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by vometia
02 Jan 2021, 04:30
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Watch Photo Thread
Replies: 207
Views: 37435

Re: Watch Photo Thread

I got an LCD watch in about 1978/79 exactly because of the LEDs' reputation for battery drain. What I ended up with was something that was almost impossible to make out in any light and a nickel allergy. :|
by vometia
02 Jan 2021, 04:24
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 397
Views: 65314

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

General/life: - Python is an ugly language to program in. - Not a fan of dogs. I much prefer snakes or spiders as pets, and so does my grandmother (she's got my tarantula currently). - I'd rather have a Rover (not Land Rover, for those who don't know what Rover was) than any other average. A green ...
by vometia
29 Dec 2020, 15:04
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Old beamspring photo thread
Replies: 87
Views: 11688

Re: Old beamspring photo thread

Those 2260s are kinda cute, and not just by IBM standards.
by vometia
09 Oct 2020, 16:58
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: I am new member here
Replies: 7
Views: 1679

Re: I am new member here

Yasu0 wrote:
09 Oct 2020, 00:39
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH BLADING!!!1
I've heard bad things about rollerblading tape-jockeys in computer rooms.
by vometia
29 Sep 2020, 01:25
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: how fast do you type?
Replies: 44
Views: 4616

Re: how fast do you type?

Yeah, pretty much! I was going to just stick with the number of times I need to use backspace* but got a bit carried away.

* this is why I got into such a panic when I re-capped my Vortex and yanked out one of the stems: it was the backspace key, the most essential one of all! D:
by vometia
28 Sep 2020, 09:59
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: how fast do you type?
Replies: 44
Views: 4616

Re: how fast do you type?

I type fairly quickly. Unless I subtract the number of deletions I do. And then going back and deleting a whole word because I missed something. And then proofreading it again. And editing it again. And submitting it and proofreading it again. And only then spotting that I messed up the grammar duri...
by vometia
28 Sep 2020, 09:55
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many keyboards is enough?!
Replies: 26
Views: 5556

Re: How many keyboards is enough?!

The same number as your wife has pairs of shoes. Er, I seem to be the one with all the shoes (I think I managed to get them down to double-digits... for a while at least. Some even fit) and all the keyboards, and bass guitars etc. Fortunately I'm the only devoted acquirer of stuff in our household.
by vometia
07 Sep 2020, 15:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Shit, I fell for it
Replies: 41
Views: 2799

Re: Shit, I fell for it

Basically, the title reads: Vintage Apple IIC A2S4100 TESTED WORKING ( BAD DISK DRIVE, READ DESCRIPTION ) (bolding is mine) Reviewed bolding is mine: which is how I'd read it. IMHO the description is deceptive. Yeah, the facts are there but hiding in plain sight. Reading through the topic, obviousl...
by vometia
07 Sep 2020, 15:13
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Just wanted to say hello to everyone
Replies: 11
Views: 1630

Re: Just wanted to say hello to everyone

Another Mint user here, and also formerly Gentoo. I like Mint because I've done Unix sysadmin since the late '80s and cba any more. :D Besides, I have a FreeBSD box that needs some care and feeding.
by vometia
13 Aug 2020, 05:24
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: so... ARM on your next computer
Replies: 13
Views: 4075

Re: so... ARM on your next computer

andrewjoy wrote:
26 Jun 2020, 10:39
ARM is a much more simple design
Wasn't it Steve Furber who quipped about Sophie Wilson doing the original design in her head? Even if it is simple, that's quite something... I mean speaking on someone who often struggles to concentrate on just one thing at a time!
by vometia
13 Aug 2020, 03:15
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Old beamspring photo thread
Replies: 87
Views: 11688

Re: Old beamspring photo thread

I was wondering as he is (or was!) better known as an MVS sysadmin. He's a braver person than I am. On both counts. :D
by vometia
12 Aug 2020, 08:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soarer's Converter and a KVM Switch
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Soarer's Converter and a KVM Switch

I had some problems trying to get it to work at all with my Avocent KVM. I just put it down to being beyond the scope of what the Soarer is about, given that my KVM has been known to be varying degrees of glitchy with other devices too, so I never pursued it further, I'm afraid.
by vometia
12 Aug 2020, 08:10
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Old beamspring photo thread
Replies: 87
Views: 11688

Re: Old beamspring photo thread

beamspring6.jpg He seems familiar. Jay Maynard (a.k.a. Tron Guy)? IBM 5252. When video displays were so expensive that two people had to share one. It had one CRT, facing down, and a pair of mirrors so that each user saw half the screen. ibm5252.jpg Blimey, that's some contrivance. Reminds me of th...
by vometia
11 Aug 2020, 15:52
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How did you found your internet nickname?
Replies: 27
Views: 6557

Re: How did you found your internet nickname?

Tried to think of a sensible, lore-correct name for my character at the time. Failed, so I chose a stupid one instead. Of course that's what people started calling me, so 14 years later, there it still is.
by vometia
06 Aug 2020, 08:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Oldschool computer porn
Replies: 15
Views: 2177

Re: Oldschool computer porn

I worked with Julian for a few years. Really nice guy. Wonder what he's up to now?
by vometia
20 Jan 2020, 14:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Metal keycaps
Replies: 7
Views: 1191

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: 3788

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: 2307

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: 2307

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: 4303

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: 17703

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: 17703

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: 1180

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: 1180

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: 4303

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: 1180

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: 17703

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: 3124
Views: 423714

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: 729
Views: 102021

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: 3947

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...

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