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by lhutton
15 Jun 2019, 21:41
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Das Keyboard Model S review (Cherry MX Blue)
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Das Keyboard Model S review (Cherry MX Blue)

^ what davkol said about the S being a III. I've got a couple of Model S boards from around ~8-10 years ago that I've beat up pretty well. Both were mostly used in my lab and work. One's a Mac board and the other is the PC version without the media keys. The Model S is basically an old product and d...
by lhutton
30 May 2019, 06:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M appreciation
Replies: 45
Views: 1747

Re: Model M appreciation

Whoa, I didn't know that fake Ms with blue Alps were a thing. TIL. How's the build quality vs the real deal? As far as knock offs go that's pretty sweet.

Edit: looks like they used pad printing or something that rubs off easily on the key caps in your photos.
by lhutton
30 May 2019, 06:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Strange Finds
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Strange Finds

Last month, I went looking and found five different makes of numpad-mice (not just brands) without breaking a sweat. That only raises the question of who in the world is buying those things? I'd never seen one before myself. My only guess would be laptop users that lack a numpad and a mouse but thi...
by lhutton
29 May 2019, 21:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Strange Finds
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Strange Finds

I wonder how much shipping would be to send the numpad mouse for Chyros for a review ....
by lhutton
29 May 2019, 20:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Strange Finds
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Strange Finds

I'm just curious, what sort of bizarre, poorly thought out or just plain WTF keyboard or input devices have others on here found in their searching for keyboards? Not really looking for normally functioning but ugly keyboards (there's another thread for that). I had this show up in a recent eBay sea...
by lhutton
29 May 2019, 05:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M appreciation
Replies: 45
Views: 1747

Re: Model M appreciation

During last year, I finally managed to satisfy another self-indulgence I had been pursuing for long enough: a birthday Model M (and incredibly, after months of frustratingly fruitless searching, TWO of them showed up in the same week). I think I'm a couple of years too old to have an actual birthda...
by lhutton
28 May 2019, 19:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Practical Keyboard Storage
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Practical Keyboard Storage

kbdfr wrote:
28 May 2019, 08:30
You'll find some answers in this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12333
Thanks, some good ideas in that thread.
by lhutton
28 May 2019, 08:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Practical Keyboard Storage
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Practical Keyboard Storage

After buying a house a few years ago my keyboard collection started growing. I used to just have a couple laying around and got rid of the ones I was done with but now I've been hanging on to more "keepers." Unfortunately I can only use one at a time (well three if you count my desk at work and my l...
by lhutton
26 May 2019, 05:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Focus 5001 USB
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Focus 5001 USB

Yeah, the actual paper card ... is there a printable template floating around out there for it? I searched and didn't find anything ... Hey Just in case for people who are interested in the paper card too (from my focus 5001 ISO BE ;) ): http://i.imgur.com/FTiObgYm.jpg http://i.imgur.com/zFhtttEm.j...
by lhutton
12 May 2019, 05:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Focus 5001 USB
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Focus 5001 USB

Well, partial success on the Soarer's Converter. The 5001 seems to like it OK but I have a 2001 in the same boat (doesn't work with active USB, but works with real PS/2 port) and it just freaks out the Soarer's. Random key presses, repeating keys, etc. There a special configuration for these? Tested...
by lhutton
09 May 2019, 14:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Focus 5001 USB
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Focus 5001 USB

Yeah, the actual paper card ... is there a printable template floating around out there for it? I searched and didn't find anything ...
by lhutton
09 May 2019, 06:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps keyboard: Matias, Custom or Ebay??
Replies: 15
Views: 991

Re: Alps keyboard: Matias, Custom or Ebay??

Yeah I ordered a Tai-Hao set for my AT101 project and noticed it uses what looks to be MX style stabilizer inserts. I'm going to try to use the inserts off and MX spacebar and see if that will do what I need. Did you do something similar? The stock keycaps are awful, I'd put them in the same ballpar...
by lhutton
09 May 2019, 05:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps keyboard: Matias, Custom or Ebay??
Replies: 15
Views: 991

Re: Alps keyboard: Matias, Custom or Ebay??

I'm by no means an Alps expert but I've got more than a few Alps boards at this point. If you're just looking for a no fuss daily driver I'd hit eBay. Matias branded boards are spendy, have a "meh" warranty and seem to have problems if the internet is to be believed. I think I prefer the older Alps ...
by lhutton
09 May 2019, 04:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Focus 5001 USB
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Focus 5001 USB

Yup, pine white Alps, nice! Looks very clean, too! I used my 5001s over USB just via a Soarer's, as I recall. OK, I'll have to setup a Soarer's converter for the 180° 5-pin DIN connector then. I took it to the office today where my desktop has a PS/2 keyboard port and the board works great. I reall...
by lhutton
08 May 2019, 04:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Focus 5001 USB
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Focus 5001 USB

I recently picked up a Focus 5001 with white Alps. Even the calculator works! Looks like they may even been older complicated Alps with the slits and mould numbering too. I'll have to get some macro shots for the Alps experts here to let me know what I have but for now I've got a simpler question: w...
by lhutton
07 May 2019, 17:03
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1664
Views: 129605

Re: Post your desktop.

This was either the best or worst idea I've ever had, not sure which yet ... 20190403211316-d82ce229-la.jpg A terrible idea, indeed. No vertical monitor?! :mrgreen: The viewing angle usually gets me there, seems most LCDs are made for the landscape orientation and have odd color/contrast shifts the...
by lhutton
05 May 2019, 01:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Pretty good mail day
Replies: 15
Views: 661

Re: Pretty good mail day

With the Model F just be careful with the foam. If it falls apart on disassembly you'll need to fabricate a replacement since AFAIK there aren't a good sources of Model F parts like there are Model M parts. With F's I tend to take a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach. Model M's I'll take apa...
by lhutton
04 May 2019, 05:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keycaps make quite the difference ...
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Keycaps make quite the difference ...

I've had a couple of older Das Keyboard 3's for almost a decade now. Both Cherry MX blues, one for Mac and one for PC. These were early versions of the Das 3 Professional, before they had the media/Fn keys and well before the Das Keyboard 4. I used them almost to death for work, to the point where t...
by lhutton
04 May 2019, 05:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M silver label keyboard restoration and screw mod
Replies: 7
Views: 494

Re: IBM Model M silver label keyboard restoration and screw mod

That looks like one I saw in an eBay auction not too long ago, the sticker across the top looks familar. At any rate good job on the restore.
by lhutton
29 Apr 2019, 06:24
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1664
Views: 129605

Re: Post your desktop.

This was either the best or worst idea I've ever had, not sure which yet ...
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by lhutton
26 Mar 2019, 21:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Model M Chattering

Yeah, I just figured these things were due to it being an earlier Model M. I've seen the thicker zinc (I think) coated plates in a couple with an 87 or 88 date in one the back of the case. But those could have and their assemblies swapped before I got them so who knows. Glad to know I wasn't going c...
by lhutton
26 Mar 2019, 15:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Model M Chattering

I would wonder whether someone spilled a sugar drink into it, and if I was going to give up anyway, I would protect the circuit boards as best I could and soak the rest in water for an hour. If it was something simple that might let you peel them apart. The thought had crossed my mind as well but i...
by lhutton
24 Mar 2019, 16:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Model M Chattering

FWIW, Unicomp sells new membranes, as well as new rubber mats. If you have issues with keys failing and/or chattering, you can potentially repair yourself, but it sounds like this keyboard has been through a lot and replacing the membrane outright may be the best path forward. Yeah I've got a coupl...
by lhutton
24 Mar 2019, 15:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Model M Chattering

Model M? https://deskthority.net/search.php?keywords=rivets&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=all&sr=posts&sk=t&sd=d&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search You would think that by saying I replaced the cracked barrel plate it would imply a bolt mod but apparently not so allow me to be more specific: Yes, I know ver...
by lhutton
24 Mar 2019, 06:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Model M Chattering

I've got a 1986 Model M that is chattering on the E key. It's a very early version and the barrel plate was badly cracked so I replaced it with a new part from Unicomp. Tried replacing the spring on the E key and if anything that made it worse. I did notice that the membrane seems to be glued to the...
by lhutton
18 Mar 2019, 06:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M PCB Mounting Repair
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Model M PCB Mounting Repair

Do you still have the plastic pieces from the tabs? Maybe try to epoxy (Loctite plastic epoxy or JBWeld is usually my go to stuff) them back on. A few M's I've fixed have had the columns that hold the metal backplate up break off and I just used some JBWeld to put the little tabs back on. AFAIK they...
by lhutton
17 Mar 2019, 05:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tell me about your experience with dome boards
Replies: 19
Views: 1168

Re: Tell me about your experience with dome boards

I have a soft spot for NMB dome with slider and some of the (Silitek maybe?) domes sold under the Dell and WYSE label in the late 90s. They tend to be tactile but not noisy. I've got a couple of old Packard Bell boards (BTC dome and slider) as well. A good keyboard is a good keyboard in my book. I'm...
by lhutton
15 Mar 2019, 04:34
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority header images v2
Replies: 112
Views: 5587

Re: Deskthority header images v2

Last one for now I promise ... also seeing a theme in all my submissions ...
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by lhutton
15 Mar 2019, 03:09
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority header images v2
Replies: 112
Views: 5587

Re: Deskthority header images v2

One more for the road, my Selectric III. Not a keyboard but close enough maybe?
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by lhutton
15 Mar 2019, 02:45
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority header images v2
Replies: 112
Views: 5587

Re: Deskthority header images v2

Shot of my ol' pingmaster.
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