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by fohat
16 Oct 2019, 14:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Industrial Design student needs help with a short, anonymous survey!
Replies: 6
Views: 304

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: 373

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: 676

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: 11
Views: 416

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: 11
Views: 416

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: 362
Views: 21512

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: 2897

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: 1682

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: 1682

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: 209

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: 1682

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: 236

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: 2897

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: 2897

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: 2044

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: 2897

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: 975

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: 2897

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: 2897

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: 821

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: 2743

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: 3269
Views: 160800

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: 362
Views: 21512

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: 362
Views: 21512

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: 425

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: 20971

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: 10266

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: 668

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: 668

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: 12110

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...

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