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by robo
13 Feb 2020, 23:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboards banned from work
Replies: 16
Views: 1193

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: 15
Views: 993

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...
by robo
31 Jan 2020, 19:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: PSA: Keep your dyesubs cool
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: PSA: Keep your dyesubs cool

That's a pretty wild temperature cycle for old plastics. I'd be concerned about other issues, like parts becoming brittle or cracking, synthetic rubber and foam breaking down, etc.

There's a reason that climate controlled storage is a thing.
by robo
30 Jan 2020, 21:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Telecomet terminal
Replies: 15
Views: 993

Re: Telecomet terminal

One other super weird thing was that I once again didn't look carefully enough and some of the font color came off on several keys. Surprisingly, there were doubleshot and non-doubleshot versions of the main alpha gray color and all of the other rich colors. I've never seen such inconsistency betwe...
by robo
28 Jan 2020, 19:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Telecomet terminal
Replies: 15
Views: 993

Re: Telecomet terminal

Hi, The wood finish plastic reminds me of injection-molded structural-foam plastic. This method makes a strong-lightweight plastic part for little material very inexpensively. The molds can be pre-painted or textured to apply numerous surface textures to parts. You can easily give the part a very s...
by robo
25 Jan 2020, 00:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Apple II I just got has a very unusual external Keyboard
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Re: The Apple II I just got has a very unusual external Keyboard

Huh. Pretty interesting. I wonder if the original user was an early keyboard enthusiast, who wanted the feel of that keyboard, or the ability to move it around? Or maybe the numpad and extra keys...
by robo
22 Jan 2020, 22:41
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4517
Views: 506786

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

Couple pages late here, but yeah, users burning out circuits doing mods they don't really understand, and paying the correct and legal customs fees, are not things the seller should be responsible for. Oh yeah, and the red case looks amazing... I was skeptical from the early photos but that looks aw...
by robo
22 Jan 2020, 22:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New ThinkPad Trackpoint Keyboard II
Replies: 5
Views: 425

Re: New ThinkPad Trackpoint Keyboard II

I have one of the old ones of these for my workshop computer, since it's compact and the keyboard and pointing device are in one.
I slightly prefer the old MacBook keyboards to the ThinkPad keys, but they're not bad.
by robo
10 Jan 2020, 00:15
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4517
Views: 506786

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

I brought my own Model M keys to use temporarily while awaiting for the dye-sub keys to be completed. Some pictures: Your lighting makes the industrial grey colour look rather unpleasant.... The white balance definitely seems off in the photos, since the styrofoam should be a pretty pure white, but...
by robo
21 Dec 2019, 04:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp SSK coming March 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 1237

Re: Unicomp SSK coming March 2020

Something about the Unicomp boards always just looks a bit off to me. Like the placement of the status leds, their keycap legends, etc. They just have zero sense of industrial design or style, so when they make small changes to the original design, it always looks kind of crappy. But yeah, I bet the...
by robo
21 Dec 2019, 00:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?
Replies: 35
Views: 1219

Re: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?

Ah, that's very cool. I do love the coiled beige cable from my new/old SSK, but I guess wireless would be the next best thing.

For now, the Belkin adapter seems to be working though....
by robo
20 Dec 2019, 00:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?
Replies: 35
Views: 1219

Re: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?

SDS604 wrote:
19 Dec 2019, 21:43
Why not use this chance to upgrade to the Bluetooth/USB controller board and skip the cables/adapters altogether?
Do you have a link?
by robo
17 Dec 2019, 16:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?
Replies: 35
Views: 1219

Re: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?

I took a look through my cabinet of mysterious old computer related junk (accumulated back when I worked in IT and would snag interesting and possibly useful cables and adapters when I saw them getting tossed... basically a snapshot of 2000-2012-ish tech), and located not one but two Belkin PS/2 to ...
by robo
14 Dec 2019, 16:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?
Replies: 35
Views: 1219

Re: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?

I’m not opposed to a DIY adapter. I assume the generic Teensy 2.0 compatible boards on eBay should work fine?
by robo
14 Dec 2019, 16:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?
Replies: 35
Views: 1219

Re: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?

I had bad luck with the cheapo adapters (the ones with the keyboard and mouse inputs). They kinda worked but would stop working randomly or input weird stuff. This was way back but IIRC the Model Ms draw more power than later PS/2 boards and this causes the crappy adapters to malfunction, or somethi...
by robo
14 Dec 2019, 00:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?
Replies: 35
Views: 1219

What happened to the Blue Cube adapters?

So... I have a second Model M in the mail, and went to order a second Blue Cube PS2/USB adapter. Unfortunately, they seem to be out of production, and I see PS2 to USB adapters selling for $30-60 each... Does anyone know of a source for these, or is this just such a niche item now that it's expensiv...
by robo
11 Dec 2019, 22:15
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4517
Views: 506786

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

Well, i finally took the plunge. F77 industrial grey with HHKB right shift.
by robo
06 Dec 2019, 22:36
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4517
Views: 506786

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

Sorry if this has already been discussed, and I can see what a massive project this has been already, but I figured I'd ask:

Are there any future plans for different boards, for example a remake of the Model M SSK (perhaps even with the Model-F mechanism inside... best of both worlds)?
by robo
02 Dec 2019, 17:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What are Topre Switches Like?
Replies: 10
Views: 693

Re: What are Topre Switches Like?

To me they essentially felt like rubber domes. Good quality rubber domes, but definitely not something I found satisfying to type on, either in terms of sound or feel. I wouldn't complain if given one to use, but it certainly wasn't worth the price to me (I purchased and later sold mine - it was Rea...
by robo
07 Aug 2017, 16:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Cream Damped - resistance different depending on 'angle'
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Is it possible (and reversible) to remove the rubber dampers? I could definitely see 26 year old rubber exhibiting different properties than when new, and maybe contributing to the sticking. I wouldn't describe the sensation as 'horribly unpleasant', so I'm hoping it's something to do with the dampe...
by robo
07 Aug 2017, 01:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Cream Damped - resistance different depending on 'angle'
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Alps Cream Damped - resistance different depending on 'angle'

As you all probably know by now from my many recent threads (:P) I just got an Apple Extended Keyboard II, my first Alps board since I last used a similar board in the late 90's. The keyboard is extremely clean and appears to have been used minimally if at all. Mfg data is May 1991, made in the USA,...
by robo
06 Aug 2017, 03:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Disable latching on Alps latching switch?
Replies: 18
Views: 1082

ShawnMeg wrote: without having to butcher the PCB
I prefer to call it "precision surgery" :lol:
by robo
05 Aug 2017, 06:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Disable latching on Alps latching switch?
Replies: 18
Views: 1082

Just a followup - swapping the switches and rewiring the traces worked great. I now have my Control key in the 'right' place and the latching caps is relegated to the left Control key which I never use. I also discovered that as of the laster Mac OS X release, the latching caps doesn't work at all a...
by robo
05 Aug 2017, 05:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Quick ADB pinout question...
Replies: 6
Views: 428

Quick followup to say thanks, it's working great with 4 wires stuck between the keyboard and iMate. Actual ADB cable in on its way from eBay...
by robo
01 Aug 2017, 04:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Any Idea What Switches are These?
Replies: 7
Views: 596

I'm amazed a thrift store would have put such a filthy board on sale! It looks like it was washed up on shore after an oil spill disaster...
by robo
31 Jul 2017, 23:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Disable latching on Alps latching switch?
Replies: 18
Views: 1082

Ah, thanks for the explanations. I didn't realize normal keys 'repeated' while they were depressed. I haven't messed with keyboards at this level before. In that case, i think i'll definitely try cutting the traces and rewiring the board after swapping the switches. Assuming it's just a single layer...
by robo
31 Jul 2017, 18:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Disable latching on Alps latching switch?
Replies: 18
Views: 1082

2ter wrote: The bottom is identical to the other switches on the board. The top with slider and mechanism are different, and the spring is heavier. I might be wrong, but the locking caps lock on my M0118 does't repeat. Maybe you need some keymap software to make it work?
What do you mean by 'doesn't repeat'?
by robo
31 Jul 2017, 16:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Disable latching on Alps latching switch?
Replies: 18
Views: 1082

I'll have to find out when the board arrives. I can perhaps switch it out with one of the Control keys, since I'll be swapping the functionality anyway. The question about how the keyboard's controller will handle the switch being momentary still remains. I guess if worst comes to worst I can probab...
by robo
31 Jul 2017, 15:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Disable latching on Alps latching switch?
Replies: 18
Views: 1082

Thanks - that looks doable. I'll have to find out if the switch will feel OK like that or if it would still be better to replace with one that matches the rest of the board. Another thing that just occurred to me is: Will the keyboard controller understand how to use this key as a normal momentary k...
by robo
31 Jul 2017, 15:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Quick ADB pinout question...
Replies: 6
Views: 428

Thanks. I don't have an s video cable handy either but good to know. Basically I wanted to be able to just test if the keyboard is DOA before ordering a cable for it.

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