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by Hak Foo
03 Jan 2020, 03:09
Forum: News
Topic: daskeyboard product management
Replies: 23
Views: 960

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: 16
Views: 1852

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: 3318

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: 22933
Views: 1409861

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: 22933
Views: 1409861

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: 3723

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: 7200

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: 7662

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: 33601

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: 2075

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: 2075

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: 22933
Views: 1409861

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: 22933
Views: 1409861

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: 445

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: 8978

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: 319

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: 8978

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: 169
Views: 15729

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: 769

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: 1947

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: 1947

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?
by Hak Foo
08 May 2019, 03:24
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB Omnikey Replacement PCB
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: WTB Omnikey Replacement PCB

He did!? I recall the second round was AT101 and Z-150 and he cancelled the Omnikey version.
by Hak Foo
07 May 2019, 06:04
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [SHIPPED] Hua-Jie AK-CN2 Alps clones (ROUND 2)
Replies: 80
Views: 8978

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

I feel like it makes sense to partner with a retailer. Maybe put together a program like "order during the GB and they're 50 cents per, but the retailer will be buying a big block and be selling them at 75 cents each afterwards." This could work out well in a lot of ways: * A retailer would probably...
by Hak Foo
07 May 2019, 03:41
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB Omnikey Replacement PCB
Replies: 3
Views: 271

WTB Omnikey Replacement PCB

Did anyone get one of those circuit boards and not assemble it? I sort of wrecked mine desoldering it.
by Hak Foo
03 May 2019, 06:19
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] A true GH/DT custom keyboard kit - What do you want to see?
Replies: 132
Views: 18016

Re: [IC] A true GH/DT custom keyboard kit - What do you want to see?

To me, projects like the Hyper7 and GH-122 make the most sense as community projects.

There seems to be enough of a market to maintain TKL and smaller kits as commercial items, but the small cluster of users wanting 100% and bigger are left to try to organize something themselves.
by Hak Foo
27 Apr 2019, 03:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3409
Views: 187488

Re: Alps Appreciation

I'm running a Blackheart PCB, so I've got that lovely QMK programmability. It's really weird. No matter where I assign KC_CAPS on the matrix, pressing that key outputs control. The control keycodes work as expected. I have no idea why it does this. Maybe I should try a not-homemade-cable. As for th...
by Hak Foo
21 Apr 2019, 21:53
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22933
Views: 1409861

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

A vanilla AT101 at a relatively modest price: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Dell-Mechanical-Keyboard-AT101/202596083455?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3De104e7b6522a47e2b8a40b3a44ec566e%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D253651783945%26itm%3D2025...
by Hak Foo
12 Mar 2019, 06:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looking for reccomendations for good, solidly built keyboard chassis
Replies: 10
Views: 630

Re: Looking for reccomendations for good, solidly built keyboard chassis

If you like the build quality of a WYSE board, why not get one, desolder the switches, and wire up a Soarer's Controller? They're plentiful and modestly priced. Do note the bottom rows tend to be a bit nonstandard.
by Hak Foo
06 Mar 2019, 05:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3409
Views: 187488

Re: Alps Appreciation

Honestly, I was pulling hard for it because the Matias clickies I put in my Omnikey were giving me trouble. I figure I could replace the one or two that are chattery, but why not go for broke, considering I just got a desoldering gun for Christmas...
by Hak Foo
05 Feb 2019, 07:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3409
Views: 187488

Re: Alps Appreciation

Frankly, I think the trick would be to find a way to bake it into the cost of business PCs. Many people are typing on soggy rubber domes and chicklets because it's what Dell/HP/Lenovo/Acer ships in the box, and the procurement process says "replacements get the standard model keyboard of the day." I...

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