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by sharktastica
Today, 14:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 1990 Chicago Tribune article on keyboards interviewing Key Tronic, Northgate and IBM managers
Replies: 13
Views: 412

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
Today, 13:45
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Resin print keyboard parts factory
Replies: 8
Views: 392

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
Yesterday, 13:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 1990 Chicago Tribune article on keyboards interviewing Key Tronic, Northgate and IBM managers
Replies: 13
Views: 412

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: 1774
Views: 200607

Re: Post your desktop.

Someone: "How many laptops do you need?"
Me: "Yes."
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by sharktastica
04 Aug 2020, 13:52
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] IBM Doubleshot Key Cap Set Group Buy?
Replies: 15
Views: 789

Re: [IC] IBM Doubleshot Key Cap Set Group Buy?

Like others have said, if these are to be B/S keycaps, given the curved plates B/S keyboards (excluding M1, M2, and M15, of course) have, a sculpted form would be redundant and would not play to the advantages that curved plates with uni-profile keycaps allow. As such, I would only be interested if ...
by sharktastica
04 Aug 2020, 11:51
Forum: Reviews
Topic: IBM 4978 "Beamship" keyboard review (Beamsprings)
Replies: 21
Views: 1032

Re: IBM 4978 "Beamship" keyboard review (Beamsprings)

For the letter variants, I think there's a separate thing going on than the typical "model F/M" thing we're used to. IBM catalogs of the 70s-80s frequently used "Type A/B/C" for base variants of accessory options, and "1/2/3/4" for smaller variants - see https://www.ardent-tool.com/ibm5550/option_1...
by sharktastica
30 Jul 2020, 18:09
Forum: News
Topic: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming
Replies: 80
Views: 8982

Re: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming

XMIT wrote:
30 Jul 2020, 17:31
They really need to bring back the white-on-black printed caps. With a UV cured epoxy coating those legends will stay on there forever. Anyone up for a group buy! Probably need to order a few hundred sets...
Sounds good.
by sharktastica
30 Jul 2020, 13:08
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Is it feasible to fix f122 with m122 case?
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: Is it feasible to fix f122 with m122 case?

The closest "old-style" M122s are the ones with the Model F-style dual-setting feet and a largely metal DIN plug (aka, look exactly like a F122 from the top), but be warned that they, of course, look very close to the slightly later "old-style" M122 that had Model M-style feet that could only be acc...
by sharktastica
29 Jul 2020, 13:02
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Microsoft Dynamics BC
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Re: Microsoft Dynamics BC

"805-34, Opal Tower, Business Bay, PO Box 392437, Dubai, United Arab Emirates". According to a very quick Google search, "Medlar InfoTech" also shares that exact same address and are also in the exact same business segment. Talk about tough competition - you apparently have a competing business in y...
by sharktastica
29 Jul 2020, 12:43
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] Model F "Blue Switch", black Model M13, Model M5-1/M5-2
Replies: 0
Views: 100

[WTB] Model F "Blue Switch", black Model M13, Model M5-1/M5-2

Hi,

As per the title, I'm in the market for one or more of those three types of keyboards! I'm UK based, but I'm definitely willing to consider offers from overseas.

Cheers

Edit: To clarify, M5-2 also includes the Unicomp On-The-Ball or Classic Trackball keyboards too.
by sharktastica
26 Jul 2020, 18:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: I visited Unicomp a couple days ago, typed on their new Mini M, and asked them some community questions. *long*
Replies: 61
Views: 3623

Re: I visited Unicomp a couple days ago, typed on their new Mini M, and asked them some community questions. *long*

Regarding the pingy, didn't IBM have a Model M that had "greased" springs or something like that to make them more quiet? IIRC, they were called "Quiet Touch" or something like that. And, no, I'm not thinking of the rubber dome models :D. "Soft Touch". "Quiet Touch" was/is the rubber dome version.
by sharktastica
23 Jul 2020, 13:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M controller into IBM Model F?!?!
Replies: 2
Views: 534

Re: IBM Model M controller into IBM Model F?!?!

Unfortunately, they are in fact different. The Model M uses membrane sheets (hence the term "membrane buckling springs") that connect to its controller using triomates. The capacitive PCB of a Model F is directly attached to its controller (by soldering and/or they are one and the same, IIRC). If yo...
by sharktastica
11 Jul 2020, 21:02
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Cheaper shipments to Europe
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Re: Cheaper shipments to Europe

I would be interested!
by sharktastica
11 Jul 2020, 15:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: I visited Unicomp a couple days ago, typed on their new Mini M, and asked them some community questions. *long*
Replies: 61
Views: 3623

Re: I visited Unicomp a couple days ago, typed on their new Mini M, and asked them some community questions. *long*

I've already given my two cents about this on the original r/ModelM post, but again, I really enjoyed reading this! I think most of their responses were reasonable given they are not really an enthusiast-focused company, however, I think they should pay attention to the pointing sticks, still. I hop...
by sharktastica
07 Jul 2020, 14:07
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 3032
Views: 324159

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

Sample of most of IBM and co's keyboard with pointing devices (missing "TrackPoint I" and M5-1).
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by sharktastica
06 Jul 2020, 21:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: CADAM Function Keyboard
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: CADAM Function Keyboard

the logic inside the function keyboard. Seems so. In fact, I have an IBM-branded version of one of these from 1991 that I bought from Japan a few months ago, and there's a lot of circuit in these for what they are, indeed. 2020-04-29 SNKB-0199132.jpg I haven't gotten it to speak serial yet either, ...
by sharktastica
04 Jul 2020, 00:56
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 3032
Views: 324159

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

Red pill or blue pill? My Lexmark (with its new red keycaps) and Unicomp M13 together.
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Also got a Unicomp Model M4-1 from 1999.
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by sharktastica
30 Jun 2020, 02:15
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23701
Views: 1756115

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

'Insert witty USSRism here' https://www.ebay.com/i/164261616930?_trksid=p11010.c100415.m3733&_trkparms=aid%3D1110001%26algo%3DSPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150526101403%26meid%3D4fa5c966aa574202b0a11dcd36e7c927%26pid%3D100415%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D4%26mehot%3Dnone%26b%3D1%26sd%3D114279589210%26itm%3D164...
by sharktastica
29 Jun 2020, 15:07
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23701
Views: 1756115

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

by sharktastica
27 Jun 2020, 12:46
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 3032
Views: 324159

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

My second Wheelwriter keyboard! About a month ago, I managed to snag an entire Wheelwriter 3500 for just £1, however, the rest of the typewriter is not in working order despite all looking as immaculate as this keyboard assembly. Unusually, this assembly is dated 2001, so I've asked Unicomp if they ...
by sharktastica
26 Jun 2020, 16:18
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 3032
Views: 324159

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

Got an Ambra Model M! Unfortunately, it's not an AMB100x with the blue-grey case and bottom-left aligned italic keycaps, but I can't find any information about the AMB2001 so I'll be taking lots of better photos once it's cleaned up. It came with single-piece standard ISO UK keycaps that are not pic...
by sharktastica
24 Jun 2020, 18:14
Forum: Workshop
Topic: can someone help me with a soarers converter remap
Replies: 3
Views: 812

Re: can someone help me with a soarers converter remap

Sorry, I have no idea how to make that work. The moment you remap SCROLL_LOCK to SELECT_2, for example, you lose the ability for that key to do anything with the lights. IIRC, the lock lights are controlled by commands coming from the computer (which was one of the defining differences between XT an...
by sharktastica
20 Jun 2020, 00:39
Forum: Workshop
Topic: can someone help me with a soarers converter remap
Replies: 3
Views: 812

Re: can someone help me with a soarers converter remap

"Function keys are defined by remapping one or more keys to pseudo-HID codes FN1 to FN8" - Soarer's documentation Basically, you can't directly say you want NUM_LOCK or SCROLL_LOCK to be a layer key - you have to remap them to FNx (1 to 8) beforehand. So, first add something like: remapblock NUM_LOC...
by sharktastica
12 Jun 2020, 14:09
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many keyboards is enough?!
Replies: 18
Views: 2333

Re: How many keyboards is enough?!

Suppose n is the maximum amount of keyboards you can have before you have enough keyboards.

n = ∞
by sharktastica
08 Jun 2020, 01:40
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM SSK club!
Replies: 717
Views: 79037

Re: IBM SSK club!

Picked up my first SSK recently, it's a Personal Typing System version. I actually have the whole package including the monitor and ps/2 system, got it for an excellent price on Facebook marketplace. Still need to clean that up a bit so didn't take any pictures of it yet. Love the stepped keys on t...
by sharktastica
06 Jun 2020, 15:48
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Holy hell, my wife loves me.
Replies: 7
Views: 1821

Re: Holy hell, my wife loves me.

Lovely - especially the selection of snacks!

Happy anniversary!
by sharktastica
02 Jun 2020, 15:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cherry MX Black typing comparison (Alcatel, G80-2100, Deko, Nixdorf, Tipro, Wyse)
Replies: 3
Views: 387

Re: Cherry MX Black typing comparison (Alcatel, G80-2100, Deko, Nixdorf, Tipro, Wyse)

One thing I will give MX Blacks is that they're possibly my favourite sounding vanilla MX switch. Despite personally only really liking loud clicky switches, I'd rather live with these than MX Blues if I was somehow forced into the option between then for instance. Still rather linear Alps or Topre ...

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