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by Darkshado
03 Jan 2020, 07:45
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deskthority Secret Santa 2019 Photo Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 835

Re: Deskthority Secret Santa 2019 Photo Thread

I was finally able to get mine after letting it sit at the post office for almost two weeks. (It's a long story: picked the delivery notification card after the office had closed for the day but had to leave town very early before it opened the next day - turns out Canada Post gives you a final noti...
by Darkshado
03 Jan 2020, 07:06
Forum: News
Topic: daskeyboard product management
Replies: 24
Views: 990

Re: daskeyboard product management

For all the criticisms some have towards Cherry, their "gold crosspoint" contacts shouldn't oxidize like I've seen on that 4C with Greetech switches, keep that in mind with respect to longer term reliability. Some other ideas... a plate mount TKL with relatively narrow side bezels: short of an ergon...
by Darkshado
03 Jan 2020, 06:29
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is there something like Deskthority for mobile phones?
Replies: 4
Views: 373

Re: Is there something like Deskthority for mobile phones?

Depending on how far back you want to go I'd give XDA-developers a try, that forum began back with early Windows Mobile devices (I joined it back when I was tinkering with my first Android phones). Howardforums might also be of interest. Note that there's an important difference between early cellph...
by Darkshado
16 Dec 2019, 15:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Fixing Omnikey Ultra
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: Fixing Omnikey Ultra

Did you just take apart the switch tops or did you desolder them? Beside suspected coffee in this instance, old keyboards often have *lots* of rosin flux on the bottom, I've seen this on both AEK IIs and AT101s, wouldn't be surprised old Focus boards have the same. Is this a single layer and single ...
by Darkshado
13 Dec 2019, 16:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Has anyone ordered custom keycaps from Unicomp for the Model f or m?
Replies: 10
Views: 570

Re: Has anyone ordered custom keycaps from Unicomp for the Model f or m?

I've had two issues with Unicomp caps in the past: legend alignment (not applicable since you want blanks) and left-over flashing. The latter is easy to fix by removing the excess material (viewtopic.php?p=435653#p435653).
by Darkshado
09 Dec 2019, 00:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Maxi-Pro II keyboard by maxi switch
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: Maxi-Pro II keyboard by maxi switch

So it was in Dvorak layout when you got it? Interesting
by Darkshado
03 Dec 2019, 16:06
Forum: Gallery
Topic: A phosphorglow restored 1391401!
Replies: 7
Views: 656

Re: A phosphorglow restored 1391401!

I smell an edit spam necro post, original thread here: viewtopic.php?t=8678
by Darkshado
30 Nov 2019, 20:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Military Model M
Replies: 2
Views: 374

Re: Military Model M

Myoth is on here as well, so maybe he can chime in with respect to the protocol. As hypkx says, it's probably a PS/2 board given the otherwise bog-standard AZERTY layout. If it's Set 1 or 3, there's converters, assuming the worst case of a never-before-seen custom protocol, the controller is always ...
by Darkshado
27 Nov 2019, 04:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Wash springs & flippers in IBM Model F XT?
Replies: 9
Views: 500

Re: Wash springs & flippers in IBM Model F XT?

Wazrach wrote:
16 Nov 2019, 22:00
In my experience with Unicomp keycaps on Model F springs, it seems the scratchiness comes from the keycap rubbing against the spring.
If the scratchiness is caused by flashing the solution is to remove the excess material.
by Darkshado
21 Nov 2019, 14:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM model F XT not working suddenly
Replies: 35
Views: 1911

Re: IBM model F XT not working suddenly

Take pictures from several angles, the description alone makes it difficult to understand what the problem could be.
by Darkshado
16 Nov 2019, 04:11
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22936
Views: 1410794

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Model M, French Canadian, 3rd gen 42H1295, missing F2 keycap, made in Greenock. Listed at 65 $CAD.

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-souris-claviers ... 1471426898
by Darkshado
15 Nov 2019, 07:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Mini Mechanical Keyboard with Magnet - Custom Value and Macro
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: Mini Mechanical Keyboard with Magnet - Custom Value and Macro

How is that thing supposed to work? i.e. how does a keypress go from a "module" to the "baseboard" ? How does the baseboard tell modules apart?

Also @iamelaineee: welcome to DT, if you have any ties with the maker of this board it is good practice to disclose this.
by Darkshado
13 Nov 2019, 23:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Wash springs & flippers in IBM Model F XT?
Replies: 9
Views: 500

Re: Wash springs & flippers in IBM Model F XT?

I've washed flippers in IPA with no ill effect.
by Darkshado
12 Nov 2019, 03:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: MX blacks: random impressions
Replies: 95
Views: 7086

Re: MX blacks: random impressions

swampangel wrote:
11 Nov 2019, 19:10
- Model M2 which worked until I broke too many tabs when disassembling it for the ... 3rd time? iffy design, but also mostly my fault
There's a fairly easy fix for that involving "Zip" ties, look in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=62&t=18610
by Darkshado
12 Nov 2019, 03:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Quick repair for non functioning key on Model F
Replies: 5
Views: 948

Re: Quick repair for non functioning key on Model F

Compressed "air" duster cans usually say to use short bursts to avoid condensation.
by Darkshado
11 Nov 2019, 16:16
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1736
Views: 163910

Re: Post your desktop.

Kudos from the Count himself, thanks! I plan on doing a few small changes to the build still: 3¼" diskette support (parts incoming), 5½" floppy support (TBD - there's a few options out there but they're not cheap and it's not as though I have an urgent need for that capability) and eventually a grap...
by Darkshado
11 Nov 2019, 16:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Ibm model F XT replacement pad/foam/reassembly issues
Replies: 12
Views: 491

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

I wonder, how do the properties of EVA (which I've used without issue) and PVC compare when it comes to conductivity, static buildup and the like?
by Darkshado
10 Nov 2019, 20:12
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1736
Views: 163910

Re: Post your desktop.

I don't think I ever posted my setup: desk.jpg The desk is a custom, solid oak butcher block style counter; reused and refinished by my father and I. It sits on a grey Ergocentric upCentric adjustable height base. Monitors are a trio of Dell U2415. Speakers are circa-1999 Altec Lansing. The headset ...
by Darkshado
07 Nov 2019, 06:10
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deskthority Secret Santa 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1760

Re: Deskthority Secret Santa 2019

I'm in!
by Darkshado
31 Oct 2019, 02:57
Forum: For sale
Topic: Cherry DESKO keyboard Vintage PS/2 Cardreader RS232 Keyboard
Replies: 1
Views: 901

Re: Cherry DESKO keyboard Vintage PS/2 Cardreader RS232 Keyboard

I would suggest you add a close-up of the label on the back, and some close-ups of the keys.
Doubleshot ABS caps like these develop "shine" as they wear out.
by Darkshado
31 Oct 2019, 02:52
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Houston Warehouse Haul (Oct 2019)
Replies: 14
Views: 1962

Re: Houston Warehouse Haul (Oct 2019)

XMIT, by the way that flight computer is closer to (but not quite) a CR-3 than an E6B with the sliding portion.
by Darkshado
29 Oct 2019, 07:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Das 4C overhaul ideas?
Replies: 3
Views: 909

Das 4C overhaul ideas?

Hello, I recently acquired a known defective Das Keyboard 4C in ANSI layout through classifieds; looked in pretty good shape but it was described as having two defective switches, B and N, which indeed did not register. 2019-10-29 01.12.51.jpg Initially, I thought I could replace the two defective s...
by Darkshado
29 Oct 2019, 05:15
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Houston Warehouse Haul (Oct 2019)
Replies: 14
Views: 1962

Re: Houston Warehouse Haul (Oct 2019)

Neat! (You might need to double check the first two photos: we see the AT&T board three times instead of the HPs and E6B.)
by Darkshado
08 Oct 2019, 06:41
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Steelseries Apex Pro review (OmniPoint Hall effect)
Replies: 6
Views: 1974

Re: Steelseries Apex Pro review (OmniPoint Hall effect)

IMHO, at a minimum they should have made the arrows analog as well; or better yet assume the enthusiast/connoisseur tier and go all the way as Wooting has.
by Darkshado
08 Oct 2019, 06:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M - Reproduction Labels?
Replies: 9
Views: 2295

Re: IBM Model M - Reproduction Labels?

One word of caution: do not use heat to soften the glue, otherwise you risk deforming the plastic case.

(Also, this isn't the first board we see here with a Hexatek label on it. Are you in the Montreal area by any chance?)
by Darkshado
07 Sep 2019, 01:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Lubing Model F springs/sliders
Replies: 16
Views: 1214

Re: Lubing Model F springs/sliders

Before lubing your caps check you don't have any issues with leftover plastic flashing, the fix is simple.
by Darkshado
05 Sep 2019, 06:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Burn him at the stake
Replies: 43
Views: 3406

Re: Burn him at the stake

I'm tempted to buy one of this and send it to chyros. I suspect his reaction will be rather "meh" compared to some of his more, ahem, "colorful" ones. Going by that blog post, there doesn't seem to be anything especially offensive with this keyboard when compared to the like of the Smith-Corona or ...
by Darkshado
01 Sep 2019, 01:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1832

Re: Laser Keyboard

Yes, yes it is; I have the same model, actually.

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