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by sharktastica
09 Oct 2020, 16:20
Forum: Gallery
Topic: My local thrift store has a Commodore Pet 4016 for $500
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Re: My local thrift store has a Commodore Pet 4016 for $500

It definitely sucks, but you can't really argue against this sort of market unless you want 'force' to control the free market and thus produce a planned economy. I think we all know how well that might go once a precedent for that is established. And continuing from what fohat said, you can't logic...
by sharktastica
08 Oct 2020, 01:16
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: I am new member here
Replies: 6
Views: 676

Re: I am new member here

Welcome! What sort of keyboards and/or switches do you like?
by sharktastica
06 Oct 2020, 19:22
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Community Survey
Replies: 12
Views: 675

Re: Community Survey

Filled out, good luck!
by sharktastica
06 Oct 2020, 12:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Numeric Keypad P/N 69H8533
Replies: 2
Views: 433

IBM Numeric Keypad P/N 69H8533

(Re)introducing the P/N 69H8533... and that's all I know about this. Not even a name. I picked up this numeric keypad from Yahoo! Japan Auction for a very decent price out of curiosity, a purchase made very much in the dark. I'm hoping someone here much more familiar with Japanese IBM gear can tell ...
by sharktastica
05 Oct 2020, 12:57
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F - Sensing PCB Thickness?
Replies: 14
Views: 737

Re: IBM Model F - Sensing PCB Thickness?

Welcome to the club! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
by sharktastica
02 Oct 2020, 18:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soarers Macro Limitations
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Soarers Macro Limitations

I'm unsure what the macro limit per block is, but you could try separating the macros into their own macroblocks every so often as a quick fix. I encountered a similar issue when I was trying to make my entire 122's top function key row print email addresses. Separating them into their own macrobloc...
by sharktastica
29 Sep 2020, 13:23
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Finnish computer museum fundraising
Replies: 6
Views: 556

Re: Finnish computer museum fundraising

I think I know a few people who might want to help out and I'll chip in on my next payday too. Good luck!
by sharktastica
25 Sep 2020, 16:18
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [IC] IBM M2F Conversion Kit
Replies: 31
Views: 1757

Re: [IC] IBM M2F Conversion Kit

Survey done - I am most definitely interested!
by sharktastica
23 Sep 2020, 01:13
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 381
Views: 55178

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

General/life: - Python is an ugly language to program in. - Not a fan of dogs. I much prefer snakes or spiders as pets, and so does my grandmother (she's got my tarantula currently). - I'd rather have a Rover (not Land Rover, for those who don't know what Rover was) than any other average. A green R...
by sharktastica
16 Sep 2020, 12:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Were all IBM WheelWriter keyboards buckling spring??
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: Were all IBM WheelWriter keyboards buckling spring??

I have yet to encounter a non-buckling springs Wheelwriter, but that doesn't mean they non-B/S couldn't exist. Quiet Touch was available on Model Ms since the early '90s, but if your Wheelwriter indeed had rubber domes, it wouldn't be a simple difference as "less clicky" - you'd be able to tell the ...
by sharktastica
13 Sep 2020, 23:50
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 5110 find
Replies: 18
Views: 1274

Re: IBM 5110 find

Damn, that's sexy.
by sharktastica
12 Sep 2020, 22:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: No, Google! Bad Google!
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Re: No, Google! Bad Google!

I would be like insert joke about HHKBs being overpriced and how these "HHKBs" are super cheap for $95 to $200, but I have no idea how much HHKB Lites sell for considering they're not Topre.
by sharktastica
12 Sep 2020, 16:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Got myself a budget model M!
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: Got myself a budget model M!

quaker wrote:
12 Sep 2020, 16:03
Mine's 1392595! Think I payed about 26 in USD.. model Ms are quite expensive in Korea
Nice, this is the latest produced 1392595 I've seen! $26 USD is a good price these days - I paid £50 GBP (~$64 USD) for mine. How much does a typical Model M cost in Korea?
by sharktastica
12 Sep 2020, 15:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Got myself a budget model M!
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: Got myself a budget model M!

Nice! What part number is this and how much did you pay?

I believe this is an IBM 3151 ASCII Display Station Keyboard. I have a P/N 1392595 (grey oval, 1987), with the same awesome numeric keypad legends that I ended up complimenting them with a Unicomp APL keycap set.
by sharktastica
09 Sep 2020, 11:29
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 3053
Views: 360572

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

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by sharktastica
05 Sep 2020, 22:42
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Just wanted to say hello to everyone
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Re: Just wanted to say hello to everyone

Hi Sharktastica. TinyCore is a great distro and I've used it some in the past on some Pentium 2 and 3 laptops I have and it's great in that roll. For me, I have plenty of overhead on my systems so I can afford to run a heavier system if I want to, and that's why I choose Mint LOL Have you ever trie...
by sharktastica
05 Sep 2020, 11:05
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Just wanted to say hello to everyone
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Re: Just wanted to say hello to everyone

Welcome, from a fellow student, keyboard enthusiast (of course) and Linux user! I mostly use Mint too across my army of IBM and Lenovo ThinkPads. As you said, it's simple and it just works. For older gear or for low software overhead, I usually turn to TinyCore though. Like Gentoo, you've got a lot ...
by sharktastica
27 Aug 2020, 05:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What is this switch?
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: What is this switch?

As zrrion said, these (IBM KeyPad III) use sleeves. Given the Alps-titled electronics inside and the fact it says it's made in Japan on the back of the device, they're probably Alps-made switches too but I have no idea what the switches' internal/marketing name is (or if there are any).
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by sharktastica
24 Aug 2020, 23:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A little love for Unicomp
Replies: 25
Views: 1188

Re: A little love for Unicomp

kmnov2017 wrote:
20 Aug 2020, 00:15
The best model M I tried was a 2002 unicomp ....
I have a 2004 P/N 18P7970 M13 (made by Unicomp for IBM) and it's amongst my best Model Ms. It's quite 'delicious'.
by sharktastica
24 Aug 2020, 23:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A little love for Unicomp
Replies: 25
Views: 1188

Re: A little love for Unicomp

I didn't realised they did a rubber dome version of the Model M? They're called Quiet Touch Model Ms. For standard shaped (Enhanced Keyboard) Model Ms, they are mostly confined to part numbers 71Gxxxx during the Lexmark era, although M2s with Quiet Touch (sometimes coming with an extended border at...
by sharktastica
20 Aug 2020, 13:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp Ultra Classic dropping rivets too quickly...
Replies: 32
Views: 1657

Re: Unicomp Ultra Classic dropping rivets too quickly...

Got hit hard by their response. Suspect all those old model IBMs shall indeed continue to escalate in pricing, due to the current company refusing to provide something for the PREMIUM sector :( . Agreed on that part. A fault so big that prevents users from cleaning and maintaining their keyboard. F...
by sharktastica
19 Aug 2020, 18:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A little love for Unicomp
Replies: 25
Views: 1188

Re: A little love for Unicomp

JP! wrote:
19 Aug 2020, 17:48
sharktastica wrote:
19 Aug 2020, 15:31
If you're curious, this is what their APL set is now like. I'm pretty happy.
Yeah I've seen lots of pictures of their new stuff and it all looks great. Here is a sample of their older stuff


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Damn, that's depressing.
by sharktastica
19 Aug 2020, 15:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp Ultra Classic dropping rivets too quickly...
Replies: 32
Views: 1657

Re: Unicomp Ultra Classic dropping rivets too quickly...

but only concentrating upon the 'price dwellers' won't keep them in business forever. Even ignoring the funkmon's FAQ from r/ModelM, I'm pretty sure it's been known for a while that Unicomp's main business is selling to other companies, companies that only care if their keyboards type well. Conside...
by sharktastica
19 Aug 2020, 15:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A little love for Unicomp
Replies: 25
Views: 1188

Re: A little love for Unicomp

True. Too bad that I made most of my purchases from them a few years ago when their QC was down. Same. I bought an APL keyset with very faded legends. Fortunately the non APL specific keys were pretty good. Looking at their new set with blue legends I am half tempted to order some stuff I don't rea...
by sharktastica
16 Aug 2020, 15:16
Forum: Gallery
Topic: My Entire Collection (almost)
Replies: 4
Views: 743

Re: My Entire Collection (almost)

Twinkie from 2006. This is not a keyboard. Regardless, what's the tactility like? Oh, and nice collection! I really like the split spacebar on the M. I'm thinking of trying something similar with my M122s since I'm currently sitting on three Wheelwriter spacebars and Code keys whilst I find time to...
by sharktastica
15 Aug 2020, 00:06
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: IBM part numbers
Replies: 12
Views: 7338

Re: IBM part numbers

Here are some IBM 3205 Color Display Console F122 and M122 Type I (aka, two-size risers + straight DIN plug) keyboard part numbers, some of which I don't believe are on the wiki yet. The two Japanese Katakana ones are interesting, which are 124-key as per IBM's GA18-2339-1 document. Annotation 2020-...
by sharktastica
13 Aug 2020, 14:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 1990 Chicago Tribune article on keyboards interviewing Key Tronic, Northgate and IBM managers
Replies: 12
Views: 677

Re: 1990 Chicago Tribune article on keyboards interviewing Key Tronic, Northgate and IBM managers

I don't get the "XT-F Enter as Numpad Enter" argument... considering it had that bizarre 1x3 numpad plus instead. You can definitely see the XT layout with very few adjustments in the 5251 Beamspring. That seems the more reasonable origin story. That's reasonably a part of the story. Given that the...
by sharktastica
13 Aug 2020, 13:45
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Resin print keyboard parts factory
Replies: 52
Views: 3284

Re: Resin print keyboard parts factory

Awesome stuff! I've been eyeing up the Elegoo Mars for a while now since it is decently well priced.
by sharktastica
12 Aug 2020, 13:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 1990 Chicago Tribune article on keyboards interviewing Key Tronic, Northgate and IBM managers
Replies: 12
Views: 677

Re: 1990 Chicago Tribune article on keyboards interviewing Key Tronic, Northgate and IBM managers

''People get awfully emotional about keyboards-it`s a very personal thing,'' said Mark Tiddens, vice president of sales and marketing at Key Tronic Corp.
Even in 1990, this guy knew what's up.
by sharktastica
07 Aug 2020, 22:57
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1780
Views: 221726

Re: Post your desktop.

Someone: "How many laptops do you need?"
Me: "Yes."
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