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by vometia
20 Jan 2020, 14:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Metal keycaps
Replies: 7
Views: 842

Re: Metal keycaps

There was a sculptor in England who made some metal caps for buckling springs, it was probably 5 or more years ago and I don't recall his name. He sent me a few of them that I used in a few odd places, but not a whole board full. They were great but he had cast them out of a pewter-like metal so th...
by vometia
01 Jan 2020, 17:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp SSK coming March 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 2152

Re: Unicomp SSK coming March 2020

I wonder if there'll be any persuading them to make the case out of thicker, heavier plastic than their more recent offerings...? Though the narrower width combined with the absence of the Trackpoint's blanking plates may be enough.
by vometia
01 Jan 2020, 15:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: This is so sad to see...
Replies: 15
Views: 1742

Re: This is so sad to see...

You all do realize that is what we look like to the vintage computing guys. Always cannibalizing some old keyboard for switches or keycaps, thus destroying a perfectly good vintage keyboard that could have completed some collector’s vintage system. I’m not sure we are in a great place to judge the ...
by vometia
30 Dec 2019, 17:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: This is so sad to see...
Replies: 15
Views: 1742

Re: This is so sad to see...

Not going to watch the video. I've encountered people who burn stuff to get the metal out and it's extremely unpleasant for anyone else in the vicinity. It's technically illegal but nobody with the power to do anything about it really cares.
by vometia
07 Dec 2019, 15:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your Most Reliable / Least Reliable Keyboards?
Replies: 37
Views: 3086

Re: Your Most Reliable / Least Reliable Keyboards?

My gf's old R40 Thinkpad has keys that aren't entirely worn through but many of them have "craters" and are missing their legends. It's still lying around somewhere, I might take a photo at some point. She has long nails, so there may be something in it. I don't, because it's irritating and I'm clum...
by vometia
06 Dec 2019, 20:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: MX blacks: random impressions
Replies: 95
Views: 8916

Re: MX blacks: random impressions

Oddly enough, I don't object to the tiny shift all that much! Which I admit seems inconsistent given my hatred of the small ANSI return thing, and I don't seem to have much of an explanation. Occasionally I adapt to things, though usually after a huge struggle, and at that point it often becomes The...
by vometia
06 Dec 2019, 19:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: MX blacks: random impressions
Replies: 95
Views: 8916

Re: MX blacks: random impressions

A very random observation, which I only notice after "lights out" (yeah I know it's only 6pm here, but I have insomnia and I've been up since 2:20am, so I'm knackered). Not so much about the keyboard, which I am really enjoying other than the finger retraining which is still not really developing ve...
by vometia
04 Dec 2019, 18:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What uk layout “gaming” keyboard should I get?
Replies: 10
Views: 806

Re: What uk layout “gaming” keyboard should I get?

Obligatory "I hate ANSI" reply. I think the size of the left-shift key is pretty low down the list of "why I'm rubbish at combat", whereas the small, mean return bar is a significant contributor to "why I'm rubbish at typing".
by vometia
04 Dec 2019, 13:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What uk layout “gaming” keyboard should I get?
Replies: 10
Views: 806

Re: What uk layout “gaming” keyboard should I get?

Amazon are a mixed bag. I often shop there as it's hard for me to get out and many places still aren't great at online ordering or more often really suck at returns: Amazon are less good in that respect than they were but still better than most. But their novelty tax status always makes me grit my t...
by vometia
04 Dec 2019, 11:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your Most Reliable / Least Reliable Keyboards?
Replies: 37
Views: 3086

Re: Your Most Reliable / Least Reliable Keyboards?

Nom nom lovely spam. Er anyway, my variation can be "keyboard that shows the most endurance to having drinks poured into it", in which case it has to be the SSK. The newer Unicomp and Ducky were less thirsty and seemed to object, though they may be fixable. The worst SSK experience just required the...
by vometia
04 Dec 2019, 11:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What uk layout “gaming” keyboard should I get?
Replies: 10
Views: 806

Re: What uk layout “gaming” keyboard should I get?

I'd also beware of certain stores (such as the above) in case something goes wrong. Trouble is, when it comes to tech outlets, I've had more negative experiences than positive ones. Some are worse than others and I'd avoid the likes of Ebuyer like the plague.
by vometia
24 Nov 2019, 06:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: MX blacks: random impressions
Replies: 95
Views: 8916

Re: MX blacks: random impressions

I wish my fingers weren't so slow to retrain. I still feel like I'm no closer to getting used to the more amenable positioning of control, for instance, and the editing keys are still causing me pain: as I'm not a touch-typist, I've long since used the edge of the main block of keys to position my r...
by vometia
22 Nov 2019, 04:20
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 3006
Views: 306430

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

In spite of IBM being IBM, the company DID make some mistakes here and there. One look at the XT layout is proof enough. :D :D :D I suppose it could be argued that the PC's entire design was a mistake! I remember a lot of commentators at the time were underwhelmed with its capabilities considering ...
by vometia
19 Nov 2019, 18:10
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM SSK club!
Replies: 717
Views: 73289

Re: IBM SSK club!

Awesome. Just like mine i.e. one of the best keyboards evar. As much as I've just prattled on about finding "The One™" in my Vortex Race 3, I now want to use my SSK again.
by vometia
19 Nov 2019, 18:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB
Replies: 38
Views: 2484

Re: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB

It should be all tucked away and small like \beelzebub intended\1 I admit that did actually cause a RL lol. Re video games, it's left-ctrl that I have excessive difficulty with. Maybe it's the tucking-my-thumb-under-my-hand thing but in e.g. my recent venture into The Outer Worlds ("it's not the be...
by vometia
19 Nov 2019, 15:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB
Replies: 38
Views: 2484

Re: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB

I might be one of the very few people who doesn't care about what layout I'm usin. :P It's kind of fun training your brain to get used to certain things. I think I'm a bit tetchy at the moment because I'm doing just that: my right hand is still finding itself one-key-to-the-right on my Vortex Race ...
by vometia
19 Nov 2019, 14:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB
Replies: 38
Views: 2484

Re: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB

Muirium wrote:
19 Nov 2019, 11:04
Vometia is always banging on about how she loathes ANSI.
That's because it's horrid.
by vometia
19 Nov 2019, 04:57
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What is the best chair to stay 12 hours a day typing on the keyboard?
Replies: 45
Views: 10209

Re: What is the best chair to stay 12 hours a day typing on the keyboard?

I encountered a couple of examples bought by my other half's late mother (when she was still alive, obviously!) which dated back to maybe the 1970s. Seemed like nice quality and an interesting concept, but I was warned that they were too uncomfortable to use for more than a few minutes. They were. B...
by vometia
17 Nov 2019, 16:26
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 375
Views: 43625

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

They do that? I must drink more coffee!
by vometia
17 Nov 2019, 16:25
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Strong Finger
Replies: 6
Views: 3703

Re: Strong Finger

Oh, that's slightly odd. About the OP I mean: don't get me wrong, it's fun scaring people off, but I feel guilty about it afterwards.
by vometia
17 Nov 2019, 16:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: finding a fairlight computer keyboard
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: finding a fairlight computer keyboard

I've just berated someone for playing guitar, I guess I should admit I can't play keyboards either! But the Fairlights were interesting: amazing what could be done with a pair of 6809s. Really underrated processors... well, except by the Fairlight guys, obviously. The general construction of the key...
by vometia
17 Nov 2019, 11:48
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 375
Views: 43625

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

We get the bags but the delivery drivers refuse to collect them. We're tried a few times but it's always "nah, they'll send somebody else to fetch it." I wasn't convinced either, and that's before the somebody else had a proper chance to fail to turn up.
by vometia
17 Nov 2019, 09:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB
Replies: 38
Views: 2484

Re: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB

adhoc wrote:
17 Nov 2019, 09:26
Why would you look at the legends anyway?
Because they're there. And they help me not press the wrong buttons.
by vometia
17 Nov 2019, 08:27
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 375
Views: 43625

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

Beer: for me, it seems to come down to the selection of hops, and what I like in that regard can so often depend on my general mood. As a rule I'm not generally a fan of fizzy lager but occasionally a really cold one on a hot summer's day can be nice; though I generally prefer the bland ones to thos...
by vometia
17 Nov 2019, 08:14
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Strong Finger
Replies: 6
Views: 3703

Re: Strong Finger

Not sure about "shorter". My ring fingers are longer than my index fingers. Apparently this is often (but not always) a male/female thing; so in my case my ring-fingers are a little shorter than my pointing fingers (well they look the same length but measuring them from the centre of the "crease" g...
by vometia
17 Nov 2019, 04:51
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Round 5: The Cappening
Replies: 333
Views: 65401

Re: Round 5: The Cappening

Oh, and the same thing goes for keyboards: make sure it has a switch type that you can live with! There are various Cherry MX switch types that broadly fall into two groups: tactile, such as the MX Blue (audible click) and MX Brown (quiet click); and linear, including the MX Black (medium spring wei...
by vometia
17 Nov 2019, 04:27
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Round 5: The Cappening
Replies: 333
Views: 65401

Re: Round 5: The Cappening

And make sure you know what you're buying! A lot of people have preferences for particular key profiles; for example, I love SA and despise DSA and will variously like or tolerate the stuff in between. Here is a handy guide to give you an idea. Similarly, things like double-shot vs. sublimation, mat...
by vometia
16 Nov 2019, 20:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB
Replies: 38
Views: 2484

Re: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB

Mini-legends hiding in the corners of the keys, looking at me all shifty-eyed. Yes I'm tempted. But I need to get used to my Race's layout first so that anything else feels alien to me and I can complain about it being weird.
by vometia
16 Nov 2019, 17:09
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Round 5: The Cappening
Replies: 333
Views: 65401

Re: Round 5: The Cappening

It just makes me weep when I see these really lovely keysets. Or more to the point, that they're no longer simply The Standard™ but that we've had the more modern-looking ugly crap since forever now. I mean it's great that there's still a niche for decent, usable keys, but really sad that it's a nic...
by vometia
16 Nov 2019, 14:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB
Replies: 38
Views: 2484

Re: IBM Model F, M, and HHKB

Does this have anything to do with EMACS? ew. I'm always going to think of Emacs as escape-meta-alt-control-shift. I guess I'll be the weirdo who prefers the Model M. I like the F but maybe it's just the insane layout (I mean excepting those who are fortunate enough to have the Big Ass Return versi...

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