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by ZedTheMan
Yesterday, 04:24
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22777
Views: 1339663

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

https://www.ebay.com/itm/143447128763 Anyone want to play switch lottery? It could be Alps, SMK, or Cherry. I'm playing the lottery today. If it's SMK or Alps I will be very happy based on that condition. Cherry might make a good chassis for a custom project, since that backplate looks metal and I'...
by ZedTheMan
Yesterday, 00:30
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1796
Views: 110909

Re: Stuff you just bought

JP! wrote:
19 Nov 2019, 18:27
Thanks to a tip from a member here I just got this interesting looking clone of an IBM 3278. :D

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Oh wow, I've never seen anything like that.
by ZedTheMan
19 Nov 2019, 23:33
Forum: Gallery
Topic: SMK Reed switches
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: SMK Reed switches

Lovely documentation! Reed switches have always been an interesting thing to me which I have never had the pleasure to try.

Integrated lamp? Nice!
by ZedTheMan
18 Nov 2019, 22:50
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Convert&Restoration project of IBM 3742 beamspring keyboard
Replies: 31
Views: 2657

Re: Convert&Restoration project of IBM 3742 beamspring keyboard

He returns!

Also, excellent keyboard and restoration, Heikkonen.
by ZedTheMan
18 Nov 2019, 20:39
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22777
Views: 1339663

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 4508300538

Dunno what it is besides a POS 50 key keyboard. Sticker on back makes me wonder if it's from 1985?
by ZedTheMan
18 Nov 2019, 20:38
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Alps SKBM Grays, SKBM black, SKCL yellow most likely new old stock from china
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: Alps SKCM Blue, SKBM black/yellow most likely new old stock from china

I think the first link may be the SKBM Grays that went around earlier. Lighting just makes them look blue. The yellows, however, are SKCL.
by ZedTheMan
17 Nov 2019, 02:22
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority Awards 2019 ~ Phase 1: The nominations
Replies: 31
Views: 2029

Re: Deskthority Awards 2019 ~ Phase 1: The nominations

I'm going to pre-emptively nominate this thread, if it works how we expect it to, it should help with the issue of expensive/hard to find/make solenoid driving. Kmnov2017 https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=23048&p=455538#p455538 And while I'm at it, sure, triple Beamspring restoration threa...
by ZedTheMan
17 Nov 2019, 02:15
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Xwhatsit solenoid driver alternative
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Xwhatsit solenoid driver alternative

Ive been working with kmnov on this. I should be able to start testing on Monday when DC DC boost converters come in.
I am willing to be the guinea pig to see if we can get this working without the USB external power as well. If it breaks a cypress, It'll suck but I will get another.
by ZedTheMan
16 Nov 2019, 05:38
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Xwhatsit solenoid driver alternative
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Xwhatsit solenoid driver alternative

I'm going to purchase a DC DC boost converter, and test out to see if that can be used to replace my 9v battery.
by ZedTheMan
15 Nov 2019, 19:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: AEK keycaps suck.
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: AEK keycaps suck.

So, admittedly, I'm a weirdo who used to feel the same way about ABS caps as you, Ihutton. After a certain point I find it almost wraps around back to being good? What I mean is, the sticky slick texture is eventually replaced with a smoother one, at least, with GMK. I thought this would be gross an...
by ZedTheMan
15 Nov 2019, 19:24
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority Awards 2019 ~ Phase 1: The nominations
Replies: 31
Views: 2029

Re: Deskthority Awards 2019 ~ Phase 1: The nominations

I would nominate my triple Beamspring restoration post, but I've been slacking, and it feels very wrong to nominate my own post! Maybe the Xwhatsit solenoid controller replacement will be noteworthy.
by ZedTheMan
15 Nov 2019, 06:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Best Case/PCB for Alps Switches
Replies: 19
Views: 538

Re: Best Case/PCB for Alps Switches

I used Tai Hao keycaps. Tomcat worked well with the top steel layer of the iris.
by ZedTheMan
15 Nov 2019, 03:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Best Case/PCB for Alps Switches
Replies: 19
Views: 538

Re: Best Case/PCB for Alps Switches

I personally have SKCL greens on my Iris. It's a good mix, I think. Partially because I wanted a split ergo alps build.
by ZedTheMan
14 Nov 2019, 21:36
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Zed's IBM 3101 Beamspring Triple Restoration Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 2624

Re: Zed's IBM 3101 Beamspring Triple Restoration Thread

Indeed. I will share the details on the solenoid driver replacement method in another thread, I just need to sort out making a not gate with transistors powered by the cypress to invert the signal since I got default on relay.
by ZedTheMan
14 Nov 2019, 20:50
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Zed's IBM 3101 Beamspring Triple Restoration Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 2624

Re: Zed's IBM 3101 Beamspring Triple Restoration Thread

Sorry for the lack of updates, I've done a few more things! I physically restored a second one of them, (still need to solder and program controller), and I came up with a bypass for Xwhatsit solenoid adapters. Get yourself a 9v battery, and a relay made for arduinos (make sure the switching thresho...
by ZedTheMan
11 Nov 2019, 05:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Ibm model F XT replacement pad/foam/reassembly issues
Replies: 12
Views: 377

Re: Ibm model F XT replacement pad/foam/reassembly issues

This is why I will not replace the foam on my F122. It hasn't broken it and it still feels good enough, I'm not going to fuck with it after going through the whole replacement in an XT.
by ZedTheMan
08 Nov 2019, 18:31
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority Fundraising Campaign 2019
Replies: 77
Views: 14763

Re: Deskthority Fundraising Campaign 2019

Update, we now got aprox 1400 EUR, which together with existing funds is enough for almost 2 years of hosting and other costs. One person donated 250 USD! Thanks! Here's an updated list of donations: PayPal: "Date","Time","Timezone","Currency","Gross","Costs","Net" "01-11-2019","17:16:59","CET","EU...
by ZedTheMan
08 Nov 2019, 00:13
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Looking for some vintage boards
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Looking for some vintage boards

I actually have an Apple Extended Keyboard with Salmons I've been meaning to sell, but I am US based. Still, maybe it is worth an offer.
by ZedTheMan
07 Nov 2019, 20:47
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22777
Views: 1339663

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Not a bad price for an Omnikey Ultra T
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 4026561800
by ZedTheMan
07 Nov 2019, 02:52
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deskthority Secret Santa 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 484

Re: Deskthority Secret Santa 2019

Joining again. Still haven't gotten the full thing from last year, but I'm looking forward to this one.
by ZedTheMan
05 Nov 2019, 22:49
Forum: For sale
Topic: [WTS] Datacomp DFK 192 - SMK 2nd gen. clicky ALPS mount switch [SOLD]
Replies: 11
Views: 2408

Re: [WTS] Datacomp DFK 192 - SMK 2nd gen. clicky ALPS mount switch [update!]

I think it is more that these are the alps mount variety rather than the MX mount. MX mount has higher desirability, due to keycap compatibility. Most people with alps mount keycaps will likely have an alps switch they would want to use them with rather than the SMKs, but for MX, SMKs are excellent.
by ZedTheMan
05 Nov 2019, 22:07
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority Fundraising Campaign 2019
Replies: 77
Views: 14763

Re: Deskthority Fundraising Campaign 2019

I'm proud of us for helping to keep this community afloat.
Its an invaluable resource and excellent discussion platform.
by ZedTheMan
02 Nov 2019, 18:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help me identify Keycaps on this keyboard :)
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: Help me identify Keycaps on this keyboard :)

Pine Alps SKCM black switches, with what looks like original Alps thick doubleshot keycaps. Very nice!
by ZedTheMan
02 Nov 2019, 18:36
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] New Blue Alps Re-Creation
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: [IC] New Blue Alps Re-Creation

A couple of questions would be stuff like licensing, that is, who would be allowed to distribute them? It might be more worthwhile to Durock if they can additionally sell the switches to other vendors. That said, some vendors (kbdfans, novelkeys, etc.) who sell zeal products might not be able to sel...
by ZedTheMan
02 Nov 2019, 17:43
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: NOS or very good condition Alps SKCM Blue switches.
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: NOS or very good condition Alps SKCM Blue switches.

How essential is the NOS aspect? Could multiple very good condition not NOS switches make a decent substitute? What about if we had NOS of other 1st Gen parts, like NOS switchplate from an SKCL/SKCC Green, and otherwise very good parts from blues? I don't recall any difference in switchplate between...
by ZedTheMan
02 Nov 2019, 17:41
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority Fundraising Campaign 2019
Replies: 77
Views: 14763

Re: Deskthority Fundraising Campaign 2019

How do we access that top secret section, by the way? I believe I have fed the man duck.
by ZedTheMan
02 Nov 2019, 17:27
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: NOS or very good condition Alps SKCM Blue switches.
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: NOS or very good condition Alps SKCM Blue switches.

Sad time, yeah, those are out of stock.
by ZedTheMan
02 Nov 2019, 16:25
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: NOS or very good condition Alps SKCM Blue switches.
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: NOS or very good condition Alps SKCM Blue switches.

Entire switches, but he may need to buy them from the seller at a higher price due to the low quantity available.
by ZedTheMan
02 Nov 2019, 15:59
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: NOS or very good condition Alps SKCM Blue switches.
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: NOS or very good condition Alps SKCM Blue switches.

I believe the person who was running the White Alps NOS GB might have access to a few of them, but it might be difficult to convince them to get a few from the original seller.
by ZedTheMan
02 Nov 2019, 15:58
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] New Blue Alps Re-Creation
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: [IC] New Blue Alps Re-Creation

Honestly, yeah. This would be Kickstarter worthy in scale. Will need lots of promotion, I reckon. I think the funds are there based on the success of the NOS white Alps GB.

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