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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: 2146

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: 38
Views: 4819

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: 5203

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: 366
Views: 26312

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: 1724

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: 1724

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: 22751
Views: 1330837

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: 22751
Views: 1330837

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: 383

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: 7442

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: 285

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: 7442

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: 139
Views: 12175

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: 674

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: 1729

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: 1729

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: 240

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: 7442

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: 240

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: 17170

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: 3285
Views: 167211

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: 22751
Views: 1330837

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: 565

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: 3285
Views: 167211

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: 3285
Views: 167211

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...
by Hak Foo
05 Feb 2019, 07:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Not Sure I'm Happy with Cherry MX...
Replies: 151
Views: 6417

Re: Not Sure I'm Happy with Cherry MX...

There is no meaningful difference between a switch and its design. A switch is its design. I disagree. A switch's potential is LIMITED by its design, but it can well underperform that. We've definitely seen performance changes from: * Non-design-spec components (example: the lubes on Alps switches)...
by Hak Foo
28 Jan 2019, 03:37
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [SHIPPED] Hua-Jie AK-CN2 Alps clones (ROUND 2)
Replies: 80
Views: 7442

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

YGPM. The complete no-hassle way you refunded after the first round failed gives you a lot of credibility for the second attempt.
by Hak Foo
15 Jan 2019, 06:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3285
Views: 167211

Re: Alps Appreciation

I'm having to pull my Omnikey (Blackheart PCB, Matias clickies) out of rotation; the S key is repeating badly. I find myself souring on the Matias endeavour more and more-- the switches are okay but not as good as they might be, and the keycap delays are just comical. The primary selling feature is ...
by Hak Foo
07 Jan 2019, 02:12
Forum: News
Topic: Tai-Hao Olivette in Alps mount may return!
Replies: 20
Views: 3966

IMO, Olivette is the weakest of the Tai-Hao product line.

It has a weird frilly look that makes it look like bad dyesub, and the colours aren't a great nmatch for classic caps.
by Hak Foo
03 Jan 2019, 07:04
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Old thread
Replies: 40
Views: 2886

If this is going to go to a group buy, we should probably know:

1) How far off we are from MOQ,
2) Does this change pricing
3) When does the buy close if we don't hit MOQ?

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