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by spongebob1981
01 Nov 2019, 15:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?
Replies: 60
Views: 5229

Re: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?

Ok, crazy bomb of a thought but I'll just leave it here: group buy... for the whole machinery/molding. The most stupid kickstarter campaign ever.
by spongebob1981
31 Oct 2019, 14:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?
Replies: 60
Views: 5229

Re: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?

I'm really curious, since we have someone putting in the work to recreate the 4704 model f keyboards. What would stop someone from remaking the SKCM blue alps switch, or even Make something like one of the old northgate keyboards (with blue alps switches)? it's almost 2020, Why has no one done this...
by spongebob1981
25 Oct 2019, 16:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4255
Views: 331957

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

That right shift plus \ combo looks like BTC to me. So slider over dome or foam and foil. Not 100% sure though.
by spongebob1981
27 Aug 2019, 18:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Chalky keycaps. (Chicony 9600 japanese)
Replies: 4
Views: 519

Re: Chalky keycaps. (Chicony 9600 japanese)

Great to know, thanks!

In maybe 10 vintage kbs I managed to gather this far this is the first time I encounter this phenomena of different textures in the plastics. There's always some learning after this learning!
by spongebob1981
26 Aug 2019, 15:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Chalky keycaps. (Chicony 9600 japanese)
Replies: 4
Views: 519

Re: Chalky keycaps. (Chicony 9600 japanese)

No damage at all.

I understand your point, you might be right. I hesitate because I have had PBT caps before and have not felt like this. Maybe these are just too clean? XD

See ya
by spongebob1981
23 Aug 2019, 16:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Chalky keycaps. (Chicony 9600 japanese)
Replies: 4
Views: 519

Chalky keycaps. (Chicony 9600 japanese)

I just got a nice old Chicony 9600 with thin japanese keycaps. White ALPS. And they are in a good clean state so it's as nice as it can be :D But I'm afraid the keycaps feel kinda chalky, as in touching chalk in texture. The case has yellowed a little bit but not the keycaps. I'm starting to think m...
by spongebob1981
14 Aug 2019, 14:36
Forum: Workshop
Topic: MAGSEP switch
Replies: 11
Views: 2004

Re: Behold the first switch I ever designed.

I think you need to see this: http://lcamtuf.coredump.cx/gcnc/ch1/
by spongebob1981
08 Aug 2019, 15:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.
Replies: 18
Views: 2249

Re: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.

I had the money and was coming to terms to buy it for weeks. And you got it the day I decided to buy it. You are SO lucky :lol: At the end the life takes revenge on my luck, like the silver squared model M at 1000 ARS that I lost the last week. :cry: I'd say you still got a great deal. M's keep pop...
by spongebob1981
06 Aug 2019, 14:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.
Replies: 18
Views: 2249

Re: Beamspring Switchplate Restore.

You got lucky! At least yours wasn't like this one I got a while back: _DSC5719 copy.JPG On yours, You could just put a light coat of rust preventing oil (like something lanolin based, though beware, your beamspring may then smell like a sheep) and wipe off the excess. How rare is find something li...
by spongebob1981
04 Apr 2019, 19:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: ISO users
Replies: 65
Views: 5303

Re: ISO users

That it never going to happen. My thoughts exactly. And I asked not to bee taken too seriously after all :lol: Production keycap prices are in cents and you want increase that price few times. And what about environmental aspect of this. Most keyboard users would be throwing away a lot of keycaps t...
by spongebob1981
03 Apr 2019, 14:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: ISO users
Replies: 65
Views: 5303

Re: ISO users

TLDR: down with base kits that only cater to U.S.A. users. Make the base set inclusive to most languages. As an enthusiast that has never bought a set (so my opinion should not be taken too seriously) I think that as consumers we are entitled to ask the few companies that make keycaps to start selli...
by spongebob1981
06 Mar 2019, 13:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Questions about keyboard programming.
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: Questions about keyboard programming.

Then, divide and conquer. The best way to solve a complex problem is splitting it down into simpler problems and solve them one at a time. I'd say: get to the hardest part first. You need to veto or dismiss the whole project as impossible to solve as soon as possible. Succeding in that, you know you...
by spongebob1981
28 Feb 2019, 13:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Questions about keyboard programming.
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: Questions about keyboard programming.

Of course a single bouncing will mess everything up. But it is unlikely you'll need to demo the unit working with a full page of text. You can type a short 20 characters message in that many seconds with a crude but functional debouncing. For instance, once you read a character, shut down detection ...
by spongebob1981
27 Feb 2019, 13:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Questions about keyboard programming.
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: Questions about keyboard programming.

(...)I'm not making a PC keyboard so is fairly easier, but I will need some more information in the future with my personal projects. Spanish at the end. That's a mixed blessing. On one hand, if you are making an enigma machine for a school project, you can very well get off with a ridiculous dead-...
by spongebob1981
13 Feb 2019, 13:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Fixing a Commodore SX-64 keyboard - alternative to "Graphit 33" conductive spray?
Replies: 8
Views: 1091

Re: Fixing a Commodore SX-64 keyboard - alternative to "Graphit 33" conductive spray?

Over here at least, every major city has a place that sells and repairs tv remotes, maybe they can help you. If you look for a place like that (or one that repairs TVs for example) you may have it repaired for a few bucks. Rule of thumb: the older the technician is, the better. And, if everything el...
by spongebob1981
31 Oct 2018, 14:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps switch stuck
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Try with desoldering braid cable.

Proba con "malla desoldadora".
by spongebob1981
16 Oct 2018, 14:57
Forum: Workshop
Topic: PlacaFromHell's Space Invaders 3101 keyboard.
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Handwire. A PCB that size would be quite hard to acquire, let alone print! Also: with that many switches, bear in mind the chip you are going to use, you need a lot of pins there. Subscribed! esp: Cablealo a mano! Una PCB de ese tamaño te va a salir un ojo de la cara, y va a ser dificilísima de quem...
by spongebob1981
08 Oct 2018, 16:01
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Where to begin
Replies: 30
Views: 1741

I don’t think “pin gender” is a thing. Not when it comes to pin letters / ports. I have made keyboards with Soarer’s Controller before with success, running strobes and senses (his preferred terminology for rows vs. columns) without paying ports any attention.(...) It shouldn't be a thing, but some...
by spongebob1981
03 Oct 2018, 17:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Replacing Scroll Lock and Pause / Break
Replies: 21
Views: 1175

I'm a Sys Admin and I used the pause/break key VERY sparingly in my career. But those times where quite important. Finding out my keyboard does not have them right at those times is a sure ticket for the dumpster. Granted: I belong in a super slim sliver of demographics, but just FYI. And "at work" ...
by spongebob1981
01 Oct 2018, 14:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Beam Spring - MX mount
Replies: 54
Views: 4776

Nice! Hey, I foresee a quite cheap way to get them done! You know what machine, readily available commercially, could make such metal stems by simply copying 'em? Easily too! I'll give you a second to try to figure it out... A key copying machine. And if brass would be good enough, buying blank keys...
by spongebob1981
19 Sep 2018, 15:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looking for "Futaba friendly" switches.
Replies: 18
Views: 1536

And here it is. Dirty AF, sorry, I found it that way and haven't got to restore it yet. Foto 18-9-18 18 12 07.jpg Foto 18-9-18 18 14 12.jpg Foto 18-9-18 18 13 03.jpg Foto 18-9-18 18 12 44.jpg Foto 18-9-18 18 15 18.jpg Cable was cut before I got it. Switches are SMK clones AFAIK, linear, a tad scratc...
by spongebob1981
19 Sep 2018, 15:07
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Hitek 110540H (?)
Replies: 7
Views: 692

grats!
by spongebob1981
17 Sep 2018, 14:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4255
Views: 331957

Es pura suerte. Al final cancelé la compra del Unisys porque el vendedor nunca quería coordinar, así que si te interesa está publicado. :) Si tenés tiempo y ganas entrás a ML y buscás "teclado" sin más, filtrando por usados, cada tanto alguna joyita a buen precio aparece. La próxima me fijo si te c...
by spongebob1981
14 Sep 2018, 16:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4255
Views: 331957

I'm also thinking Space Invaders. The board looks a lot like my 725. AWWWW YESS, white ciclops. Got it for 25 U$D plus 4 U$D shipping. Any chance you leave a vintage mech to me? :mrgreen: You keep sniping them! You beat me to the beamer, this one, and another one I can't remember now... Esp: Habría...
by spongebob1981
21 Aug 2018, 14:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps switch material type.
Replies: 20
Views: 1377

If someone has available switches to sacrifice, there are some fun ways.. http://www.modernplastics.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/how-to-identify-plastics.pdf ... to find out what plastics they use. yeah, smelling burning plastic is not what I'd call fun... :lol: It reminds me of Adam Savage's quo...
by spongebob1981
17 Aug 2018, 16:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps switch material type.
Replies: 20
Views: 1377

Another test to try is the melt temperature test. I follow AvE on youtube and he sometimes does this: with a temp controlled soldering iron he melts some plastics (housing of power tools mostly) and based on the temperature he sometimes guesses the plastic type involved. It helps to have some sample...
by spongebob1981
28 Jun 2018, 19:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 3 Keyboards controllers dying due to possible electrical interference?
Replies: 23
Views: 996

I'm not as electronics savy as blaise here, but I do have some background as a support tech with a large number of PCs. And before I entered the thread and read blaise's remarks, I came in thinking to tell you that you should check your PSU. And, as he also told you: it's very hard to accurately dia...
by spongebob1981
19 Jun 2018, 14:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Long-term Kailh Box Navy experiences?
Replies: 29
Views: 11718

I could not get pass through Manus with a model M, and boy did I try. Had to splurge to a proper controller.
Praise the sun!
by spongebob1981
14 Jun 2018, 18:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Does anyone know how to attach the space bar on this SILITEK Keyboard
Replies: 3
Views: 426

yep. remove the alphas around it first.
After that, I'd present the space bar keycap to the switch stem but not press it down all the way.
Use a small flat screwdriver to press on the stabilizers in their slots,
finish pressing down the keycap into it's stem and done.
by spongebob1981
08 Jun 2018, 17:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: White Alps Hanging
Replies: 3
Views: 443

I found the same phenomena on a white alps board of my own. I lubed the problematic switches and solved it somewhat, but I'm not that sure that was a good idea.
Maybe with some more input from more experienced guys we'll know.

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