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by joebeazelman
Yesterday, 20:34
Forum: Workshop
Topic: new big skcm blue alps
Replies: 47
Views: 4545

Re: new big skcm blue alps

I am beyond impressed with the creativity, ingenuity and Alpsqueda zealotry exhibited here. You will be rewarded in heaven with millions of virgin Alps switches in a rainbow of colors and variety of sounds.
by joebeazelman
11 Oct 2020, 09:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Lubricant FOUND!
Replies: 79
Views: 6633

Re: Alps Lubricant FOUND!

Let me preface this by stating that I am not a tribologist, nor have I ever lubed switches. Nevertheless, I have been reading the posts here with keen interest as I plan on restoring some old Alps switches. A client of mine, who services microscopes, uses a dampening grease made by a company called ...
by joebeazelman
15 Sep 2020, 17:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: SMK 2nd Gen MX Mount Clickies
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Re: SMK 2nd Gen MX Mount Clickies

I can vouch for 2nd Gen MX Blues. They are very smooth with a sharp affirmative click, decent tactility and a light weight. It is one of my favorite switches to type on; it greatly increases my typing speed and accuracy. While I haven't tried ALPS blues, many claim it comes very close and others add...
by joebeazelman
15 May 2020, 07:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Apple Keyboard II SMK
Replies: 10
Views: 1242

Re: Apple Keyboard II SMK

I have a ton of Monterrey blues (SMK 2nd GEN blue) switches I plan to salvage from some broken PCBs. Are they transplantable onto any or all of these SKM keyboards? I like the form factor and it would make a great ANSI layout keyboard. The main concern would be the pin layout of the switch. The keyc...
by joebeazelman
15 May 2020, 07:03
Forum: News
Topic: Verge is laughably clueless on Keyboards
Replies: 24
Views: 3482

Verge is laughably clueless on Keyboards

I just have to share this hilarious quote after reading a review of the Cherry G80-3000 on Verge. I laughed harder than I did when I first saw their pitiful "How to build a PC video...": Cherry MX switches have long been the gold standard for mechanical keyboards. But as with most products in this c...
by joebeazelman
15 May 2020, 06:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias TactilePro v5?
Replies: 6
Views: 1033

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, m...
by joebeazelman
14 May 2020, 21:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Packard Bell Typewriter Switches
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Packard Bell Typewriter Switches

I occasionally see Packard Bell typewriters for sale at my local thrift store. They are fairly modern looking, but can't date when they were made. Until fairly recently, I discovered that some 'Packed in Hell', as us old farts fondly remember them, used ALPS switch on their older model PC keyboards....
by joebeazelman
09 Mar 2020, 22:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4334
Views: 405425

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Does anybody know where is the photo posted originally? Surely it's Unsaver, but confused with the four keys around the arrow keys. Does the PCB support them? Or replace it with home-made one. 1583651505164.jpg This might be a post from Redmaus Kmnov is correct! 0E2A8478.JPG Now that's what I call ...
by joebeazelman
05 Mar 2020, 06:37
Forum: Workshop
Topic: I need a cad model of the ovular IBM Model badge
Replies: 8
Views: 780

Re: I need a cad model of the ovular IBM Model badge

Thanks! I was able to open the file and convert it, but I couldn't find the actual dimensions of the badge. It is also a uncertain whether it is correct, since the author wasn't sure it fit.
by joebeazelman
05 Mar 2020, 01:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Are there two types of undamped Cream ALPS?
Replies: 5
Views: 902

Re: Are there two types of undamped Cream ALPS?

Yup! I remember your videos about the pine vs bamboo switches and thought you were being overly subjective. I have both variety of switches now; one from the Next and the other from a AT101W. I always liked my Dell bigfoot and didn't think the black ALPS were all that bad. They're certainly not up t...
by joebeazelman
05 Mar 2020, 00:58
Forum: Workshop
Topic: I need a cad model of the ovular IBM Model badge
Replies: 8
Views: 780

I need a cad model of the ovular IBM Model badge

I would like to 3D print a 400% version of the IBM model M badge for my car. I have been looking around for it, but can't find it. I'm almost certain there's a model somewhere. Thanks.
by joebeazelman
23 Jan 2020, 17:44
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Tulip LT 286
Replies: 23
Views: 3717

Re: Tulip LT 286

I wonder if these keycaps fit an ortek mck-84
by joebeazelman
18 Jan 2020, 01:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac
Replies: 20
Views: 1516

Re: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac

The Zenith Z-150 was singled out for being incompatible with Soarers.
by joebeazelman
17 Jan 2020, 02:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Are there two types of undamped Cream ALPS?
Replies: 5
Views: 902

Are there two types of undamped Cream ALPS?

I have a bunch of NeXT non-adb keyboards with ALPS black switches. I wasn't lucky enough to get the slightly older model featuring ALPS cream switches. The wiki claims undamped alps cream switches are very rare and lists only NeXT and Canon typewriters as having these switches. I can't find the post...
by joebeazelman
17 Jan 2020, 01:07
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Oldest Model M In The World
Replies: 19
Views: 2146

Re: Oldest Model M In The World

Oops. Turns out I don't have a 1987 one, but a 1986 one with the detachable cable.
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Turns out I have a two Lexmarks ones and a rare rubber dome one I found in the curbside garbage 20 years ago. I have a model F AT, but the date code is long gone. Now it's a blank sticker.
by joebeazelman
17 Jan 2020, 00:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac
Replies: 20
Views: 1516

Re: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac

Can't really offer much more help than to say that issues have been reported about Pro Micro on Mac OS X. From the looks of it, it doesn't appear your keyboard is recognized. Normally, the speed of the keyboard is 1.5 Mb/s. Soarer's converter is not completely compatible with many XT keyboards, incl...
by joebeazelman
16 Jan 2020, 23:40
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Oldest Model M In The World
Replies: 19
Views: 2146

Re: Oldest Model M In The World

I have a 1987. Is that old?
by joebeazelman
14 Jan 2020, 07:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac
Replies: 20
Views: 1516

Re: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac

Well, after reading your posts again, sleep isn’t the issue. MacOS doesn’t have a setting for preventing the USB ports from sleeping like Windows does. Here are a few more things to try: 1. From the Apple () menu, choose About This Mac. Click System Report. Under the Hardware heading on the left si...
by joebeazelman
13 Jan 2020, 04:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac
Replies: 20
Views: 1516

Re: Zenith Z-150 XT Not Working on Mac

I’ve run into the same issues. For some reason, Apple’s usb drivers are very finicky. Try the following until it works: - Zap the parameter ram - Reset the SMC - There’s a terminal command that forces the USB driver to reset itself: sudo launchctl stop com.apple.usbd sudo launchctl start com.apple.u...
by joebeazelman
08 Jan 2020, 01:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Canon S-66 Typewriter Conversion
Replies: 18
Views: 2133

Re: Canon S-66 Typewriter Conversion

This keyboard really tickles my aesthetic receptors. It deserves the top design award. It’s so creative and hillbilly chic! It looks like some guy in the country took a broken C64 and some wood he found in the wilderness and built himself a terminal to monitor and program his moonshine still. If it ...
by joebeazelman
30 Dec 2019, 17:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: This is so sad to see...
Replies: 15
Views: 1994

Re: This is so sad to see...

Wow! All those big, flat and straight aluminum plates would make excellent flatstock! The dummy doesn’t realize he can get way more if he sold them on eBay. You’d think aluminum is cheap until you ever have to procure some for a machining project. The prices will have you crying.
by joebeazelman
28 Dec 2019, 22:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Monterey K104 with cream colored ALPS clones
Replies: 2
Views: 404

Monterey K104 with cream colored ALPS clones

This keyboard was one of those lucky finds from a local craigslist ad. It didn't come with the original box, but it looks practically new with the plastic still on the cord. With only photos to go by, it was worth risking $20 even if it turned out to be a rubber dome one (unlikely considering it is ...
by joebeazelman
15 Oct 2019, 15:29
Forum: Workshop
Topic: What's a donor keyboard for housing SMK 2nd Gen Blue Switches?
Replies: 1
Views: 1362

What's a donor keyboard for housing SMK 2nd Gen Blue Switches?

I recently traded one of my old model Ms for a bunch of 2nd Gen Monterey SMK Blue Alps mount switches. At first, I had buyer's remorse about them. They sound and feel almost linear with a wee bit of tactility as a single capless switch. When I set up a few of them in a row with keycaps, however, hol...
by joebeazelman
21 Jun 2019, 07:23
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Using superglue as invincible clearcoat/powdercoat
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Re: Using superglue as invincible clearcoat/powdercoat

Save your lungs eyes, ears, nose and throat. Most of all, save your time and money. Why not invest in a cheap powder coating system from Harbor Freight? It has great reviews and it's dirt cheap! For a mere $70, you can powder coat to your heart's content. https://www.harborfreight.com/10-30-psi-powd...
by joebeazelman
29 Mar 2019, 17:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Considering buying two interesting keyboards on eBay
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: Considering buying two interesting keyboards on eBay

I read that thread, but it is unclear wether it's a cherry, ALPS or rubberdome.
by joebeazelman
29 Mar 2019, 05:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Considering buying two interesting keyboards on eBay
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Considering buying two interesting keyboards on eBay

I'm looking at the following two keyboards on eBay. I would like to know what kind of switches these keyboards use. The first one, NCR Big Ticket POS, claims to be a clicky keyboard: https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-NCR-Big-Ticket-POS-Retail-Clicky-Keyboard-5932-6570-9090-w-Touchpad/192746730714 The sec...
by joebeazelman
29 Mar 2019, 04:13
Forum: Gallery
Topic: ohaimark's collection (v2)
Replies: 29
Views: 4065

Re: ohaimark's collection (v2)

That was like watching some really hardcore porn. It was so intense, you feel sick afterwards.
by joebeazelman
08 Nov 2018, 16:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Does this keyboard have the fabled ALPS Green SKCL?
Replies: 13
Views: 1391

OK. I will desolder and dismantle one of the switches and post photos. Stay tuned.
by joebeazelman
08 Nov 2018, 07:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Does this keyboard have the fabled ALPS Green SKCL?
Replies: 13
Views: 1391

No click, but then again, the alps black isn't what I would call a click either, more of a clock. This has a much lighter actuation and a subtler clock. I would say they are linear, but I've never typed on linear switches.

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