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by Red_October
06 Aug 2019, 20:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Found this absolute unit of a keyboard in a dumpster outside an old abandoned factory. And i need help identifying it!
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: Found this absolute unit of a keyboard in a dumpster outside an old abandoned factory. And i need help identifying i

Hi, Not entirely sure. But that connector is interesting and might lead us to the answer with some looking! It is a CANNON DD 115339-4 50 pin connector mostly (?) used with audio equipment. https://www.stepp-upsteppersllc.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=9025 DD50 is actually the "F...
by Red_October
06 Aug 2019, 04:07
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22698
Views: 1302947

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

I've got one of those Computer Lab International host-attached terminal-emulator jobbies, they are indeed rubber domes.
by Red_October
14 Jun 2019, 23:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded
Replies: 37
Views: 1779

Re: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded

Why does one bolt-mod an F? What does it do? I created a guide for refurbishing and ANSI-modding a 122-key terminal F. https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=11102&p=241582&hilit=harry+ansi#p241582 In the guide are shown half a dozen "bolts" (machine screws and nuts) but as I became more exper...
by Red_October
14 Jun 2019, 17:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded
Replies: 37
Views: 1779

Re: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded

Why does one bolt-mod an F? Bolt-mod on an M is to replace failed heat staking, F has no heat stakes and operates on a different principle. What does it do?
by Red_October
10 Jun 2019, 22:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Computer Reset Adventure!
Replies: 16
Views: 2882

Re: Computer Reset Adventure!

Looks just like the place I work for, before we lost two consecutive storage facilities and had to thin out our inventory! I even recognize a lot of the equipment (Toshiba notebooks, the Panasonic printer, and many crappy old computers of that certain vintage where they're too old to be useful but t...
by Red_October
09 Jun 2019, 02:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Lament for the pingmaster.
Replies: 11
Views: 792

Re: Lament for the pingmaster.

I've got the F keys over on the rightmost block with the numpad in pretty much its original location and layout. What screwed me up when I was using it as the "main" keyboard was the single-unit backspace key. But what cemented it as a "non-primary" keyboard for me is the exceptional lightness of th...
by Red_October
09 Jun 2019, 02:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM 178-key 3670 communications system keyboard
Replies: 1
Views: 350

Re: IBM 178-key 3670 communications system keyboard

Nifty! Keyboard looks like it'd be one hell of an artifact to possess, but godawful to actually use, as its layout is more at home on a CNC mill or lathe than on a console for general use.
by Red_October
09 Jun 2019, 02:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Key Tronic Corp. Early '70s Keyboard
Replies: 9
Views: 717

Re: Key Tronic Corp. Early '70s Keyboard

That's really cool, the terminal has quite the resemblance to the VT05, and the later appellation "DECScope" lead me to wonder, do they have any relation besides the resemblance?
by Red_October
05 Jun 2019, 23:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: I think the model f 122 may just be my favorite keyboard overall.
Replies: 26
Views: 1428

Re: I think the model f 122 may just be my favorite keyboard overall.

I much prefer the IBM Model F AT as it is much more compact and can easily be modified to a modern layout all that needs to be done is some custom key remapping and new keycaps or some relegendable keycaps. I know some really like the a dedicated nav cluster but for me using the num pad is no issue...
by Red_October
02 Jun 2019, 20:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: I think the model f 122 may just be my favorite keyboard overall.
Replies: 26
Views: 1428

Re: I think the model f 122 may just be my favorite keyboard overall.

Been using one all week, and dude I see why these are generally the most expensive of the more common models. The same awesome model f key feel and sound, a nearly modern layout(i suspect imb's engineers took a que from this when the M was made), and has dedicated nav and num cluster. Not to mentio...
by Red_October
31 May 2019, 20:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Weirdly Badged F 122
Replies: 26
Views: 1360

Re: Weirdly Badged F 122

woah wait so there exist xt scancode f122 :O dude thats crazy! I hope you have fun with that beautiful beast! Ive had an f122 for a few days now, its so much like the current unicomp 122 my GF uses these things take almost no time to get used to layout-wise compared to modern boards I think they ma...
by Red_October
30 May 2019, 02:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Just came to mind now, a question about a converted Beamspring
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: Just came to mind now, a question about a converted Beamspring

Sounds like you could have bought the wrong controller. Shitfire. I bought it from Orihalcon and I hate to trouble him about it at such an advanced date, already once having had to return a Soarer's Converter. I myself sell on eBay from time to time and detest having to accept returns and so deeply...
by Red_October
29 May 2019, 23:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Just came to mind now, a question about a converted Beamspring
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Just came to mind now, a question about a converted Beamspring

So about a year or so ago I bought an Xwhatsit controller for my Displaywriter Beamspring keyboard. Installing it was piss-easy (the procedure listed in the manual as the contingency procedure, installing the keyboard module upside-down, should really be the primary procedure! As the legendary code ...
by Red_October
29 May 2019, 23:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M appreciation
Replies: 45
Views: 2571

Re: Model M appreciation

I used a Model M as a "daily driver" for years, sometimes a regular M, then an M5-2, then an M122, then an F-XT, and now an F-122. I remember my initial quest, looking through bins of keyboards at my place of work at the time before finally finding an F-AT that made the sound exactly as I remembered...
by Red_October
26 May 2019, 04:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Weirdly Badged F 122
Replies: 26
Views: 1360

Re: Weirdly Badged F 122

Maybe my question is stupid, but what's the black square label on the up-right corner of the first pic? I asked the same. It's a cable lock to prevent the keyboard of getting stealed. I may put one on my 122 only to not let myself put the cellphone right there and fucking destroy it against the flo...
by Red_October
26 May 2019, 03:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Picked up an FK-5001 and it has a strange issue
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Picked up an FK-5001 and it has a strange issue

Seems like I won't have to bother Engicoder, I connected it up to my machine's PS/2 port, re-booted and this time it works just fine as well in AT mode, lock lights and all. So for whatever reason it disagrees with the PS/2 to USB adapters I have tried, and I tried two of them (I have more but not t...
by Red_October
25 May 2019, 00:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Picked up an FK-5001 and it has a strange issue
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Picked up an FK-5001 and it has a strange issue

This is something you need to ask Engicoder, if anyone knows it's him. Thanks for this, I'll shoot him a message if I can't work this out. Anywho, I switched it to XT mode and plugged it in to my 5155 Portable Personal Computer and, Lo and Behold, it works fine, Num Lock, Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, KB...
by Red_October
24 May 2019, 04:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Picked up an FK-5001 and it has a strange issue
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Picked up an FK-5001 and it has a strange issue

It seems to me all switches are fine, the keyboard reacted when you pressed the key. Are you using a Soarers PS/2 USB adapter ? No, a conventional one. My next course of action will be to hook it directly to a machine which requires no adapters and see what that does, and also to test in XT protoco...
by Red_October
24 May 2019, 00:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Picked up an FK-5001 and it has a strange issue
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Picked up an FK-5001 and it has a strange issue

So I saw on eBay a Focus FK-5001 going for $60+S&H, I shot the guy an offer of $40 and he bit, so, well, now I've got an FK-5001. I was lucky in one respect, it had never had the little plastic insulator taken out from the battery compartment so when I opened it in hesitation to see if I had to addr...
by Red_October
24 Mar 2019, 18:23
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22698
Views: 1302947

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

I thought about bidding, but I've already owned one of those maxiswitch kind of boards before (an old Cybernetix). They're pretty neat and clean up well, but I wouldn't say it's worth more than $100 shipped unconverted. Yeah that's where I bowed out too. I just wanted to know what was up with that ...
by Red_October
24 Mar 2019, 16:41
Forum: For sale
Topic: Apple M0110A & Alps Glidepoint Keypad (ADB version, NIB)
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: Apple M0110A & Alps Glidepoint Keypad (ADB version, NIB)

HC514 wrote:
24 Mar 2019, 14:16
Just so you're aware, the M0110A was manufactured by three different companies, so you'll want to check which version you've got. The quickest way to check seems to be the country it was manufactured in.
It's made in USA.
by Red_October
24 Mar 2019, 09:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3809
Views: 214648

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

This is a screencap from "The Farthest", a documentary on the Voyager spacecraft. What's the keyboard? The caps are gorgeous. IMG_4279.jpeg I would guess an old ADDS terminal. Nothin better than some orange computer stuff! You would be right. ADDS Consul. Found it browsing eBay at random. https://w...
by Red_October
24 Mar 2019, 05:55
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22698
Views: 1302947

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

If any one is interested in a Data General keyboard with what looks like a joystick- https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Data-General-Terminal-Keyboard/113689454615?hash=item1a786b6817:g:9tcAAOSwo~BcjlKk&frcectupt=true Is one of us bidding? I placed a bid of $76 (it was sitting at $36) as I had had my...
by Red_October
24 Mar 2019, 01:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Regarding the Cherry G80-2511 and the Kaihl Box switches
Replies: 13
Views: 785

Re: Regarding the Cherry G80-2511 and the Kaihl Box switches

I will get these photographs as soon as I sort out what I think is a very dirty sensor on my Nikon D1, as the Micro-Nikkor is more suited to them than anything my D40 mounts that I have.
by Red_October
24 Mar 2019, 01:52
Forum: For sale
Topic: Apple M0110A & Alps Glidepoint Keypad (ADB version, NIB)
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Apple M0110A & Alps Glidepoint Keypad (ADB version, NIB)

Picked up the two items at a shop today for short bucks, I'm not an Apple fan but I know Alps Electric makes high-quality products and that these units will be well received by others in the community. Make any reasonable offer, pay for the shipping service you prefer. Will pack well. Apple keyboard...
by Red_October
21 Mar 2019, 02:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Regarding the Cherry G80-2511 and the Kaihl Box switches
Replies: 13
Views: 785

Re: Regarding the Cherry G80-2511 and the Kaihl Box switches

People like these things that much? I've been consistently underwhelmed by Cherry boards, they are frighteningly lightly built and the switches aren't much to write home about. It's not like I would do anything destructive like those dickheads who chop the numpad off IBM boards or put RGB lighting i...
by Red_October
21 Mar 2019, 00:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Regarding the Cherry G80-2511 and the Kaihl Box switches
Replies: 13
Views: 785

Regarding the Cherry G80-2511 and the Kaihl Box switches

Recently I purchased a Cherry G80-2511 keyboard on eBay, sight unseen besides a couple shitty pictures (seller was overseas and no matter how I phrased it I could not inspire in him understanding of the notion of removing a keycap that I might see what type of switch it had). Of course it turned out...
by Red_October
14 Mar 2019, 19:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model F XT weird issues
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Re: Model F XT weird issues

Dropping any Model F from a height causes the space bar to register. This is physics not a problem with the keyboard; the space bar is so fucking huge it has that much momentum that it overcomes even the atomic return spring on a Model F. It was the ground after all. Just like in an automobile bad g...
by Red_October
06 Mar 2019, 05:45
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22698
Views: 1302947

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

https://www.ebay.com/itm/113674473463 fake IBM? Why the hell does he want so much for it? Is it just the "Glonuous Nippon" thing, or are there reasons it's needed for the original system to work rightly, or some such? Because I'm used to people asking that price for Beamspring units and I still thi...
by Red_October
03 Mar 2019, 22:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model F XT weird issues
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Re: Model F XT weird issues

One thing to ensure with these is that there is continuity of grounding from the keyboard all the way to the main signal ground at the PC. If this is not maintained (as by USB hub, extension cable, etc.) it will do all kind of weird stuff. For testing, plug the converter right into a USB port on the...

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