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by swampangel
Yesterday, 20:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Why are alps keyboards not as popular?
Replies: 11
Views: 215

Re: Why are alps keyboards not as popular?

Buckling springs and Alps switches were over time replaced with rubber domes for cost savings. This would have affected Cherry too, but their MX Blacks and MY switches continued to be used in lots of retail/industrial keyboards because of their durability. So, when mechanical keyboards came back in ...
by swampangel
16 Oct 2019, 19:42
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: House mites (Glycyphagus domesticus) - Anyone else had them?
Replies: 23
Views: 590

Re: House mites (Glycyphagus domesticus) - Anyone else had them?

I don't believe we're having any health problems, as it's not quite an infestation yet. I don't need to look far for them, but it's not quite... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80Xi5a6PeVo How did you find out you had a dust mite allergy? Do you still have them? I haven't actually been allergy test...
by swampangel
16 Oct 2019, 16:37
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: House mites (Glycyphagus domesticus) - Anyone else had them?
Replies: 23
Views: 590

Re: House mites (Glycyphagus domesticus) - Anyone else had them?

I've moved a lot in ten years, and it appears that I've brought them with me with every move. The first house (my grandmother's house) was really, really dirty and damp and I remember seeing these mites frequently, even when not looking for them. Since they're so small, they pretty much anchor them...
by swampangel
15 Oct 2019, 19:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Talking w/ someone selling a Chicony KB5181 and I asked if they could tell me the color of the switches...
Replies: 9
Views: 337

Re: Talking w/ someone selling a Chicony KB5181 and I asked if they could tell me the color of the switches...

Wild speculation: The wiki says Mitsumi is one of the switch providers for the KB-5181, so it could be their coloured MX-mount switches https://deskthority.net/wiki/Mitsumi_miniature_mechanical Alternately if the seller means *each switch* is pink and green -- I seem to remember seeing photos recent...
by swampangel
15 Oct 2019, 19:19
Forum: Workshop
Topic: What's a donor keyboard for housing SMK 2nd Gen Blue Switches?
Replies: 1
Views: 78

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

They're compatible with cherry plates (but not universal plates) and have a unique pin arrangement (not compatible with cherry or alps pcbs). So your options are limited. You can get a Monterey/SMK donor board (defeats the point a bit), or handwire. I built one with this pcb https://www.lfkeyboards....
by swampangel
14 Oct 2019, 15:36
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [GB] NOS Alps SKCM White | Round 2
Replies: 62
Views: 7130

Re: [GB] NOS Alps SKCM White | Round 2

https://www.reddit.com/r/mechmarket/com ... lps_white/ for anyone who was waiting for another round. Reddit does seem like the best bet to hit MOQ.
by swampangel
09 Oct 2019, 16:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Could use some help with reverse engineering a typewriter PCB, for use with a Pro Micro and QMK.
Replies: 30
Views: 1200

Re: Could use some help with reverse engineering a typewriter PCB, for use with a Pro Micro and QMK.

For a very basic firmware, meant for validating your qmk build environment as much as anything else, start here https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/handwired/onekey You can have a look and see how the proton_c config differs from the teensy_2 config, for example. If you get tha...
by swampangel
04 Oct 2019, 21:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: HELP with IBM M122 Conversion
Replies: 13
Views: 568

Re: HELP with IBM M122 Conversion

Maybe try cleaning or removing/reinserting the barrel insert that the stabilizer post goes into?
by swampangel
02 Oct 2019, 15:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Re: Arrow Keys BENEATH Spacebar? Can It Be Done? Who Do It Now?
Replies: 1
Views: 265

Re: Arrow Keys BENEATH Spacebar? Can It Be Done? Who Do It Now?

Sounds like you might get along well with an ErgoDox or other split keyboard with thumb clusters. Otherwise, I like depletedvespene's idea of using a keymap with an arrow cluster defined under both hands. If you're willing to sacrifice, say, your windows keys to be Fn keys instead, then it's easy to...
by swampangel
01 Oct 2019, 13:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3804
Views: 213230

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

snufflecat wrote:
30 Sep 2019, 20:20
Anyone recognize the ICL board(s) here? Worth getting?
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=94063.0 suggests rubberdome, but it's maybe not authoritative
by swampangel
30 Sep 2019, 20:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Can you find me a budget ISO keyboard?
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: Can you find me a budget ISO keyboard?

Best I've found so far: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32875687485.html ISO TKL, cheap, switch brand not indicated, has backlight but of course that can be disabled. Slightly different take on basically the same hardware: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B010IIKHBK/ If you want a fullsize board ...
by swampangel
30 Sep 2019, 16:54
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Recommendations for a desk pad?
Replies: 26
Views: 1040

Re: Recommendations for a desk pad?

I'm late to the party but I bought https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32752906834.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.5d474c4dfiOBcZ (80x30cm) a couple months ago. I'm happy with the mat, and very happy about the price. But I wish I'd noticed the pastel/floral versions available first https://www.aliexpress.com...
by swampangel
30 Sep 2019, 15:04
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best chair to stay 12 hours a day typing on the keyboard?
Replies: 37
Views: 3374

Re: What is the best chair to stay 12 hours a day typing on the keyboard?

I bought an Aeron a couple years back and it works pretty well for me. I really appreciate the mesh seat and back in the summer. Downsides: the upwards curl on the seat sides makes it uncomfortable to spread your legs out, and I wish I'd gotten it without arms because I haven't found a comfortable p...
by swampangel
27 Sep 2019, 14:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Key Communications Keyboard Coating On Traces Coming Off Help
Replies: 111
Views: 3179

Re: Key Communications keyboard Matrix Mapped need help with controller programming.

imo you should get it working with a basic keymap first, then go back and do your extra layers. Otherwise if it has problems you might not know if it's the firmware or the board.
by swampangel
26 Sep 2019, 22:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Key Communications Keyboard Coating On Traces Coming Off Help
Replies: 111
Views: 3179

Re: Key Communications keyboard Matrix Mapped need help with controller programming.

I see so where do I go from here I got all the essential info about the matrix for a conversion or is there anything else? There's two major operations left (not counting the lcd which is a whole other project) You have to decide where you're going to put the teensy (on your board, probably in plac...
by swampangel
26 Sep 2019, 14:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Could use some help with reverse engineering a typewriter PCB, for use with a Pro Micro and QMK.
Replies: 30
Views: 1200

Re: Could use some help with reverse engineering a typewriter PCB, for use with a Pro Micro and QMK.

What are keys 16 and 18 on the actual keyboard/keycaps? Wouldn't surprise me if it was something like "single backspace" and "repeat backspace"
by swampangel
23 Sep 2019, 20:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: HELP with IBM M122 Conversion
Replies: 13
Views: 568

Re: HELP with IBM M122 Conversion

There's a discussion here that involves removing a jumper from the board inside the case viewtopic.php?t=22168 Not sure how many varieties of M122 there are, so I don't know if applies to your situation.
by swampangel
23 Sep 2019, 19:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Key Communications Keyboard Coating On Traces Coming Off Help
Replies: 111
Views: 3179

Re: Key Communications keyboard USB converting help.

You've mapped the rows. There will be another set of (more) pins representing the columns. You can look at the back and see traces going across that form the row. The adjacent pins will form the columns. https://i.imgur.com/9OCocP1.jpg The yellow line is a row. The red circles are *examples* of the ...
by swampangel
20 Sep 2019, 21:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Could use some help with reverse engineering a typewriter PCB, for use with a Pro Micro and QMK.
Replies: 30
Views: 1200

Re: Could use some help with reverse engineering a typewriter PCB, for use with a Pro Micro and QMK.

This is the first time I've undertaken a project of this caliber. Does it matter that the matrix doesn't seem to be "linear"? That is, each of the ribbon cable "inputs" seems to be associated with a random number or keys, as well as those keys being in random locations. The physical layout isn't to...
by swampangel
19 Sep 2019, 14:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Where is your god of clicks now?! :D
Replies: 21
Views: 1185

Re: Where is your god of clicks now?! :D

flowerlandfilms wrote:
19 Sep 2019, 13:04
...wood is the future...
+1

Image
by swampangel
19 Sep 2019, 11:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help identifying a keyboard.
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: Help identifying a keyboard.

http://www.geektonic.com/2009/09/media- ... emium.html

fwiw I googled "compact keyboard with trackball and media keys" and did an image search
by swampangel
16 Sep 2019, 14:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Key Communications Keyboard Coating On Traces Coming Off Help
Replies: 111
Views: 3179

Re: Key Communications Cherry MX Unsaver type keyboard USB converting help.

Any idea still no progress on converting my keyboard to USB and really don't know where to start. Maybe take some more photos -- back of the pcb, and closeups of the chips so we can see the labels. Do you have a multimeter? The cable looks like it has an extra pin or two compared to, say, the AT pr...
by swampangel
12 Sep 2019, 16:07
Forum: Workshop
Topic: flowerlandfilms ELH-38 (Yellow Alps)
Replies: 43
Views: 2918

Re: flowerlandfilms ELH-38 (Yellow Alps)

Yeah I love this: the case, the caps, the leds, the labels, all look great. Although, the little bit of overhang on the flat plane label makes me fidgety. ;) When I see this kind of thing I'm reminded how much I'd like to get a custom dye sub setup like https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/c...
by swampangel
08 Sep 2019, 23:40
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22698
Views: 1298633

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/163851845177

Probably a little rich for just the Yaesu-branded Alpsaver, but maybe someone here has been waiting to get into ham radio ...
by swampangel
07 Sep 2019, 15:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Are there any benefits to having a mechanical keyboard if you're not a heavy gamer or aren't a power user
Replies: 20
Views: 1847

Re: Are there any benefits to having a mechanical keyboard if you're not a heavy gamer or aren't a power user

At the end of the day, the benefit is that it feels nice to type on. You'll have to decide what that's worth. You're in the states, so you have lots of choice. Here's a sturdy fullsize board https://smile.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-MasterKeys-Mechanical-Keyboard/dp/B071LPMSMS/, here's a low-profile me...
by swampangel
06 Sep 2019, 17:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 54
Views: 2740

Re: Some bolt modding questions

What do you think about drilling from the holes in the backplate? To my eyes that seems like it would be easier than drilling into slippery plastic. I mean, the holes are already there for you to guide yourself, right? Yeah, I personally think it would be much harder with the backplate attached. Th...
by swampangel
05 Sep 2019, 17:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Burn him at the stake
Replies: 43
Views: 2486

Re: Burn him at the stake

No, but his site is one of a certain type. His blog is part of a marketing funnel for his online programming courses and his consulting services.

I'm not going to subscribe to his newsletter, but I don't mind stuff like this as long as it's not misleading.
by swampangel
05 Sep 2019, 17:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Burn him at the stake
Replies: 43
Views: 2486

Re: Burn him at the stake

Muirium wrote:
05 Sep 2019, 16:01
But is good enough worth a song and dance review? No, of course not. This sounds like attention seeking, all about the man, not the board. Like and subscribe!
I think if there's one place on the internet where shameless self-interest is allowed, it's at <your-own-name>.com :mrgreen:
by swampangel
05 Sep 2019, 15:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Burn him at the stake
Replies: 43
Views: 2486

Re: Burn him at the stake

"What makes a keyboard good?" "Quiet as possible" TV Tropes talks about the trope of Establishing Character Moment . That the author would place quietness above all else indeed speaks volumes here. I agree with you and Scarpia. The author would probably appreciate a Realforce or something, but some...

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