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by JBert
16 Jan 2019, 02:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Add honing bumps/pips to F and J keycaps?
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: Add honing bumps/pips to F and J keycaps?

I prefer non-destructive methods. The easiest I've done so far is to take a flat bit from a plastic blister package, cut a piece the width of the top of the keycap and then use a non-stick tape like 3M's Scotch brand to stick it to the front of the keycap. You can choose how high you want to have it...
by JBert
16 Jan 2019, 02:12
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: DT Update Log and TODO
Replies: 305
Views: 6267

Re: DT Update Log and TODO

Moving to something else is a idea but i dont think there is anything else out there thats decent , classic forms are dying out so not that much support for them anymore. If you could organise Discourse into classic topic sections rather than stupid tags i would say go for that. First time i used i...
by JBert
13 Jan 2019, 01:41
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: DT Update Log and TODO
Replies: 305
Views: 6267

Re: DT Update Log and TODO

Donation page is back online https://deskthority.net/donations.php Remember to send a small token of your appreciation. Please note that everything still goes into webwit's pockets... I mean to pay for the server and various expenses (DTA awards etc)... All I get is karma credit I guess. Fair enoug...
by JBert
04 Jan 2019, 13:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soarer - Not clear on how "meta" directives work
Replies: 9
Views: 360

I've added the following to my .sc file: # BackQuote to Win remapblock BACK_QUOTE LGUI endblock Flashed, working well. One problem: Backquote produces the desired effect, but Shift+Backquote, which is supposed to produce a tilde, is completely silent. Remapblocks are unconditional and take effect b...
by JBert
03 Jan 2019, 11:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: USB to PS/2 + Soarer's Converter?
Replies: 4
Views: 149

If you have one of those keyboards which works with a passive USB-to-PS/2 adapter then you could do it. The keyboard will fail to detect a USB host and switch to PS/2, after which it will communicate with Soarer's converter. I have a Cherry G80 which I bought in 2010 which does this perfectly well. ...
by JBert
29 Dec 2018, 13:42
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Multi vendor marketplace
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Are DeskThority club members supposed to be giving feedback on this? If so, maybe we should move this topic to the DT Talk forum?
by JBert
11 Dec 2018, 20:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model F AT not working
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Did you test it with the controller PCB disconnected from the inner assembly? (You shouldn't!)

There are supposed to be two screws holding it to the assembly and they serve as ground connections.
by JBert
11 Dec 2018, 01:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Low quality solder, iron, and desoldering iron - burnt my PCB pads
Replies: 24
Views: 513

What are some of the solder stations that use these heater-element-inside-tip design? I know only Hakko 950 and 951 and they cost almost 400€ in Germany. I love and adore the Metcal / Thermatronics method. Reasons: 0. It is physically impossible for them to overheat. 1. It's not controlled by a 'th...
by JBert
10 Dec 2018, 12:52
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Low quality solder, iron, and desoldering iron - burnt my PCB pads
Replies: 24
Views: 513

My decades-old 50W Weller soldering station is locked at 370°C and works sufficiently well for normal PCBs and joining wires. Only big solder pads ( > 2 cm²), grounding planes (basically a soldering pad spread out over the entire PCB) or thick wires form a problem. The trick is to have a soldering i...
by JBert
05 Dec 2018, 20:04
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Mechamorphosis
Replies: 26
Views: 677

Hmmm, shouldn't we tag this for DTA 2019? It's a rather clean handwiring job.
by JBert
04 Dec 2018, 19:08
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Another new project (IBM PCJr)
Replies: 16
Views: 501

tatsurou wrote: Calculator electronics:

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The waving quality of those hand-drawn traces on that PCB though... :)
by JBert
02 Dec 2018, 15:32
Forum: Final Vote
Topic: Best Vintage Keyboard or Relic
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Vote Alps in gainsborough's TI keyboards: you will always be surprised.
by JBert
02 Dec 2018, 15:31
Forum: Final Vote
Topic: The Deskthority Award
Replies: 16
Views: 833

Voting for clickclack: trolling the artisan market since 2010.
by JBert
02 Dec 2018, 15:28
Forum: Final Vote
Topic: Best Project or Innovation
Replies: 32
Views: 1490

Still voting for the UHK team, even if it won't matter so much anymore.

The keyboard and its firmware are brilliant, so far the only complaints I have is that the extra mouse modules aren't there yet, and that it lacks an extra key on the bottom right where now a big 2.25u button sits.
by JBert
02 Dec 2018, 15:24
Forum: Final Vote
Topic: Best Keycap or Keycaps Set
Replies: 29
Views: 978

Voting for the Canvas option, because at least they're trying to do something interesting with regards to shape, color, and fonts.
by JBert
02 Dec 2018, 15:22
Forum: Final Vote
Topic: Best Project or Innovation
Replies: 32
Views: 1490

I still have high hope for the UHKB, however, when I click on "Trackpoint module", it is written in its description: "This item is under development, and we don't have a solid ETA yet. Please subscribe to our blog or newsletter, and be part of the development process." But it allows me to add that ...
by JBert
27 Nov 2018, 16:12
Forum: Call for nominees
Topic: Best Vintage Keyboard or Relic
Replies: 17
Views: 896

Current nominations are: - Aer Fixus' IBM 3279 Beamspring Restoration. . He took the beamspring that had been subject to horrors few other keyboards have suffered and restored it back to health. - ghostjuggernaut's gorgeous restored Kishsaver . This was cleaned, new foam, the plate stripped and cer...
by JBert
26 Nov 2018, 23:53
Forum: Call for nominees
Topic: The Deskthority Award
Replies: 22
Views: 905

matt3o wrote:
webwit wrote: clickclack - The first artisan keycap maker avant la lettre, he inspired a whole new scene.
he will be thrilled to get a wingnut!
It's unlikely that he has a DTA 2018 award certificate with his name on though.
by JBert
12 Nov 2018, 15:19
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Guide for Rebuilding an IBM Model F XT ?
Replies: 20
Views: 758

I have watched Lucar's video (https://youtu.be/wPOe0Pmd3gs) several times, but am wondering if there is a set of systematic instructions on how to do this. Some of processes in the video are not quite clear, but it is indeed an outstanding video. Do not follow the part where he's pulling off the sp...
by JBert
11 Nov 2018, 22:12
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Random keypresses from IBM Model F XT with Soarer's
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Random keypresses from IBM Model F XT with Soarer's

So here's something which has been bothering me for ages: I've got a Teensy with my favourite Soarer Converter XT shortcuts in it which is completely built into the keyboard. When I leave the keyboard connected to my PC for 5-10 minutes while I'm switching between keyboard and mouse, I sometimes sta...
by JBert
11 Nov 2018, 22:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F XT (NO FOAM) !!
Replies: 3
Views: 218

The only advantage I would see is that the plates can be slid together without the need for any clamps as now there is nothing resisting it (the video author didn't know about the clamps or the fact that you should NEVER pull out the spacebar). BTW: The problem is not that the hammers hit the PCB (i...
by JBert
03 Nov 2018, 00:15
Forum: Workshop
Topic: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO
Replies: 750
Views: 108535

(Also, I didn't know the final outcome would be a bin-file, I thought it was a hex-file since that's what the Teensy loader-software asks for..) If you use other firmware then it's possible that those tools generate a customized hex file. With Soarer's firmware you only use TeensyLoader once to upl...
by JBert
25 Oct 2018, 13:25
Forum: Workshop
Topic: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO
Replies: 750
Views: 108535

Have you tried running the scinfo tool included in Soarer's Converter tools folder? Just to see if it might detect a different firmware version or different microcontroller.
by JBert
22 Oct 2018, 16:51
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Model F XT: name / source for connector to pcb
Replies: 10
Views: 273

My XT keyboard had the label "Berg" on the connector, but that won't help much seeing how these connectors are nowadays made by multiple manufacturers. I've lucked out before by coming across a slightly larger box connector where I could cut off a few pins. However, as µ was saying you could also lo...
by JBert
21 Oct 2018, 17:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Examples of Soarer Converter configuration files please
Replies: 43
Views: 7048

If "tinkerboy's converter" is running the Soarer Converter firmware underneath then those commands apply.

Seriously, just try, since Soarer's tools will communicate with the device to check the version it should quickly tell you if anything is wrong.
by JBert
19 Oct 2018, 21:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Examples of Soarer Converter configuration files please
Replies: 43
Views: 7048

ii.) Assume I have manged to produce a vaild .sc-file, how do I proceed further under linux, so that my remap file will be applied by the converter? If your Soarer tools work then it's just a matter of using these commands to do it: scas myconfig.sc tinkerboy.bc scwr tinkerboy.bc At least, that's a...
by JBert
18 Oct 2018, 13:41
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT space bar issue
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Most of the PCB is covered throughout with solder mask. Any kind of rag should do as long as it's not steel wool. If you want to use any solvent which you haven't used before then try rubbing it just on one corner of the PCB, then leave it sitting for 15 minutes after it was first made wet. If it di...
by JBert
14 Oct 2018, 16:33
Forum: News
Topic: MECHANICON is back! Meetup in Frankfurt, Germany on November 3rd!
Replies: 33
Views: 1183

7bit wrote: (Awesome poster snipped due to size)
:ugeek:
I guess 7bot will do all the talking? Also, nice of you to put at least 3 ducks in the border, Webwit would approve. :D
by JBert
29 Sep 2018, 14:17
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What's your piece of keyboard unobanium?
Replies: 40
Views: 2621

Model F XT with a more modern bottom row (i.e. smaller space bar and at least an extra super and Alt Gr key).

Modern beamspring.

An affordable DataHand, and now that we're posting unattainable wishes anyway it should better come with modern mouse support.
by JBert
04 Sep 2018, 18:25
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [HELP] Teensy++ 2.0 for a 6 Button Foot pedal - wiring and FW?
Replies: 11
Views: 342

If you would solder all switches with one pole to PB07 (pin closest to GND near connector) and then to PD01-5 + PD07 then this is how such a Soarer config might look: matrix blocking 0 sense PD1 PD2 PD3 PD4 PD5 PD7 strobe PB7 O P LEFT_BRACE L SEMICOLON QUOTE end Note that the matrix config should sp...

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