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by kps
09 Feb 2021, 00:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4571
Views: 495776

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Brightening a little, I'm leaning toward the keyboard being from an EBCDIC data entry terminal, maybe key-to-tape. It has a bunch of card-style operations (SKIP, REL, DUP, LEFT ZERO) but also CTRL and DISPLAY. EBCDIC because the key left of numpad 4 is ‘|’ and ‘¬’ which is an EBCDIC pair (4F/5F) and...
by kps
08 Feb 2021, 17:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4571
Views: 495776

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Anyone know what Batman was typing on in Batman Returns? Something pretty darn old, since it's a punch-card style layout (but not actually a punch card keyboard). In case the whole console is original rather than a prop-shop job, it might help to check nearby frames for more legible toggle switch l...
by kps
02 Feb 2021, 01:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4571
Views: 495776

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Keypad for use with score software called Music Publisher. https://web.archive.org/web/20180708212 ... ic=74103.0
by kps
31 Jan 2021, 02:04
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Fujitsu Xerox J-Star
Replies: 9
Views: 913

Re: Fujitsu Xerox J-Star

Definitely stylistically similar to the later US Star keyboard , though it's a completely different mechanism and several of the function keys have been shuffled around. The original thick version of the J-Star keyboard seems to have been exactly same as the Star except for the cap labels, so I wond...
by kps
27 Jan 2021, 01:17
Forum: News
Topic: Switch height DIN standard (maybe) found
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: Switch height DIN standard (maybe) found

Yes, it's true: the Germans killed the beam spring. In An overview of standards and guidelines for visual display terminals it is written, The first recommendation, having the elbows at right angles and the forearms horizontal, was adopted in the German DIN standard. For this posture, the distance b...
by kps
25 Jan 2021, 17:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4571
Views: 495776

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

TNT wrote:
23 Jan 2021, 00:06
Anyone can help me out with this one?
wiki/Key_Tronic_Corp.19790
by kps
25 Dec 2020, 21:58
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Geac 8340
Replies: 20
Views: 1829

Re: Geac 8340

MMcM wrote:
20 Dec 2020, 21:49
Geac
Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time.

I remember thinking these were the coolest thing ever:
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by kps
25 Oct 2020, 17:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help to identify this keyboard
Replies: 4
Views: 575

Re: Help to identify this keyboard

Most likely a terminal. A word processor or typewriter wouldn't have a bit-paired ASCII layout.
by kps
21 Oct 2020, 21:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4571
Views: 495776

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Lekrafter wrote:
21 Oct 2020, 18:37
Looks like a trs 80 model 16 kb but white?
Tandy 6000. It's a TRS80 model 16, but white.
by kps
21 Oct 2020, 17:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help identify my keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Re: Help identify my keyboard

jwmaxwell wrote:
20 Oct 2020, 20:00
side question, any idea what the "Do" button does?
It's effectively F16 (look at the F numbering of the whole row) and sends ESC [ 2 9 ~ (which is what pretty much every modern terminal will send for F16, if you have that many). I gather some VMS software used it to trigger or confirm actions.
by kps
19 Oct 2020, 21:03
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Tektronix 4120
Replies: 5
Views: 927

Re: Tektronix 4120

Turning on a fourteenth LED by sending the highest possible code (31) actually drives a 555 timer connected to the speaker to play a tone. Even though that's a lot of hardware for this, there does not appear to be any way to change the note. And this keyboard seems to be too late for the craze of b...
by kps
18 Oct 2020, 16:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Siemens F500
Replies: 16
Views: 2550

Re: Siemens F500

BadCommand wrote:
17 Oct 2020, 19:29
Also I am wondering what color that PF1 key really is!
“Gold”. It's an LK201 clone with keycaps for WPS/PLUS; this is the DEC original.
by kps
09 Oct 2020, 19:49
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?

download and install SwitchHitter. It will show scan code for every key press. This? It's completely irrelevant to OP's questions. (a) It shows Windows' view of keys, and if Windows is seeing keys, you already know what the keyboard sends; and (b) the Windows codes it shows are not actually the cod...
by kps
06 Oct 2020, 16:56
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Does anyone make "retro" USB mice in the style of the old, boxy ones from the 80s?
Replies: 24
Views: 8860

Re: Does anyone make "retro" USB mice in the style of the old, boxy ones from the 80s?

A couple decades ago, when obsolete Apple M0100 mice were a dime a dozen, I made this by transplanting the internals of a Microsoft mouse:
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by kps
03 Oct 2020, 17:09
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?

To be frank, unless you also want to get in to vintage test equipment, you'll probably be better with one of the cheap USB interfaces (example). For one thing, once you figure out the format, you can just export the scan code data rather than reading traces off a screen.
by kps
02 Oct 2020, 22:51
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Trackball for smaller hands
Replies: 17
Views: 2091

Re: Trackball for smaller hands

Thanks for the photo! The slimblade seems to have a better position for the wrist... I spent some time buying every thin mouse I could find, since bending my wrist upward causes me RSI pain, before switching to the trackball. I should note that I have a custom-made tray for my Kinesis contoured key...
by kps
02 Oct 2020, 22:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: How do I figure out a Keyboards Scan Codes?

What you want is not an oscilloscope but a logic analyzer. For some keyboards, yes, you will have to press every key and record the result. For others, you'll quickly discover a pattern.
by kps
01 Oct 2020, 20:06
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Trackball for smaller hands
Replies: 17
Views: 2091

Re: Trackball for smaller hands

I use a Kensington Slimblade, mapped with the middle button on the upper right (default is upper left).

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by kps
21 Sep 2020, 19:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Hex numpads?
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Hex numpads?

Found one: the Tektronix PRISM logic analyzers. It's even the right age that the people doing the USB hardware layer might have had one.
by kps
21 Sep 2020, 17:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Hex numpads?
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Hex numpads?

Many hardware tools (e.g. logic analyzers) and single-board computers had hex keypads, but that's not really the same as a hex keypad on a regular text keyboard (or using the same interface as a regular text keyboard).
by kps
21 Sep 2020, 17:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Hex numpads?
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Hex numpads?

It looks like that group of codes were oriented to a hex-calculator style keypad. Unfortunately USB hasn't published any rationale for their choices. If they were used, it wasn't on anything in the ‘mainstream’ PC lineage — Windows and Linux both ignore them.
by kps
17 Sep 2020, 19:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Question about keyboard layouts and scancodes
Replies: 18
Views: 1076

Re: Question about keyboard layouts and scancodes

StevieC wrote:
17 Sep 2020, 17:45
Is there any possibility of a workaround for this issue?
What's the issue? If you're building a keyboard and want both physical keys, I'd probably make one of them 07:0089 ‘Keyboard International 3’ and map it to your taste in your layouts.
by kps
17 Sep 2020, 19:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Question about keyboard layouts and scancodes
Replies: 18
Views: 1076

Re: Question about keyboard layouts and scancodes

at I think, I have a Unicomp M122, it is the model with the ANSI/ISO hybrid (\| in on the right but with vertical enter, and long shift on the left), and I popped the shift and found that the membrane was still there despite no spring or plunger. Pressing it ALSO generated \|, just like the other k...
by kps
17 Sep 2020, 16:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Question about keyboard layouts and scancodes
Replies: 18
Views: 1076

Re: Question about keyboard layouts and scancodes

Findecanor wrote:
17 Sep 2020, 11:01
I did once make my keyboard send that code, but it didn't work in Linux or MS-Windows.
Interesting. It should work in Windows according to MS docs and it should work in Linux according to source — but it will be treated just like ‘normal’ [\|].
by kps
17 Sep 2020, 04:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Question about keyboard layouts and scancodes
Replies: 18
Views: 1076

Re: Question about keyboard layouts and scancodes

Since you mentioned ‘2B’, I assume that by ‘scancodes’ you mean Windows codes. Those are based on IBM Set 1 scan codes from the IBM PC , which only had one format so it didn't need a way to distinguish them. Even if you have a keyboard that does distinguish them (e.g. USB or PS/2 Set 3 scan codes), ...
by kps
17 Sep 2020, 00:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Question about keyboard layouts and scancodes
Replies: 18
Views: 1076

Re: Question about keyboard layouts and scancodes

Though, interestingly enough, if I use "gzdoom", and set the / key on my UK laptop, and copy that game over to my desktop with the American keyboard, the / doesn't register. I have to rebind it. But then it's incompatible with the UK laptop. But for 99.99% of the time, it's identical, 2B. But on th...
by kps
14 Sep 2020, 22:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Computer Devices Teleterm 1030
Replies: 4
Views: 535

Re: Computer Devices Teleterm 1030

Riptide666 wrote:
14 Sep 2020, 22:42
What's the model of the keyboard in the last picture?
Knight
by kps
04 Jul 2020, 18:06
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Unisys KB1 review (Alps SKCL Yellow)
Replies: 2
Views: 1757

Re: Unisys KB1 review (Alps SKCL Yellow)

Interesting. I have one of these missing its ball (along with the rest of the workstation).
by kps
26 Jun 2020, 18:50
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: so... ARM on your next computer
Replies: 13
Views: 4075

Re: so... ARM on your next computer

ddrfraser1 wrote:
26 Jun 2020, 15:22
But can it run chrome?
In case that's a serious question, many Chromebooks use ARM CPUs, both original and AArch64.
by kps
26 Jun 2020, 00:02
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Hmm, I've got a (not so?) crazy idea
Replies: 15
Views: 2291

Re: Hmm, I've got a (not so?) crazy idea

My WFH desk takes inspiration from these integrated desks. The keyboard is held in place at the sides, so the total thickness is that of the keyboard alone.
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