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by Hak Foo
25 May 2020, 20:30
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23341
Views: 1586750

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

The MCK-142 always looked compelling, but it doesn't come in ANSI. At least the Northgates seem to have a plate design amenable to an ANSI modification. I don't get why with the billion 3x4 macropads out there, nobody's doing a 2x6 explicitly designed to bolt to the left side of a keyboard, or a 2x1...
by Hak Foo
15 May 2020, 08:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias TactilePro v5?
Replies: 5
Views: 320

Re: Matias TactilePro v5?

I think there's definitely some argument to be made here. The complicated-switch dragon chase: There's so much in there-- the differences between simplified and complicated, lubed and unlubed, pine and bamboo. How much of it is actually quantifiable and replicable, and how much of it is a "you'd lov...
by Hak Foo
07 May 2020, 06:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: LTT Does Dye Sub
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: LTT Does Dye Sub

I'm also interested in it as a short-run product... sort of like what WASD offered but with better materials quality.

You can actually get at least one set of okay PBT ALPS blanks now, so I'd be more than willing to drop USD50-70 on competently lettering them.
by Hak Foo
02 May 2020, 08:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Hua-Jie users: how have your switches held up?
Replies: 0
Views: 103

Hua-Jie users: how have your switches held up?

After the group buy here last year , I mounted mine in an 3rd generation Omnikey chassis with a Blackheart PCB. I found that a fair number of the switches didn't click properly when first installed, and required a bit of working to snap into position. I didn't notice this when I did a similar build ...
by Hak Foo
21 Apr 2020, 07:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4165
Views: 303877

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

In the 225013 picture, the one on the right looks very Keytronic. That "It's almost a Model M" case with the little hooks in the LED panel area is distinctily theirs.
by Hak Foo
12 Apr 2020, 08:10
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Weird / interesting vintage computer advertisements
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Re: Weird / interesting vintage computer advertisements

They have an arcade game convention here once a year (cancelled this year for obvious reasons) Last year they had one of these on display, not plugged in and off in a barren corner of the show. Could have at least used an interpretive placard. :(
by Hak Foo
25 Mar 2020, 06:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4165
Views: 303877

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Maybe it's the lower-case/fixed case switch you see on the "Blue Switch" Model Fs?
by Hak Foo
06 Mar 2020, 05:39
Forum: Vendors
Topic: RedMarket now open!
Replies: 30
Views: 2038

Re: RedMarket now open!

The Sherwood board is interesting; they were a famous American hi-fi company in the 50s and 60s. By the late 70s, their kit was mostly made by a firm called Inkel in South Korea. Wonder if they also made the keyboard.
by Hak Foo
08 Feb 2020, 19:21
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What's your piece of keyboard unobanium?
Replies: 43
Views: 8551

Re: What's your piece of keyboard unobanium?

Alps format Tai-Hao caps in true black-on-two-tone instead of that horrible Olivetti knock off, with the extra weird keys for an ANSI Omnkiey
by Hak Foo
03 Jan 2020, 03:09
Forum: News
Topic: daskeyboard product management
Replies: 40
Views: 2845

Re: daskeyboard product management

Sell me the board I have now, but with better keycaps :P. An ANSI-modded Omnikey with a modern PCB and controller. * Normal 103-104 layout plus a side bank of 12 keys for macros. The left side bank is a great position for many macros or conveniences like media controls because it's still reachable w...
by Hak Foo
02 Jan 2020, 03:12
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Model F Labs, Compact F77 review
Replies: 19
Views: 3146

Re: Model F Labs, Compact F77 review

JIS screws often have a dot in the quadrants made by the cross.

I stripped too many of them on a Yamaha reciever. :/
by Hak Foo
19 Dec 2019, 04:03
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Does anyone make "retro" USB mice in the style of the old, boxy ones from the 80s?
Replies: 11
Views: 4087

Re: Does anyone make "retro" USB mice in the style of the old, boxy ones from the 80s?

If you can go mid-90s, the new Pro Intellimouse has the classic shape but comes in a colour that looks filthy and worn out the moment you take it out of the box.
by Hak Foo
28 Nov 2019, 06:15
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23341
Views: 1586750

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Honestly, I want an ordinary 103-key USB unit in the modernized case but at a modest discount. It irks me that I can get the black one for $94 but the white-case and two-tone caps costs 104 plus postage. I had the old-layout 104, but gave it to a co-worker when I left my old job. The new 104 layout'...
by Hak Foo
28 Nov 2019, 01:51
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23341
Views: 1586750

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Has anyone mentioned that Unicomp is dredgng some warehouse utems up for Black Friday?

https://www.pckeyboard.com/page/category/BLACK

They're presently advertising Bigfoot Fs for like 70USD, "refurbished in 1996".
by Hak Foo
05 Nov 2019, 07:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?
Replies: 60
Views: 4799

Re: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?

Honestly, part of me wonders if we're chasing a dragon here. 1. I'll admit, I don't think I've ever rode a blue Alps board, but how much is the difference between that and much more attainable options (NOS whites, Matias, Hua-Jie, Tai-Hao, or Datacomp's weird old tooling)? Even the worst of them are...
by Hak Foo
01 Oct 2019, 07:18
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best chair to stay 12 hours a day typing on the keyboard?
Replies: 45
Views: 9348

Re: What is the best chair to stay 12 hours a day typing on the keyboard?

I bought a used Leap for about USD250 about a year and a half ago; my old plush desk chair was giving me lower-back pain after I switched to remote work and riding it eight hours a day. You should look for a dealer in used office furniture. In the US, at least, many major cities have these, because ...
by Hak Foo
29 Sep 2019, 09:54
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: DTA 2019 preparation
Replies: 39
Views: 8709

Re: DTA 2019 preparation

Anyway, for me the point was always the vote , not anything around it. I suppose the sponsors and voter prizes are what requires the most work, but they were always a means to an end: to get more people to vote in the awards. Why not have the vote anyway, just for continuity's sake? No theme, no pr...
by Hak Foo
04 Sep 2019, 06:31
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 371
Views: 39993

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

As much as I like the buckling spring mechanism, the layout choices sort oif make discrete-switch boards more compelling. The closest to what I want is a 122, but you end up having to stuff keys like escape and print screen *somewhere* and trying to do something about the cross-shaped nav pad. Or yo...
by Hak Foo
03 Aug 2019, 21:22
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Monterey K104W
Replies: 8
Views: 2496

Re: Monterey K104W

I've seen lasered/infilled legends wear out-- the infill rubbed away but there was still a discernable outline of the shape. Laser "burnt" ones, I don't know if I've seen them wear. I'd expect them to be like a shallow, ugly dyesub in that the burning likely extends into the plastic slightly.
by Hak Foo
03 Aug 2019, 07:46
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Monterey K104W
Replies: 8
Views: 2496

Re: Monterey K104W

The caps look lasered, not printed.
by Hak Foo
07 Jul 2019, 08:42
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23341
Views: 1586750

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Preh-Commander-PC-AT-3-Computer-Keyboard-in-Original-Box/183705218962?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3D768e2170b9b04f91bae93e70da086df8%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D11%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D183853266811%26itm%3D183705218962&_trksid=p20476...
by Hak Foo
20 Jun 2019, 01:21
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23341
Views: 1586750

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

https://www.bgmicro.com/COM1235.aspx
2nd Generation PCjr boards, NOS, 30 USD each. They also have RAM cards for PC Convertibles if you want to use one for something other than a source of Brown Alps.
by Hak Foo
18 Jun 2019, 06:26
Forum: Workshop
Topic: A (failed) AT101W mod
Replies: 2
Views: 559

Re: A (failed) AT101W mod

The AT101W doesn't have diodes, though, so there should be little electrical difference between 17x8 and 8x17. I could see some potential weirdness where they tried to spread around keys to avoid blocking on common combinations and that got undermined by rotating the matrix, but I'm not sure about t...
by Hak Foo
09 Jun 2019, 22:38
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [SHIPPED] Hua-Jie AK-CN2 Alps clones (ROUND 2)
Replies: 80
Views: 10111

Re: [SHIPPED] Hua-Jie AK-CN2 Alps clones (ROUND 2)

I think one aspect is overlooked in your argument: unknown, potentially variable demand. If we knew the demand was for 15,000 switches, fine. Finance or partner it up, make a storefront, do that all up front. But part of the group buy model is usually about trying to gauge the market itself. Can we ...
by Hak Foo
08 Jun 2019, 19:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Wyse PCE made in 1980?
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: Wyse PCE made in 1980?

I think some manufacturers use a Taiwanese era-date. Year 80 is ~1991.
by Hak Foo
28 May 2019, 03:19
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [SHIPPED] Hua-Jie AK-CN2 Alps clones (ROUND 2)
Replies: 80
Views: 10111

Re: [SHIPPED] Hua-Jie AK-CN2 Alps clones (ROUND 2)

FWIW, I finally began to assemble my Hua-Jie board. I put it in one of BlindAssassin111s Omnikey compatible PCBs, stuffed in the carcass of a third-generation 102. The switches have a satisfying snap, but I notice a lot of inconsistency-- 10% or so of the switches didn't click at first until repeate...
by Hak Foo
19 May 2019, 05:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 190
Views: 20218

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

Cherry M8 open mechanism?
by Hak Foo
14 May 2019, 07:07
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Alps Keycap Surgery
Replies: 5
Views: 915

Re: Alps Keycap Surgery

For ABS, I'd try the thin type of "plastic cement for models", like Testors. It actually melts the plastic surfaces for a better bond. Typicxally Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone in the day, not sure what it's made of now, but whe I chopped up some old ABS caps to make stabilizer extension it worked well enough.
by Hak Foo
09 May 2019, 05:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps keyboard: Matias, Custom or Ebay??
Replies: 16
Views: 2311

Re: Alps keyboard: Matias, Custom or Ebay??

I rebuilt a Dell AT101W with Matias switches. The Dell has the advantage of being dirt cheap and using the most standard keycaps. You can buy a Tai-Hao set, an optional caps lock, and cover everything but the space bar (that requires custom adapters for the stabilizers). The stock keycaps are medioc...
by Hak Foo
09 May 2019, 04:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps keyboard: Matias, Custom or Ebay??
Replies: 16
Views: 2311

Re: Alps keyboard: Matias, Custom or Ebay??

The Tactile Pro is expensive for what it is.

What about the KBParadise V80 plus a Planck-style "ortholinar" kit to add a few dozen extra keys?

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