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by AJM
12 Jul 2019, 11:30
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Can't get some keys on Model F to stick to spring
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Can't get some keys on Model F to stick to spring

From my experience the best way to hold the keyboard - when putting on keys - is with the cable (if it comes out of the back) pointing downwards. Then the springs lean against the back of the barrels and the keys should catch them in the right way.
by AJM
10 Jul 2019, 11:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Are there any boards with the f77 layout? /what is that layout called?
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: Are there any boards with the f77 layout? /what is that layout called?

A Vortex ViBE is even closer to a F77.
It only has that 1 column additional on the right.
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by AJM
04 Jul 2019, 16:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What Are Your IBM Model F Preferences? (XT vs AT vs 122...)
Replies: 164
Views: 10090

Re: What Are Your IBM Model F Preferences? (XT vs AT vs 122...)

Wazrach is of course correct. The other cases can't hold a candle to an XT.
And should anybody hit the case with an axe, you can touch the XT up with a bit of paint, while on the other "pure" plastik cases it will never look right again.
by AJM
03 Jul 2019, 17:09
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] /dev/tty International
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: [WTB] /dev/tty International

Who isn't? ;) I managed to get 2 International sets thanks to a guy from this forum, but they're from R1 and the legends are a bit wonky. So far I haven't even seen a set from R2 anywhere. All I could offer you (for the price of shipping), are the keys, that I don't need for my German layout. If the...
by AJM
29 Jun 2019, 17:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A question for the keyboard collectors, who also collect terminals
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: A question for the keyboard collectors, who also collect terminals

Thank you for your input. It doesn't sound so easy after all. Especially for someone like me - with very limited electronical skills.
This together with the size of the piece and the problems with transporting it has brought me to my senses and I think I better back away from that plan.
by AJM
28 Jun 2019, 16:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A question for the keyboard collectors, who also collect terminals
Replies: 3
Views: 299

A question for the keyboard collectors, who also collect terminals

Hi, I'm thinking about buying an IBM 5251 terminal/screen for my existing 5251 keyboard. I wonder, will this be only a decoration piece or would it be possible to get any kind of interaction between the terminal und the keyboard (without the actual computer behind it). For example: Will some charact...
by AJM
24 Jun 2019, 23:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Navless IBM AT layout mechanical keyboard
Replies: 22
Views: 1062

Re: Navless IBM AT layout mechanical keyboard

I understand your father only too well. Noticing that there are still options for keyboards without that horrid nav cluster restarted my interest in keyboards not too long ago. You can reprogram the Vibe to that classic numpad-arrow-mode (which I also prefer), but you have to use a few tricks and yo...
by AJM
23 Jun 2019, 13:56
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Finally a proper case for the Vortex ViBE
Replies: 15
Views: 2128

Re: Finally a proper case for the Vortex ViBE

New try in terms of video production :D - with camera (=microphone) directly above the keyboard:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo9Qo4mw4DE
by AJM
23 Jun 2019, 11:55
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Finally a proper case for the Vortex ViBE
Replies: 15
Views: 2128

Re: Finally a proper case for the Vortex ViBE

Thanks a lot.

Concerning typing demo: I tried that already, but - just as with den Model F XT videos, I did some time ago - it sounds very, very reverberating. No matter, if I use my photo-camera or an iPhone. That doesn't do it justice.
(Maybe I'll try a different setup ....)
by AJM
22 Jun 2019, 20:50
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 2740
Views: 202600

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

Thank you.

For not to derail this thread I made a new one in the "workshop" :) : viewtopic.php?f=7&t=22099
by AJM
22 Jun 2019, 20:47
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Finally a proper case for the Vortex ViBE
Replies: 15
Views: 2128

Finally a proper case for the Vortex ViBE

The layout of the Vortex ViBE is pretty much perfect for me. After starting with a MX brown version, I changed to silent reds and in the end I took the first board and replaced the MX browns with lubed Healios. The only thing missing now was a proper case. I've never been a fan of the "caseless" flo...
by AJM
22 Jun 2019, 18:35
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 2740
Views: 202600

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

Not all Apple keyboards are useless. :mrgreen:
The case of the M0110A has the perfect size for a Vortex ViBE (by this time - with lubed Healios switches).
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by AJM
20 Jun 2019, 14:30
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [EU] Model F's: 4704 F-107, F-AT (Also F-XT body + cable)
Replies: 21
Views: 1253

Re: [EU] Model F's: 4704 F107, AT. Beamspring?

I have a few Model F XTs. All thoroughly cleaned and working. Some floss-modded and one with modded spacebar. Keycaps in German and US.
If a price around 100 € would be ok, I could make a more detailed list.
by AJM
20 Jun 2019, 13:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Whats up with my model f xt? Two layers of foam?
Replies: 14
Views: 499

Re: Whats up with my model f xt? Two layers of foam?

Rezene wrote:
20 Jun 2019, 01:07
I'm sure that atleast the top case was re painted. the thing for the feet wire is white....
Well, it should be white. I have never seen one in grey, till now.
by AJM
13 Jun 2019, 10:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Repairing Model F badges
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: Repairing Model F badges

Taking off that protective film is the most satisfying finale of every keyboard restoration.
Only once it happened to me that a little bit of the print got off together with the film.
(Maybe warming it up with a hair dryer could have prevented that?)
by AJM
10 May 2019, 12:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!
Replies: 508
Views: 26990

Re: Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!

I can't use that. I need an ISO version.
by AJM
10 May 2019, 12:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: tapwithus "keyboard"
Replies: 15
Views: 859

Re: tapwithus "keyboard"

__red__ wrote:
09 May 2019, 23:47
Day 4, 19wpm
Although I'm not very intrigued by the device, I'm still interested in your progress, so please don't be discouraged from posting updates.
by AJM
08 May 2019, 17:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!
Replies: 508
Views: 26990

Re: Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!

I quite like it too. And judging by the wrinkles, it's only wrapped with film - so certainly reversible.
by AJM
03 May 2019, 15:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!
Replies: 460
Views: 36731

Re: Post a picture of your ideal keyboard layout!

kbdfr wrote:
03 May 2019, 15:20
.......
Am I the only one here who actually uses his keyboard for real work? :mrgreen:
Good Question. I too often get the impression, that a lot of "enthusiasts" here use their keyboard as a .......... keyboard: :mrgreen:
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by AJM
01 May 2019, 19:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alternate history: what the Enhanced layout could have been if...
Replies: 16
Views: 793

Re: Alternate history: what the Enhanced layout could have been if...

I think the design process should have happened when the Model F AT had been designed. With only a few minor tweaks, it could have been better and the the Model M layout would not have been necessary. That's the best suggestion so far. (Although even there you have changed more than necesarry.) Fro...
by AJM
01 May 2019, 19:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: tapwithus "keyboard"
Replies: 15
Views: 859

Re: tapwithus "keyboard"

That 60 wpm with this device seems pretty difficult. It's a tap for each letter so we are talking about 250 "precise" taps in a minute. I would guess you need a lot more taps than one for each letter. How else would you type 26 diffent letters + numbers and special characters with only 5 fingers? I...
by AJM
29 Apr 2019, 21:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Need help with IBM Model F soarers converter configuration
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: Need help with IBM Model F soarers converter configuration

Ah, ok, sorry, the Alt/Ctrl key seems to create some chatter. So it's often good to include some "DELAY" after the PUSHING/CLEARING of METAs. I've also changed it, so that the characters come repeatedly, if you hold the key: remapblock FAKE_02 LALT # extra pad lhs of space FAKE_04 RALT # extra pad r...
by AJM
29 Apr 2019, 19:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Need help with IBM Model F soarers converter configuration
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: Need help with IBM Model F soarers converter configuration

No problem. Since I don't use the Model F as a daily driver, it's nice to get it out from time to time for some macro programming. remapblock FAKE_02 LALT # extra pad lhs of space FAKE_04 RALT # extra pad rhs of space FAKE_05 EUROPE_1 # extra pad lhs of enter FAKE_06 BACKSLASH # extra pad top of ent...
by AJM
29 Apr 2019, 10:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Need help with IBM Model F soarers converter configuration
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: Need help with IBM Model F soarers converter configuration

Everything's ok. You probably just left out the first line from my code example. Here's everything in one piece: remapblock FAKE_02 LALT # extra pad lhs of space FAKE_04 RALT # extra pad rhs of space FAKE_05 EUROPE_1 # extra pad lhs of enter FAKE_06 BACKSLASH # extra pad top of enter FAKE_07 F11 # e...
by AJM
28 Apr 2019, 13:45
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22561
Views: 1198175

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Awesome BeamSpring (Displaywriter) with complete system for Sale on eBay: https://www.ebay.de/itm/absolute-Raritat-IBM-DisplayWriter-System-Bj-1983-voll-funktionstuchtig/392285470850?hash=item5b56094082:g:XToAAOSwylhcxIif&frcectupt=true Quite tempting, if space wouldn't be an issue. That disc drive...
by AJM
26 Apr 2019, 12:43
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 5251 Beam Spring Restoration
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: IBM 5251 Beam Spring Restoration

There is a plastic sheet between the plate and PCB with the same groove pattern so that it fits the plate perfectly, that sheet is there for insulation, protection and to press the PCB uniformly against the switches. I suppose the groove pattern is there for better fitting of that plastic sheet. Ca...
by AJM
25 Apr 2019, 11:42
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Keyboards in movies/TV series!
Replies: 418
Views: 36248

Re: Keyboards in movies/TV series!

Interesting. I'm very fond of any keyboard with an XT layout.
by AJM
25 Apr 2019, 10:38
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 47
Views: 3969

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

@Ander The holes themselves are quite precise, because they're made with a hole punch (in my case not in the "perfect" size 15 mm, because I couldn't find a tool in that size - instead I used 16 mm). The placement of the holes isn't actually very precise. Mainly because the markings, which I made th...
by AJM
23 Apr 2019, 11:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model F XT "small sticker" dating
Replies: 1
Views: 264

Re: Model F XT "small sticker" dating

That's an interesting subject. I have mostly UK-made Model Fs, where the stickers are a lot clearer in that respect. With US-made ones it seems to be very difficult. Even the big stickers - shown in the youtube video - don't show the correct shop date, I think. Most of them show "dates" in the 90s, ...
by AJM
14 Apr 2019, 16:27
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 3278 Beam Spring restoration
Replies: 11
Views: 1454

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...

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