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by ollir
06 Nov 2019, 21:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tried ALPS for the first time
Replies: 14
Views: 799

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: 3858
Views: 226537

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: 3858
Views: 226537

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: 139
Views: 12231

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: 1545

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
24 Aug 2019, 20:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Fixing blue alps
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Fixing blue alps

This was a board on Retrokonekirppis, right? I would have bought it, but was couple of hours late :) What did you use to clean the switches? I had a board with white Alps that I cleaned with compressed air, and even though it made them feel somewhat better, they were still pretty unconsistend and sc...
by ollir
20 Aug 2019, 19:20
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Our desktops of yore.
Replies: 39
Views: 3526

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: 3526

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: 5658

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: 2105

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: 3044

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: 612

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: 612

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: 3607

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: 612

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: 1640

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: 6096

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: 524

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: 3858
Views: 226537

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: 6096

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: 6096

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/T] IBM F AT, IBM Alps Plate Spring keyboard
Replies: 152
Views: 15042

Cheers. glws!
by ollir
24 Aug 2018, 19:59
Forum: For sale
Topic: [WTS/T] IBM F AT, IBM Alps Plate Spring keyboard
Replies: 152
Views: 15042

Sent you a pm!
by ollir
19 Aug 2018, 16:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!
Replies: 512
Views: 30810

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: 1236

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: 333

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.
by ollir
02 Feb 2018, 14:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: So I bought a keyboard
Replies: 4
Views: 333

So I bought a keyboard

I found myself an old Commodore PC keyboard. For some reason, I thought I was buying this: https://deskthority.net/wiki/Commodore_PC-10_keyboard while in reality, what I would get was this: https://deskthority.net/wiki/Commodore_PC-5/PC-10_keyboard The differences in the appearance are obvious, so I...
by ollir
14 Jan 2018, 17:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: looking for tactile keyboard suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 541

I'd look up Matias Quiet Clicks. They are not clicky, even if the name has 'click' in it. They have nice tactile bump and they are really quiet. KBP has boards with them and Matias themselves of course.
Others too maybe, don't remember.
by ollir
25 Apr 2017, 22:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Acer KB-102a
Replies: 10
Views: 833

I had one of these and my friend did too.
Don't remember where they came from nor do I know where have they gone.
(Didn't know nothing about keyboards at the time back when I had it :D)

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