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by fohat
Yesterday, 02:59
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Model M Threaded Insert Mod (No more bolts and nuts!)
Replies: 5
Views: 1349

Re: Model M Threaded Insert Mod (No more bolts and nuts!)

How do you gauge the proper depth setting for the insert? If they were not all set within about a millimeter of each other then "tuning" the tension of the plates would be terribly difficult.
by fohat
03 Apr 2020, 15:11
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB - IBM SSK
Replies: 20
Views: 935

Re: WTB - IBM SSK

Prices for these ride a roller coaster. Every couple of years they seem to spike for a few weeks or months. Once, about 5-10 years ago, there was a colossal spike that lasted for months. As I recall, even shabby ones were selling for $200-$300 and nice ones were bringing $400. There never seemed to ...
by fohat
03 Apr 2020, 15:04
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23191
Views: 1510893

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

So it’s a source of keycaps and springs - maybe model M flippers? Anything else of value for a scavenger? Yes. The caps are very good quality 1-piece, although it is not a conventional set and there are non-computer sub-legends. Left of space bar is the "Code" key which is highly prized by people w...
by fohat
02 Apr 2020, 20:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 122-key original function and your custom remappings
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: 122-key original function and your custom remappings

Way back in the first post of Soarer's thread he provided the documentation, there is a spreadsheet with the list.
by fohat
02 Apr 2020, 20:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Are IBM Model F122's really worth this much now???
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Are IBM Model F122's really worth this much now???

it seems to me that I would need to reinforce it anyway because there is some slight movement going on there depending on drag, flex, etc. I want to prevent it from widening the crack even further, probably from behind as you suggested. Remember that Super Glue has a limited life span, after some w...
by fohat
02 Apr 2020, 16:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Are IBM Model F122's really worth this much now???
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Are IBM Model F122's really worth this much now???

That is all too common. Model Fs used a plastic that was much more brittle than Model Ms, and it is also hard to work with because there is a glossy white core with a textured off-white coating on top that is all but impossible to match properly. I recommend that you push the crack together and then...
by fohat
02 Apr 2020, 01:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Are IBM Model F122's really worth this much now???
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Are IBM Model F122's really worth this much now???

Those 1st generation 122-key Ms have cases that can be very easily modded to be replacement top case shells for Fs.
But yes, that is too much to pay for a case top.
by fohat
31 Mar 2020, 15:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Are IBM Model F122's really worth this much now???
Replies: 14
Views: 946

Re: Are IBM Model F122's really worth this much now???

They are worth whatever buyers are willing to pay. They are truly magnificent machines and there will not be any more of them made. The aborted M/F project of a few years ago vacuumed up a large portion of the supply while demand continues to grow unabated. I will disagree with you and say that this...
by fohat
27 Mar 2020, 13:40
Forum: Workshop
Topic: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO
Replies: 774
Views: 146024

Re: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO

Apparently it's a "Basic 4 Terminal Keyboard" or a "KKB25506". No idea what protocol it speaks (hopefully at or xt). Orihalcon is a member here, you might contact him directly. Soarer wrote a specific "WYSE" converter that might work, but it will be trial and error. If you are incredibly lucky, whe...
by fohat
26 Mar 2020, 21:41
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23191
Views: 1510893

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

xicanoink wrote:
26 Mar 2020, 20:29

brand new omnigate blue alps
He is a member here and knows exactly what something like that can bring.

Where in the heck did it come from ?
by fohat
25 Mar 2020, 13:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4034
Views: 280661

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

dcopellino wrote:
25 Mar 2020, 13:29

Hi placa, do you know where I can buy those plastic dust covers I see on the pic?
That is obviously from another keyboard, it has Windows key cutouts and is not configured for the bigass Enter.
by fohat
24 Mar 2020, 20:08
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Cyberboard | Do you like this cybertank ?
Replies: 13
Views: 683

Re: Cyberboard | Do you like this cybertank ?

Who is supposed to be reading that screen on the back side?

I would guess that 95%+ of keyboards back up to a monitor and then a wall behind that.
by fohat
24 Mar 2020, 14:57
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Cyberboard | Do you like this cybertank ?
Replies: 13
Views: 683

Re: Cyberboard | Do you like this cybertank ?

I will just keep using my steampunk behemoths, thank you.
by fohat
23 Mar 2020, 00:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Linear switch for autoimmune arthritis: light or heavy?
Replies: 24
Views: 955

Re: Linear switch for autoimmune arthritis: light or heavy?

I have found the least fatigue with a light and tactile damped switch, but I think the best option for that would be Cherry MX Blue with O-rings. And if you are able to do Leslieann's "jailhouse" mod you could move the actuation point up a lot higher. And get the softest and fattest O-rings you can...
by fohat
22 Mar 2020, 01:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Any love for a customized Model F 122
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Any love for a customized Model F 122

I notice it also has 3 inserts between the Top F-keys and the Number row on top of the exposed pcb? The PCB is anything but exposed! Those are original holes in the top plate, below that is the foam mat (chestnut brown color in this case) then there are the barrel bases and the PCB is at the bottom...
by fohat
21 Mar 2020, 20:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M - Any tips on gluing a chipped case?
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: IBM Model M - Any tips on gluing a chipped case?

I'll try to get my hands on some Tamiya Extra-Thin Cement. The space bar was probably ABS but the Model M case is PVC, a more difficult plastic. My Model F guide repaired a case that was broken through, but the reinforcing brace on the back side was helpful. Just be careful that you don't interfere...
by fohat
21 Mar 2020, 18:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Any love for a customized Model F 122
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Any love for a customized Model F 122

This what I have used most of the time for the past couple of years, along with a large tall gel wrist rest. Regardless of opinions on whether it looks better, to me it feels better and easier to use without the top case shell. And since someone will ask, the green is a cut glass drawer pull which i...
by fohat
21 Mar 2020, 14:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Separating keyboard from PC
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: Separating keyboard from PC

The seller may have bought the system together at the time, but IBM replaced the F AT keyboard long before they replaced the AT system itself. After about 1986, AT systems had Model M keyboards.
by fohat
20 Mar 2020, 20:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Reasonable price for full Bolt/screw modding model m's
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: Reasonable price for full Bolt/screw modding model m's

Years ago, I did a few in the $50-$60 range (+ shipping both ways, of course) but regretted it. I also never kept track of hours, so I don't know what the rate equated to. Note that I am an "all the way" kind of guy so I always take the thing completely apart, so that I can thoroughly clean every pa...
by fohat
18 Mar 2020, 22:56
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Computer Reset Conundrum
Replies: 80
Views: 3139

Re: Computer Reset Conundrum

John Doe wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 15:01
That means im getting old, sadly.
kbdfr is alone in the most ancient category, I think that I am the 2nd oldest after him with a lone companion in the next slot.

I used to think that I was the oldest active member of GH, but typo may be even older than kbdfr.
by fohat
18 Mar 2020, 22:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT Key Issues After Foam Change?
Replies: 15
Views: 818

Re: IBM Model F AT Key Issues After Foam Change?

You probably realized that Model M wires are much thicker than F wires and are not compatible at all, but that is not likely the problem. They are also different lengths so that you can't use the smaller wires in the larger tabs, but that won't be your problem either. My advice is to switch to Model...
by fohat
18 Mar 2020, 15:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT Key Issues After Foam Change?
Replies: 15
Views: 818

Re: IBM Model F AT Key Issues After Foam Change?

I think that you have a stabilizer problem. Sometimes you have to use a small flat head screwdriver to guide the wire into the tab as you are seating the key. That can get frustrating but put on your reading glasses and do it in bright light. Also, did you remove and replace any stabilizers and poss...
by fohat
17 Mar 2020, 19:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3495
Views: 209795

Re: Alps Appreciation

My experience was that the 1989 copyright AEK2 was salmon, the 1990 copyrights were dampened cream, and 1995 copyrights were dampened white, but my sample group was not large.
by fohat
17 Mar 2020, 13:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Retrobrighting Omnikey keycaps (thin doubleshot ABS)
Replies: 8
Views: 492

Re: Retrobrighting Omnikey keycaps (thin doubleshot ABS)

For stronger concentration peroxide you can go to a beauty supply store. It may be called "developer"
by fohat
16 Mar 2020, 01:39
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] Siig Minitouch / Monterey K110
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: [WTB] Siig Minitouch / Monterey K110

Chicony 5181 is relatively common usually has them, but not always. I got one with blue Cherry switches once.
by fohat
15 Mar 2020, 00:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Any love for a customized Model F 122
Replies: 25
Views: 1288

Re: Any love for a customized Model F 122

Weezer wrote:
14 Mar 2020, 03:29

does anyone know why there're stabilizer clips underneath where the 2u zero is on the numberpad?
I don't understand the question, they are for the 2u zero.
by fohat
14 Mar 2020, 13:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Mind The Gap - Unicomp NOS Industrial case
Replies: 19
Views: 857

Re: Mind The Gap - Unicomp NOS Industrial case

I haven't had an F apart in a while, but when the internal assembly screws down into the base it might be near-impossible to shift it in the tray.
by fohat
11 Mar 2020, 00:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3495
Views: 209795

Re: Alps Appreciation

Today I received an ALPS Electric keyboard to replace one that I had years ago but foolishly sold to J Carpenter at a time when I needed a few bucks quick. I have been looking for another one for a long time, and finally it turned up on ebay, here in Tennessee (right in the tornado zone). I bought i...
by fohat
10 Mar 2020, 22:43
Forum: Workshop
Topic: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO
Replies: 774
Views: 146024

Re: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO

Unfortunately, Soarer abruptly vanished from the scene without a word before he released the source code, which he had been hinting at for several weeks or months.

That was what? 5 years ago?

We have mostly given up on miracles at this point.

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