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by orihalcon
11 Feb 2019, 03:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Most and least reliable keyboard switch?
Replies: 24
Views: 728

Re: Most and least reliable keyboard switch?

By the numbers, the most reliable in terms of continuing to work (though feel will definitely be impacted if there's industrial dust present) would be Honeywell Hall Effect. They even work underwater! Most aren't super easy to convert to USB if you are working with vintage hardware, but a lot of pro...
by orihalcon
03 Feb 2019, 16:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Packard Bell US ANSI with Blue Alps Switches
Replies: 12
Views: 435

Re: Packard Bell US ANSI with Blue Alps Switches

Can’t forget the blue ALPS M clone!

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by orihalcon
31 Jan 2019, 15:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: USB to PS/2 + Soarer's Converter?
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: USB to PS/2 + Soarer's Converter?

Hasu makes a USB to USB converter which runs TMK and I believe that it is actually two separate arduinos put together, so it can't run on a single arduino unfortunately. The USB to USB converters I have really only work if the board can support PS/2 output through a USB plug, so really it's just a P...
by orihalcon
25 Jan 2019, 19:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tai Hao Alps modifiers
Replies: 11
Views: 422

Re: Tai Hao Alps modifiers

I haven't really ever built a custom ALPS board, but where does one reliably source Costar stabilizers from?
by orihalcon
25 Jan 2019, 04:33
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Nut&Bolt / Screwmod IBM for me?
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Nut&Bolt / Screwmod IBM for me?

The problem with bolt modding a specific board is that the shipping to get it to and from the person doing the bolt mod makes it almost more hassle than just buying one that is already bolt modded, but hopefully you'll get lucky and find someone locally that will do it!
by orihalcon
25 Jan 2019, 03:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Overall opinions on the IBM model M2
Replies: 23
Views: 799

Re: Overall opinions on the IBM model M2

The most legendary Mexico manufactured Model M's are the black M13's, so there should be quite a few people who have used those. I find all model M's seem to vary quite a bit from each other in terms of feel and sound even if they were manufactured in the same month/year by the same manufacturer. If...
by orihalcon
23 Jan 2019, 22:32
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Northgate Omni Key 102 Gold Label (gold keyboard)
Replies: 18
Views: 726

Re: Northgate Omni Key 102 Gold Label (gold keyboard)

I've used reptiglo 10.0 fluorescent tubes which are supposed to put off a decent amount of UV and just submerged the casein the hydrogen peroxide. The trick is that the edges don't get very good light to them though and trying to shine through a clear container from the side I don't think works beca...
by orihalcon
22 Jan 2019, 14:45
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Handheld Scientific Bluetooth Adapter BT-500
Replies: 5
Views: 656

Re: Handheld Scientific Bluetooth Adapter BT-500

I have their previous version that has the internal lithium battery and I was eventually planning on implementing this inside of a beamspring, but I'm a little picky when it comes to function and I want to be able to switch between wired and wireless use and whenever USB is connected, I want the bat...
by orihalcon
22 Jan 2019, 00:36
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Cherry G80-5000HAMUS
Replies: 15
Views: 564

Re: Cherry G80-5000HAMUS

I presume the blockers can be removed and a couple more switches installed? Might require some remapping, but hopefully they'd produce scan codes at least? Or is such a modification considered sacrilege?
by orihalcon
21 Jan 2019, 20:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Replacing Space Cadet Keycaps?
Replies: 16
Views: 669

Re: Replacing Space Cadet Keycaps?

You might want to post pics of the boards and where the caps are missing from. You should be able to find a Honeywell hall effect keycap with the same profile, then hand paint it. I don't think 3D printing will beat this option in terms of quality and it would certainly cost less. Just my 2¢ ;-)
by orihalcon
16 Jan 2019, 15:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Add honing bumps/pips to F and J keycaps?
Replies: 13
Views: 464

Re: Add honing bumps/pips to F and J keycaps?

I've seen some people use thick stickers, kind of like that embossing material that's used with certain labelers and those seem to work pretty well without any modification to the keycaps themselves.
by orihalcon
24 Dec 2018, 03:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looking for Model M membrane connectors.
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Your best bet would be to just get them off of an existing model M controller, ideally one that doesn't work. You may be able to get one for the cost of shipping if another member has one. I think all my model M controllers work though.
by orihalcon
21 Dec 2018, 23:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: F122 spacebar stabilizer missing
Replies: 3
Views: 169

The other thing you could do is use a model M spacebar and just use a Dremel to make the diameter of the stabilizer wire smaller just where it goes under the retaining clips so that it fits. Never seen anyone do this, but I see no reason why you couldn't.
by orihalcon
17 Dec 2018, 00:15
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Please welcome your new kingpin: matt3o
Replies: 30
Views: 1099

Many thanks Webwit for all you've done! My observation has been that many of the highest profile user usually have to tone it down after a while, and hopefully you've got something great to do with the freed up time! No one deserves it more!

Congrats Matt3o!
by orihalcon
15 Dec 2018, 21:54
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: IBM Model M Frame (1390136)
Replies: 5
Views: 243

I have a couple early model M barrel plates, but international shipping surely wouldn't make it worth it I am guessing. Personally, I'd just superglue a clip back on, or use a barrel stabilized cap in its place.
by orihalcon
15 Dec 2018, 21:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Blind test: keyboard sound comparison challenge
Replies: 4
Views: 171

I like the idea, but I think the sound will vary a lot based on typing style and mic placement. Seems like there's a lot of bottoming out going on which I personally don't mind, but kind of masks sound of the actual switch and makes linears even sound clicky in some cases. Not sure how Chyros puts h...
by orihalcon
13 Dec 2018, 05:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M 1392373 ?
Replies: 3
Views: 248

If you were to want to convert it, just throw a regular model M controller into it and protocol problem is solved, or can use one of the newer replacement controllers that say phosphorglow was making.
by orihalcon
11 Dec 2018, 05:25
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22128
Views: 1021138

I would buy it if it wouldn't be in the states.. I believe it's similar to the later unicomp models with pointstick.. I've a similar one.. still strange the label says maxi switch.. anyway, nice color.. anybody wanting to relay it for me? :D I think all black M13's (at least the ones with black key...
by orihalcon
05 Dec 2018, 03:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: should we make a new XT layout group buy?
Replies: 28
Views: 1158

I almost think that using XT's for their barrels/hammers isn't a total crime especially since no parts are actually destroyed and you could aways rebuild the XT from the parts again. Definitely think it makes sense to reuse the back plate, so really all you'd need is the PCB, barrel plate, and Xwhat...
by orihalcon
05 Dec 2018, 03:12
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Tricolor Dyesub Alps Keycaps :D
Replies: 7
Views: 552

They don't make 'em like they used to, that's for sure! Beautiful board to be sure!
by orihalcon
02 Dec 2018, 21:16
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Dyesub sucks: the story of an innocent F122
Replies: 4
Views: 261

I've seen some IBM boards with PBT caps worn down occasionally, and my hypothesis is that they were used in some sort of industrial environment where there would have been very fine abrasives on the user's fingers when they used them and over time it basically just sands keys down, and only the keys...
by orihalcon
02 Dec 2018, 00:22
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22128
Views: 1021138

https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/j532190216 https://buyee.jp/item/yahoo/auction/x584982975 Some ibm Japanese 5576-1 and -2s A little strange though, I don't recognize the switches that those have. I thought that multistations all had green, yellow, or less commonly black ALPS? Perhaps these are ...
by orihalcon
28 Nov 2018, 15:28
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22128
Views: 1021138

I think the lock LED in the up key is for programmable macros as mentioned by kakan. You could always desolder just that switch and LED and put a regular up arrow keycap there instead. The reason it's a yellow switch is because the presence of an LED makes it so that there's no place for click leave...
by orihalcon
23 Nov 2018, 23:27
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Connector Cable for IBM 5155
Replies: 4
Views: 199

PM'd
by orihalcon
25 Oct 2018, 21:52
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22128
Views: 1021138

I did have a prototopre IBM a while back. It went to another member here, but I'm blanking on the name but I believe it went for my asking of $200 as they are relatively uncommon. They do have a nice build quality to them to say the least. I think one of my favorite features was how smooth and solid...
by orihalcon
25 Oct 2018, 19:17
Forum: For sale
Topic: ALL Soarer's Converters back in stock! 10-20% off until Nov 1st!
Replies: 9
Views: 589

Stupid question: Do these translate all keys to a different code, so keys can be distiguished? :? Yep just to confirm what Muirium has already mentioned, These detect the protocol being used when the arduino first turns on, hence why you must have the keyboard plugged into the adapter before you pl...
by orihalcon
25 Oct 2018, 19:10
Forum: For sale
Topic: ALL Soarer's Converters back in stock! 10-20% off until Nov 1st!
Replies: 9
Views: 589

xxhellfirexx wrote: If I have a XT keyboard, can I connect it to my computer using the following configuration?

XT Keyboard > Passive DIN 5 to PS/2 > Soarer PS/2 to USB
Yep, as mentioned by others, this will work :)
by orihalcon
25 Oct 2018, 03:25
Forum: For sale
Topic: ALL Soarer's Converters back in stock! 10-20% off until Nov 1st!
Replies: 9
Views: 589

ALL Soarer's Converters back in stock! 10-20% off until Nov 1st!

All of my Soarer’s Converters are finally back in stock! - (Working on getting a better picture for this post) AS A PROMOTION UNTIL NOVEMBER 1 , I will be offering these to DT members through direct paypal invoice for 10-20% off depending on the version as priced below. USA Shipping is free, and int...
by orihalcon
19 Oct 2018, 15:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Examples of Soarer Converter configuration files please
Replies: 44
Views: 7473

My suggestion would be to do the configuration in Windows just because of ease of use and then just use the keyboard with Linux after since the configuration is stored within the converter, so it's not like you actually need those utilities for anything other than to do the configuration. Probably n...
by orihalcon
16 Oct 2018, 01:59
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22128
Views: 1021138

But wait! There's More! But this one is described as ugly and missing a few more keys ;)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/232967726249

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