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by ollir
15 Feb 2020, 15:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboards banned from work
Replies: 24
Views: 2048

Re: Keyboards banned from work

The loudest I've dared to go and got away with is SKCM salmons in Apple M0118, and it's my current driver at work at the moment. It would be great if I could bring in board with clicky switches and no-one said anything but I highly doubt it would go that way. But I'm still tempted to take my NEC APC...
by ollir
29 Jan 2020, 08:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3494
Views: 208891

Re: Alps Appreciation

NeK wrote:
29 Jan 2020, 07:48
I have a question that's being bugging me for a good while now and I can't find a clear answer
That doesn't sound like what they're supposed to feel like. I've couple of boards with pine whites in good condition, and they are quite smooth.

Have you tried cleaning any of the switches?
by ollir
20 Jan 2020, 19:04
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 2900
Views: 270810

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

Khers wrote:
20 Jan 2020, 18:36
Excellent photo!
by ollir
09 Jan 2020, 21:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3494
Views: 208891

Re: Alps Appreciation

Finally got some of these, can't wait to have them in an actual keyboard! But I didn't get to get my soldering iron out right away so I settled for taking some photos instead. https://i.imgur.com/9JAd5o5.jpg These will probably get mounted on an Acer 6012 that originally has some white SKCMs once I ...
by ollir
06 Nov 2019, 21:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tried ALPS for the first time
Replies: 14
Views: 1776

Re: Tried ALPS for the first time

Acer 6012 with white Alps when I was about 14. It was a beast among all the other boards I had, which were all rubber domes. Some decent Key Tronic and an Olivetti ANK-27 102 were among those but the Acer had class that wasn't matched. It was loud and had a nice solid feel to it. I no longer have th...
by ollir
28 Oct 2019, 19:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4027
Views: 279396

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Are white alps worse than Monterey switches? If in good condition, I'd say white Alps are better, but it's matter of preference, especially between these two switches which are both very nice. The Montereys have lighter typing feel but the Alps give you fuller sound with more low-end with bit heavi...
by ollir
01 Oct 2019, 19:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4027
Views: 279396

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Anyone recognize the ICL board(s) here? Worth getting? https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=94063.0 suggests rubberdome, but it's maybe not authoritative Thanks. I bought two and noticed that the second one with the red markings on the keycaps had a peculiar placed escape-key, but as far as I know ...
by ollir
22 Sep 2019, 21:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 176
Views: 18037

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1JJkvcfBj_uVjSZFpq6A0SXXaM/TAIWAN-mechanical-push-button-switch-Replace-of-ALPS-keyboard-switch-microswitch-2-foot-2pin-grey.jpg What are these? They look like blue Alps to me, but then they don't. I'm no expert on identifying different Alps switches, but the blue Alps...
by ollir
31 Aug 2019, 21:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1997

Re: Laser Keyboard

So, you have a Laser-branded keyboard with an FCC ID that points to Vtech.

I have a VTech-branded board with an FCC ID that points to Laser.

https://imgur.com/a/Ct5v0VT

The plot thickens :p
by ollir
20 Aug 2019, 19:20
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Our desktops of yore.
Replies: 39
Views: 4948

Re: Our desktops of yore.

Cool! Similar to our setup of the time. I liked GEM better than DOS, too. Who didn't? If I remember correctly I liked DOS as much. Not because it was awesome, but because there were things to discover. I was 6 or 7 at the time, max. 8 years old on that photo. Sometimes I started up GEM just to draw...
by ollir
20 Aug 2019, 17:44
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Our desktops of yore.
Replies: 39
Views: 4948

Re: Our desktops of yore.

Here's me. The year is probably 88 or 89. The computer is Amstrad PC1640 with monochrome display and a single 360kB 5,25" floppy drive. No HD in that machine. It ran MS-DOS 3.2. The GUI that is showing is GEM (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_Environment_Manager). And a dot matrix printer on t...
by ollir
27 Jul 2019, 13:10
Forum: For sale
Topic: formerly: Chicony KB-(5182|5191|5192)
Replies: 21
Views: 6074

Re: Chicony KB-5191 (vintage MX Blue)

Sent a pm!
by ollir
30 May 2019, 09:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Finally coming out of the plum66 EC BT keyboard 35g RGB
Replies: 20
Views: 2392

Re: Finally coming out of the plum66 EC BT keyboard 35g RGB

What kind of sick bastard decides to put Fn-keys next to space bar? And on both sides? Please.
by ollir
03 May 2019, 14:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Why are Vintage Cherry mx Black Switches so Smooth?
Replies: 7
Views: 4128

Re: Why are Vintage Cherry mx Black Switches so Smooth?

OT, but what's up with these spam link accounts lately?
by ollir
30 Mar 2019, 16:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps ultrasonic cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 764

Re: Alps ultrasonic cleaning

cli wrote:
30 Mar 2019, 16:27
Nice post. You should try using two guitar picks to open the housing, it's much easier than toothpicks.
Plenty of guitar picks in the house, I will try with them the next time!
by ollir
30 Mar 2019, 14:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps ultrasonic cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 764

Re: Alps ultrasonic cleaning

bujorc wrote:
30 Mar 2019, 14:27
Nice! Which springs have you used?
Sprit 50cN
by ollir
30 Mar 2019, 08:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: ISO users
Replies: 65
Views: 4572

Re: ISO users

I'm originally an ISO user but I converted to ANSI because I felt it'd open up some keyboard possibilities. Now I just use ANSI layout even on my ISO boards. Life is good.
by ollir
29 Mar 2019, 19:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps ultrasonic cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 764

Alps ultrasonic cleaning

Hi, I thought I'd share my experience on cleaning some Alps switches with ultrasonic cleaner. This isn't going to be filled with exact timings or scientific measurements, just overall feelings about the whole process. Couple of months back I bumped on Apple M0118, for which I built a converter and g...
by ollir
02 Feb 2019, 13:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What's up with Alp SKCM Blue being so hard to find?
Replies: 30
Views: 2041

Re: What's up with Alp SKCM Blue being so hard to find?

Consider this as well, buying NOS blue alps, or any NOS switch for that matter, is putting yourself in a dilemma: do you use the switches making them not NOS anymore, or do you preserve their NOSness and never use them just to say that you have them? From my point of view, what's the point of havin...
by ollir
27 Nov 2018, 17:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias Mini Quiet Pro: what's it like to live with?
Replies: 123
Views: 7234

Isn't the non-black Realforce more white than beige despite what some product descriptions say? If someone asked for the color of my Realforce, I'd say it's white.

Here it is on a white table:

https://imgur.com/BWKqXbw
by ollir
11 Nov 2018, 09:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tips for NMB maintenance?
Replies: 9
Views: 645

TheInverseKey wrote: Well..... It is finally here! I know that a lot of people wanted a guide on how to lube these switches.
Thanks for the video, I was just thinking of coming and asking about lubing linear space invaders before logging in :)
by ollir
10 Oct 2018, 22:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4027
Views: 279396

Felima wrote: Dytcom K-260
They are linear and little scratchy.
Not unlike MX browns then.



...I'll see myself out.
by ollir
29 Sep 2018, 16:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias Mini Quiet Pro: what's it like to live with?
Replies: 123
Views: 7234

So, my adventures into the weird realm of xkb aside, keycaps: I've had a quick look around and it's looking like I may still be in a similar situation to where I was with my Model M, which is that custom keycaps aren't really a thing. Don't worry, the Matias switches hold on to the caps so tightly ...
by ollir
21 Sep 2018, 19:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias Mini Quiet Pro: what's it like to live with?
Replies: 123
Views: 7234

I had (have) the KBP V80 with Matias Quiet Clicks. I had couple of switches chattering after some time of use. One of them died completely and no magic trick like opening up the switch and cleaning them helped. I returned it for repair, and it worked for some time until the problems started again. T...
by ollir
24 Aug 2018, 20:56
Forum: For sale
Topic: [WTS] NIB Tandberg TDV1250, Sanyo MBC-550
Replies: 157
Views: 17466

Cheers. glws!
by ollir
24 Aug 2018, 19:59
Forum: For sale
Topic: [WTS] NIB Tandberg TDV1250, Sanyo MBC-550
Replies: 157
Views: 17466

Sent you a pm!
by ollir
19 Aug 2018, 16:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!
Replies: 516
Views: 37567

snacksthecat wrote:
701c wrote:
I actually kind of like it
It has choices in visual aesthetics that I find very easy to disagree with, but I can't say it's downright ugly. What I mean is that if there are people who like it, I can believe them if they say so and get on with my life after hearing it.
by ollir
15 Jul 2018, 14:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: TOP 7 WORST-SOUNDING keyboard switches of all time
Replies: 28
Views: 1526

Don't know if I'd put MX blues to the top but they are indeed bad and surely one of the most overrated switches. Which would be another nice top X list in itself.
by ollir
02 Feb 2018, 16:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: So I bought a keyboard
Replies: 4
Views: 420

Ok, thanks for the info all of you. This has been helpful!

Looks like I'm going the DIY route, seems like a fun little project, especially when there's no need to worry over the software yourself.

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