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by robo
05 May 2020, 22:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Your typing skills are totally erased: what would you learn?
Replies: 34
Views: 1542

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: 1225

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: 1225

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: 490

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: 4867
Views: 577581

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: 508

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: 4867
Views: 577581

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: 461

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: 461

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: 1231

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: 504

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: 19
Views: 969

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: 24
Views: 2199

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: 1584

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: 414

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: 20
Views: 1584

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: 20
Views: 1584

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: 959

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: 4867
Views: 577581

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: 24
Views: 1509

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: 4867
Views: 577581

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: 1884

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: 1803

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: 1803

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: 1803

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: 1803

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: 1803

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: 1803

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: 4867
Views: 577581

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.

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