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by SneakyRobb
16 May 2019, 18:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Factory process - How to
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Beamspring Factory process - How to

Very cool project! (thx for making this thread :) ) "The beamspring itself is reasonably easy to make with a press as it is just a shape with a hole in the middle. I am currently trying to perfect my punch press in order to make larger quantities of new springs." Especially this sounds great. :) (c...
by SneakyRobb
16 May 2019, 16:24
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring Factory process - How to
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Beamspring Factory process - How to

Hi, I am making a thread to document the construction of new beamspring keyboards. I will collect designs, files and processes here. I have worked with wcass and DMA bouncing ideas off of them. Obviously they have both been a big help. Main imgur collection here https://imgur.com/gallery/x0B4aZV So ...
by SneakyRobb
16 May 2019, 15:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: 60%/65%/TKL Beamspring "Thousand MonKeys"
Replies: 19
Views: 747

Re: 60%/65%/TKL Beamspring "Thousand MonKeys"

Cool, i did not know somebody else did something like that... did you make a thread about it? (I am back to tkl atm. I recognized that i use the arrow keys quite a bit when editing texts and using another layer for them would annoy me). The CAD files for the lasercutting are almost done (would like...
by SneakyRobb
14 May 2019, 02:34
Forum: Workshop
Topic: 60%/65%/TKL Beamspring "Thousand MonKeys"
Replies: 19
Views: 747

Re: 60%/65%/TKL Beamspring "Thousand MonKeys"

Yes, they are. As the original return key has a different shape, too (concave instead of convex) it is no big deal i think (the bottom row with just enough room left to not fit another key is more annoying^^) If I were you I would use this sort of layout that wcass helped me with. Uses all original...
by SneakyRobb
18 Mar 2019, 00:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How about splitting the space bar, with equal-sized symmetrical halves?
Replies: 19
Views: 637

Re: How about splitting the space bar, with equal-sized symmetrical halves?

I mean... Have you tried this, made the keyboard and used it for a month? Was it good? It's not a matter of seeing. See good design, just looks good because its good design. Some aesthetic design is an after thought. If you design something (for humans) it tends to look good. So, and this isn't an i...
by SneakyRobb
16 Mar 2019, 17:33
Forum: Reviews
Topic: AT&T 56k 460 ACW keyboard review (AT&T magnetic separation switches)
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: AT&T 56k 460 ACW keyboard review (AT&T magnetic separation switches)

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Amazing.

Good review btw
by SneakyRobb
15 Mar 2019, 23:15
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 47
Views: 3495

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

So I am now in the not sure what the keycaps are made of camp. I am waiting to hear back from the IBM archives guy. IBM developed acrylic injected keycaps in 1967 but I am fairly certain they are the clear relegendable ones on displaywriters, model f/ and pingmasters. I tried the acetone on one bla...
by SneakyRobb
15 Mar 2019, 20:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model F Prices
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Model F Prices

Wow that's incredible. I always figured they were harder to come by since the layout is much more desirable. I guess it turns out the scarcity plus layout difference accounts for their rarity. But yes, if you find one a hen's tooth for $200, definitely buy it. Wish I had one myself to sell you. Tha...
by SneakyRobb
15 Mar 2019, 19:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model F Prices
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Model F Prices

They go up and down, but if you find a decent working one under $200 you should consider yourself lucky. For years you could hardly give an XT away, it has only been in the last 3-4 years that XT prices have climbed out of the $35 range. Without data to back it up, I feel that ATs are at least an o...
by SneakyRobb
15 Mar 2019, 18:47
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Odd problem with IBM Model F
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: Odd problem with IBM Model F

I can barely see any solder on the Teensy, are the connections good? Try grounding the plug too, the original cable's shielding is also grounded. If you want to do an internal USB conversion eventually: solder pin headers to the Teensy then use female/female jumper wires. It's non-destructive as lo...
by SneakyRobb
12 Mar 2019, 16:22
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Odd problem with IBM Model F
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: Odd problem with IBM Model F

Are you using the original cable and then using the teensy? Or do you have the teensy soldered with the pins going into the blue connector of the pcb? Can you take a closer image of the front and back of the pcb around the area with the soldered pin connectors? That row running left from your yellow...
by SneakyRobb
11 Mar 2019, 21:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soviet Model F clone with capacitive buckling springs
Replies: 34
Views: 1564

Re: Soviet Model F clone with capacitive buckling springs

It isn't authentic if the foam is intact!
by SneakyRobb
10 Mar 2019, 01:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Gaming Keyboard - Looking for Advice
Replies: 33
Views: 1935

Re: Gaming Keyboard - Looking for Advice

- Steelseries Apex are really good too, especially the QS1 Switches but they stop producing them. a QX2 series are better than a Cherry MX. - Matias are also really good as well because it use Alp Style switches. - Unicomp Model M - This one are the king of the 80 and 90s keyboard but I think they ...
by SneakyRobb
10 Mar 2019, 01:46
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 1071

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

Thanks darkcruix. That looks very close to the original color and gloss level. I think the slight warm/yellow tint is important for preserving the vintage aesthetic IMO. I'm still waiting on a few more samples but I think this color is definitely a front runner. Hi, This is why the warm pantone is ...
by SneakyRobb
10 Mar 2019, 01:33
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 5576 keyboard with Alps Plate Spring
Replies: 12
Views: 756

Re: IBM 5576 keyboard with Alps Plate Spring

I somewhat regret getting my alps plate spring board. the PCB mount switches actually have a different upper housing and cannot clip into a metal plate. It has been a challenge to get them into the 60% form factor.
by SneakyRobb
10 Mar 2019, 01:32
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 47
Views: 3495

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

Beamspring switches have the most play of any switches. You can rotate keytops like 5 degrees when they sit. You can press a 7U beamspring spacebar about 90% of its length with no stabilizer bar.
by SneakyRobb
08 Mar 2019, 23:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do any modern Laptops have even halfway decent keyboards?
Replies: 26
Views: 1405

Re: Do any modern Laptops have even halfway decent keyboards?

... e.g. the Microsoft Surface and a compact mechanical keyboard to go with it... This is what I've been thinking about. By the way, Richard Sapper's original Thinkpad prototype: http://blog.lenovo.com/en/blog/richard-sapper-the-origins-of-the-thinkpad-keyboard Pretty cool. There is a funny story a...
by SneakyRobb
08 Mar 2019, 21:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do any modern Laptops have even halfway decent keyboards?
Replies: 26
Views: 1405

Re: Do any modern Laptops have even halfway decent keyboards?

If you are like me and strive for insanity tier things, you could get a 51NB Thinkpad swap.

It's a T60 thinkpad with a new motherboard. It is quite extreme, fun and... I do not recommend it.
by SneakyRobb
08 Mar 2019, 21:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F 5291 "Bigfoot" protocol?
Replies: 9
Views: 408

Re: IBM Model F 5291 "Bigfoot" protocol?

I have a bigfoot and was able to use the soarer firmware. It is a bit more involved than a typical model F as if I recall the bigfoot doesnt have an on board controller..?, but you can get it to work.
by SneakyRobb
06 Mar 2019, 20:58
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 1071

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

That looks like a close match! Unless you are really needing to cover up some scratches or something as others have said it is highly recommended to just get an off the shelf close enough. So it looks like you have done good
by SneakyRobb
06 Mar 2019, 15:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Turn a model m into a fake ssk
Replies: 19
Views: 1261

Re: Turn a model m into a fake ssk

Very well done and industrious of you. Looks good. Giving clickclack a run for his money
by SneakyRobb
04 Mar 2019, 22:21
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 3278 powder coat color
Replies: 18
Views: 1071

Re: IBM 3278 powder coat color

It might be worthwhile to look into this page of official ibm corporate colours. https://www.ibm.com/design/language/elements/color#color-families Specifically looking at this one listed there. https://www.color-hex.com/color/d7d2cb https://www.pantone.com/color-finder/Warm-Gray-1-C It seems awfully...
by SneakyRobb
01 Mar 2019, 16:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model F XT weird issues
Replies: 7
Views: 493

Re: Model F XT weird issues

Hi,

are you using an xwhatsit or the soarer converter?

If you don't have good foam this can occur as well. Have you restored the board, and are all the metal tabs that hold it together intact?
by SneakyRobb
28 Feb 2019, 22:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soviet Model F clone with capacitive buckling springs
Replies: 34
Views: 1564

Re: Soviet Model F clone with capacitive buckling springs

Well darn... Seems like this firmware could be similar to soarers. Not sure if it only works on zx computers though. Quite alternate reality mode https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=https://zx-pk.ru/threads/609-zx_multi_card....
by SneakyRobb
28 Feb 2019, 22:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soviet Model F clone with capacitive buckling springs
Replies: 34
Views: 1564

Re: Soviet Model F clone with capacitive buckling springs

Well darn... Seems like this firmware could be similar to soarers. Not sure if it only works on zx computers though. Quite alternate reality mode https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=https://zx-pk.ru/threads/609-zx_multi_card.h...
by SneakyRobb
28 Feb 2019, 20:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Soviet Model F clone with capacitive buckling springs
Replies: 34
Views: 1564

Re: Soviet Model F clone with capacitive buckling springs

I found at least a sort of sound bite of the sound. https://youtu.be/UflBWphiPoA?t=141 Sounds pretty familiar... http://www.leningrad.su/museum/show_calc.php?n=241 From one of these computers Small world in the link below. Seems to be people organizing a group (collective in Russia?) buy of a small ...
by SneakyRobb
28 Feb 2019, 20:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring 3278 XWhatsit and sporadic random keypresses
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: Beamspring 3278 XWhatsit and sporadic random keypresses

That seems to make sense then. The only other thing I can think of is setting the thresholds but it seems like you have a good understanding of that. Hope it works out
by SneakyRobb
28 Feb 2019, 19:28
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring 3278 XWhatsit and sporadic random keypresses
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: Beamspring 3278 XWhatsit and sporadic random keypresses

With my keyboard it was actually quite hard to get the controller to fit and I had symptoms like this. Does your connector have the one side filed down? the pcb is not straight across and one side needs a notch to be flush with the connector.
by SneakyRobb
28 Feb 2019, 13:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model F AT capsensing issue
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: Model F AT capsensing issue

Can you show us a picture of both sides of the pcb and the bottom of the plate showing your foam? As well as how you connect you cables to the original controller? 99% of the time with model f, the keyboard not working is due to something being installed incorrectly. We can check that everything els...
by SneakyRobb
27 Feb 2019, 21:22
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)
Replies: 47
Views: 3495

Re: Yet another beamspring refurb (5251)

So I am now in the not sure what the keycaps are made of camp. I am waiting to hear back from the IBM archives guy. IBM developed acrylic injected keycaps in 1967 but I am fairly certain they are the clear relegendable ones on displaywriters, model f/ and pingmasters. I tried the acetone on one blac...

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