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by apastuszak
01 Jan 2021, 18:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New Matias Keyboards
Replies: 7
Views: 689

Re: New Matias Keyboards

Happy New Year! I'm really hoping for a programmable Tactile Pro. I love my Tactile Pro, but I miss the Insert key. I do a lof of stuff at the Linux terminal at work and use Shift+Insert a lot. I got an email from Edward Matias this morning (wasn't aware he emails customers directly on major holiday...
by apastuszak
30 Dec 2020, 15:26
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] Matias Tactile Pro for PC
Replies: 0
Views: 218

[WTB] Matias Tactile Pro for PC

Title says it all. I'd like to get a Tactile Pro for PC. I have a Mac Tactile Pro, but I really need the Insert Key.
by apastuszak
30 Dec 2020, 14:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New Matias Keyboards
Replies: 7
Views: 689

New Matias Keyboards

I have a Matias Tactile Pro and I love it. But, since they no longer make the Windows version of the Tactile Pro, I had to buy the Mac version. On my Mac, it's great. On Windows, there are some points of frustration. The #1 is the lack of an insert key. I spent a lot of time at work in Putty and use...
by apastuszak
04 Dec 2020, 03:46
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: A New (To Me) Microsoft Trackball Explorer
Replies: 9
Views: 965

Re: A New (To Me) Microsoft Trackball Explorer

The only thing I want on the left side is the left click, right click and scroll wheel. Nothing else does that besides the MSTE. Any vendor software, including Elecom one, allow to reassign the buttons as desired... You can. But most trackballs have a solid bottom button and two side-by-side top bu...
by apastuszak
03 Dec 2020, 22:15
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: A New (To Me) Microsoft Trackball Explorer
Replies: 9
Views: 965

Re: A New (To Me) Microsoft Trackball Explorer

The only thing I want on the left side is the left click, right click and scroll wheel. Nothing else does that besides the MSTE. All the patents on the MSTE expired earlier this year. I hope someone makes a clone. I know the Ploopy is out there. But for the price of a Ploopy, I can get a used MSTE.
by apastuszak
02 Dec 2020, 21:34
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: A New (To Me) Microsoft Trackball Explorer
Replies: 9
Views: 965

Re: A New (To Me) Microsoft Trackball Explorer

Dunno if you've seen this https://www.ploopy.co. It's about $108 US if you assemble yourself. I recently purchased an Elecom Huge for less than half price through Amazon Warehouse. I've gotta say, that old Microsoft Trackball design is a lot better than the Huge. Buttons are off by a couple centime...
by apastuszak
21 Nov 2020, 15:06
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: A New (To Me) Microsoft Trackball Explorer
Replies: 9
Views: 965

Re: A New (To Me) Microsoft Trackball Explorer

When the bearings eventually wear out, I think I will ship it out to one of the eBay repair services for an overhaul.

Having the left and right button on the same side is one of the features I really like.
by apastuszak
21 Nov 2020, 05:47
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: A New (To Me) Microsoft Trackball Explorer
Replies: 9
Views: 965

A New (To Me) Microsoft Trackball Explorer

I rediscovered trackballs at the beginning of the pandemic. Back in 2000, I used to owned the coveted Microsoft Trackball Explorer. For some reason I retired it, and I was unable to find it. I went on a quest to find a new one. And, I found out they're incredibly expensive on the used market. A brok...
by apastuszak
24 Aug 2020, 15:08
Forum: For sale
Topic: IBM Model M BT-USB controller conversion kits
Replies: 124
Views: 26121

Re: IBM Model M BT-USB controller conversion kits

So, I have to ask...

Any plans to update this to Bluetooth LE available in Bluetooth 4 and 5 to increase battery life? What's the highest capacity battery you can recommend?
by apastuszak
25 Jul 2020, 02:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues
Replies: 17
Views: 3477

Re: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues

Yes. They told me that the settings for the other jumpers would not be useful to me and didn't tell me what they were for. I tried to find the old ticket I had open with them, but it looks like their system deletes tickets so many days after they'ver been closed.
by apastuszak
21 Jun 2020, 16:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Issues with a Matias Tactile Pro 4 I bought
Replies: 9
Views: 1434

Re: Issues with a Matias Tactile Pro 4 I bought

I don't know. I sent it back to the seller. They sent it to me in nothing but a plastic mailing envolope wrapped in two grocery store bags. So it was pretty dinged up when I got it, but the price was so good, that I was willing to try to "save" it. When I pulled the switch clear off the PCB, I gave ...
by apastuszak
18 Jun 2020, 14:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Issues with a Matias Tactile Pro 4 I bought
Replies: 9
Views: 1434

Re: Issues with a Matias Tactile Pro 4 I bought

Here is the email they sent me: Regarding the cleaning of our mechanical keyboards (the Tactile Pro Keyboard included) we recommend the following cleaning/maintenance steps): 1. Routine Cleaning (monthly): - Run a vacuum brush over the top of the keyboard or or blow compressed air around the keys to...
by apastuszak
17 Jun 2020, 22:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias TactilePro v5?
Replies: 6
Views: 1170

Re: Matias TactilePro v5?

Matias is one of the few keyboard manufacturers that even remotely gets it. They still, however, make their share of lousy, flimsy mush slop. It might make them money but it doesn't win them any loyalty or prestige from the mech community. They are the equivalent of Unicomp among ALPS aficionados, ...
by apastuszak
17 Jun 2020, 21:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Issues with a Matias Tactile Pro 4 I bought
Replies: 9
Views: 1434

Re: Issues with a Matias Tactile Pro 4 I bought

Just an updated. I reached out to Matias and they told me they recommend you pull the keycaps ONLY with the puller they sell on their website. Also, removing the keycaps voids your warranty. I asked if they can repair a keyboard that was damaged by someone pulling keycaps and they told me they don't...
by apastuszak
14 May 2020, 05:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias TactilePro v5?
Replies: 6
Views: 1170

Matias TactilePro v5?

I found this video from 2018 reviewing a Matias TactilePro v5, with a detachable cable:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sY2hpnC4Fw

I can't find anything newer than a TactilePro 4 on the Matias website. Anyone know what happened to this keyboard?
by apastuszak
14 May 2020, 04:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Issues with a Matias Tactile Pro 4 I bought
Replies: 9
Views: 1434

Re: Issues with a Matias Tactile Pro 4 I bought

So this is a Matias thing. For the 2 days I used the keyboard, I LOVED the switches. And when I put the keycaps back on, they slid off as easy as any other key cap. It just seems that initial pull was BRUTAL. I don't know if that was the Matias switches or this used keyboard having something spilled...
by apastuszak
14 May 2020, 02:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Issues with a Matias Tactile Pro 4 I bought
Replies: 9
Views: 1434

Issues with a Matias Tactile Pro 4 I bought

I bought a Matias Tactile Pro 4 off eBay in white. I got it at a great price, and it arrived dirty. I used some ScratchX on the case to clean it up and tried to pull the keycaps off to soak them. The keycaps would not come off with gentle prying and I ordered a keycap puller. The puller arrived toda...
by apastuszak
26 Mar 2020, 18:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Is there any way to read the configuration that was pushed to a Soarer's Converter?
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Re: Is there any way to read the configuration that was pushed to a Soarer's Converter?

Thanks! In my quarantined boredom, I decided to pull the M122 out and try to customize it with the Soarer's converter.
by apastuszak
26 Mar 2020, 18:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Is there any way to read the configuration that was pushed to a Soarer's Converter?
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Re: Is there any way to read the configuration that was pushed to a Soarer's Converter?

Looks like I posted my config on here in my M122 thread. So, a simple cut and paste and I'm good to go.
by apastuszak
26 Mar 2020, 17:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues
Replies: 17
Views: 3477

Re: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues

Just to add to this thread. I got REALLY sick of accidentally hitting the less than/greater than symbol next to the left shift when I was trying to hit the left shift,so I just remapped it to Left Shift by adding this line:

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	EUROPE_2	LSHIFT
by apastuszak
26 Mar 2020, 17:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Is there any way to read the configuration that was pushed to a Soarer's Converter?
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Is there any way to read the configuration that was pushed to a Soarer's Converter?

I pulled my M112 out and hooked it up to my PC. I cannot find the config file I used to set the M122 up in the first place. Is there any way to read the current config off the converter itself and dump it to a text file or sc file?
by apastuszak
02 Dec 2019, 14:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Is there anything like a Soarere's Converter for USB Keyboards
Replies: 8
Views: 947

Re: Is there anything like a Soarere's Converter for USB Keyboards

Hasu's converter doesn't list the Unicomp Model M as compatible.
by apastuszak
02 Dec 2019, 04:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Is there anything like a Soarere's Converter for USB Keyboards
Replies: 8
Views: 947

Is there anything like a Soarere's Converter for USB Keyboards

I have a USB Unicomp keyboard that I don't use much, because I switched to a IBM Model M with a Soarer's Converter. I've kinda gotten hooked on being able to remap keys and do other nifty things the soarer's converter can do at a hardware level. Is there anything like a Soarer's Converter that can w...
by apastuszak
07 Jul 2019, 03:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues
Replies: 17
Views: 3477

Re: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues

Updated sc file remapblock ESC NUM_LOCK FAKE_01 INSERT PAGE_UP HOME PAGE_DOWN PAGE_UP END DELETE INSERT END DELETE PAGE_DOWN HOME DOWN F24 ESC EXTRA_PAD_PLUS MEDIA_MUTE INTERNATIONAL_6 MEDIA_VOLUME_DOWN EXTRA_F1 MEDIA_VOLUME_UP SCROLL_LOCK PAD_SLASH PAD_SLASH SCROLL_LOCK PAD_PLUS PAD_MINUS PAD_MINUS...
by apastuszak
07 Jul 2019, 03:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues
Replies: 17
Views: 3477

Re: Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues

I have one of these boards as well, but it's manufactured for Affirmative. The key legends are a bit different on it though, and when I got it, it was sending unique scancodes. Here's what that board looks like: https://i.imgur.com/L7Dxu1z.jpg One point that might be of interest is that Num Lock is...
by apastuszak
07 Jul 2019, 00:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues
Replies: 17
Views: 3477

Re: Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues

Just to add as much detail as possible, here is the rear sticker with and without flash:

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by apastuszak
06 Jul 2019, 23:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues
Replies: 17
Views: 3477

Re: Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues

I have one of these boards as well, but it's manufactured for Affirmative. The key legends are a bit different on it though, and when I got it, it was sending unique scancodes. Here's what that board looks like: https://i.imgur.com/L7Dxu1z.jpg One point that might be of interest is that Num Lock is...
by apastuszak
06 Jul 2019, 23:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues
Replies: 17
Views: 3477

Re: Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues

I think at this point, I am all set. But I'm curious if anyone knows what JP1, JP2 and JP3 do? I learned that JP3 enables unique codes for each key on the keyboard. But it does move keys all over the place, which is kinda annoying. But it's better that leaving it there and having F13 be SHIFT+F1. I'...
by apastuszak
06 Jul 2019, 23:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues
Replies: 17
Views: 3477

Re: Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues

OK, here is what I have for codes: Left set of function keys 85 73 B3 ?? B4 71 46 C1 B5 70 Top function keys B2 8C B7 BD 68 66 6A 6B 6C 6D 6E 6F 3A 3B 3C 3D 3E 3F 40 41 42 43 44 45 Numpad 29 47 55 54 5F 60 61 57 5C 5D 5E 56 59 5A 5B 58 Nav Cluster B0 4B 4E 4D 49 4C 52 50 4A 4F 51 And here is what I ...
by apastuszak
06 Jul 2019, 22:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: [SOLVED]Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues
Replies: 17
Views: 3477

Re: Model M122 and Soarer's Converter issues

Now I'm rocking! I'll post they key mappings when I have a moment. Hopefully, this will be useful to anyone else that buys one of these Unicomp M122 PS/2 terminal keyboards from the 2000s.

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