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by fohat
10 Nov 2019, 17:43
Forum: For sale
Topic: WTS a liar DT id:“mataenanos'
Replies: 16
Views: 753

Re: WTS a liar DT id:“mataenanos'

Elrick wrote:
10 Nov 2019, 01:51

ALWAYS buy anything via PAYPAL
I will agree in general but remember that Paypal almost always sides with the buyer, regardless.

As a seller you are in a weak position with Paypal even if you are in the right.
by fohat
10 Nov 2019, 15:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Ibm model F XT replacement pad/foam/reassembly issues
Replies: 12
Views: 343

Re: Ibm model F XT replacement pad/foam/reassembly issues

Model Fs are fickle beasts, and require a lot of fussy, tedious experimentation. I have read dozens of these threads where people were impatient and say something like "I took it apart THREE TIMES and it still doesn't work properly!" Personally, I have refurbished literally dozens of Model Fs and Mo...
by fohat
04 Nov 2019, 03:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Recommendation on quiet keyboard for clicky alps lover?
Replies: 15
Views: 553

Re: Recommendation on quiet keyboard for clicky alps lover?

So what's the Alps board that will do this but quietly? Dampened cream Alps are probably your best bet. The AEK2 "Nimitz" is a solid heavy keyboard with all the keys in standard ANSI position even if the legends are off for use under Windows. A Griffin iMate is the most common hardware converter or...
by fohat
02 Nov 2019, 22:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?
Replies: 60
Views: 2140

Re: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?

Would you have guessed in 1988 that your cheap-ass import "Omnikey" keyboard that was a fraction the cost of your American made Top Shelf IBM keyboard would be extremely sought after? I agree with most of your comments, but I remember buying a Northgate in the late-1980s-early-1990s and it was, eve...
by fohat
02 Nov 2019, 22:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Which Soarer do you like for Model F XT?
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Re: Which Soarer do you like for Model F XT?

There is plenty of room inside the case to put a Teensy (or knock-off board) to program with Soarer's firmware. From there you have an ordinary USB cable coming out, which you can get in beige so that it looks more natural. Some buyers might actually like those horrible old heavy sticky black coiled...
by fohat
31 Oct 2019, 03:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?
Replies: 60
Views: 2140

Re: Would it be possible for someone to recreate the SKCM blue alps switch?

XMIT wrote:
31 Oct 2019, 02:18

Humans built it once, it can be built again.
But in the low-3-digit price range, in today's dollars?
by fohat
16 Oct 2019, 14:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Industrial Design student needs help with a short, anonymous survey!
Replies: 6
Views: 704

Re: Industrial Design student needs help with a short, anonymous survey!

Purpose of survey seems unclear.

Questions about "what characteristics do you want in your keyboard" or "what is important to you" or "how do you use the keyboard" seem to be missing.

And especially here on DT, "Do you prefer modern or vintage keyboards, and why?" might be informative.
by fohat
16 Oct 2019, 02:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Talking w/ someone selling a Chicony KB5181 and I asked if they could tell me the color of the switches...
Replies: 9
Views: 872

Re: Talking w/ someone selling a Chicony KB5181 and I asked if they could tell me the color of the switches...

The guy was crazy to take off the bigass Enter key, that is the hardest one to re-install!

Also color was not necessarily the best question to ask, I bought one with blue Cherries once.
by fohat
05 Oct 2019, 15:40
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Model M
Replies: 22
Views: 1277

Re: Model M

Over the years I have had times when touching any key on the keyboard would cause a computer that was off to power on. Usually it has happened with Dell AT101s, I can't remember it happening with a Model M. I thought that it was creepy and would not call it a "feature" - I thought of it as an electr...
by fohat
02 Oct 2019, 03:55
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [EU] Model F122 or F62
Replies: 14
Views: 1091

Re: [EU] Model F122 or F62

About 6-7 years ago I was able to buy 4 trashed, filthy, incomplete F-122s for $85

One of them even had a case that was not broken.
by fohat
01 Oct 2019, 14:29
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [EU] Model F122 or F62
Replies: 14
Views: 1091

Re: [EU] Model F122 or F62

I am truly interested in a model F122, but I see insane price differences at eBay. I see a nice one at $250 and a few more in the $400-$500 range. $250 for a clean complete F-122 is probably about as good as you can expect, unless you are patient and can pounce on a cheap listing as soon as it turn...
by fohat
29 Sep 2019, 00:23
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions thread
Replies: 366
Views: 26268

Re: Unpopular opinions thread

Muirium wrote:
29 Sep 2019, 00:15
Dinnae talk shite!
A really good Model M can feel better than a really bad Model F, but in a straight competition there is no contest.
by fohat
29 Sep 2019, 00:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some bolt modding questions
Replies: 54
Views: 3511

Re: Some bolt modding questions

That is some nice gear! My Dremel is a standard basic cheapie from the 1980s. That burr tip still looks large - I have one that is much smaller than the diameter of the primary shaft. I do all the cutting with a chisel tip blade on an Xacto knife. I do the rough cuts with one blade, pull all the pla...
by fohat
18 Sep 2019, 23:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: bought my first model M and have a few question about modding and cleaning
Replies: 13
Views: 1878

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

at the very front, you mean near the space bar correct? If that is the case, any idea what size screws I should use? Wait, no, I'm sorry, my mind drifted. I start the screws on the key side (top), and put the nuts on the back (bottom, adjacent to the metal back plate) with or without washers. Near ...
by fohat
18 Sep 2019, 15:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: bought my first model M and have a few question about modding and cleaning
Replies: 13
Views: 1878

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

I use pan head M2x8 screws and they have never caused me a problem at that bottom row if I forgo the washers. I have always run the screws in through the barrel plate first, so that the threaded ends and nuts are on the metal back plate side. At the very front it is a different story and you might c...
by fohat
15 Sep 2019, 14:53
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] Nothing
Replies: 3
Views: 391

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: 13
Views: 1878

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: 259

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: 54
Views: 3511

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: 54
Views: 3511

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: 18
Views: 3070

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: 54
Views: 3511

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: 1068

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: 54
Views: 3511

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: 54
Views: 3511

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: 937

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: 3783

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: 3285
Views: 167118

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: 366
Views: 26268

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.

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