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by robo
02 Dec 2019, 17:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What are Topre Switches Like?
Replies: 10
Views: 511

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: 588

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: 588

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: 967

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: 967

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: 378

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: 557

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: 967

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: 967

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: 967

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: 967

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: 378

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.
by robo
31 Jul 2017, 06:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Disable latching on Alps latching switch?
Replies: 0
Views: 173

Disable latching on Alps latching switch?

So, i purchased an AEKII knowing that it has a latching caps lock switch, but I use the Caps Lock key as Control, so I'd like to disable the latching. Is there a simple way to modify the switch so that it will not latch, or is it necessary to replace the switch entirely?

Thanks!
by robo
31 Jul 2017, 06:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Disable latching on Alps latching switch?
Replies: 18
Views: 967

Disable latching on Alps latching switch?

So, i purchased an AEKII knowing that it has a latching caps lock switch, but I use the Caps Lock key as Control, so I'd like to disable the latching. Is there a simple way to modify the switch so that it will not latch, or is it necessary to replace the switch entirely?

Thanks!
by robo
31 Jul 2017, 05:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Quick ADB pinout question...
Replies: 6
Views: 378

Quick ADB pinout question...

Very quick question - if I just want to test if an ADB keyboard works, and I have the keyboard and a Griffin iMate, but no ADB cable, can I just use 4 thin wires to connect the two ADB ports? Is it correct to connect 1 to 1, 2 to 2, etc between the female sockets on keyboard and adapter? That would ...
by robo
28 Jul 2017, 20:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How I destroyed my keyboard with an attempted mod...
Replies: 22
Views: 2606

I'll snap a photo when I get home. Right now the board is sitting in a bucket of of distilled water in a "what do i have to lose?" type attempt to maybe dilute away the acid and save the board. Also, I would point out that a few years ago MX Browns were voted as the _favorite_ switch on these very s...
by robo
27 Jul 2017, 22:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How I destroyed my keyboard with an attempted mod...
Replies: 22
Views: 2606

Regarding the disparagement of MX browns, i think this mod really transformed them into something nice. Actually, i was originally sold on MX Browns after buying a switch tester which was made of a solid piece of Perspex, in other words extremely solid. The brown switch in that setting felt great. B...
by robo
27 Jul 2017, 19:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How I destroyed my keyboard with an attempted mod...
Replies: 22
Views: 2606

How I destroyed my keyboard with an attempted mod...

Unlike some people here I don't have a big collection of keyboards. I use a Model M at home, and at work I use... err.. used a CM Storm Quick Fire Stealth with MX Browns, stock except PBT keycaps and an MX Green soldered in place of the brown switch for the Esc key. Anyhow, after numerous comments i...
by robo
25 Apr 2015, 00:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Blocked by Cherry G80-2551 Ebay seller
Replies: 79
Views: 3426

Nationality is used to discriminate all the time. Try showing up to the US border with a Chinese password, vs a Japanese or UK one... Guess who is getting in?

Not saying it's right.
by robo
23 Apr 2015, 23:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Blocked by Cherry G80-2551 Ebay seller
Replies: 79
Views: 3426

Definitely sounds like derzemel got 'profiled'. It sucks, but my experience as a sometime eBay seller is that you get a bit paranoid about buyers, partly because there *are* a lot of scammers (and many of them *are* from Eastern Europe), and eBay and PayPal seem to side with buyers whenever there is...
by robo
15 Apr 2015, 18:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Found a Dolch Pac 486 for sale... personally not interested though.
Replies: 25
Views: 1751

Are you sure it's not a NiCd battery? Almost every old PC system with a leaky battery was the rechargable NiCd barrel battery. It's actually probably a lead-acid battery, which explains the corrosive leak. Definitely not lithium-ion (those came into use in the 2000's), and even NiCd may be too new....
by robo
04 Apr 2015, 18:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: In praise of Cherry switches...
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

Glad you like your new Cooler Master keyboard :mrgreen: I do, although it was part of the MassDrop order that Cooler Master initially forgot to send to manufacturing and then was delayed by the port strike, so there was a lot of gnashing of teeth along the way. :) BTW, will the replacement top case...
by robo
03 Apr 2015, 01:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: In praise of Cherry switches...
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

My battleship 122-key Model F has been my daily driver for nearly 3 years now, but I understand the appeal of the brown Cherry switches. There is something to be said for light (in all metrics) keyboards, but I find the sound of blues very annoying and don't like linear switches. Admittedly after b...
by robo
02 Apr 2015, 23:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: In praise of Cherry switches...
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

Admittedly I've never used a Model F, but I think there might be some second opinion bias moving against Cherry, no? Now that everyone and their prepubescent gamer brother has learned about mechanical keyboards and thinks that the only question is what color Cherry switch and how many blinding LEDs ...
by robo
02 Apr 2015, 03:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: In praise of Cherry switches...
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

I'm serious. It's not an April fools post.
by robo
02 Apr 2015, 00:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: In praise of Cherry switches...
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

In praise of Cherry switches...

This is probably not a very interesting post to most of you, but here goes anyway: I just got my first Cherry board (a CoolerMaster QuickFire Stealth with MX Browns) and I'm really, really pleased with it. This is not my first mechanical keyboard: I've used an IBM Model M for years, briefly had a Re...
by robo
09 Mar 2015, 22:25
Forum: News
Topic: Apple's new butterfly keyboard
Replies: 229
Views: 22108

On the other hand, apple's scissor switch keys wear out really fast and get mushy. I've been through a lot of Apple keyboards and haven't noticed this - but different models have have different feels (not sure if it's by design, or just differences in dome material between different OEMs or at diff...
by robo
09 Mar 2015, 20:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laptop Keyboards
Replies: 77
Views: 3800

I'm suspecting that it'll feel a lot like an HP calculator, which is not a bad thing. I think that would be too much of a departure from what people are used to (it's been 15 years since I pressed an HP calculator button, but IIRC they had quite a hard 'snap' and required considerable force... also...
by robo
12 Feb 2015, 20:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Quality control of SP keycaps?
Replies: 30
Views: 1390

PBT is tricky to mold, because it shrinks more as it cools down. It's especially prone to bending: banana shaped spacebars! So yeah, what sounds easy can be quite hard with PBT. It's not as well behaved stuff as docile old ABS. So does everyone just accept bannana shaped PBT spacebars from SP, or i...
by robo
12 Feb 2015, 17:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Quality control of SP keycaps?
Replies: 30
Views: 1390

I guess doubleshots would be a whole lot more work, since custom molds are needed? Also, I guess I'm sort of puzzled at the quality control issues with Dyesub DSA, since there's basically one mold for all the 1x keys - the only differences are color and what gets printed on. And yet people have foun...

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