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by fohat
06 Jul 2020, 03:21
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23545
Views: 1672677

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Somebody should buy that.
by fohat
06 Jul 2020, 03:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M replacement keycaps - Where to buy?
Replies: 35
Views: 6269

Re: IBM Model M replacement keycaps - Where to buy?

Karmel wrote:
05 Jul 2020, 18:54

they are just noticeably shorter than genuine IBM caps, they also rock from side to side constantly and they bottom out right after the tactile bump
I have not bought from Unicomp in a couple of years, but I have never noticed this.

Are you talking about 1-piece or 2-piece keys?
by fohat
02 Jul 2020, 14:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Searching for a certain aesthetic
Replies: 9
Views: 406

Re: Searching for a certain aesthetic

I second the Dell suggestion. The AT101W has an over-large footprint but is extremely well-built and sturdy.
by fohat
30 Jun 2020, 02:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model F XT Spewing Junk on hid_listen using Soarer's Converter
Replies: 19
Views: 627

Re: Model F Spewing Junk on hid_listen using Soarer's Converter

I thought that the mouse cable only has 3 wires.

edit - I guess not. It seems like they are wired differently somehow.
by fohat
20 Jun 2020, 16:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do I need to screw mod my Model M?
Replies: 13
Views: 606

Re: Do I need to screw mod my Model M?

I do a full bolt mod every time because, after a dozen of them, it is no big deal to me.

It would be surprising if you don't have "soft spots" in those areas where multiple adjacent rivets are missing.
by fohat
18 Jun 2020, 15:21
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The importance of air conditioning
Replies: 8
Views: 584

Re: The importance of air conditioning

amazed by things they could get away with back then For those of us who lived through it, the changes are mind-boggling. I grew up in the Southern US in the 1950s, and I can remember "Colored" signs over bathrooms, etc. Changes throughout society are astonishing and often duplicitous, as in areas o...
by fohat
15 Jun 2020, 03:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: I melted my Model M
Replies: 10
Views: 816

Re: I melted my Model M

This is perfect opportunity to spring for a $30 industrial replacement case from Unicomp.
by fohat
14 Jun 2020, 16:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM model M industrial? Seriously...
Replies: 39
Views: 4580

Re: IBM model M industrial? Seriously...

That would be high in the US, but they are harder to find over there. If it is an early (1986-87) date it is much more desirable, if it is a 1990s date maybe not so much.
by fohat
13 Jun 2020, 00:54
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many keyboards is enough?!
Replies: 18
Views: 1095

Re: How many keyboards is enough?!

The same number as your wife has pairs of shoes.
by fohat
13 Jun 2020, 00:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM F XT 83 Foam
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: IBM F XT 83 Foam

I really like "art foam" from Michaels Art Supply. It is about 1.5mm (1/16") and just the right combination of firmness and compressiblity.

It is cheap, colorful, and made for scrapbooking so it is acid-free.
by fohat
12 Jun 2020, 02:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Matias Quick Question
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Matias Quick Question

You guys seem to be looking in the wrong direction. Is the leg rubber? Rubber is notoriously hard to glue.

"Super-glue" was originally a glue for rubber, but I usually use rubber cement (the brown syrup-like stuff).
by fohat
11 Jun 2020, 14:52
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23545
Views: 1672677

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Looks cool but what a truly bizarre layout!
by fohat
11 Jun 2020, 03:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: No! No cracks!
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: No! No cracks!

I have used JB Weld (original formula is best) on Model F cases but not Model Ms.
I reinforced the back side with a length of wire embedded in a gob of it, just to be sure.
by fohat
11 Jun 2020, 03:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: 3rd Party IBM Model M/Model F Springs?
Replies: 13
Views: 726

Re: 3rd Party IBM Model M/Model F Springs?

Weezer wrote:
09 Jun 2020, 01:18
wobbled wrote:
09 Jun 2020, 00:51
I don't notice any difference at all in feel or sound.
I think the springs were the same in both models
Um,
by fohat
04 Jun 2020, 14:48
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] Reasonably Priced ALPS SKCM Blue Keyboard
Replies: 16
Views: 748

Re: [WTB] Reasonably Priced ALPS SKCM Blue Keyboard

I was watching that spectacle with amazement, too.
by fohat
04 Jun 2020, 14:47
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23545
Views: 1672677

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

webwit wrote:
03 Jun 2020, 22:11

P.S. The Internet says it's the heaviest desktop ever at 48 kg.
Wow. Even full of bricks it doesn't seem like it would weigh that much.
by fohat
02 Jun 2020, 01:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Great TKL Alps keysets?
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: Great TKL Alps keysets?

I would look at Tai Hao's offerings: https://www.tai-hao.com/catalog/ins.php?index_id=83 https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_list&c=430 If you want vintage and are looking for doubleshot ABS there are numerous options, if you want dye-sub PBT you are more limited. *Some* very ea...
by fohat
01 Jun 2020, 22:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Selectric II (2) with accessories - question?
Replies: 9
Views: 471

Re: IBM Selectric II (2) with accessories - question?

Do keep the "golf" balls, they are probably worth $10-$20 each, and are not bulky or heavy.

I would like to have a good clean Selectric but shipping is prohibitive.
by fohat
01 Jun 2020, 04:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp - New Model M review
Replies: 23
Views: 1208

Re: Unicomp - New Model M review

gianni wrote:
31 May 2020, 16:44

is it possible to switch to ISO layout simply by replacing keycaps and stabilizers?
After cracking it open to move pivot plates and springs into the proper positions, that's what you meant, isn't it?
by fohat
29 May 2020, 22:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F Cleaning/Restoration Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1052

Re: IBM Model F Cleaning/Restoration Question

Soaking the plate and barrels in warm soapy water for an hour or overnight will get that residue off without much manual effort. Soaking in vinegar water will get the rust off, but will leave it subject to immediate new rusting unless you get it painted. I love Rustoleum and read the label, many of ...
by fohat
27 May 2020, 01:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A yellowed '86 "Type I" Model M122
Replies: 9
Views: 694

Re: A yellowed '86 "Type I" Model M122

I have never seen a 1st generation 122-key M terminal from Greenock, so I can't say for sure, but my understanding was that Model M cases are PVC. But then again, Greenock made ABS space bars, so who knows. Honestly, I have never seen a yellowed IBM M/F case. I say don't do anything for a bit and se...
by fohat
22 May 2020, 18:29
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23545
Views: 1672677

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Even without being serviced by Northgate Bob this is a good deal.

In my opinion, this is the ideal flavor of Omnikey and I would buy it myself if I didn't already have 3 of them.
by fohat
22 May 2020, 01:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4254
Views: 328895

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Hausen wrote:
20 May 2020, 19:22

Does someone know this keyboard ? And the switches that are being used?
I think that I had a buckling spring knock-off that looked like that many years ago.

It was dramatically inferior to an IBM and caps and parts were not interchangeable..
by fohat
20 May 2020, 23:39
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23545
Views: 1672677

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

What a truly dreadful layout!

If upper and lower were swapped it might be marginally better, but why invent this at all?
by fohat
20 May 2020, 15:16
Forum: Workshop
Topic: 4704 sticker adhesive
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: 4704 sticker adhesive

I like rubber cement but almost anything should work.
by fohat
19 May 2020, 22:35
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F122 Modifications Help
Replies: 9
Views: 599

Re: IBM Model F122 Modifications Help

My guide is for the much simpler Teensy 2.0 (aka Soarer's Converter) but it describes most of the steps.

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=48 ... msg2514883
by fohat
15 May 2020, 19:43
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Special Courier Service?
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: Special Courier Service?

At my old company we used Old Dominion and I know that JB Hunt and Penske are also pretty big freight lines.

You're talking about something that needs to be put on a pallet and moved with a forklift, aren't you?
by fohat
13 May 2020, 17:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New keyboard Italian 105 ISO layout
Replies: 20
Views: 1030

Re: New keyboard Italian 105 ISO layout

A complete set of straight plain conventional F1-F24 function keys is uncommon and desirable.

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