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by kps
9 minutes ago
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Hexadecimal Keyboard Project
Replies: 1
Views: 102

Re: Hexadecimal Keyboard Project

You should probably look for keycaps first, so that you can be sure to get compatible switches, but almost certainly you will find ‘Cherry MX compatible’ for both. The easiest, and probably also cheapest, route for you would be to get a full regular keyboard keycap set (search any major online vendo...
by kps
10 Jun 2021, 19:51
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: What input devices to get for RSI?
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: What input devices to get for RSI?

Bjerrk wrote:
10 Jun 2021, 09:32
Even typing on the most pleasant keyboard, a bad hand-forearm angle can completely screw you over.
Seconded. I use ‘zero thickness’ (side mount) trays for this reason, with Kinesis contoured keyboards plus Kensington Slimblade trackballs.
by kps
03 Jun 2021, 16:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4760
Views: 564042

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Palatino wrote:
03 Jun 2021, 11:22
Can anyone identify this keyboard? Qwertz, I think Swiss, interesting layout with an isolated key in the bottom left corner.
Victor Grid 386PX, aka Compaq SLT/386

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vict ... 0E01A).jpg
by kps
25 May 2021, 01:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4760
Views: 564042

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

picked up this "computer" branded keyboard. https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/338881846060253187/846164720158769182/20210523_161503.jpg The front labels correspond to Applesoft BASIC, so this must have come from an Apple II clone, or been an external third-party keyboard for the Apple II.
by kps
16 May 2021, 00:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp, are you drunk?
Replies: 13
Views: 818

Re: Unicomp, are you drunk?

Bjerrk wrote:
15 May 2021, 21:22

Code: Select all

    state 0x2000, keycode 97 (keysym 0x0, NoSymbol), same_screen YES,
    

“keycode 97” is evdev 97−8 = 89 KEY_RO (see /usr/include/linux/input-event-codes.h), which is what you'd expect for that position. The USB HID code is page 7, usage 0x0087 named ‘Keyboard International1’.
by kps
29 Apr 2021, 20:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Nixdorf Keyboard
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Re: Nixdorf Keyboard

coolrainbow20 wrote:
29 Apr 2021, 10:40
So you're saying it's difficult to convert?
No, just that you're probably wasting your time if you think that its use of a DE9 connector would be in any way related to the use of a DE9 connector on a completely unrelated system.
by kps
16 Apr 2021, 17:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Space Cadet Keyboard on eBay
Replies: 96
Views: 5542

Re: Space Cadet Keyboard on eBay

Rayndalf wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 04:12
It'd be like taking a Xerox Alto and throwing away everything but the keyboard
I don't have an Alto (I wish) but I have a Dandelion (“Star”, but that was actually the name of a software package), and yes, I periodically get offers for the keyboard alone (which I ignore).
by kps
11 Apr 2021, 19:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4760
Views: 564042

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

I also have a strange one to identify, a Philips with, what it seems to be, relegendable keycaps. Sadly I do not have more details: That's an interesting combination of legends. It has some ASCII-bit-paired caps (e.g. ‘;’/‘+’ and ‘:’/‘*’) but also non-ASCII characters (‘¬’) and a Hollerith card com...
by kps
09 Apr 2021, 23:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Longterm Daily Drivers
Replies: 119
Views: 6951

Re: Longterm Daily Drivers

Rayndalf wrote:
08 Apr 2021, 12:57
Kinesis Advantage.
n00b :​-​) I'm still using the Kinesis 130 I bought in 1998.
by kps
09 Feb 2021, 00:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4760
Views: 564042

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: 4760
Views: 564042

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: 4760
Views: 564042

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: 1425

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: 951

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: 4760
Views: 564042

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: 2461

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:
geac_terminal_1977.jpg
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by kps
25 Oct 2020, 17:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help to identify this keyboard
Replies: 4
Views: 677

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: 4760
Views: 564042

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: 971

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: 1127

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: 2958

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: 933

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: 10304

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:
m0100a-01-mouse.jpg
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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: 933

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: 2994

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: 933

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: 2994

Re: Trackball for smaller hands

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

IMG_1555.jpg
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by kps
21 Sep 2020, 19:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Hex numpads?
Replies: 8
Views: 791

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: 791

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: 791

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.

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