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by daedalus
27 Nov 2020, 14:00
Forum: For sale
Topic: [FS] Whitechapel keyboard
Replies: 3
Views: 480

Re: [FS] Whitechapel keyboard

I encountered these keyboards before - the ones I tried were some kind of foam and foil switch. IIRC, the keyboard's case was metal, so it was a rather heavy and sturdy keyboard. These were intended for a Unix workstation made by Whitechapel. There's a picture and some details here: http://www.chilt...
by daedalus
19 Oct 2020, 00:23
Forum: News
Topic: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming
Replies: 87
Views: 13698

Re: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming

Remember that most keyboards made by commercial entities and not hobbyists use "proprietary firmware". They probably have a lot of experience with the Cypress microcontrollers in their keyboards, and have people with many years of experience of writing code for it. Switching to an entirely new desig...
by daedalus
30 Sep 2020, 21:29
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [IC] IBM M2F Conversion Kit
Replies: 38
Views: 2495

Re: [IC] IBM M2F Conversion Kit

Would be cool to support lock lights, although each generation of Model M had a different interface between the lights and the controller - so maybe its not feasible
by daedalus
02 Jul 2020, 22:10
Forum: News
Topic: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming
Replies: 87
Views: 13698

Re: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming

Delayed again: Just a quick update on the Mini M development progress. I had forecast we would be shipping by the end of June but unfortunately, we are not going to make it. The good news is I'm typing this update on the first functional model. The firmware is buggy still and not full function, i.e....
by daedalus
01 Jun 2020, 23:24
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Oldest IBM F AT Keyboard?
Replies: 7
Views: 2567

Re: Oldest IBM F AT Keyboard?

The UK-made ATs and XTs have date labels, whereas the US made ones do not. As pointed out bt JP! the PC/AT was released during August, which likely means that production would have begun a few months beforehand. The AT was not inteded as a mass market computer (I believe IBM only sold a few hundred ...
by daedalus
01 Jun 2020, 13:49
Forum: News
Topic: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming
Replies: 87
Views: 13698

Re: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming

From that link... What the heck is going on with the inside of the case?

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(sure, you'll basically never see this, but I would not have expected this on a brand new mold)
by daedalus
20 May 2020, 13:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Japanese ibm model m-- 5576-C01 find
Replies: 8
Views: 956

Re: Japanese ibm model m-- 5576-C01 find

front side has rotation componet? I have no idea what's this used for, any idea? It allows you to stand the keyboard upright: https://d1uzk9o9cg136f.cloudfront.net/f/16782434/rc/2017/01/19/f6f4a311e769736940a41798d2c3bb0270287d9e.jpg Why would you want to do that? The explanation I've seen is that ...
by daedalus
13 May 2020, 19:32
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [GB] GMK ThinkCaps // Nov. 16 to Dec. 13, 2020
Replies: 56
Views: 6690

Re: [IC] GMK ThinkCaps

Would love if this set had an OS/2 modifier, e.g.:

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by daedalus
08 May 2020, 13:19
Forum: News
Topic: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming
Replies: 87
Views: 13698

Re: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming

From Unicomp’s Facebook page, posted yesterday: Here’s an update on the development of the Mini M keyboard. Given the extensive changes to the membrane design, the firmware and the controller are the last of the development items to be completed. The firmware development and testing should be comple...
by daedalus
04 May 2020, 16:49
Forum: News
Topic: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming
Replies: 87
Views: 13698

Re: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming

Speaking of keyboard bottoms - I notice that all their white "Ultra Classic" variants now have a black lower case: https://www.pckeyboard.com/page/product/UNIZPHA https://www.pckeyboard.com/page/product/UNI0PGA https://www.pckeyboard.com/page/product/UNI0P4A They probably don't sell a lot of the whi...
by daedalus
03 May 2020, 16:41
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Group Buy - ABANDONED - Model M/F APL keycaps or Regular Keycaps (EU ONLY)
Replies: 19
Views: 3710

Re: Group Buy - Updated options - Model M APL keycaps or Regular Keycaps (EU ONLY)

Oh, they do: https://support.pckeyboard.com/knowledg ... article=73

They don't have the older layout listed in their KB. Whether they will make it on request, or print the newer version with orange legends is another question :)
by daedalus
03 May 2020, 16:17
Forum: News
Topic: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming
Replies: 87
Views: 13698

Re: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming

Another thing that looks odd is that the cable comes out of the right hand side of the keyboard. But there appears to be a recessed area for the cable to come out of the centre! That jumped out at me as well. In their announcement, they said: Just to be clear, the New Model M has the attached USB c...
by daedalus
03 May 2020, 16:11
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Group Buy - ABANDONED - Model M/F APL keycaps or Regular Keycaps (EU ONLY)
Replies: 19
Views: 3710

Re: Group Buy - Updated options - Model M APL keycaps or Regular Keycaps (EU ONLY)

One thing worth pointing out is that the blue and orange APL keycaps have different layouts for different APL implementations. The orange ones are for IBM APL2, whereas the blue ones are for Dyalog APL. It may be helpful to understand this distinction if you are trying to request that Unicomp produ...
by daedalus
03 May 2020, 10:41
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Group Buy - ABANDONED - Model M/F APL keycaps or Regular Keycaps (EU ONLY)
Replies: 19
Views: 3710

Re: Group Buy - Updated options - Model M APL keycaps or Regular Keycaps (EU ONLY)

One thing worth pointing out is that the blue and orange APL keycaps have different layouts for different APL implementations. The orange ones are for IBM APL2, whereas the blue ones are for Dyalog APL. It may be helpful to understand this distinction if you are trying to request that Unicomp produc...
by daedalus
01 May 2020, 21:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F XT vs AT key stem smoothness
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: IBM Model F XT vs AT key stem smoothness

Keep in mind as well that the XT and AT systems were produced in parallel between 1984 and 1987, and that PC/XT systems were produced in far more numbers (i.e. an order of magnitude more) than the AT systems. So I would expect that AT keyboards would have a similar build quality compared with the XT...
by daedalus
01 Apr 2020, 18:36
Forum: News
Topic: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming
Replies: 87
Views: 13698

Re: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming

I've wondered the same myself, and plan on buying one of the new cases when I buy the SSK. Note that there are different size backplates for the traditional Model M cases, and the Ultra Classic/5576-C01 keyboards - the latter are smaller and don't fit securely into the larger case. Base on the propo...
by daedalus
30 Mar 2020, 14:37
Forum: News
Topic: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming
Replies: 87
Views: 13698

Re: Unicomp SSK delayed, new Model M design coming

I've long wondered what a 101/104-key case with the same bezel dimensions as the SSK would look like. This looks miles better than the current 5576-C01 case they use right now. My one gripe with this announcement is that SSK is using a USB-A connector on the keyboard side. This is a no-no from the U...
by daedalus
08 Mar 2020, 13:30
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5678
Views: 756008

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

My bet is that the left key is the original - the legends are a little thicker and less fuzzy around the edges. That's based on me zooming in on the picture, I would have difficulty telling the difference if I saw these caps on two keyboards side by side. If I am wrong, and the left is the new keyca...
by daedalus
07 Mar 2020, 11:03
Forum: Vendors
Topic: RedMarket now open!
Replies: 30
Views: 5607

Re: RedMarket now open!

The Sherwood board is interesting; they were a famous American hi-fi company in the 50s and 60s. By the late 70s, their kit was mostly made by a firm called Inkel in South Korea. Wonder if they also made the keyboard. It looks pretty similar to the Wyse LK201 clones, and similar keyboards which wer...
by daedalus
02 Jan 2020, 22:16
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Terminal model M keycaps.
Replies: 5
Views: 803

Re: Terminal model M keycaps.

I ordered some new ones through Ellipse's store... not sure if he is still accepting orders for new keys.

https://www.modelfkeyboards.com/product ... d-keycaps/
by daedalus
23 Dec 2019, 13:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp SSK coming March 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 3236

Re: Unicomp SSK coming March 2020

It always seemed odd to me that they didn't make the 103-key layout the default option. Since they are able to program the keyboards on their end, they could easily add an option to let you select between having two Windows keys, or Windows on the left and that useless menu key on the right. On thei...
by daedalus
18 Sep 2019, 20:01
Forum: Reviews
Topic: AT&T 56k review (AT&T buckling springs)
Replies: 2
Views: 1714

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: 74
Views: 11799

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: 74
Views: 11799

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: 74
Views: 11799

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: 42
Views: 12426

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: 1361

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: 4326

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: 5678
Views: 756008

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...

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