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by LessthanZero
26 Nov 2018, 01:17
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1724
Views: 148396

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My horribly messy project/test bench, space is at a premium at my house. Also I'm horribly unorganized.
by LessthanZero
25 Nov 2018, 16:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How many shades of blue Alps can you discern?
Replies: 9
Views: 703

They look sun damaged. My gl102 has lighter blue sliders than my other blue alps but I only have two boards with blues so its hard to determine. Some of yours are so faded they look teal. I kinda like it though, introducing the new Alps switches in teal, fuschia, and periwinkle.
by LessthanZero
25 Nov 2018, 15:37
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Micro Switch SD-16234 Keyboard Made for SSM VB3A S100
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Here are the links to my writeup and the hex and source for this type of MicroSwitch SD Board https://deskthority.net/workshop-f7/man-vs-microswitch-converting-a-sd16234-t19688.html - my writeup of the conversion. https://github.com/lessthan0/microswitchkbd?files=1 - here's the link for the source. ...
by LessthanZero
24 Nov 2018, 00:28
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Micro Switch SD-16234 Keyboard Made for SSM VB3A S100
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Yeah I wanted them so bad but this close to Christmas I have to buy adult things, I do have little kids and all that. But it just so happens that my conversion works perfectly with this type of Microswitch so if you would like to use it with a modern computer it should be no problem. My firmware wor...
by LessthanZero
17 Nov 2018, 15:15
Forum: Workshop
Topic: PSA: Don't wash your alps switch sense plates in hydrogen peroxide
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Just don't wash the sliders at all, just wipe them off with a dry rag. I use coffee filters.
by LessthanZero
10 Nov 2018, 04:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3269
Views: 160522

I had thought to 3d print sliders when I am trying out different plastic types and lubricants. To reduce variables I'm using actual Alps switches and I replace one component at a time testing and improving it until I can get identical performance from my replacement part. Then I will move on to the ...
by LessthanZero
09 Nov 2018, 17:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3269
Views: 160522

I didn't think there was much difference in click leaves between blue and white alps. At least not on the two blue alps boards that I have. I will have to look at them more closely now. I have looked into getting switches made, tai hao still make a clone of the Alps switch don't they. My plan was to...
by LessthanZero
01 Nov 2018, 20:19
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Whatever happened to ________?
Replies: 58
Views: 13364

Soarer might have just gotten bored with the converter. If he is anything like me once I solve the main problem I quickly lose interest and have to force myself to finish the project. Just from looking at the amount of posts on his converters page that he did reply to I'm amazed he kept at it as lon...
by LessthanZero
31 Oct 2018, 00:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3269
Views: 160522

Yeah I'm undecided about lube, well at least as it pertains to Alps keyswitches. If you were going to use it I would recommend a dry teflon type lube, I had also been thinking graphite but it's conductive so I was unsure of using it. My big thing is never washing the sliders. I wash the upper housin...
by LessthanZero
30 Oct 2018, 22:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3269
Views: 160522

Yeah blue Alps are over-rated people pay alot more for pigment. I have a very nice omnikey that has some very early white alps, in fact it was these white switches that stole me away from Cherry. Very early white alps are super similar to blues and mechanicaly I can find no difference in the two. So...
by LessthanZero
30 Oct 2018, 18:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3269
Views: 160522

See guys this is why I hate ebay. A week ago a leading edge NOS came up along with a delta gold both blue alps both were in good condition. Both were also coveted by yours truly because both boards had been featured in the forums some time back so when I saw they were for sale I thought "hells yeah,...
by LessthanZero
10 Oct 2018, 19:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: XT Zenith Z-150 converter?
Replies: 94
Views: 7550

Won't bringing both the data and clock lines high for 20ms reset the board. Also the xt controller will flash all the leds after a hard reset, as a very basic functionality test. I've written a very basic xt converter that works on teensy2, its a very simple polling loop but it works on all the XT b...
by LessthanZero
03 Oct 2018, 19:26
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Hyper7 Development
Replies: 72
Views: 116175

I'm not a big fan of the tiny spacebar. Also if it has a built in trackpoint where are the mouse buttons supposed to go. The logical place would be in front of the spacebar built into the case. The main technical problems are probably gonna be ergonomic, you have such a staggering amount of keys, tr...
by LessthanZero
27 Sep 2018, 19:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What's the most underrated keyboard (in your opinion) and why?
Replies: 50
Views: 3993

I really like Alps integrated dome switches, I have a numpad I turned into a macro pad and the switches are super tactile and have a nice click to them. When I bought the keypad I was hoping for yellows so when I popped off a cap I was a little disappointed to see the blue ovals but as soon as I tri...
by LessthanZero
26 Sep 2018, 18:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboard Reccomendations?
Replies: 9
Views: 938

I would recommend any Northern board, omnikeys are great. Older Focus boards preferably a fk-5001. Try to get a used Alps board with few hours and you won't be disappointed. Also I prefer boards with the f-row on the left as you can tell by my recommendations.
by LessthanZero
24 Sep 2018, 20:22
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Man vs MicroSwitch: Converting a SD16234
Replies: 37
Views: 2586

Yeah Sloms explanation of the logic is right on. The topic of bitbanging on the teensy is hard to find good info for when you're just getting started. There are plenty of tutorials for the basics but trying to find stuff with more specfic examples can be hard. Most newbie type tutorials are geared t...
by LessthanZero
19 Sep 2018, 16:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do you type properly?
Replies: 77
Views: 4594

I don't type at all like my junior high typing instructor showed me. As for the correctness of her method I can't say but I do know that I type much more quickly when I followed her instruction. I program and write, fiction and non-fiction but I never felt comfortable touch typing. I only use modifi...
by LessthanZero
07 Sep 2018, 13:19
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Man vs MicroSwitch: Converting a SD16234
Replies: 37
Views: 2586

Its ok you know I love you. I live in the U.S in Arkansas which is pretty deep south so I don't have alot of people to talk programming or MicroSwitch with. I wrote a new Read function that should work with the Silent 700. I hooked power to the Silent last night and got the beautiful green glow of t...
by LessthanZero
06 Sep 2018, 21:12
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Man vs MicroSwitch: Converting a SD16234
Replies: 37
Views: 2586

I attributed this to mmCm did you even read my initial post. I never claimed this source was my own I just had to hack and slash at it until I could get it to compile and then flip some of the logic around because my boards logic was inverted to his. Its also why his name appears at the top of the s...
by LessthanZero
06 Sep 2018, 13:12
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Do any of you use an old-school mouse as your daily driver?
Replies: 29
Views: 2792

Here is a good page about converting from ps2 to USB. http://www.catb.org/esr/trackman-conversion/ It has three buttons for us Unix guys and the red button is a scroll/zoom lock button you depress it and then moving the ball zooms in or out or scrolls up or down. It never worked right under Windows ...
by LessthanZero
06 Sep 2018, 05:15
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Do any of you use an old-school mouse as your daily driver?
Replies: 29
Views: 2792

I use a logitech trackman marble fx mouse I've had it since I was in 9th grade its taken me from Baldurs Gate and Ultima online to today I love it. They don't make anything like it today. I have gotten several other trackballs and optical mice but nothing ever felt as good so I always went back. Her...
by LessthanZero
06 Sep 2018, 02:17
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Man vs MicroSwitch: Converting a SD16234
Replies: 37
Views: 2586

Slom the Silent TI doesn't have a demultiplexor it just writes directly to the enable lines. My MicroSwitch board does have a demultiplexor on it so I had to take this into account when I did my conversion. I think DorkVader was referring to the source code for my SD board not the code that you wrot...
by LessthanZero
05 Sep 2018, 20:36
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Man vs MicroSwitch: Converting a SD16234
Replies: 37
Views: 2586

Yeah I use Avr-gcc and a makefile for compilation. I write my code in Emacs and I wrote a simple build script so I can compile and load the teensy without leaving Emacs. Whatever build system(toolchain) that you pick, you just want to be able to quickly compile and test your code. The less time you ...
by LessthanZero
05 Sep 2018, 02:27
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Man vs MicroSwitch: Converting a SD16234
Replies: 37
Views: 2586

Arduino code is not C code it is Arduino. Slom I think you misunderstood me. I wasn't saying that I think we could ever have a single driver or a single conversion for MicroSwitch boards there is to much variation between the different types. But we could create modular software to help. The Kiibohd...
by LessthanZero
02 Sep 2018, 20:02
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Man vs MicroSwitch: Converting a SD16234
Replies: 37
Views: 2586

I've updated the source and HEX files fixing the keymap.
by LessthanZero
02 Sep 2018, 19:09
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Man vs MicroSwitch: Converting a SD16234
Replies: 37
Views: 2586

My apologies Slom if I stepped on your toes but I wasn't saying that there was anything wrong with your tutorial in fact I like it. But I was planning on showing the total process from identifying the right kind of Silent 700 through removing the board and maybe adding a few more switch locations to...
by LessthanZero
02 Sep 2018, 06:21
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Man vs MicroSwitch: Converting a SD16234
Replies: 37
Views: 2586

Awesome news awesome, I will check the source I can fix the function row I just used the standard f-alphs as placeholders while I was debuging and forgot to replace them. The switch which corresponds to 6 numpad is broken on my board so I never set it. I can update the hex in the morning I just need...
by LessthanZero
31 Aug 2018, 19:45
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Workshop, Threads Of Interest
Replies: 49
Views: 17650

My post of converting my Microswitch board to work with USB I would really like some other people to try and convert there own boards so I can tell how well the driver works on different boards.

workshop-f7/man-vs-microswitch-converti ... 19688.html
by LessthanZero
31 Aug 2018, 13:09
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Man vs MicroSwitch: Converting a SD16234
Replies: 37
Views: 2586

Just count how many possible spaces there are on the keyboard I used 128 which is just the rows and cols with keys. But I think the whole board has 6*24 or 144 possible key posistion. So just change the array size which is static const KeyInfo Keys[128] PROGMEM = { Just change 128 to 144 or whatever...
by LessthanZero
30 Aug 2018, 13:09
Forum: Workshop
Topic: We should make a full-size keyboard kit.
Replies: 37
Views: 1463

I'm building a sun type, well its a modified Sun type. I would like to see more PCB variety for sure that way I wouldn't need to design my own as much. But I get why the market is all 60 percent and smaller, people sell what's popular and the smaller boards are hot right now. The battleship will hav...

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