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by phosphorglow
13 Sep 2016, 03:18
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

Haven't you been a busy little beaver. That's awesome progress, and great ideas on the case finishing options. Just curious, how many of these could be made in a week without sacrificing quality of the product, or (more importantly) your quality of life?. Thanks! Well, once all the hard parts are o...
by phosphorglow
12 Sep 2016, 17:05
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

Oh! Oh! By chance is the laser engraver capable of doing metal...? I'd be curious if you could modify the top of the front, eliminate the oval, or do something like what's in my avatar but with MMF. Or better yet - customizable. Can I get one in green metal flake resin? How about a faux marble look?...
by phosphorglow
12 Sep 2016, 16:56
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

Oh! Controllers. Have the PCBs arrived from OSHPark? I got the USB pigtails from wcass. I still need to inventory what components I still have on hand, but the sooner I can get to soldering these little fellas the better. (Also, do we have a status of the other port options? If we want to merge our ...
by phosphorglow
12 Sep 2016, 16:50
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

That is gorgeous! OK. Small status update is due I suppose. Plaster bandages will be arriving today so that I can re-do the support shell with better material. Once that dries I'll do another casting. With the better support I'm 99% certain I'll end up with something I'm quite happy with. Once happi...
by phosphorglow
03 Sep 2016, 18:10
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

I was hoping for more of a "The Human Duplicators" (1965) sort of feel.

Mainly because, well, Richard Kiel...
by phosphorglow
03 Sep 2016, 16:56
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

Teehee! Otay. This is enough for now. I have lots of other things to finish up before I continue messing with this.

But I'm feeling pretty optimistic about it.
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by phosphorglow
03 Sep 2016, 16:02
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

I'm eager to see the results 15 hours from now. The future is NOW thanks to impatience! ;P The cure time for this resin is 16 hours... but when I noticed the excess had solidified enough I couldn't help myself. I figured I'd still have issues to sort out and it wouldn't be perfect so I just ran wit...
by phosphorglow
03 Sep 2016, 10:50
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Universal Model M Controller
Replies: 425
Views: 26715

USB-C Sub-boards came in from OSHPark. I think I have a new favorite USB connector. :X 2016-09-03 00.11.08.jpg Additional update: I stumbled over hooks in TMK and managed to cobble together some code to tell the Bluetooth module to disconnect 5 minutes after the last keypress, and reconnect when a k...
by phosphorglow
03 Sep 2016, 10:45
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Universal Model M Controller
Replies: 425
Views: 26715

Thanks! ^_^

Now I can't stop staring at The Fonz. He looks so damn happy and so cool.
by phosphorglow
03 Sep 2016, 10:35
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

So, I think the good mojo helped... ^_^ This resin is low durometer and semi-rigid and I didn't bother degassing it so there are a lot of bubbles, but I didn't care because I just wanted to see what problem areas I might run into with the mold... Plus, it was the only resin I had on hand at the time...
by phosphorglow
30 Aug 2016, 00:36
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

So - I've just about got my new style lock indicator LED setup up to par. Instead of the annoying and time consuming way I did it before (very thin wires soldered to surface mount leds attached to custom mylar holders) the new way uses thin flexible circuits. Thin wires will still be needed, but won...
by phosphorglow
28 Aug 2016, 03:10
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Universal Model M Controller
Replies: 425
Views: 26715

Colossus Universal Model M Controller Version 2 =============================================== Current operation/details are as such: Fits all Model M's (with the exception of the later -and current- style mounted underneath the LED cluster). You can even use it in combination with the M13's stock ...
by phosphorglow
28 Aug 2016, 01:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Universal Model M Controller
Replies: 425
Views: 26715

Awww... now I feel bad. Well... perhaps I might do that again just for the bare PCB, but a "kit" is, well... Actually, it's not that huge of a deal. I could just put up a shared Mouser order sheet and people could place their own separate order. Anyways, I'll toy with that a little more at some poin...
by phosphorglow
28 Aug 2016, 01:45
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

Ooooh, there's some heavy forward thinking! Definitely beyond my current understanding of things, but I LOVE modular designs and that sounds keen. For the sake of relative simplicity, using the AT90USB1286 in a future revision would leave ample amounts of expansion at an increased cost of about $6 a...
by phosphorglow
28 Aug 2016, 01:10
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

Welllllllll... Basic functionality would likely be possible. The 32U2 only has two unused pins (B3 and C2) which could probably be swapped to free up D3 and D2 for UART. But then no pins are left to check for battery level, flow control, and other useful related control (depending on the BT module u...
by phosphorglow
27 Aug 2016, 00:29
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

Oh goody! Yay for specialized materials! Those are going to look so freakin' good laser cut. Cutting those on my die-cuter "toy" is invariably a painful process apparently. Consistent results have not been so... consistent. Major kudos for acquiring and making available these epic tools and your tal...
by phosphorglow
26 Aug 2016, 23:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2077
Views: 104746

I think laser cutting neoprene might be dangerous? I remember reading about it a while ago... here we go.: Neoprene is (or contains)* a chlorinated compound and will release hydrogen chloride (hydrochloric acid as a gas) when broken down by heat in just the same way as PVC does. Forum link. Also, ne...
by phosphorglow
24 Aug 2016, 22:00
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Universal Model M Controller
Replies: 425
Views: 26715

Well, "back" is a stretch, as I have too many frying pans and barely any fire this year, but hey... Anyhoo - I *did* offer the bare boards previously. I'm probably done doing that. Putting together kits is another thing I don't really have time for. Eventually if I get bored and have time, I'd consi...
by phosphorglow
02 Jul 2016, 20:10
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Universal Model M Controller
Replies: 425
Views: 26715

While I'm here on the forum... https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7427/27342705034_1aa8ad7ef5_k.jpg _MG_6483 by phosphorglow , on Flickr *Still* testing and working on it. In the background are a few 3D printed port covers... Still working on those too. Everything has been taking me much longer to finish...
by phosphorglow
02 Jul 2016, 19:37
Forum: Workshop
Topic: A Smaller Xwhatsit
Replies: 73
Views: 5668

Super exciting stuff! My apologies for not being more useful and taking forever to actually get the soldering done... ;P Just as Ellipse said - big thanks to red, wcass, joc, Ellipse, and xwhatsit for creating the whole thing in the first place. Here's a bunch of hand soldered silliness: _MG_6510.jpg
by phosphorglow
28 Apr 2016, 11:26
Forum: Workshop
Topic: A Smaller Xwhatsit
Replies: 73
Views: 5668

They're alive! I have two of them working and giving me block blips in the capsense utility! THEY'RE SO CUTE AND TINY AND AWESOME! (Seriously, they're super tiny. Takes up basically the same space as a cluster of 4 function keys. And they're actually pretty easy to hand solder! Love 'em!) OK - so lo...
by phosphorglow
28 Apr 2016, 11:14
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Universal Model M Controller
Replies: 425
Views: 26715

Hrmm! Did you get the controller from me recently...? Or someone else? Anyhoo - if it was recent, I've changed a few things but haven't updated the page quite yet! With the keyboard plugged in, hold Caps Lock, right shift, and pause. (I've disabled bootmagic commands by default, but added in a custo...
by phosphorglow
23 Apr 2016, 02:57
Forum: Workshop
Topic: FSSK v1.00 - Installation & Users Manual
Replies: 170
Views: 13532

(Also, @lot_lizard: 2x thickness? I don't think that will comfortably fit inside the SSK case without modification. It's already a tight tolerance in the bottom clasp area. The top would technically work, but the case wouldn't be closed all the way. Not terribly noticeable, but still. A stock '87 st...
by phosphorglow
23 Apr 2016, 02:00
Forum: Workshop
Topic: FSSK v1.00 - Installation & Users Manual
Replies: 170
Views: 13532

I am having 2x thicker backplates made, countersinking the screws to the original depth. It will take a couple weeks before the machine shop has something for me to report. I will use a low carbon steel like stainless that has less "ping" to it, and the thickness will add stability. In the mean tim...
by phosphorglow
22 Apr 2016, 05:00
Forum: Workshop
Topic: FSSK v1.00 - Installation & Users Manual
Replies: 170
Views: 13532

Nevermind - foam on top is significantly less effective than I imagined. Oh well. Loud is nice.
by phosphorglow
21 Apr 2016, 23:20
Forum: Workshop
Topic: FSSK v1.00 - Installation & Users Manual
Replies: 170
Views: 13532

Sound deadening:

Think Model F foam in reverse. :)

On the top, instead of sandwiched. I'll give it a shot and report back.
by phosphorglow
15 Apr 2016, 02:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM "Shop Date"
Replies: 15
Views: 1210

Can't quite figure out how you're organizing that spreadsheet, but here are two interesting examples: My 19th of May 1986 1390120: http://i.imgur.com/aoDtoLN.jpg Your spreadsheet seems to put it around late May '86 or so (1.98 years from June '84) My dateless 107-key 4704 model F: http://i.imgur.co...
by phosphorglow
15 Apr 2016, 02:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM "Shop Date"
Replies: 15
Views: 1210

Alright! If we think of the spreadsheet as a big dart board, and your shop date as a dart, you're guaranteed to hit within a two month area in relation to the case date. :P The formula brought three of them super close, basically to the same week. Otherwise, there's about a month variation, especial...
by phosphorglow
15 Apr 2016, 02:10
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (SOLVED) How to repair a model m membrane
Replies: 50
Views: 8951

fohat wrote: Bikini waxing! What a concept!
:lol:
by phosphorglow
15 Apr 2016, 01:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM "Shop Date"
Replies: 15
Views: 1210

Ooooh! Goodies! I had to walk away from this spreadsheet for a bit. :D

Thanks for the info everybody!!! I'll plug 'em into the spreadsheet and report back with my findings.

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