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by JBert
11 Feb 2020, 12:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Is it just me?
Replies: 21
Views: 1553

Re: Is it just me?

The keyboard currently sitting in front of me is a GH60 built from a Poker keyboard with its original MX Blacks. These are not the vintage ones, just whatever Vortex used in 2011. During typing you don't really have any trouble whether they're lubed or not - they might not be ultra-smooth when slowl...
by JBert
06 Feb 2020, 01:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboards banned from work
Replies: 16
Views: 1268

Re: Keyboards banned from work

All was well and good, but now I'm in a different desk and my former desk is used by someone else... who has a common, run-of-the-mill rubber dome keyboard. And the cow orker I mentioned now complains that the new guy 's keyboard makes a lot of noise. I had a colleague who you could hear across the...
by JBert
02 Feb 2020, 03:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Weird HP keypad with 32 keys
Replies: 5
Views: 662

Re: Weird HP keypad with 32 keys

The shape reminds me of the IBM LPFK, though I couldn't say if it's just coincidence or not.
by JBert
09 Jan 2020, 14:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looking for desoldering advice for MX LED switches
Replies: 8
Views: 428

Re: Looking for desoldering advice for MX LED switches

Honestly , if your doing keyboard work even semi regularly you want a proper air pump or compressor operated desoldering station. I have an ancient weller system that i use and its pritty good altho the hand piece has had its day and needs fixing. In an ideal world you would go for something like t...
by JBert
08 Jan 2020, 10:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looking for desoldering advice for MX LED switches
Replies: 8
Views: 428

Re: Looking for desoldering advice for MX LED switches

Do you care only for the switches or do you want to reuse the keyboard PCB? If it's the latter you will need to clean up the old solder and that can only be done with a solder sucker and / or braid. However, if it's the former then having a solder sucker will still be interesting. When I remove sold...
by JBert
02 Jan 2020, 12:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F key gets a bit stuck
Replies: 19
Views: 1002

Re: IBM Model F key gets a bit stuck

Ouch!

Any idea what happened there? Might the flipper have been fractured before or was the flipper stuck in some way that you broke it when you pressed rather hard?

I've never seen a flipper break like that...
by JBert
01 Jan 2020, 11:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F key gets a bit stuck
Replies: 19
Views: 1002

Re: IBM Model F key gets a bit stuck

I posted a few steps how to hold the keyboard when pressing keycaps on.

I have had similar keys like yours where a key would make an unsatisfying "ploink" sound and where it would feel weird. Just removing the keycap and putting it back on in a specific way solved the issue.
by JBert
29 Dec 2019, 23:26
Forum: Workshop
Topic: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO
Replies: 766
Views: 140787

Re: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO

If I have a keyboard that is AT/XT switchable, is there any reason you guys could think of that it would be preferable to use AT over XT (or vice versa)? With regards to stability I wouldn't know, but with regards to features you should keep in mind that the XT mode will not support the keyboard st...
by JBert
29 Dec 2019, 23:23
Forum: Workshop
Topic: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO
Replies: 766
Views: 140787

Re: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO

scrd checks what kind of configs are found in the converter's flash memory. If it's fresh out of the box you will never have uploaded a config, thus it is normal that you get an empty result.
by JBert
29 Dec 2019, 18:06
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Random keypresses from IBM Model F XT with Soarer's
Replies: 8
Views: 790

Re: Random keypresses from IBM Model F XT with Soarer's

I've got no news for you. I have disassembled my model F at one point and actually haven't put it back together again...

It seems I need to get a Round Tuit.
by JBert
29 Dec 2019, 18:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM XT Model F tactility issues
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: IBM XT Model F tactility issues

The springs in a model F only work properly if they meet the keycap at the right spot: a little dimple which can be seen if you look inside the keycap. The best way to get the springs in the right spot is to unplug the keyboard and then to let it rest on your lap. Take the front edge and pull it upw...
by JBert
15 Dec 2019, 00:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?
Replies: 35
Views: 1229

Re: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?

@SneakyRobb Not to mention that at one point they got competition on the enthusiast market from converters like Soarer's converter or its minituarized version, the Orihalcon converter.
by JBert
24 Oct 2019, 20:26
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Are there any unconvertible switches left?
Replies: 11
Views: 2277

Re: Are there any unconvertible switches left?

>There are some weird patents in the Wiki about rollover that remind me of what you write. Microsoft Sidewinder X4 also had increased rollover using resistors, and tho That was an interesting read, thanks. Well the microsoft rep admitted that their tech works by putting a resistor at each switch to...
by JBert
16 Mar 2019, 12:25
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Odd problem with IBM Model F
Replies: 11
Views: 1017

Re: Odd problem with IBM Model F

The PCB seems to contain some sticky residue of the original foam. I've seen it as well on one of my XTs that the bottom side of the foam layer was white.
by JBert
16 Jan 2019, 02:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Add honing bumps/pips to F and J keycaps?
Replies: 13
Views: 1154

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: 447
Views: 34675

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: 447
Views: 34675

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: 724

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: 7
Views: 627

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: 11
Views: 3217

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: 763

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: 1377

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: 1377

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: 1479

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: 17
Views: 1345

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: 3615

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: 3623

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: 7163

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: 4872

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: 7163

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 ...

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