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by Hak Foo
13 Aug 2020, 07:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 1990 Chicago Tribune article on keyboards interviewing Key Tronic, Northgate and IBM managers
Replies: 12
Views: 622

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. I tend to wonder if the XT layout would have been so m...
by Hak Foo
09 Aug 2020, 21:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3593
Views: 271309

Re: Alps Appreciation

Could you put the guts into a (modified) Matias housing and use a SMD LED below the switch?
by Hak Foo
07 Aug 2020, 04:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Focus Keyboard Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Re: Focus Keyboard Questions

They go down quite a bit at quantity though. A bag of 200 is $60 delivered.
by Hak Foo
23 Jul 2020, 07:05
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23848
Views: 1846351

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-OmniKey-102-Keyboard-White-Alps/324194384507?_trkparms=aid%3D1110001%26algo%3DSPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131231084308%26meid%3D2abc74a207d648909e6e31c17e7a5a0b%26pid%3D100010%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D184369407592%26itm%3D324194384507%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2...
by Hak Foo
19 Jul 2020, 02:18
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Going big…
Replies: 21
Views: 2349

Re: Going big…

Why not the eight-way arrow block as seen on the FK-9000, some Omnikeys, the Gateway 2000 Anykey, etc? Maybe even extend it 16-ways so we can finally have a "south by southwest" key (macro: down, down, left) Also, after looking at way too much stereo equipment of a certain vintage, a prominent "QUAR...
by Hak Foo
18 Jul 2020, 06:59
Forum: Vendors
Topic: The mother of keyboard controllers - Up to 384 keys
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

Re: The mother of keyboard controllers - Up to 384 keys

I like the concept of "programmable via a USB tool." I've always preferred Soarer's Controller over TMK/QMK because of the convenience of remapping. While a lot of hobbyist keyboards seem to be 75% or smaller, there are definitely a few large-PCB projects out there, like the GH-122 , Black Heart or ...
by Hak Foo
04 Jul 2020, 05:22
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] Funny Adapters! Alps to Cherry MX adapters 08/01/2020 Update
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Re: [IC] Funny Adapters! Alps to Cherry MX adapters

I'm intrigued. My favourite keycaps are stuck on a board I don't like (Box Navies are better as a concept than an actual thing) and my experience with custom Alps caps has been disappointing (Matias is now on year 5 of Real Soon Now, and the XDA blanks I bought and home-lettered faded terribly) Sugg...
by Hak Foo
27 Jun 2020, 18:59
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] New Blue Alps Re-Creation
Replies: 17
Views: 4101

Re: [IC] New Blue Alps Re-Creation

I suspect honestly that they'll do gangbusters business. The fact it drops into the existing MX PCB and keycap ecosystem will cover for a lot of sins.
by Hak Foo
06 Jun 2020, 19:33
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23848
Views: 1846351

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-NEW-MOUSE-Metal-Ball-for-Soviet-Computer-ES-1841-1991-Factory-packaging/353085004755?hash=item5235819bd3:g:0jQAAOSwQbVeyT3J If nothing else, this seller's listings have some pretty great teardown photos. On the one hand, I'm sort of intrigued if it has super-robust b...
by Hak Foo
25 May 2020, 20:30
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23848
Views: 1846351

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: 6
Views: 972

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: 521

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: 180

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: 4300
Views: 372976

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: 2971

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: 4300
Views: 372976

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: 5189

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: 12611

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: 6588

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: 4565

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: 6427

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: 23848
Views: 1846351

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: 23848
Views: 1846351

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: 5740

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: 44
Views: 13183

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: 12142

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: 375
Views: 52437

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: 2702

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: 2702

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: 23848
Views: 1846351

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...

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