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by daedalus
18 Sep 2019, 20:01
Forum: Reviews
Topic: AT&T 56k review (AT&T buckling springs)
Replies: 2
Views: 905

Re: AT&T 56k review (AT&T buckling springs)

Space key on numpad was common on the 122-key 3270 keyboards: http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/wolkenritter_nyny/imgs/1/f/1f654d7b.jpg My theory on these keyboards is that AT&T licensed the design from IBM, but manufactured it themselves. The FCC IDs for the keyboards listed Lucent (who were owned by AT&T...
by daedalus
18 Sep 2019, 15:28
Forum: News
Topic: Possible Unicomp SSK
Replies: 45
Views: 2525

Re: Possible Unicomp SSK

gianni wrote:
18 Sep 2019, 14:14
Model m for example is compatible with both ansi and iso, usint for both the same frame/plate. Will this tkl be compatible with both?
Unless they have created a new return key design just for this keyboard which is incompatible with the ISO layout, I would imagine it supports both layout types.
by daedalus
17 Sep 2019, 22:36
Forum: News
Topic: Possible Unicomp SSK
Replies: 45
Views: 2525

Re: Possible Unicomp SSK

There’s an update to the FB thread from Unicomp which mentions that this keyboard will have a detachable USB cable.
by daedalus
16 Sep 2019, 23:27
Forum: News
Topic: Possible Unicomp SSK
Replies: 45
Views: 2525

Re: Possible Unicomp SSK

For the standard keyboards, there's a 1.5/1/1.5/7/1.5/1/1.5 configuration available.

See: https://www.pckeyboard.com/mm5/graphics ... -25-13.pdf
by daedalus
02 Sep 2019, 11:45
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: has the trackball landscape changed in any way lately?
Replies: 41
Views: 4158

Re: has the trackball landscape changed in any way lately?

Been using a CST Lasertrac as my daily driver for close to a decade - cannot recommend it strongly enough to trackball fans.
by daedalus
08 Aug 2019, 22:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Question about my IBM "industrial" / "grey" Model M
Replies: 11
Views: 767

Re: Question about my IBM "industrial" / "grey" Model M

The black square label Industrial Model M is usually associated with the IBM 7531, which was an Industrial version of the PC AT. It was launched in mid 1985, and most of the examples you see online are from the mid to late 80s. There's two possible explanations as to why one was made in 1990: 1) IBM...
by daedalus
25 Jul 2019, 23:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM 4980 Model F Battleship (DONE)
Replies: 39
Views: 2638

Re: Converting IBM 4980 Model F Battleship

I've only ever seen diagrams of these in IBM manuals, very excited to see one in the hands of a member of the community :)
by daedalus
23 Jul 2019, 23:20
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4242
Views: 447410

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

While the PC keyboards had the tab and backtab symbol on the same key, most IBM terminal keyboards had two separate keys - the backtab was in the same position as the \| key on modern US keyboards (including the 4704) https://www.modelfkeyboards.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/DSC_6526.jpg and the 12...
by daedalus
23 Apr 2019, 23:27
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4242
Views: 447410

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

I probably should have waited until today to post the new icons. 20 minutes after putting up the previous pic, I came up with some Scroll and Num Lock icons that I don't hate. Also, made a little prettier presentation this time. :lol: A big thanks as well to matt3o for allowing the use of his nifty...
by daedalus
19 Apr 2019, 21:21
Forum: News
Topic: New French keyboard standard
Replies: 16
Views: 2528

Re: New French keyboard standard

Obviously the decision was to keep the numbers, which are by far more frequent than the accented capitals É, Ê and the like, directly accessible with Shift while the accented capitals are AltGr+the key. This affects only the number row, and does it in a consistent way. Agreed, but it seems like the...
by daedalus
31 Mar 2019, 19:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tell me about your experience with dome boards
Replies: 19
Views: 1570

Re: Tell me about your experience with dome boards

I like Honeywell rubber domes, which I first experienced on the DEC LK4xx series. Recently I bought a Honeywell 101WN keyboard, like this (not my picture): https://socket3.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/honeywellkb-4.jpg?w=1800&h= While it is unmistakably a rubber dome, it has a distinctive thock, and ...
by daedalus
31 Mar 2019, 14:47
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4242
Views: 447410

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

Could you point me to a pic of the 'Field Exit' w/ return icon? I have only seen this https://i.redd.it/pv488uza9jq01.jpg version. I think 'Field +' and '-' are good ideas and we have the space so with the blessing of Ellipse, I can add them. Here are some high res pics (open them in a new tab and ...
by daedalus
31 Mar 2019, 00:54
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4242
Views: 447410

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

daedalus there will not be front printing for the miscellaneous keys. I will try for front printing on the additional full sets (like HHKB and the Print Screen/Sysrq and Pause/Break two key set).
Understood, thanks
by daedalus
31 Mar 2019, 00:06
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4242
Views: 447410

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

Comments, questions, complaints and any last minute additions are welcome. Great work! Will the terminal-style delete key have the front-facing symbol? (the one that appears on the delete key in the Unsaver you linked... ISTR it means "delete word") Would still love to see a "Field Exit [with retur...
by daedalus
30 Mar 2019, 23:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What do "M" and "F" stand for?
Replies: 34
Views: 3779

Re:

There was also a Model C1, etc. which were types of "F", and iirc there were F's that were called Model M as well. I'm really not sure the letter is related to the sensing method. Even if it was, as flowerandfilms mentioned, I doubt it actually abbreviates for anything meaningful. The C1 (I think t...
by daedalus
30 Mar 2019, 23:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What do "M" and "F" stand for?
Replies: 34
Views: 3779

Re: What do "M" and "F" stand for?

It took me a while to make the connection, but there's another place where I've seen the letter "B" to describe a beam spring keyboard - the 3277 keyboard was made in two variants: the original used Microswitch switches, and a later model which came a number of years later which used Beam Springs. T...
by daedalus
24 Mar 2019, 15:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Re: Model M Chattering

FWIW, Unicomp sells new membranes, as well as new rubber mats.

If you have issues with keys failing and/or chattering, you can potentially repair yourself, but it sounds like this keyboard has been through a lot and replacing the membrane outright may be the best path forward.
by daedalus
08 Mar 2019, 22:43
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4242
Views: 447410

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

The terminal type stuff I have been focusing on lately are the fun icons like those found on Unsavers. Any interest in things like the Print Screen icon, the little a arrows big a, or even the c in a square thing? Insert and delete icons and 1U back tab icon are already in. I, for one, would be int...
by daedalus
07 Mar 2019, 12:31
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4242
Views: 447410

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

A similar set of legends are used on the UK layout of Unicomp's Apple keyboard: https://www.keyboardco.com/product-images/ibm-style-spacesaver-mac-black-buckling-spring-keyboard_large.jpg (personally I prefer the arrow for both home and end compared with the arrow for home and "Fin" for end on the Q...
by daedalus
07 Mar 2019, 12:09
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4242
Views: 447410

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

Certain layouts (the Canadian French one comes to mind) to mind used the 'fish bone' Page Up/Down keys, and arrows pointing into the corners of the key for home/end: https://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/173774447781-0-1/s-l1000.jpg One of the old favourites around here and Geekhack back in the day was the...
by daedalus
27 Feb 2019, 14:05
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4242
Views: 447410

Re: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards

If anyone is looking for more suggestions for custom keycap markings, I always loved the backspace key on the Personal Typing System keyboards: Image
by daedalus
18 Feb 2019, 16:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: find one special ibm model M
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Re: find one special ibm model M

The black square labels were the original PC-compatible Model M, and were sold with an industrial version of the PC/AT.
by daedalus
16 Feb 2019, 11:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: HoneyWell Model M "Dell Military Service"?
Replies: 6
Views: 761

Re: HoneyWell Model M "Dell Military Service"?

Nice find. Although, as pointed out elsewhere, "field service/technicians/engineers" is a common term in the industry to refer to an engineer who is sent to a customer site to fix a problem. One other weird thing about these Honeywell Ms is that Honeywell were making their own rubber dome keyboards ...
by daedalus
14 Jul 2018, 10:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looks like "Contamination Shields" are back, this time with Apple
Replies: 16
Views: 1154

Looks like "Contamination Shields" are back, this time with Apple

Fans of Beam Spring keyboards will be familiar with the "Contamination Shield" - a rubber or plastic sheet covering the switches to prevent dust from getting into the mechanisms. As some folks may know, Apple's latest keyboards have a problem with dust getting into the 'butterly' switch mechanism, a...
by daedalus
09 Apr 2018, 09:42
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 4242
Views: 447410

So, rather than receiving your new shiny Model F early (assuming that it was even an option, I don't even now : ), still with the option to enrich it later and make it become the exact replica you've been waiting for, you say you prefer to wait for the final 100% match, risking anyway it won't be a...
by daedalus
20 Mar 2018, 09:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: An interesting find: NIB IBM Model M blue Alps(?) Keyboard
Replies: 76
Views: 4634

That's an excellent point. I still think this is just a contracted job for Alps by IBM. The two have a well-known collaborative history together. It seems perfectly legit to me that Alps were contracted to produce these keyboards for IBM for the Asian market. I don't know how well the PS/2 did in A...
by daedalus
19 Mar 2018, 20:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp APL keyset - WOW!
Replies: 49
Views: 2167

It's a niche language for numeric applications, and is pretty well entrenched in the financial sector from what I have heard.

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