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by bitslasher
02 Apr 2016, 20:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM "Shop Date"
Replies: 16
Views: 2824

This is good stuff guys! I love it when folks dig in and start peeling back the layers of the onion. It would be really cool to know what all those codes mean. You'd think that the Unicomp folks would have some knowledge of this.
by bitslasher
31 Jan 2016, 16:30
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Tripleshot keycaps with windows
Replies: 15
Views: 2751

I wonder how you repair this kind of switch. I have a IBM RT board (the early square silver label variety) and many of the keys don't register easily. I'm not sure if it's soarer's converter or the electrical contacts.
by bitslasher
31 Jan 2016, 16:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp Legends
Replies: 20
Views: 2254

I think those are replacements... :|
by bitslasher
30 Jan 2016, 19:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp Legends
Replies: 20
Views: 2254

From my understanding (I have talked to them before myself) when in requested the numeric Function key set. They were super kind enough to do them! Apparently they did a larger batch because after I requested I found them on their site for sale. However, as nice as their sales and support people are...
by bitslasher
16 Dec 2015, 06:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: CM Novatouch -- 3rd Time is a Charm!
Replies: 49
Views: 4558

Here here for a full size nova touch. Don't Cooler Master folks lurk here? Where is the full sized nova touch????
by bitslasher
05 Dec 2015, 05:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Proof that Friday is the best day of the week, hands down.
Replies: 90
Views: 6769

They IMHO are the best boards, as far as mechanism goes. I'm biased I guess. I've typed on them for 22 years. First was an M2 in 1993 that came with my first computer an IBM PS/1 (age 15), then I got an 1391401 in 1996 and have used it ever since. Best boards ever. Just spent a bank on a Topre HiPro...
by bitslasher
03 Dec 2015, 02:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Proof that Friday is the best day of the week, hands down.
Replies: 90
Views: 6769

Yeah I'm not sure about the whole label situation. I'll use key words like "my observation" to open a door for someone to correct me. :) So please someone chime in and tell me if that's a good assumption or not!
by bitslasher
02 Dec 2015, 22:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Proof that Friday is the best day of the week, hands down.
Replies: 90
Views: 6769

Now that we have identified 3 specimens of the same PC-compatible controller, it seems like we have discovered a new species here. :) That is, this PCB has as socket and a tape-covered EEPROM instead of a normal chip found on normal late '85 early '86 1388032, 1390120, 1390131, etc. This is a new '8...
by bitslasher
30 Nov 2015, 10:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Proof that Friday is the best day of the week, hands down.
Replies: 90
Views: 6769

Oh wow, just saw your reply here... That date makes that guy a very very very early model! I've seen two old boards that folks have labeled "prototype": clickykeyboards: http://www.clickeykeyboards.com/model-m-gallery/preliminary-draft-august-1985-model-m-keyboard-30-years-old/ eTwentyNine: https://...
by bitslasher
26 Nov 2015, 02:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Any interest in a 55g HiPro?
Replies: 24
Views: 1969

I'm in central US. It took only 4 days to arrive, totally shocked at that. I paid out my nose for it. But my "logic" if that's what you want to call it was "spend a little more once and save money in the long run so you won't buy more..." Like that'll ever happen, lol.
by bitslasher
26 Nov 2015, 01:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Any interest in a 55g HiPro?
Replies: 24
Views: 1969

I just got a HiPro-UK (the Korean variant). I didn't get knocked with a customs penalty (got from widebasket on eBay). It's 45g also. I think it would be much better as a 55g. I find myself accidentally pressing left home keys with my left hand as it rests above the board. I've come from 20 years on...
by bitslasher
26 Nov 2015, 01:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM AT "Engineering Prototype" ????
Replies: 6
Views: 705

Date codes on chips of the bottom board date it to late '88. The top board looks like an original run AT board. The bottom board looks like perhaps a remanufactured board. The plate has date codes consistent with original boards but the PCB has clearly had new components attached. The PROM on the "p...
by bitslasher
18 Nov 2015, 03:58
Forum: Português
Topic: Cherry announces new mechanical switch: MX RGB Nature White
Replies: 31
Views: 3588

I don't hate MX. I hate bullshit! There's a subtle difference. Follow your nose! MX is okay. Cherry did a good job adapting it to clicky and tactile versions in a couple of weights. Then they sat on it for a long, long time. While China woke up and started cloning them, first badly, but now better ...
by bitslasher
18 Nov 2015, 03:30
Forum: News
Topic: Noppoo tease a very familiar capacitive switch design
Replies: 207
Views: 35629

Okay so it arrived today. S. Korea to Houston, TX in 4 days. I'm a bit surprised! Typing on it now. Reminder that I've been pretty much a Model M user for the past 20 years, when not using an M, I've used an F-122. Never owned a Cherry board, I have a few Apple AEK and AEKII. I liked those boards a ...
by bitslasher
17 Nov 2015, 17:59
Forum: News
Topic: Noppoo tease a very familiar capacitive switch design
Replies: 207
Views: 35629

I just discovered widebasket myself on eBay last week...hunting for a source of the 104UK..thought I'd discovered a secret...then I find this thread... :) His auction had expired but I contacted him and he was able to acquire more to sale. I think when he reopened the auction, he sold 2 boards. He i...
by bitslasher
27 Aug 2015, 19:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Proof that Friday is the best day of the week, hands down.
Replies: 90
Views: 6769

This is a really cool board!!! Did you say that it was missing the sticker on the back? While that's a shame, something really cool about these is that they have TONS of things that help you identify when they were made. Looking at your pictures, I say this board is from late '85 to mid '86. If I ha...
by bitslasher
12 Mar 2015, 07:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Could you help me to identify this keyboard ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1616

My first keyboard ever was a buckling spring M2 that came with my very first computer, an IBM PS/1, in 1993. I had fond memories of it. But, that being said, I obtained another board more recently and almost tossed my lunch right on it when I started typing with it. I like the look and size, however...
by bitslasher
12 Mar 2015, 07:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Could you help me to identify this keyboard ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1616

(Double posted)
by bitslasher
12 Mar 2015, 06:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: HP C3753A
Replies: 2
Views: 969

They are rubber dome but very solid feeling. I use IBM model F and model M daily (to give you a clue of my taste) and I like the feel of this board. It is very tactile. I have one myself.
by bitslasher
18 Feb 2015, 03:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soarer's Converter with IBM RT E57888?
Replies: 8
Views: 1097

That board (you just posted a picture of) do you know who manufactured it? It looks like it shares the same DNA as my '86 edition, in that the keycaps and body molding looks almost identical (the caps, the bottom body, speaker grille, etc.) It looks like an evolution of my board. One more thing-- I ...
by bitslasher
17 Feb 2015, 11:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soarer's Converter with IBM RT E57888?
Replies: 8
Views: 1097

Update: I now have it working. Soarer v1.12 with Teensy 2.0. USB port fit right in opening for cable. I've attached some pics. This board is the original RT board from '86. ICs inside have date codes from late '85. The board looks like a cross breed between a Model F 122, Model M 101, and Wheelwrite...
by bitslasher
20 Jan 2015, 22:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soarer's Converter with IBM RT E57888?
Replies: 8
Views: 1097

Soarer's Converter with IBM RT E57888?

Okay I found one of these elusive IBM RT boards. It is identical to this one, even has a cable! http://deskthority.net/photos-f62/ibm-rt-e57888-t4101.html After seeing that Soarer added support for the IBM RT boards with v1.11 of his converter, I got this thing. I have not received it yet however, s...
by bitslasher
25 Oct 2014, 16:49
Forum: Gallery
Topic: My texan keyboards
Replies: 15
Views: 1853

That model M is an AT keyboard, not a terminal model. You can plug that thing right into a pc if you have a model M PS/2 cable laying around.
by bitslasher
12 Sep 2014, 21:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M - weight and feel
Replies: 17
Views: 4116

I think the feel is like others have suggested, more about the springs and sliders. I have an April 1986 M and it is the stiffest board of all I've touched. It seems like brand new. I've tore apart and rebuilt a few and I think the plate has not much impact on feel unless rivets are missing. Plate h...
by bitslasher
24 Apr 2014, 22:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Topre switch / Cherry MX compatible
Replies: 996
Views: 106784

You guys looking for testers for this new board? :)
by bitslasher
24 Apr 2014, 20:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Back to the Future: From M to XT to Beam Spring and Beyond
Replies: 53
Views: 3522

Speaking of which: what's the preferred material for patching up / replacing a flaky Model F's foam? My Kishsaver needs a spring replaced and I'm shy to take it apart with that stuff flaking as much around the edges. I've been asking myself the same question. I dimly recall seeing a post on this or...
by bitslasher
18 Apr 2014, 19:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Back to the Future: From M to XT to Beam Spring and Beyond
Replies: 53
Views: 3522

The terminal boards are the only F boards with a modern ANSI style layout. Those would require a bit of work to convert to true ANSI, would they not? I'm referring to the short left shift and big enter key. I just got done converting an M-122, and it was a pain because you have to bolt mod it in th...
by bitslasher
18 Apr 2014, 03:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Back to the Future: From M to XT to Beam Spring and Beyond
Replies: 53
Views: 3522

If you want a really nice model F with a good layout, and have plenty of desk space, you cannot beat the "super-carrier" 122-key terminal model F. Go get a teensy and convert it to USB with soarers converter. I have two of these and they are a dream to type on. The size and weight make them very sol...
by bitslasher
18 Apr 2014, 02:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Printed BS keys from Unicomp
Replies: 4
Views: 732

They can produce custom keys with any word you want. They actually have a machine that prints out a template that they then use to do dye sub with. It is a manual process, and different than how they produce their normal dye sub keys that are produced all at once (per keyboard layout). The quality i...
by bitslasher
15 Mar 2014, 08:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Details of the [not] "Model F" IBM Industrial PC 5531
Replies: 1
Views: 666

Details of the [not] "Model F" IBM Industrial PC 5531

I recently came upon one of these, and found that maybe there are some misconceptions about this board. I took some good pictures to shed light on this board's design. The first thing-- (obviously) this board * is not * a Model F. It is an Oak keyboard, but not like the AT Model F. This guy has comp...

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