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by tactica
13 Apr 2018, 08:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Has anyone ever...?
Replies: 30
Views: 1174

Why not take an ancient notebook or some other random junk that never had a life and butcher that instead of a poor C64 :( It would be cheaper too.
by tactica
09 Apr 2018, 06:45
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Taking on "Alternative keyboard layouts"
Replies: 28
Views: 2363

Anyway AdNW article was added back in with a bunch of edits. I don't know how to restrict images sizes though. The one image is far too large I'm not even sure Adnwqa2.png is so useful, IMO the original image is far too small to provide details. Anyway, the "thumb" keyword was missing in both pictu...
by tactica
08 Apr 2018, 18:49
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Taking on "Alternative keyboard layouts"
Replies: 28
Views: 2363

I copied over the markdown from the new page that I was making to the old page. The edit history of the "new work" I did will be lost this way but that is not the worst thing in the world. Should I delete the new page (key layouts) as it was essentially just used as a scratch pad and has no backlin...
by tactica
30 Mar 2018, 18:44
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Taking on "Alternative keyboard layouts"
Replies: 28
Views: 2363

The merge is now undone.

BTW the special page is named "MergeHistory" for a reason - it does merge revision histories, not actual content like SVN, etc. do. You may not like it, but it does work as documented. :)
by tactica
30 Mar 2018, 03:19
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Taking on "Alternative keyboard layouts"
Replies: 28
Views: 2363

Those changes are now listed as the initial history of the new page. That's what was supposed to happen, methinks. In a way, it's like if the old page was updated, it's just that the changes appear on the new page. Why the history of the old page had to be messed with, I don't know either... Maybe a...
by tactica
30 Mar 2018, 02:02
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Taking on "Alternative keyboard layouts"
Replies: 28
Views: 2363

Done. Apparently everything went as expected, let me know when it is OK to delete the old page.
by tactica
29 Mar 2018, 16:47
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Taking on "Alternative keyboard layouts"
Replies: 28
Views: 2363

Merging is documented in MediaWiki.org here , but a sysop must do it as this requires a special privilege regular users don't have. I have never done this but apparently merging these two pages will simply add the following changes from the old page to the log of your new page: (prev) 19:06 10 jan 2...
by tactica
10 Mar 2018, 17:00
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Polish IBM Model F - engineers nightmares
Replies: 28
Views: 1026

IIRC I got my XT k/b for around €30 shipped and in excellent condition. I'm still looking for an F 122 but I doubt I'll ever find any for what I would consider a decent price... :evil:
by tactica
05 Mar 2018, 14:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: keyboard problems : I do know now! :)
Replies: 67
Views: 1785

I'm looking for 'that one' kb because the flea market KBs (mechanicals) are few and far between. I'm patient and all that, but I doubt I will ever find an M or something. I'm probably the least lucky man here and yet my first M was a rubber dome I got for free while at work, from someone who was pr...
by tactica
05 Mar 2018, 00:35
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: IBM part numbers
Replies: 9
Views: 1005

It's at the point where a GUI table editor might be more practical :P FYI, there is a Visual Editor for MediaWiki. How well it manages tables, I have no idea - I quit the editor immediately whenever Wikipedia launches it for me. https://www.ebay.de/itm/Vintage-New-IBM-Model-M-Clicky-Keyboard-J2-198...
by tactica
04 Mar 2018, 22:45
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: IBM part numbers
Replies: 9
Views: 1005

Myoth wrote: oh okay, so we're not counting Dell branded Ms, nor Ambras etc too ?
Right. All those should go in a separate article, the one about IBM P/Ns alone is becoming quite large without clones.
by tactica
04 Mar 2018, 02:51
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: IBM part numbers
Replies: 9
Views: 1005

-how did you find the 1386853 and such obscure layouts ? did you just assume their part number by looking at the part number scheme of other keyboards ? No assumption, that one and many others were found by checking official documentation from IBM. Take a look at the references. Documentation with ...
by tactica
28 Feb 2018, 11:16
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Micro Switch 122ST13S-25E-J
Replies: 6
Views: 413

I need some help turning off the integrated beeper without desoldering it, so if anyone has a manual to this please tell me![/size] I tried many key combinations with the "Click" key shown in the pictures, but sadly without success. Maybe Alt-Esc ? Also, you're invited to add (better) pictures to h...
by tactica
27 Feb 2018, 08:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboard prices
Replies: 30
Views: 1130

I suggest you keep references to the minimum. For the IBM part numbers article I decided to place a reference in the "parent" keyboard or the first regional version, and omit it for the rest. Unless, of course, where there is good reason to add the reference again, for example when other unrelated k...
by tactica
25 Feb 2018, 17:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cherry German/Cyrillic doubleshots - does it exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 683

Heh. Maybe someone would be so kind to write a "Cherry part numbers" page on the wiki...
by tactica
24 Feb 2018, 21:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help Me Purchase a Mechanical Keyboard
Replies: 14
Views: 568

OK, first things first: to provide an answer to the OP, if I were going to pick one among those in the proposed selection, I'd go for a TKL keyboard (Marisa: this means one without a numeric keypad) with either Cherry MX Red or Blue switches, depending on whether noise is a factor or not (MX Blue is...
by tactica
24 Feb 2018, 17:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help Me Purchase a Mechanical Keyboard
Replies: 14
Views: 568

A quick look at the "guides" category in the wiki reveals that https://deskthority.net/wiki/(Mechanical)_keyboards:_getting_started and https://deskthority.net/wiki/Introduction_to_keyboards seem to be the only pages resembling a guide for choosing a keyboard. Maybe a combination of both could be wr...
by tactica
10 Feb 2018, 17:18
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: UploadWizard
Replies: 0
Views: 425

UploadWizard

While webwit still has time for the wiki, maybe it would be a good idea to replace the stock upload mechanism with Extension:UploadWizard . This is what they use on Wikipedia, and despite the efforts from Daniel and 002 (?) to improve the way {{filedesc}} works, I think it is in our best interest to...
by tactica
10 Feb 2018, 00:13
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Upload limit
Replies: 5
Views: 583

20MB should be a more suitable limit, at least until you come up with a 21MB PDF :)
by tactica
09 Feb 2018, 15:13
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Proposal to add Lua support
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

If you depend on CentOS and precompiled packages to run a company (?) then I suppose this is a dead end as CentOS is probably the most conservative distro known to man, with server-centric packages several years behind current developments.

Oh well :cry:

Thank you for trying anyway.
by tactica
04 Feb 2018, 17:33
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Proposal to add Lua support
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

Lua is invoked from within templates. I intend to begin with the templates I mentioned. I know Daniel wants to create timelines, and that might come next. (misunderstanding) As I said, I don't *need* to speak Lua to import some modules and modify the templates to use those modules. And as soon as so...
by tactica
03 Feb 2018, 01:51
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Proposal to add Lua support
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

I answered that in the last two paragraphs of my original posting above.
by tactica
03 Feb 2018, 00:35
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Proposal to add Lua support
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

Lua does not really add any more red tape than it already exists when a newbie decides to start editing a wiki. You don't need to learn Lua at all unless you intend to write your own modules or edit whatever is already installed, and that's way beyond what 99.9% of people who edit a wiki need to kno...
by tactica
02 Feb 2018, 22:36
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Proposal to add Lua support
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

The difference between "the world's #1 target for spambots" and Deskthority is that we are many orders of magnitude smaller than wikipedia. Sure it could provide some benefit, but I don't forsee the primary DT wiki editors actually using it all that often and I wouldn't trust new accounts to use Lu...
by tactica
02 Feb 2018, 22:05
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Story about Pendar Electronique S.A. ex C.P.Clare Electronique S.A.
Replies: 19
Views: 1517

@RGUZZETTI

Don't you have any other means to contact Mr. Boets? It would a pity to let this die at this point.
by tactica
02 Feb 2018, 01:32
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Proposal to add Lua support
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

There is a technical explanation for that here.

If the world's #1 target for spambots is using it, it must be secure...
by tactica
01 Feb 2018, 22:58
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Proposal to add Lua support
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

Quoting https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Scribunto : * PHP's proc_open must not be restricted * The web server must be able to run binary files in the MediaWiki tree ... and little else. I don't see anything special even if we were running on Windows, which I suspect we aren't :) For "optima...
by tactica
01 Feb 2018, 19:04
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Proposal to add Lua support
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

Nah, if a template or module we want is available on Wikipedia, we can use it right away without changes other than the usual adaptation to remove references to Wikipedia-only namespaces, categories and the like. For example, module "Citation" from enwiki only needs a single line changed to work her...
by tactica
01 Feb 2018, 13:06
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Proposal to add Lua support
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

Proposal to add Lua support

MediaWiki can use scripting languages embedded by means of the Scribunto extension, which currently supports Lua only. This extension is being used at large on Wikipedia to do many tasks where wikitext and templates alone just won't cut it. If you visit Wikipedia every now and then, surely you have ...
by tactica
31 Jan 2018, 20:11
Forum: Gallery
Topic: My humble collection of prehistoric keyboards and other stuff.
Replies: 56
Views: 4136

This 'keyboard' in the photo is actually called "IBM 5924 T01 Kanji Keypunch", and it is not a keyboard for the IBM 5550 Multi-station but an input system for its predecessor called "IBM Kanji System" (there were a few of these systems). It is the first successful attempt at computerizing Chinese c...

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