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by Findecanor
Yesterday, 13:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: new keycaps for Space Invaders boards
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: new keycaps for Space Invaders boards

Does the "big-ass" key feel weird?
Other switch types don't get doubled stabilisers under the BA Enter keys, so those are wobblier.
by Findecanor
Yesterday, 02:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How much do you use context menu key?
Replies: 30
Views: 1108

Re: How much do you use context menu key?

Europeans might want a , key. Numpads for European countries that use decimal comma instead of decimal point do have comma on the numpad instead of decimal point. The Brazilian PC keyboard's numpad has decimal comma, but also a . key -- the numpad + key is split! I'd like a degree ° key. It's on Ge...
by Findecanor
27 Sep 2021, 00:19
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Cherry MX Clear switch review
Replies: 6
Views: 275

Re: Cherry MX Clear switch review

The MX Clears are my favourite — with the original spring. The thing is that the spring's stiffness is not apparent until after the bump, when I think that it cushions my key strokes, preventing me from bottoming out. Once you've got used to typing on them without bottoming out, they are therefore a...
by Findecanor
26 Sep 2021, 19:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How much do you use context menu key?
Replies: 30
Views: 1108

Re: How much do you use context menu key?

I don't know what's the symbol to the left from the smiley key. That's an "Office key" (as a raised middle-finger to the anti-trust lawsuit back in the '90s ...) It produces Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Win at once, a combination which used to unofficially be called "Hyper" key on Windows, and officially still i...
by Findecanor
26 Sep 2021, 14:04
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Trackpoint on ThinkPad USB keyboard
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: Trackpoint on ThinkPad USB keyboard

Have you read the numbers on the stick's controller chip and looked up what it does? If that is a dedicated Trackpoint controller then it could speak PS/2, but I think it more likely to be a generic microcontroller in which case it is more probable that it will use I²C or SPI to the main controller ...
by Findecanor
26 Sep 2021, 01:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How much do you use context menu key?
Replies: 30
Views: 1108

Re: How much do you use context menu key?

Now we're going a bit off-topic, but anyway: On Apple's own keyboards it's mapped as the mysterious / mostly useless third flavour of Delete, the "Clear" key: ⌧ Plug in a fullsize USB PC keyboard and, as far as I remember, [Num Lock] does bugger all. But I could be wrong. Mine are all smaller and/or...
by Findecanor
23 Sep 2021, 23:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How much do you use context menu key?
Replies: 30
Views: 1108

Re: How much do you use context menu key?

I have it mapped to Compose . This mapping is also the default under some Unix, and a proposed mapping in the USB HID standard. It is pretty useful for typing — emdash, ← arrows ⇒ ½ fractions, æ ligatures, × the multiplication sign, ⋄ the Meta key diamond, among many other things. I ♥ this key. If I...
by Findecanor
23 Sep 2021, 15:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Rarest Switch?? Cherry MX Lock
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Rarest Switch?? Cherry MX Lock

But once the host machine could talk back to the keyboard, latching keys became problematic because they could so easily fall out of sync. The host can see the state toggle but it can't reset it! Before they became super-rare, I put a Cherry MX Lock switch on my ErgoDox for toggling the embedded nu...
by Findecanor
23 Sep 2021, 09:10
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Don't you feel like DT is dying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2193

Re: Don't you feel like DT is dying?

I'd say that Deskthority already does have that kind of content.
by Findecanor
21 Sep 2021, 01:52
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Don't you feel like DT is dying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2193

Re: Don't you feel like DT is dying?

There is a trend right now of closing forums in favour of Discord "servers", which I think is contra-productive, and downright ignorant of what the different mediums are. The best, most vibrant communities I've been to and the most rewarding interactions I've had on the Internet have involved both f...
by Findecanor
19 Sep 2021, 06:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Is there any way to completely fix the sound of clicky Alps?
Replies: 9
Views: 603

Re: Is there any way to completely fix the sound of clicky Alps?

I think I have a vague recollection of it happening if the slider is in the wrong orientation, but I'm not sure.
I'm not an Alps expert.
by Findecanor
16 Sep 2021, 22:42
Forum: News
Topic: RIP Clive Sinclair
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: RIP Clive Sinclair

He is not associated with any good keyboards, but he had been a significant figure in the home computer revolution for sure. If you don't know who he was, here's a documentary: c1tWYN4dthw I would also recommend the movie "Micro Men", even though Sinclair himself wasn't happy about how he was portra...
by Findecanor
14 Sep 2021, 22:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Buckling Spring Switch Life
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: Buckling Spring Switch Life

When enough of a Model M's rivets are broken, the barrel plate can break apart in the folds between the rows of keys and it can no longer be bolt-modded.

On the M2 you can damage a spring if you seat a keycap wrong. I don't know if that is an issue on the regular Model M.
by Findecanor
11 Sep 2021, 12:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Does this dampen my keyboard?
Replies: 35
Views: 968

Re: Does this dampen my keyboard?

Next, I would put rubber O-rings on the standoffs that the PCB-plate sandwich rests on. I've heard that the GK61 uses 2.5mm screws (so you'd want O-rings with 2.5mm holes), but you might want to measure that to be sure. If you can't find thin O-rings, maybe you could punch holes in pieces of a rubb...
by Findecanor
11 Sep 2021, 00:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Does this dampen my keyboard?
Replies: 35
Views: 968

Re: Does this dampen my keyboard?

You could perhaps line the case with clear tape first to avoid the caulk sticking. Ordinary clear tape is made of polyethylene — and almost nothing sticks permanently to PE. I have used this trick many times with epoxy and epoxy putty, but at smaller scale and I've never actually tried PE with silic...
by Findecanor
10 Sep 2021, 23:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: HHKB but with arrow keys and Mac function keys?
Replies: 11
Views: 462

Re: HHKB but with arrow keys and Mac function keys?

I've found the Topre Realforce R2 for Mac, and it looks really good, except for the absolutely outdated connectivity and build. https://www.realforce.co.jp/en/products/R2TL-USVM-WH/ I wouldn't call the build "outdated". I'd agree that the design is an acquired taste though ... If you don't need the...
by Findecanor
10 Sep 2021, 23:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: HHKB but with arrow keys and Mac function keys?
Replies: 11
Views: 462

Re: HHKB but with arrow keys and Mac function keys?

There do exist Micro USB sockets where the shield is through-hole soldered to the PCB, making them just as durable as USB-C. And there do exist cables with reversible Micro USB plugs. Both of these are later iterations of the Micro USB connector through, and not the norm. I've heard about about dest...
by Findecanor
10 Sep 2021, 22:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Does this dampen my keyboard?
Replies: 35
Views: 968

Re: Does this dampen my keyboard?

I looked up a few things quickly on the GK61 and compared with what I know. I would choose the denser automotive foam. Or... first reinforce the bottom of the case with lengthwise ribs of some material epoxied to the bottom, to make the case more rigid. You could find similar automotive damping foam...
by Findecanor
09 Sep 2021, 20:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 479
Views: 68949

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

The last one looks like Futaba MD but it is not that easy to see.
by Findecanor
06 Sep 2021, 13:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4870
Views: 636081

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

It looks like a variant of the BTC 51 series with the 1.25u Escape key and the grey "ISO key" next to the left Shift key — I have only seen BTC keyboards have that.
Edit: Some BTC-made Packard Bell keyboards have a similar case.
by Findecanor
04 Sep 2021, 10:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 479
Views: 68949

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

Can anyone identify this one? Looks like a cross between Futaba MA and BTC foam and foil. It's from an unidentified Chicony keyboard. https://i.imgur.com/gnVWDSw.png https://i.imgur.com/46OFGdj.png I think that could be a Deyi foam-and-foil switch. Check this thread : the housings look identical bu...
by Findecanor
01 Sep 2021, 14:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: AEK ii Cable
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: AEK ii Cable

You will need an active adaptor (also called "protocol converter") from its ADB protocol to a modern computer that uses USB. There are three in the Wiiki but there might be more out there. An adaptor for a PS/2 keyboard will not work. If you are connecting it to a classic Mac, you could use a "S-vid...
by Findecanor
29 Aug 2021, 01:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What fingers do you use to hit the spacebar?
Replies: 15
Views: 851

Re: What fingers do you use to hit the spacebar?

The shiny spots from my right thumb are usually below the N key. That means that there is no keyboard that splits apart that would be viable for both of us ... Except perhaps for Cherry G80-5000, which has telescopic space-bars.
by Findecanor
28 Aug 2021, 13:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboard that's not in the WIKI now
Replies: 14
Views: 807

Re: Keyboard that's not in WIKI now

BTW, Wikipedia allows only third-party info, and no original research like we do.
by Findecanor
28 Aug 2021, 12:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What fingers do you use to hit the spacebar?
Replies: 15
Views: 851

Re: What fingers do you use to hit the spacebar?

Mistel MD770, SP-111 (supposed to be a "southpaw" keyboard yet clearly designed for right-thumb users???), ultimate hacking keyboard, the list goes on. Interesting that you find it insufficient. On those keyboards the space bar is split under the B key, and is as wide on the left as on the right. H...
by Findecanor
27 Aug 2021, 12:57
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Dell rubber dome conversion to Mechanical (Quietkey SK-8000)
Replies: 9
Views: 781

Re: Dell rubber dome conversion to Mechanical (Quietkey SK-8000)

If you had measured the spacing between key groups, and they had been 1/2 and 1/4 keys, then you could have used a PCB and plate for a Filco Majestouch or similar, because that is quite common. It looks like vertical spacing between the alphanumeric section and function key row is 1/2u anyway. BTW, ...
by Findecanor
26 Aug 2021, 16:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboard that's not in the WIKI now
Replies: 14
Views: 807

Re: Keyboard that's not in WIKI now

The KPT-84 is already in the Wiki. If you think you have a variant not already listed, then please feel free to add your images to the Wiki article ! ;) BTW, there is a guy on Swedish auction Tradera that has had a NIB one every week for 250 SEK (+ s/h or pick-up in Malmö). I've been told that they ...
by Findecanor
15 Aug 2021, 12:54
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Does anyone make "retro" USB mice in the style of the old, boxy ones from the 80s?
Replies: 26
Views: 11566

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

Retro Games Ltd have announced the TheA500 mini , an ARM-based "retro console" in the shape of a tiny Amiga 500 with built-in Amiga games. It is going to come with a replica of the Commodore "Tank" mouse that speaks USB, and also a gamepad inspired by the CD32's but A500-beige. I'm expecting them to...
by Findecanor
14 Aug 2021, 16:37
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Merge C64 and VIC-20 keyboard articles?
Replies: 1
Views: 964

Merge C64 and VIC-20 keyboard articles?

The Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore 64 are two different 8-bit computers from the early 1980's that ran incompatible software. However, they had keyboards with the same layout that were interchangeable with one-another. Late VIC-20s and early C64s did even have the exact same keyboards (two variants ...
by Findecanor
12 Aug 2021, 22:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: DSA-like keycaps but angled?
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: DSA-like keycaps but angled?

SA has a smooth surface, while DSS and MT3 are textured.

I find that MT3 is a bit too dished for my taste though.

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