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by GivenZane
22 Oct 2020, 05:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help identify my keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Help identify my keyboard

It seems that the ERGO 320 is actually the name of the computer. This is pretty weird to me because the keyboard is left unbranded and only has the name ERGO 320 printed on it. I guess if the keyboard was only ever sold along with the terminal, it wouldn't be too crazy, however, I find it hard to b...
by GivenZane
21 Oct 2020, 00:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help identify my keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Help identify my keyboard

I found an Ergo 420 Brochure! The Keyboards look almost identical! Screenshot from 2020-10-19 23-28-50.png Heres the PDF. Micro-Term_420_Brochure.pdf Hopefully this helps you out! Cheers, --Given It seems that the ERGO 320 is actually the name of the computer. This is pretty weird to me because the...
by GivenZane
20 Oct 2020, 06:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Once in a life time keyboard find!
Replies: 15
Views: 1203

Re: Once in a life time keyboard find!

Hey cool, I recently got a Focus 2001 as well! I love its whole aesthetic, too bad I don't have an adapter for it yet, would love to daily drive it. It's a nice board. I can't daily drive it right now sadly. It has several dead switches I haven't gotten a chance to fix yet... I need to go order a h...
by GivenZane
20 Oct 2020, 06:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help identify my keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Help identify my keyboard

I found an Ergo 420 Brochure! The Keyboards look almost identical!
Screenshot from 2020-10-19 23-28-50.png
Screenshot from 2020-10-19 23-28-50.png (443.35 KiB) Viewed 443 times
Heres the PDF.
Micro-Term_420_Brochure.pdf
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Hopefully this helps you out!
Cheers,
--Given
by GivenZane
20 Oct 2020, 06:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help identify my keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Help identify my keyboard

Hey jwmaxwell, I did some digging on it and all I can say is that I believe it shipped with a DEC VT220 clone machine. I haven't been able to find any photos online. I did find a manual that mentions a Micro-Term Ergo 320 and from what I can find, that terminal emulator shipped with a keyboard. I'm ...
by GivenZane
19 Oct 2020, 20:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help identify my keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Help identify my keyboard

Can you upload a photo of the back of it and a photo of the switches?
Cheers,
--Given
by GivenZane
16 Oct 2020, 21:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M's lighter then White Alps???
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Model M's lighter then White Alps???

Yeah, bamboo alps are a little stiffer generally than buckling spring. Pine white alps are marginally lighter, there's not much in it though. It was just odd to me. I have used black alps extensively in the past without an issue. The weighting feels quite similar after I dug out my AT101 to compare...
by GivenZane
16 Oct 2020, 06:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M's lighter then White Alps???
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Model M's lighter then White Alps???

Hey Everyone! What year was the Model M keyboard made in? Which factory did it come from? Was the Model M bolt modded? Are these complicated white Alps or simplified white Alps? How much use did these keyboards have previously? Was it bought new or used? What condition were the keyboards in original...
by GivenZane
15 Oct 2020, 21:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M's lighter then White Alps???
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Model M's lighter then White Alps???

Hey Everyone, I wanted to know your guys experiences with the weighting on white Alps? I recently switched back to one of my Model M's after a couple weeks of using a Northgate Omnikey Ultra and a Focus FK-2001 and I was surprised how light the Model M feels by comparison. According to the wiki they...
by GivenZane
12 Oct 2020, 20:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What is my white whale keyboard?
Replies: 20
Views: 1300

Re: What is my white whale keyboard?

It might. I'll try the buckle test later and see if that shows any difference. I know it's not a very acturate test but it hopefully will show something.

Cheers,
--Given
by GivenZane
12 Oct 2020, 04:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What is my white whale keyboard?
Replies: 20
Views: 1300

Re: What is my white whale keyboard?

Rayndalf wrote:
10 Oct 2020, 10:49
Model M switches are ~10 grams heavier than Model F switches IIRC.
Really? They feel lighter to me?

Cheers,
--Given
by GivenZane
09 Oct 2020, 08:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What is my white whale keyboard?
Replies: 20
Views: 1300

Re: What is my white whale keyboard?

Hi there, From what you described you might be a good fit for a IBM Model M. The keypress on them is about 10g lighter. You still get most of the nice typing feel of a Model F, but with less weighting. Do the switches have to be clicky? I, myself used Kailh Blues for years and I found the transition...
by GivenZane
06 Oct 2020, 01:07
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Does anyone else here still use ball mice?
Replies: 0
Views: 267

Does anyone else here still use ball mice?

Hi everyone,
I was curious if anyone else here still uses a ball mouse regularly? I have several I still use when I'm not using my trackball and I just enjoy them so much more then optical mice. The analog input feels slightly different to me and I enjoy it much more.
Cheers,
--Given
by GivenZane
05 Oct 2020, 07:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Question about Mechanical Keyboard Lifetime.
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Question about Mechanical Keyboard Lifetime.

Hi there, I have my original mechanical keyboard I specifically bought maybe 8-9 years ago. I daily drove it for years. It's a Noppoo Lolita Spyder with Kailh blues. I finally retired it when some of the switches started chattering really bad. It lasted 7+ years of wear and tear. I type a huge amoun...
by GivenZane
04 Oct 2020, 23:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Fixing Local PBT Yellowing on Model M
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Fixing Local PBT Yellowing on Model M

I have try some mildly abrasive stuff. Lysol wipes, Alcohol wipes, and a tooth brush with dawn and water. I haven't had any luck with it. I feel like the cable had some sort of reaction with the case. :/ It's just annoying me to look at LOL Other then that the board is is great shape. I'll give a ma...
by GivenZane
03 Oct 2020, 21:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Fixing Local PBT Yellowing on Model M
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Fixing Local PBT Yellowing on Model M

Hi everyone, I have a really nice model M in front of me, sadly though there is a slight bit of yellowing where the cable was pressed up against it for who knows how long. Is there any way to fix that? Other then that spot the board is immaculate and that why its bothering me LOL It's on the front o...
by GivenZane
03 Oct 2020, 21:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites
Replies: 23
Views: 995

Re: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites

I've got two computers I use daily. One has an Apple Extended Keyboard II and the other has a custom with Kailh Box Jade "Thick Clicks." It might just be the layout of each desk, but I use a wrist pad on one and "floating hands" on the other. I use only one chair, which had padded armrests, so I do...
by GivenZane
03 Oct 2020, 20:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites
Replies: 23
Views: 995

Re: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites

[H]owever in the meantime I may just purchase a Unicomp Model M, seeing as they are the exact same thing, right down to the tools used to make them. As a former owner of a brand new Unicomp and current owner of a lot of Models M, at least one of which I'm probably going to post for sale today or to...
by GivenZane
03 Oct 2020, 19:41
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?

To be frank, unless you also want to get in to vintage test equipment, you'll probably be better with one of the cheap USB interfaces ( example ). For one thing, once you figure out the format, you can just export the scan code data rather than reading traces off a screen. That's a really good poin...
by GivenZane
03 Oct 2020, 05:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites
Replies: 23
Views: 995

Re: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites

Yours came with PBT caps??? Nice, mine came with ABS double shots, however they are still very nice, albeit a bit thin. Also I was very fortunate to receive board that appears as though it was hardly ever used, the caps have almost zero yellowing and none of them are shiny. And perhaps after you de...
by GivenZane
03 Oct 2020, 05:52
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?

Thanks for all the advice! I'm searching around ebay now for a second hand scope and logic analyzer now LOL It seems like something that will be fun to do so I'm gonna play around with it all!
Thanks again!
Cheers,
--Given
by GivenZane
03 Oct 2020, 05:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Once in a life time keyboard find!
Replies: 15
Views: 1203

Re: Once in a life time keyboard find!

It’s so hard to find space :lol: Being a vintage collector with as many boards as I have, it’s just disgusting lol That's a problem I'm dealing with right now LOL Basically every flat service in my house has keyboards on it LOL I'm waiting on a shipment of boxes to store them in ATM. I'm considerin...
by GivenZane
02 Oct 2020, 21:31
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?
Replies: 10
Views: 463

How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?

Hi Everyone, I have recently became interested in building my own protocol adapters for keyboards. I was curious what is the best method for figuring out what data a keyboard actually puts out if it's an unknown protocol. In my mind it would make sense to power on the keyboard and then use an oscill...
by GivenZane
02 Oct 2020, 21:23
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Trackball for smaller hands
Replies: 14
Views: 916

Re: Trackball for smaller hands

I have quite small hands for a guy (I wear a mens medium sized gloved) and I daily drive a Logitech Marble Mouse on all of my computer. For someone like me I found that it fits my hands quite well and the lack of scroll wheel doesn't bother me. It took a few days but I just retrained myself to us th...
by GivenZane
02 Oct 2020, 21:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites
Replies: 23
Views: 995

Re: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites

Don't worry I will keep you all posted on my progress, I just ordered all of the tools and supplies I need to fix the M key and to repaint the mounting plate. I did in fact purchase 60/40 solder just as you suggested. Oh and thank you! Congratulations to you as well, the board does make a magnifice...
by GivenZane
02 Oct 2020, 07:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Green versus Yellow ALPS
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Green versus Yellow ALPS

It's so weird to me that they are so different! They boards I have with the switches are within a couple years of each other from what I can tell.
Cheers,
--Given
by GivenZane
02 Oct 2020, 07:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Green versus Yellow ALPS
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Green versus Yellow ALPS

Hello everyone, Has anyone else noticed that Yellow alps don't feel nearly as good as Green alps? I cleaned up my Zenith board with Yellow alps and while the switches feel really smooth and are nice in a way, they don't feel as nice as Green alps in my honest opinion. I can't place my finger on why ...
by GivenZane
02 Oct 2020, 07:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites
Replies: 23
Views: 995

Re: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites

Are you going to be using Lead solder? I would highly recommend it. My experience with Lead free solder in keyboards has been rather sad. It tends to crack and be more brittle then 60/40 tin/lead solder. Just to be clear I am not a professional and so your experience may vary LOL Cheers, --Given Do...
by GivenZane
01 Oct 2020, 22:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Once in a life time keyboard find!
Replies: 15
Views: 1203

Re: Once in a life time keyboard find!

Wow that's quite the steal! That ZKB-2R sounds interesting with the unknown switches. Hope you have fun with storage! I'm currently spending quite a bit of time on storing my keyboards properly :lol: It’s so hard to find space :lol: Being a vintage collector with as many boards as I have, it’s just...
by GivenZane
01 Oct 2020, 21:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites
Replies: 23
Views: 995

Re: My 1991 NorthGate OmniKey 102 with ALPS SKCM Whites

Are you going to be using Lead solder? I would highly recommend it. My experience with Lead free solder in keyboards has been rather sad. It tends to crack and be more brittle then 60/40 tin/lead solder. Just to be clear I am not a professional and so your experience may vary LOL
Cheers,
--Given

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