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by AJM
14 Apr 2019, 16:27
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 3278 Beam Spring restoration
Replies: 11
Views: 909

Re: IBM 3278 Beam Spring restoration

I only found this great restoration thread now. Had I seen it sooner, I would have been better mentally prepared for the disgusting foam removal task. :o :mrgreen: One thing I would like to add (and haven't mentioned in my 5251 restoration thread): When I worked on the main inner part (opening/takin...
by AJM
14 Apr 2019, 15:37
Forum: Gallery
Topic: A /deViBE/tty double
Replies: 0
Views: 154

A /deViBE/tty double

Finally I could finish the second Vortex ViBE with /dev/tty caps in "Beige". Initially I would have preferred the "Beige" version, but had started with "Triumph", because these were easier to acquire. But meanwhile I have grown quite fond of the Triumph version and find the Beige one actually a bit ...
by AJM
14 Apr 2019, 15:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Need help with IBM Model F soarers converter configuration
Replies: 5
Views: 208

Re: Need help with IBM Model F soarers converter configuration

So I've tested it with my Model F XT now and it works fine. I don't think it matters if it's an AT or XT in this case. In your post you left out the first line "macroblock". But that can't be the reason, because then the error message would complain about line 1 or 2 and not 20. But is there really ...
by AJM
13 Apr 2019, 23:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Need help with IBM Model F soarers converter configuration
Replies: 5
Views: 208

Re: Need help with IBM Model F soarers converter configuration

I didn't get my Model F "out of storage" to test it, but this should be the necessary commands for the programing of the keys 1 - 4. I couldn't find any key codes for fast forward or rewind, though. (All I see are "previous track" and "next track".) macroblock macro 1 CTRL -SHIFT -ALT -GUI PUSH_META...
by AJM
10 Apr 2019, 22:15
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 42
Views: 3011

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

And to finish my thread off - a few pictures with a new set of German keycaps, which I got through swapping with a well-known forum member.
They're a bit yellowed, but I simply call them ivory-coloured = problem solved. :mrgreen:
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by AJM
07 Apr 2019, 16:24
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 42
Views: 3011

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

Hi Luca, In the end it was about 2 mm thick. But I fear that information isn't worth much, unless you have foam with the same firmness. (And as I wrote - I can't say what kind of foam it is and where it came from.) All I can say is that it's quite firm. (Some people write, that they're using 2 mm th...
by AJM
04 Apr 2019, 22:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Thinner keycaps on UK Model F XT?
Replies: 15
Views: 581

Re: Thinner keycaps on UK Model F XT?

While there are quite a few differences to tell an UK and US made XT keyboard apart - including the shape of the keycaps (US made ones usually having slightly rounder corners than UK made ones), the thickness is not such a clear indication and seems to vary quite a bit. I would say my experience lea...
by AJM
01 Apr 2019, 10:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: ISO users
Replies: 65
Views: 2118

Re: ISO users

BTW: The ISO enter is a "properly sized" enter. :D
The classic "Big Ass Enter" is found on keyboards, that are not quite sure, what layout they want to be - like the Model F AT.
by AJM
29 Mar 2019, 00:41
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: MT3 /dev/tty - beige numpad / blanks / international kit
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: MT3 /dev/tty - beige numpad / blanks / international kit

Thank you for the hint.
I got the numpad kit. No blanks or international kits, though.
by AJM
21 Mar 2019, 16:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soarer's converter and FN key
Replies: 5
Views: 244

Re: Soarer's converter and FN key

Yeah, that's a bit tricky. PUSH_META saves the information, which modifiers are pressed at the moment. CLEAR_META LSHIFT "declares" the LSHIFT as not-pressed (otherwise the later "PRESS F11" would actually send "SHIFT F11", because you're holding the SHIFT key down at that moment) POP_ALL_META resto...
by AJM
20 Mar 2019, 14:11
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1658
Views: 124286

Re: Post your desktop.

depletedvespene wrote:
20 Mar 2019, 13:39
AJM wrote:
20 Mar 2019, 13:29
Only the stool looks a bit "humble" for such a desk. :mrgreen:
I bet that one's for the cat and the real chair was pulled back for the photo-op. :D
I thought that, too - hence the green smiley. :D
by AJM
20 Mar 2019, 13:29
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1658
Views: 124286

Re: Post your desktop.

<darth_vader_voice>
Impressive!
</darth_vader_voice>
:shock:

Only the stool looks a bit "humble" for such a desk. :mrgreen:
by AJM
19 Mar 2019, 15:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soarer's converter and FN key
Replies: 5
Views: 244

Re: Soarer's converter and FN key

Ideally, I would like to make the LSHIFT + F9 and LSHIFT + F10 combos work as F11 and F12. Maybe I'm missing something, but why not simply .... macroblock macro F9 LSHIFT PUSH_META CLEAR_META LSHIFT DELAY 5 PRESS F11 POP_ALL_META endmacro macro F10 LSHIFT PUSH_META CLEAR_META LSHIFT DELAY 5 PRESS F...
by AJM
18 Mar 2019, 15:18
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: MT3 /dev/tty - beige numpad / blanks / international kit
Replies: 2
Views: 137

MT3 /dev/tty - beige numpad / blanks / international kit

I'm looking for several MT3 /dev/tty kits (in Europe preferably):

- beige numpad
- big blanks
- small blanks

(and international kits form round 2 would always be welcome)
by AJM
13 Mar 2019, 21:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys

At least for a Model F XT, these two settings are necessary to "fix" the ISO specific keys you mentioned. remapblock BACKSLASH EUROPE_2 BACK_QUOTE BACKSLASH endblock In case you're not yet happy with your configuration, if could be worth a try. (.... Or maybe I have no idea, what I'm talking about.)
by AJM
10 Mar 2019, 17:38
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Sun space saving keyboard "Compact 1" (from 1994/95)
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Sun space saving keyboard "Compact 1" (from 1994/95)

Now to the darker sides of this keyboard ... This keyboard is not meant to be taken apart. Levels of frustration while trying to open it: - Yippee! Five screws - wait ... no, there are 3 clips at the front, that have to be bent simultaneously - wait ... no, there are 2 more clips under the rubber fe...
by AJM
10 Mar 2019, 16:17
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Sun space saving keyboard "Compact 1" (from 1994/95)
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Sun space saving keyboard "Compact 1" (from 1994/95)

As teased a few days ago, here comes the cleaned Sun keyboard, which I saved from the bin, because of its space saving appeal. First the positive aspect: The looks (I really like that curved simple design) a02.jpg a03.jpg a04.jpg a05.jpg a06.jpg A nice quirky touch - the key that usually only shows ...
by AJM
10 Mar 2019, 12:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Beam Spring listing / registration
Replies: 18
Views: 1146

Re: IBM Beam Spring listing / registration

Very nice. Do you have some more pictures of the case? That's not the usual 5251 case, that I know.

(And I just saw, that there's no picture of an 5251 in the Wiki at all! I'll try to change that.)
by AJM
09 Mar 2019, 20:00
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 42
Views: 3011

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

Rattling in the sense, that the switches don't sit tight and can be wiggled around: Yes, that is fixed now.
If you mean rattling in terms of sound: Sound was pretty much unchanged by the restauration.
by AJM
07 Mar 2019, 20:25
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22264
Views: 1105321

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Ok then - I'll clean it and report back. :) - it has a slight rubbery bump, so my description of the feel isn't completely accurate, but it came from the fact that the bottoming-out feel is very soft and spongy - the legends could be a very very dark purple or blue, but maybe just black - the mouse ...
by AJM
07 Mar 2019, 14:26
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22264
Views: 1105321

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

We're currently closing the office, where I work. There came up this "Sun SSK" keyboard:
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The key feel is quite awful - like poking a mattress, but the SSK layout looks interesting.
What do you think? Should I give it some care and post more pictures or is it trash/not interesting?
by AJM
03 Mar 2019, 17:36
Forum: eBay
Topic: Beamspring 5251
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Beamspring 5251

Towards the end I was again thinking to participate in the bidding as well. Now that I know that you won, I'm happy, I didn't.

Concerning the keycaps: Wow, really?! That would be massively kind of you. I'll pm you.
by AJM
27 Feb 2019, 17:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Anyone in Italy? Go rescue those beams man!
Replies: 41
Views: 1957

Re: Anyone in Italy? Go rescue those beams man!

As sad as it is, let's be fair. There is no way authorities (in the western world at least) could have reacted differently.
by AJM
27 Feb 2019, 10:55
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Reasonable?
Replies: 21
Views: 798

Re: Reasonable?

I've bought from Candykeys twice. The first time it was a preorder and after the preorder date was reached, there where several delays. I got answers to every e-mail within 1 or 2 days, but they were of the stalling kind: "One week", "next Friday", "soon" In the end I got it with a few weeks delay. ...
by AJM
27 Feb 2019, 00:33
Forum: eBay
Topic: Beamspring 5251
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Beamspring 5251

Same here. I don't really need a second 5251, but the German keycaps are very tempting ....
If whoever gets it prefers US keycaps, I'm willing to trade - just saying. :D
by AJM
22 Feb 2019, 15:37
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 42
Views: 3011

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

John Doe wrote:
22 Feb 2019, 15:20
... But 1250usd becomes 1600usd, 350$ for shippng? Can't imagine that even.
Shipping alone would have been something around 80, but to all of that then comes 19 % of import tax.
by AJM
21 Feb 2019, 14:11
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 42
Views: 3011

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

@Hypersphere: Yeah, I'm happy, that I found MT3 keycaps to fill both of the Vortex keyboards relatively quickly. (Patience is not my main virtue.) You're right about the programming problem: <FN> is special and apparently can't be programmed to RCtrl. I would be interested to try Topre some day, but...
by AJM
21 Feb 2019, 00:12
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 42
Views: 3011

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

Wow, thank you all again for your kind words. @Hypersphere: I think I have to start at the beginning: I'm not a fan of flat profiles, also. And finding out, that there are so many different keycaps with different profiles and especially sculpted ones like SA and MT3, was the incentive for me to try ...
by AJM
20 Feb 2019, 17:44
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 42
Views: 3011

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

@matt3o: Oh, thank you.

@darkcruiz: Thanks. There is no wobble (at the moment). After cutting around on the foam to make it thinner (by about a good third), I hit the sweet spot: Thin enough to enable a correct assembly, and thick enough to hold the switches properly.
by AJM
20 Feb 2019, 16:32
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 42
Views: 3011

Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

Here I have a few pictures of my 5251 restorations from a few months ago. It's not a proper thorough restorations report, because - being my first beamspring keyboard - I wanted to concentrate on not making too many mistakes instead of making sure everything is recorded properly. But maybe it's stil...

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