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by vometia
07 Sep 2020, 15:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Shit, I fell for it
Replies: 41
Views: 1542

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: 511

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: 2674

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: 61
Views: 6505

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: 284

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: 61
Views: 6505

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: 26
Views: 4629

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: 1702

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: 916

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: 2625

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: 1874

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: 1874

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: 3373

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: 15788

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: 15788

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: 910

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: 910

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: 3373

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: 910

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: 15788

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: 3050
Views: 340512

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: 83793

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: 2898

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: 2898

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: 2898

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: 44
Views: 13151

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: 52389

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: 4005

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: 500

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: 52389

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.

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