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by robo
03 Dec 2020, 17:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Was the VT100 keyboard really great or am I just experiencing nostalgia?
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Was the VT100 keyboard really great or am I just experiencing nostalgia?

I'm pretty sure it was a real one, as I remember the 'digital' logo.
by robo
03 Dec 2020, 04:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Was the VT100 keyboard really great or am I just experiencing nostalgia?
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Was the VT100 keyboard really great or am I just experiencing nostalgia?

Interesting - thanks for the info! I guess I won't seek one out ;)
by robo
02 Dec 2020, 23:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Was the VT100 keyboard really great or am I just experiencing nostalgia?
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Was the VT100 keyboard really great or am I just experiencing nostalgia?

Back when I was a kid, our local library had VT100 terminals for looking up books and other information. This was late 80's until at least the mid 90's. At the time I didn't think much about them, as they already seemed kind of antiquated, but I do distinctly remember the very satisfying, solid feel...
by robo
19 Nov 2020, 23:02
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5678
Views: 756002

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

Does anyone have a nice cable they're using with the Model F? Was looking at some custom coiled cables and am tempted to get one, but wondered if anyone had one already.
by robo
11 Nov 2020, 18:25
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5678
Views: 756002

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

I have no idea how the dye sub process and equipment works, but it's interesting that alignment is such a difficult nut to crack.
by robo
26 Oct 2020, 14:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Mechanical keyboard question
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Re: Mechanical keyboard question

There's nothing wrong with that but what are _you_ looking for in a keyboard? What will you be using it for? Do you want something great for typing, or gaming, or something in between? Do you like heavy keys, or light ones? Do you want a quiet keyboard, or something that makes a satisfying click? Do...
by robo
20 Oct 2020, 15:42
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5678
Views: 756002

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

By 'legend alignment' are we talking about the fact that the new keys have the legend jammed up at the top edge of the key?
by robo
14 Oct 2020, 21:40
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: new vertical thumb trackball from Kensington [2020]
Replies: 11
Views: 3937

Re: new vertical thumb trackball from Kensington [2020]

I thought thumb balls were super weird until I tried one and immediately fell in love. YMMV. I never could get used to 'finger' trackballs.
by robo
09 Oct 2020, 19:35
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5678
Views: 756002

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

Related question - does anyone here who has received their keyboard use a keyboard tray? Wondering how the nearly 9lbs weight affects the tray...
by robo
09 Oct 2020, 19:31
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Ergonomics and desk setups?
Replies: 6
Views: 941

Ergonomics and desk setups?

Anyone here have thoughts or recommendations for ergonomic chair/desk/keyboard setups? Since starting to work from home full time in the spring, i've been using an uncomforable setup where my desk is too high, compounded by the fact that my main keyboard is a Model M, so it has some height to it as ...
by robo
10 Aug 2020, 23:21
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5678
Views: 756002

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

It's such an absurd thing to be foaming at the mouth about. If Ellipse wants to list one item on his site for some silly price, an item that can be purchased from many other places, why can't he do that? Maybe he doesn't really want to sell it. I don't get people who seem to think that anyone offeri...
by robo
23 Jun 2020, 20:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do I need to screw mod my Model M?
Replies: 13
Views: 1566

Re: Do I need to screw mod my Model M?

I've never bolt/screw modded either of my M's, one is a 1989 unit I've used almost daily since 2005, the other is an almost NOS 1993 SSK. Both have a handful of rivets missing but I can't detect any problems in actual functionality or feel. Also, after reading about various issues with keyboards not...
by robo
12 Jun 2020, 17:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: No! No cracks!
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: No! No cracks!

That video bugs me because it's a very specific test on a very specific type of plastic (nylon). Results may vary wildly with other types of plastic, including the ABS often used in keyboard cases.
by robo
10 Jun 2020, 04:37
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5678
Views: 756002

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

jacks wrote:
06 Jun 2020, 04:11

1. Pretty much every other board is using switches that have been around a long time and are already well tested (debugged). ...

2. Nearly all other switches are contact based, and its comparatively easy to interpret the electrical signals from them...
Gotcha, thanks, that makes perfect sense!
by robo
05 Jun 2020, 22:04
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5678
Views: 756002

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

Not being snarky, just honestly curious - why is it that this keyboard seems to need per-computer parameter tweaking to get keys registering and properly debouncing, when... well, pretty much no other keyboard I've heard of requires this? What is it that makes it so finicky?
by robo
05 May 2020, 22:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 38
Views: 3819

Re: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?

Just a data point of 1, but here's my totally scientific reason why I'd just pick QWERTY: - When I was about 12, I learned to touch type in QWERTY. - When I was 18, I learned about Dvorak, thought it was cool, and taught myself to type Dvorak. - After 9 years of exclusively typing Dvorak (and typing...
by robo
01 May 2020, 22:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: When did you first start appreciating keyboards?
Replies: 29
Views: 2124

Re: When did you first start appreciating keyboards?

It seems like by the late 80s and through the 90s, keyboard quality hit a low ebb. People were so much more focused on the computer itself, and the keyboard was seen as a completely boring if necessary peripheral - if it worked and looked OK, that was all you could ask of it. I think it was about c...
by robo
01 May 2020, 19:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: When did you first start appreciating keyboards?
Replies: 29
Views: 2124

When did you first start appreciating keyboards?

It seems like we're in a bit of a golden era of keyboard appreciation right now. There are several active sites like DT focused on keyboards, a plethora of mechanical switch types are available and being developed, and projects like Ellipse's amazing Model F recreation are even bringing back classic...
by robo
01 May 2020, 16:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Shiny chrome and gold Filco Mac ADB keyboards - any info?
Replies: 10
Views: 994

Re: Shiny chrome and gold Filco Mac ADB keyboards - any info?

I love the huge "STEALTH" graphic printed on a giant ergo keyboard with built in trackpad covered in fake gold plating. :D
by robo
21 Apr 2020, 18:18
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5678
Views: 756002

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

I just want to say, all you people resorting to complex electromechanical devices just to make your keyboards even louder... you aren't right in the head ;)
by robo
13 Apr 2020, 18:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Microswitch_Keyboard_Brochure_1972.pdf
Replies: 7
Views: 885

Re: Microswitch_Keyboard_Brochure_1972.pdf

Next up. The radioactive decay switch: Depressing the key opens a small lead flap exposing a tiny cube of cobalt 60 to a glass vial of gas containing two high voltage electrodes. The ionizing radiation causes current to flow between the electrodes, which is detected by the keyboard controller, and t...
by robo
06 Apr 2020, 23:25
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5678
Views: 756002

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

Based solely on what's been posted here, I'd say Ellipse is not in the wrong in any way, but at the same time, having become de-facto customer service for these boards (along with every other possible role), it's sometimes better to err on the side of being magnanimous by default (especially when it...
by robo
05 Apr 2020, 19:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do 'flat' or low profile keycaps exist for IBM buckling spring?
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: Do 'flat' or low profile keycaps exist for IBM buckling spring?

Thanks for the replies and the photographic example Twst!

Yeah, that makes sense about the full keycap height being needed for the mechanism. Good to know about the height difference with 2 vs 1 piece caps. Maybe I'll see if i can live with the full block of keys for starters.
by robo
03 Apr 2020, 17:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do 'flat' or low profile keycaps exist for IBM buckling spring?
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Do 'flat' or low profile keycaps exist for IBM buckling spring?

Question relates to Ellipse's Model-F project, and the F77 in particular (which I have on order...) I realize that I often use the gap between the arrow keys and the block above it to orient my hand for using either, on my current boards. keys.jpg The F77 has this block filled completely, with an ex...
by robo
23 Mar 2020, 02:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Linear switch for autoimmune arthritis: light or heavy?
Replies: 24
Views: 2015

Re: Linear switch for autoimmune arthritis: light or heavy?

I know these are not usually favored on a forum like this, but have you tried very short travel keys, like an Apple Magic Keyboard? It seem like it would require the least movement, due to the minimal key travel, and activation force is pretty light as well.
by robo
13 Mar 2020, 16:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: i need some help designing a new computer keyboard
Replies: 6
Views: 719

Re: i need some help designing a new computer keyboard

I looked at their post history... the posts appear to be from a real person. Aside from this low effort post, what makes you think they're a bot? (Also, FWIW, I switched to Dvorak for a decade, then switched back to QWERTY, and my typing speed for both was completely identical. Kind of convinced me ...
by robo
13 Mar 2020, 16:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Mind The Gap - Unicomp NOS Industrial case
Replies: 94
Views: 6002

Re: Mind The Gap - Unicomp NOS Industrial case

Regarding the case fit, could you not shift the innards over towards the right, to sort of average out the gap? I imagine some judicious shaving of plastic inside the case might be necessary, but you just need a few millimeters...
by robo
13 Feb 2020, 23:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboards banned from work
Replies: 29
Views: 3319

Re: Keyboards banned from work

It's all about boiling the frog. 5 years ago, everyone in my office used Apple's default aluminum keyboards. I brought in a Cherry MX brown board, and everyone commented how loud it was. Then a few more people got mechanical keyboards, mostly Cherry MX reds or browns. Then one of the most vocal orig...
by robo
31 Jan 2020, 19:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Telecomet terminal
Replies: 20
Views: 2056

Re: Telecomet terminal

I could see that if they were all that way or at least all one way for a given color. But for all the colors, some are doubleshot and some aren't. Pretty strange if you ask me. Doubleshot for keys that were used in higher volume, engraved for ones that were produced in small volume for a limited ru...

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