Re: Sperry / Univac Mini Keyboard

Just a lovely piece of retro tech there. It's inspiring me to finally finish the restoration/conversion of my Sperry.
by digital_matthew
10 Aug 2019, 17:18
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest
Replies: 72
Views: 10266

Re: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest

I know I'm late to the party, but I thought I'd add a twist to depletedvespene's entry:
by digital_matthew
09 Aug 2019, 22:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What Are Your IBM Model F Preferences? (XT vs AT vs 122...)
Replies: 179
Views: 12110

Re: What Are Your IBM Model F Preferences? (XT vs AT vs 122...)

As the proud owner of an F XT, a 5155, and an F122, the battleship wins out as my favorite. It has the layout I prefer; I need Ctrl and Alt by my left hand as I use those keys extensively for 3ds Max. I also love the function cluster on the left. It's extremely versatile and a great place for macros...
by digital_matthew
21 May 2019, 03:47
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22700
Views: 1303401

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

latemodel24 wrote:
21 May 2019, 00:48
Where is the site wide sale, I don't see it?
It should pop up automatically when you get on to eBay. It may be USA only.
by digital_matthew
20 May 2019, 22:15
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22700
Views: 1303401

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

With a name like Robot Research, it has to be awesome.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Robot- ... SwAHtc2w1U

Also there appears to be a site-wide 10% off sale.
by digital_matthew
28 Mar 2019, 01:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!
Replies: 512
Views: 30246

Re: Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!

A shame about the lousy key feel. I rather like the way it looks.
by digital_matthew
16 Mar 2019, 04:02
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Keyboards in movies/TV series!
Replies: 424
Views: 42647

Re: Keyboards in movies/TV series!

Another Harris S-110 as featured in "The Blues Brothers" (1980).
by digital_matthew
15 Mar 2019, 01:09
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22700
Views: 1303401

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Neat little curio here for cheap. I'm digging the keycaps:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mechan ... 3446810792
by digital_matthew
02 Mar 2019, 21:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT Keyboard restoration and ISO layout mod
Replies: 41
Views: 1987

Re: IBM Model F AT Keyboard restoration

I wouldn't be able to resist peeling that plastic off of the badge.
by digital_matthew
23 Feb 2019, 14:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 49
Views: 5983

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

Could a drop of peroxide cream applied only on the legends with a toothpick work? I wonder, if it is really oxidation that caused the yellowing. I'd love to hear the thoughts of @Chyros (a PhD in Chemistry can be so handy at times). I'm no PhD, but I'd say it's UV exposure that causes the yellowing...
by digital_matthew
22 Feb 2019, 21:17
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 49
Views: 5983

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

You could try sanding the 8 key down to the original whiteness since they're double-shot. It will wreck the texture though.
by digital_matthew
14 Feb 2019, 02:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SKCM Alps Orange: Pinging After Cleaning Help
Replies: 24
Views: 1173

Re: SKCM Alps Orange: Pinging After Cleaning Help

Muirium wrote:
13 Feb 2019, 22:11
Chyros wrote:
13 Feb 2019, 22:07
he seems to be in pursuit of history's pingiest board.
Correct answer: Apple M0110 original Macintosh keyboard. The ping emperor.
I had a roommate in college that would use that board when I tried to sleep. I wanted to feed it to him.
by digital_matthew
11 Feb 2019, 04:08
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM Model F 122 clean up (before & after)
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: IBM Model F 122 clean up (before & after)

Lovely. It's amazing how well these IBMs clean up. Looks like new.
by digital_matthew
08 Feb 2019, 22:05
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion
Replies: 17
Views: 1359

Re: Sperry UTS-400 Cleaning and Conversion

So I finally got my foam, and I found the anti-static computer component bags that I knew were lurking around my apartment somewhere. So I decided to cut ~4"X4" squares out of them and laminate them. I ran out of PVA glue, so I went to the hardware store and got some of this interesting DAP brand la...
by digital_matthew
02 Feb 2019, 18:55
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Leading Edge Model M keyboard "8815K" review (Keytek inductive)
Replies: 8
Views: 640

Re: Leading Edge Model M keyboard "8815K" review (Keytek inductive)

Gotta love a keyboard with built-in toroidal amplifiers. :D
by digital_matthew
20 Jan 2019, 15:42
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM stash in Houston
Replies: 41
Views: 3793

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: 17
Views: 1359

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: 514

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: 139
Views: 10301

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: 3269
Views: 160800

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: 139
Views: 10301

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: 1062

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: 114
Views: 9081

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: 2083
Views: 117828

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: 23
Views: 4968

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...

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