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by Ratfink
04 Apr 2017, 17:45
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A new US Republican thread 2016
Replies: 1679
Views: 43901

Okay, you know what? I'm out. People I once respected here are acting like children. This forum no longer feels like a fun place to discuss vintage keyboards. It's become something very toxic, something that I don't want to be a part of. I'll chalk my club membership fee up to a learning experience,...
by Ratfink
04 Apr 2017, 16:22
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A new US Republican thread 2016
Replies: 1679
Views: 43901

Please, close this thread before the forum tears itself apart. I'm worried about you guys.
by Ratfink
03 Apr 2017, 23:43
Forum: Other news
Topic: CM Peripheral SURVEY!
Replies: 19
Views: 753

What I don't like about the "order the importance" questions (besides the already alluded-to presentation problems) is that it doesn't show the relative importance, just the order. In the bigger one, the bottom four or five were all totally unimportant to me, so I gave them an arbitrary order. The s...
by Ratfink
01 Apr 2017, 22:52
Forum: Photos
Topic: IBM Navigator Pro (Merlot!)
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Ugh, Deskthority watermarks… :roll:
by Ratfink
28 Mar 2017, 19:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Capsense help
Replies: 5
Views: 160

I've never figured out how to make those work except as macros. Maybe that's the intent: assign the key to Cut, then make a macro so that Cut sends Ctrl+X.
by Ratfink
28 Mar 2017, 18:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What kind of adapter I need for this?
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Wow, that's a pretty generic label. :lol:

It has lock lights, so if I had to guess, I'd say it's probably an AT keyboard. Some XT keyboards did have lock lights though, so that alone isn't a perfect indicator.
by Ratfink
28 Mar 2017, 17:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What kind of adapter I need for this?
Replies: 5
Views: 129

From your pictures, unless someone knows exactly what keyboard that is (which they well might—I'm not exactly the most knowledgeable on Alps stuff), we can't really answer your question. A picture of the bottom of the case, especially of any switches or labels, could be helpful. There are two common...
by Ratfink
28 Mar 2017, 16:48
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [Done] CommonSense controller - better capsense!
Replies: 399
Views: 21589

Unfortunately my rigol cannot into current measurement - curious to see what happens with power consumption on microsecond scale. Of course it can into current measurement, as long as you don't mind slightly changing the current it's measuring. Just pass the current through e.g. a 0.1 Ω resistor, a...
by Ratfink
27 Mar 2017, 21:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What makes a good *non linear* switch?
Replies: 33
Views: 637

I think the sharp drop is important, but even more important is that it be closely correlated to the actuation. And if there's a click, it had better be exactly at the actuation, or it just comes across as odd and unhelpful.
by Ratfink
27 Mar 2017, 20:52
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [HELP] I'm designing a PCB & wish to accommodate multiple bottom rows!
Replies: 2
Views: 279

I think the best option is to make the schematic have each alternative switch position as a separate switch, and connect them in the schematic the same as you want to in the PCB.
by Ratfink
27 Mar 2017, 05:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Vintage Keyboard Hardware Signal Capture & Emulation
Replies: 5
Views: 408

At some point, it might just be safe to assume that Soarer shuffled off this mortal coil.

Here's a link to the thread you mentioned, Daniel.
by Ratfink
27 Mar 2017, 05:42
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A new US Republican thread 2016
Replies: 1679
Views: 43901

It makes the forum as a whole look bad. It clutters the spy. It's helping the clickbait sites he links to get higher in search results. It's essentially spam. At least the thread became fun, and unrelated to the original topic.
by Ratfink
27 Mar 2017, 03:07
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A new US Republican thread 2016
Replies: 1679
Views: 43901

It isn't that I want to censor political discussions. I like them in reasonable venues, when there are people with differing views who are actually willing to hear each other out and gain perspective. But this is a keyboard forum, and the political discussion in this thread pretty much died! It was ...
by Ratfink
25 Mar 2017, 20:23
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A new US Republican thread 2016
Replies: 1679
Views: 43901

Maybe it's time the moderators close the thread. Should we put it to a vote?
by Ratfink
23 Mar 2017, 05:59
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: What billiards ball should I put in my vintage Kensington trackball?
Replies: 8
Views: 880

What, are you saying that isn't a nice clean cue ball in it already?
by Ratfink
19 Mar 2017, 16:25
Forum: Photos
Topic: Goupil G4 - Cherry G80 0518
Replies: 12
Views: 1015

Orpheo wrote: And the PCB with some kind of nasty coating I didn't care to clean.
Not nasty, and don't clean it off! It's a conformal coating, which serves to moisture-proof the PCB.
by Ratfink
18 Mar 2017, 21:26
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Delete my account
Replies: 13
Views: 1128

cml wrote: The white DT theme is too bright on my eyes.
Turn down your monitor's brightness, then. ;)
by Ratfink
17 Mar 2017, 23:48
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22055
Views: 979790

by Ratfink
16 Mar 2017, 15:43
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Signs you are a computer keyboard addict
Replies: 18
Views: 581

So the older you are, the less likely you are to be a computer keyboard addict: https://deskthority.net/off-topic-f10/keyboard-enthusiast-age-structure-t13274.html That's a rather odd interpretation of those data. True if you only consider people who are at least 27 years old, but false if you cons...
by Ratfink
16 Mar 2017, 15:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Connecter Choices?
Replies: 37
Views: 925

Okay, let me know when you figure out how to do SuperSpeed+ USB with Power Delivery and DisplayPort simultaneously over a single BNC connector. Then I'll be behind you 100%.
by Ratfink
14 Mar 2017, 18:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Diacritic Key
Replies: 19
Views: 642

Yes, that is generally what R-Alt is used for these days if you have an international keyboard layout running. If your default keyboard layout under Window, for instance, is English US, then just add the US International layout, and when that is active, the R-Alt key becomes an Alt Graph key and fu...
by Ratfink
14 Mar 2017, 17:06
Forum: Photos
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 2617
Views: 158707

Those do look like happy faces. :D I believe Japanese use quite different style of emoticons instead: https://static.mengniang.org/common/1/17/%E9%A2%9C%E6%96%87%E5%AD%97.jpg https://t10.pimg.jp/000/812/990/1/812990.jpg http://support.justsystems.com/faq/1032/app/servlet/load?image=13mat01a.gif One...
by Ratfink
14 Mar 2017, 00:32
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 1983
Views: 82261

Hall effect beam spring, eh? I understand how, but not immediately why. Why's that supposed to be better than capacitive beam spring?
by Ratfink
14 Mar 2017, 00:00
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22055
Views: 979790

Hi I have the opportunity to get a Model F XT for around 25€. But the guy can't get it to work - controller failure. Is it possible to repair, or swap the thing out for a capsense usb controller? Possible. The XT keyboard has the controller and capsense pads one one PCB. If I remember right, the tr...
by Ratfink
13 Mar 2017, 19:00
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Spherical Buckling Spring Thread
Replies: 304
Views: 18924

Speak for yourself, zslane. As a fan of the buckling spring era, I would absolutely love new spherical keycaps. I like old ones in good condition because they're the best I can use currently, not because they're perfect in every way. New caps with better quality than the ones Unicomp makes would be ...
by Ratfink
12 Mar 2017, 20:45
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22055
Views: 979790

A reddit user is selling an unsaver on mechmarket: https://www.reddit.com/r/mechmarket/comments/5z090y/eude_h_ibm_model_f104key_unsaver_tkl_model_f/ 1200? I can't stand people that drive up the prices of keyboards to ridiculous levels, and those that store multiple of the same rare keyboards for no...
by Ratfink
12 Mar 2017, 15:37
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A new laptop
Replies: 76
Views: 2061

Intel wireless works great with Linux, yes, but I wouldn't call it a must. Atheros and Realtek work fine too. Broadcom is the only one I'm aware of to avoid like the plague.
by Ratfink
12 Mar 2017, 15:23
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22055
Views: 979790

y11971alex wrote: http://www.ebay.com/itm/292047496249 $500 only!

:shock:

If we wanted to see a beamspring in its native habitat, this is it! :geek:
Aww hell, it's within driving distance! Must—resist⸺must—protect—wallet—
by Ratfink
12 Mar 2017, 01:53
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A new US Republican thread 2016
Replies: 1679
Views: 43901

Please stop posting in this trash thread. Let it die.
by Ratfink
11 Mar 2017, 22:07
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Converting an IBM Pingmaster
Replies: 240
Views: 10767

Of course you can convert it externally. The one I received in last year's Secret Santa has an external converter. It's basically just a DE-9 connector wired to a Teensy, all stuffed into an enclosure. Keyboard goes in one side, USB out the other.

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