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by fohat
Yesterday, 00:46
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [Help] Ways to make a cheap case feel/sound more sturdy?
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: [Help] Ways to make a cheap case feel/sound more sturdy?

Some people have simply pressed art-style modeling clay into the case to add weight and dampen the odd vibrations. Might be a bit of a chore to scrape/wipe/wash out if you don't like it. Personally, I have used felt fabric or "waffle" rubber sheets laid flat and/or rolled into cylinders of the prope...
by fohat
14 Jan 2019, 03:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Overall opinions on the IBM model M2
Replies: 21
Views: 540

Re: Re:

depletedvespene wrote:
14 Jan 2019, 03:29

Now you need to compare them against the units made in Mexico as well...
I have seen Mexican-made Ms but never used one.
by fohat
12 Jan 2019, 14:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What's your favorite keycaps?
Replies: 22
Views: 439

Re: What's your favorite keycaps?

It may sound like a pathetic cop-out, but IBM's concept of M/F stems + caps with everything in the same profile is profoundly efficient and elegant.
by fohat
11 Jan 2019, 23:38
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fixing a 122 unicomp keyboard need help
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Fixing a 122 unicomp keyboard need help

I think that it is a buffer to keep the parts from chafing too much.

The thin latex ones do make the keyboard feel crisper.
by fohat
11 Jan 2019, 19:05
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fixing a 122 unicomp keyboard need help
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Fixing a 122 unicomp keyboard need help

Yes, that is the mat and it is one of the nice new thin white type.

You will also want to get a chisel-tip Xacto blade and shave off all those "mushroom heads" so that you have nice flat surfaces to drill.
by fohat
10 Jan 2019, 00:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: So I broke my Model M by cleaning it...
Replies: 11
Views: 630

Re: So I broke my Model M by cleaning it...

High time you tackled a bolt-mod. Strip it completely apart and dust off / wipe down / and/or scrub with soapy water each individual part and put it all back together using the sandy55 method. Considerable work but that is the ultimate upgrade to a Model M. PS - if you are really serious replace the...
by fohat
08 Jan 2019, 18:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3291
Views: 120058

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Did it have the space bar spring?
by fohat
07 Jan 2019, 23:13
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: DT Update Log and TODO
Replies: 267
Views: 5289

Re: DT Update Log and TODO

This is mostly all good and I appreciate the diligent work that has gone into it. I much prefer the old logo, this missing chunk in the "D" does not particularly bother me but the broken "T" definitely does. But my real concern is the abominable font that seems to only appear as thread titles, a ver...
by fohat
07 Jan 2019, 21:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3291
Views: 120058

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

That Code key is also considered desirable. If you buy the typewriter, be sure to look under the space bar. It will not be compatible with a Model M, but sometimes you find a little spring around the space bar barrel which stiffens it up by a good it. That can be a big help, and I like having a heav...
by fohat
07 Jan 2019, 01:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What do "M" and "F" stand for?
Replies: 32
Views: 1508

Howard81 wrote: My 1986 IBM XT “enhanced” keyboard (Model M without the LED panel) states Model G in the inner sticker..
That would usually be a 1390120.

Could you please post a photo?
by fohat
06 Jan 2019, 23:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 2848
Views: 90586

I'm sorry if this is a question that comes up a lot, but is there a big difference between NOS Alps and 'reasonable condition then cleaned' Alps feel? I have been increasingly hyped to get a board after seeing Chyrosran's reviews, but I have this nagging fear that I'll be underwhelmed and end up al...
by fohat
06 Jan 2019, 15:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Overall opinions on the IBM model M2
Replies: 21
Views: 540

Dang all my model M's are Greenocks, sucks being an euro I guess The early ones may well be equal in quality to the US-made ones (I have never had any of the Mexicans) but somehow the peripheral business was spun off to Lexmark some time around 1992, here, but apparently they kept chugging along as...
by fohat
05 Jan 2019, 20:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Overall opinions on the IBM model M2
Replies: 21
Views: 540

Even my NIB SSK is a bit iffy, thanks to the scampering of tiny plastic rivets inside its untouched case I got one of the NIB SSKs from Cindy's sale a few years ago, and over half of the rivets were broken, including almost all of them at one end. My process now, when I get a Model M, is to either ...
by fohat
05 Jan 2019, 18:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Overall opinions on the IBM model M2
Replies: 21
Views: 540

Model Ms can deteriorate badly in ways the M2 seems to be more resilient against. I agree that the M2 could have been a success if they had simply shrunk the M without monkeying around with the fundamental construction concepts. But I am curious about your statement above, I would have said the exa...
by fohat
05 Jan 2019, 16:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What do "M" and "F" stand for?
Replies: 32
Views: 1508

"If there were a Weight Watchers Club for keyboards, Keyboard F would get the annual award.
It weighs half as much as earlier keyboards and stands only 1-1/4” thick."
by fohat
05 Jan 2019, 15:33
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Buckling spring keyboards
Replies: 27
Views: 849

swampangel wrote:
If you open one up without realizing the springs are under pressure from the caps,
You have to pull apart any IBM buckling spring keyboard without first removing the caps and stems, once, to learn beyond any shadow of doubt that it truly is a mistake.
by fohat
05 Jan 2019, 15:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: So I broke my Model M by cleaning it...
Replies: 11
Views: 630

It's a little surprising that after years of keyboard work you have never bolt-modded a Model M. For some (many) of us, speaking for myself in particular, that is the first major project that we undertake. The first time or 2 is intimidating, but after that it becomes pretty much routine, although i...
by fohat
03 Jan 2019, 18:33
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Buckling spring keyboards
Replies: 27
Views: 849

Ignore the haters and buy a new Unicomp with native USB, warranty, and Windows keys.

If it turns out that you like Model Ms, then get into vintage stuff.
by fohat
02 Jan 2019, 01:46
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Hua-Jie Ivory (AK-CN2 Alps clones)
Replies: 36
Views: 1261

I was thinking about getting 100 of them. Are you saying that I wouldn't just order them from you?
by fohat
29 Dec 2018, 16:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps = hipster
Replies: 28
Views: 973

Dirt can be washed away but wear can't be re-grown. Part of the problem is friction, there was voodoo involved. Apparently Alps used a mysterious lube in the early days, then went to a plastic that was inherently more slippery, but nobody has successfully re-created or re-discovered them in modern d...
by fohat
28 Dec 2018, 15:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps = hipster
Replies: 28
Views: 973

The Alps love has been growing steadily for at least 5 years. Both DT and GH have "Alps Appreciation Threads" going back years with thousands of entries in each. They have been branching out somewhat, recently, with new clones and more exotic modifications. And the Chryos videos continue to stir up ...
by fohat
28 Dec 2018, 15:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: F122 spacebar slightly crooked?
Replies: 5
Views: 221

You will have to take the space bar up as the first step in anything that you do. It is not unusual for a piece to sit slightly misaligned, but it should feel the same on both sides when you press it. If one side feels "right" and the other side feels "wrong" or if they feel significantly different,...
by fohat
25 Dec 2018, 15:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Can You suggest me a good mechanical Keyboard for gaming?
Replies: 2
Views: 160

My son uses a Filco with black MX and O-rings and he is very happy with that.
by fohat
25 Dec 2018, 02:25
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What are you listening to at the moment?
Replies: 1383
Views: 52675

by fohat
23 Dec 2018, 15:32
Forum: Photos
Topic: IBM Model F AT restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 740

ANSI Enter and 2x Backspace are essential to me.

Adding Alts requires Dremel work but moves it into the modern world.

Beautiful work, by the way.
by fohat
23 Dec 2018, 02:12
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Focus FK-555 with blue Alps
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Chyros wrote:
The post is fucking me over of late, I NEARLY lost two almost irreplaceable boards in the mail recently as well!
You have to give the US Post Office credit. People love to hate on them, but they almost always come through, eventually.
by fohat
21 Dec 2018, 19:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: F122 spacebar stabilizer missing
Replies: 3
Views: 155

If you mean the plastic tab, in the Imperial system there is a washer called 7/16" SAE that slips over a barrel and works well, but I don't know whether there is a metric equivalent.

If you mean the wire, you may have to bend one yourself. The wire is much thinner gauge that on the Model M.
by fohat
21 Dec 2018, 14:53
Forum: Photos
Topic: IBM Model F AT restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 740

Whoa!

That mat looks very thick and stiff.
by fohat
21 Dec 2018, 02:27
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4317
Views: 198510

Some few hundreds of dollars. Blue Alps keyboards are going for absurd prices, and I stopped even trying to keep up.

Nobody will know until it goes up for auction on ebay, since it is so rare.
by fohat
19 Dec 2018, 23:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Stupid Model F keycap questions
Replies: 11
Views: 401

If you can accept a key that works but doesn't say "Control" on it I think there are several with legends such as "Enter" or "Reset" that would fit that position.

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