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by fohat
15 Sep 2019, 14:53
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] Model F XT Original Cable
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: [WTB] Model F XT Original Cable

Good luck. I'm not sure that I have ever had one that had not started turning gummy.
by fohat
13 Sep 2019, 03:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: bought my first model M and have a few question about modding and cleaning
Replies: 9
Views: 495

Re: bought my first model M and have a few question about modding and cleaning

Not always a problem, but if several are broken in the same area you will have a mushy spot.
by fohat
13 Sep 2019, 03:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Bolt mod question.
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: Bolt mod question.

I like to use them wherever I can, but if the screw heads won't slip through the holes, then I suppose not.
by fohat
08 Sep 2019, 21:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 52
Views: 985

Re: Some bolt modding questions

How long are your screws? M2x8mm screws have plenty of clearance at the back, but the internal assembly is very close to the bottom case shell at the front (space bar row). If some part of the screw or nut is projecting too far, it will interfere with the case. It is a kludge but if the contact is m...
by fohat
08 Sep 2019, 15:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 52
Views: 985

Re: Some bolt modding questions

I am only going to be bolt modding one board, i thought of making a jig but i do not have access to a drill press so i will just have to use a hand drill. In the video i recommended the guy uses a pointy file to make pilot holes and it looked like it worked so i am going to give it a shot. Having d...
by fohat
07 Sep 2019, 17:29
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Taking a break
Replies: 15
Views: 717

Re: Taking a break

I feel like I've had to deal with "choosing beggars" trying to talk you down to the absolute lowest price possible, regardless of worth and work that's gone into an item. I understand completely that that is the world of trading .... It just doesn't give me any pleasure and most times stresses me o...
by fohat
06 Sep 2019, 15:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 52
Views: 985

Re: Some bolt modding questions

the holes are already there for you to guide yourself, right? I learned the Sandy55 method and that is what I have always done. In that scenario, after cutting off the broken end of the rivet, you want to shave the top of the "mesa" into a smooth flat plane. That shaft is perhaps 3 mm in diameter, ...
by fohat
06 Sep 2019, 15:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Lubing Model F springs/sliders
Replies: 16
Views: 528

Re: Lubing Model F springs/sliders

I added a bolt to the right of the spacebar barrel, just like in Fohat's F122 guide. I deprecated that portion of the guide years and years ago. I suppose I need to delete that photo with the blue tape. "I do, however, feel that a few (about 3) bolts along the longitudinal center line are helpful. ...
by fohat
06 Sep 2019, 15:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 52
Views: 985

Re: Some bolt modding questions

adamcobabe wrote:
06 Sep 2019, 13:20

I highly recommend using a soldering iron with an old sharp tip to melt some pilot holes for the drill.
I have tried that method, but it pushes up a rim of plastic that may or not be balanced.

Easier and more precise is to use the smallest spherical burr tip in your Dremel.
by fohat
06 Sep 2019, 14:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 52
Views: 985

Re: Some bolt modding questions

I know it sounds a bit rudimentary, but surely you can just SAW the numpad off a fullsize M's barrel plate? I thought about that as well, though I've never done such a thing. Yes you absolutely can. Make a clean cut and it works fine. Also, even if it is cracked somewhat, the new screws will keep i...
by fohat
03 Sep 2019, 14:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: "bad" springs in Model F keyboard?
Replies: 11
Views: 356

Re: "bad" springs in Model F keyboard?

fine bits of fluff from the paracord strands This detail may be significant. I tried using these instead of floss but didn't like it at all. The character of the material is quite different in several ways. I really like the open-weave floss because it is very airy and doesn't do anything but damp ...
by fohat
21 Aug 2019, 14:47
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: has the trackball landscape changed in any way lately?
Replies: 41
Views: 1429

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

davkol wrote:
21 Aug 2019, 13:08

CST L-Trac is the way to go,
I would like to try one of these, but it is way out of my price range. Does anybody know of a knock-off or substitute that is cheaper?

Thanks
by fohat
21 Aug 2019, 00:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3264
Views: 149997

Re: Alps Appreciation

CountNoctua wrote:
20 Aug 2019, 23:43

I was hoping to find black or dark colored keycaps,
Apple used thick high-quality PBT caps which dye well.

Look at reply #14 in this thread: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35 ... #msg658453
by fohat
18 Aug 2019, 03:35
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 323
Views: 16072

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

Polecat wrote:
18 Aug 2019, 01:26

but now we need four digits zeroes for it to be meaningful: 1999/ 04 / 01.
Fixed that for you.
by fohat
17 Aug 2019, 20:59
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 323
Views: 16072

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

Format YYYYMMDD or YYYY-MM-DD (including zeroes!) is a format that is most computer-friendly.

If you use it in lists or filenames, dates as characters and/or numbers are always recognized in the proper order.
by fohat
16 Aug 2019, 03:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Taking keyboard case to car bodyshop to have it painted
Replies: 9
Views: 371

Re: Taking keyboard case to car bodyshop to have it painted

Mostly off-topic, but you might want to look at reply # 14 in this thread:

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35 ... #msg658453
by fohat
15 Aug 2019, 01:12
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Keyboard enthusiast age structure
Replies: 157
Views: 17593

Re: Keyboard enthusiast age structure

Here, only kbdfr is older than me.

On GH, every time I am about to think that I am oldest, terrapin will pop up and edge me out by a few months.
by fohat
12 Aug 2019, 00:39
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest
Replies: 72
Views: 8256

Re: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest

I love this one.

Let's see if mine uploads/downloads properly.
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by fohat
12 Aug 2019, 00:34
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps

Did not know that, except about the ISO Enters.

Is there a matching long Left Shift?
by fohat
11 Aug 2019, 15:08
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Re: Non wire-stabilized buckling spring keycaps

I don't think that you will find any of these, with the exception of the numpad Enter. From personal experience, and I have only a few dozen to go by, the symbol markings are only found on the earliest terminals. Only a very very few of the earliest Model Ms had wire stabilizers on any key but space...
by fohat
10 Aug 2019, 00:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What Are Your IBM Model F Preferences? (XT vs AT vs 122...)
Replies: 179
Views: 11467

Re: What Are Your IBM Model F Preferences? (XT vs AT vs 122...)

the 24 PF keys at the top. I kept 2 sets of Function keys, on the left I made the old F9 into F11 (full screen) and the old F10 into Windows. Above, I use the bottom row as straight F1-F12, and the upper row has, left-to-right, F13=Escape, F14=calculator, F15=NumLock (only to turn NumLock back on a...
by fohat
05 Aug 2019, 01:12
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] NMB Space Invader Keycaps
Replies: 11
Views: 359

Re: [WTB] NMB Space Invader Keycaps

I once swapped a full set of switches and it was a nightmare.

NMB Hi-Teks have mere wires for legs, and no strain relief. I wrecked at least 5%-10% of them trying to get them in and out.
by fohat
05 Aug 2019, 01:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: MX blacks: random impressions
Replies: 70
Views: 3279

Re: MX blacks: random impressions

That color scheme is awesome!
by fohat
02 Aug 2019, 02:59
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22649
Views: 1251196

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

What a beauty! Hardly any yellowing at all and well <$100 shipped.

Somebody should pounce on it.
by fohat
02 Aug 2019, 01:41
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Is it worth buying Lenovo Wireless Touchpad?
Replies: 2
Views: 715

Re: Is it worth buying Lenovo Wireless Touchpad?

My Lenovo laptop is great, and has a nice but small touch screen.

That price was stunning, and when I looked at the Weight = 5 lbs there was no way I was interested.

Farther down in the specifications it said 200 grams including battery which makes a lot more sense, and is probably too light.
by fohat
02 Aug 2019, 01:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Mechanical Keyboards Are Thriving Because Apple and Microsoft Don't Make Them
Replies: 17
Views: 1256

Re: Mechanical Keyboards Are Thriving Because Apple and Microsoft Don't Make Them

That white Apple rubber dome about halfway through was one of the most abominable keyboards ever (my daughter (about 12 at the time)) had one and loved it because it was "cute" ....

Pure soggy mush, and the author called it "a joy" to type on!
by fohat
29 Jul 2019, 15:17
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: SSK Shell & Barrel plate
Replies: 9
Views: 482

Re: SSK Shell & Barrel plate

The barrel plate is the same a a standard M with the end cut off. You could easily do that.

Since you are doing a bolt mod anyway, you can repair a barrel plate with old-fashioned model cement and the screws will hold it in place.

That case is going to be a lot harder to come by.
by fohat
24 Jul 2019, 14:20
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Help converting Zenith Data Systems to USB with Soarer's Converter?
Replies: 23
Views: 1211

Re: Help converting Zenith Data Systems to USB with Soarer's Converter?

I always use pull-up resistors as a matter of course when wiring up a Teensy, and some keyboards (Leading Edge 2014 is another) there is a 5th connection "reset" that must be wired in.
by fohat
18 Jul 2019, 02:45
Forum: eBay
Topic: NIB IBM Model M Square Metal Badge Keyboard
Replies: 1
Views: 396

Re: NIB IBM Model M Square Metal Badge Keyboard

Gotta love those bar code labels. I wish I had one.

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