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by Darkshado
16 Sep 2020, 21:52
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Rescuing a Model M barrel plate from my botched screw mod
Replies: 6
Views: 302

Re: Rescuing a Model M barrel plate from my botched screw mod

Regular barrel frame + an appropriate saw?
Otherwise straightening the frame and through bolts are probably your best bet.
by Darkshado
16 Sep 2020, 21:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Were all IBM WheelWriter keyboards buckling spring??
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Were all IBM WheelWriter keyboards buckling spring??

Broken rivets with less tension in the assembly could alter feel and make a buckling spring board feel less clicky and less sharply tactile.
by Darkshado
16 Sep 2020, 06:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What Cherry MX emulates Alps Amber?
Replies: 10
Views: 549

Re: What Cherry MX emulates Alps Amber?

None of the options this board ships with are close. I always like to refer to Haata's force curves for something like this. Alps SKCM Amber: https://chart-studio.plotly.com/~haata/293/alps-skcm-amber/ The tactile event maxes out around 73 grams of force, over the course of about 1 mm of travel wher...
by Darkshado
21 Aug 2020, 22:58
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Terminal Model M Cable Re-coiling Attempt (heat gun)
Replies: 10
Views: 1162

Re: Terminal Model M Cable Re-coiling Attempt (heat gun)

You need to reverse the coil to get a proper retractable effet according to this:
by Darkshado
21 Jul 2020, 07:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: I visited Unicomp a couple days ago, typed on their new Mini M, and asked them some community questions. *long*
Replies: 61
Views: 4894

Re: I visited Unicomp a couple days ago, typed on their new Mini M, and asked them some community questions. *long*

To make white on black caps, I think lot_lizard's dye + laser technique looked very promising. See the photo from this 2016 post: https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?p=341414#p341414 "Reverse" dye sub could also yield good results, judging by these samples matt3o showed us in 2018: https://desktho...
by Darkshado
08 Jun 2020, 15:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A Modern Contactless MX-style mount switch?
Replies: 7
Views: 607

Re: A Modern Contactless MX-style mount switch?

The only "contactless" design I can think of that could be made entirely compliant with the MX form factor would be magnetic reed based.
by Darkshado
26 May 2020, 03:21
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23892
Views: 1870857

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

ddrfraser1 wrote:
25 May 2020, 19:23
my FUNDS cheat code wasn’t working :(
Easy there or we'll have to deal with an earthquake on top of everything else!
by Darkshado
22 May 2020, 06:19
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23892
Views: 1870857

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

why invent this [TellerVision keyboard] at all? I think the name hints to why. My hypothesis is this would have been meant for use with some sort of (GUI, not text terminal) specialized software for bank tellers. They'd be using the numpad, mouse, nav and functions constantly while typing names and...
by Darkshado
15 May 2020, 16:52
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Special Courier Service?
Replies: 4
Views: 2566

Re: Special Courier Service?

Can you divulge how heavy and bulky? Where is it in Canada? That would help getting a better answer. The current pandemic will complicate things, especially since your seller is firmly in an "at risk" category. Thinking out loud: if it's about the size of a computer tower, maybe a smaller shop that ...
by Darkshado
15 May 2020, 16:35
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] GMK ThinkCaps // Please fill out the form!
Replies: 55
Views: 5733

Re: [IC] GMK ThinkCaps

voodoo6k, out of curiosity (because I don't think that'd ever hit MOQ) since you're also Canadian: does GMK have molds for a proper French Canadian set?
by Darkshado
13 May 2020, 03:58
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [IC] GMK ThinkCaps // Please fill out the form!
Replies: 55
Views: 5733

Re: [IC] GMK ThinkCaps

Does GMK have TrackPoint-compatible molds for G, H, and B ?
by Darkshado
10 May 2020, 19:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New ThinkPad Trackpoint Keyboard II
Replies: 24
Views: 2053

Re: New ThinkPad Trackpoint Keyboard II

Ctrl + Pause stops a build in Visual Studio, double tap on Scroll Lock pops up certain KVM consoles.
by Darkshado
10 May 2020, 18:44
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Keyboards in movies/TV series!
Replies: 449
Views: 67269

Re: Keyboards in movies/TV series!

Two Model Fs (XT and terminal 3178) at Greendale Community College's library in Community, season 4 episode 7 "Economics of Marine Biology". Unfortunately, something bad happens to the XT soon afterwards.
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by Darkshado
03 May 2020, 23:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: LTT Does Dye Sub
Replies: 5
Views: 530

LTT Does Dye Sub

Seems no one's posted this here yet, Linus Sebastian has posted a tutorial on key cap dye sublimation a couple days ago: -scV7LLvdh8 That process itself isn't new but it's the first time I've seen it on video. Has anyone made a bigger rig to DIY whole sets in one or two passes? Sourcing Cherry-profi...
by Darkshado
03 May 2020, 22:40
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to build a custom keyboard - new edition
Replies: 5
Views: 845

Re: How to build a custom keyboard - new edition

I haven't done any handwiring yet, but given the pins' offset on MX-type switches would it be reasonable to solder the row diodes directly between two switches rather than using wire? (However it would preclude your "naked wire" approach on the columns.)
by Darkshado
03 May 2020, 22:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M 1394620 122-Key US ISO Layout
Replies: 6
Views: 887

Re: IBM Model M 1394620 122-Key US ISO Layout

People here and on GH have repaired Model M matrices before using conductive copper tape or conductive ink, you could also order replacement sheets from Unicomp.
by Darkshado
03 May 2020, 22:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: When did you first start appreciating keyboards?
Replies: 29
Views: 1821

Re: When did you first start appreciating keyboards?

I came to mechanical boards by way of ergonomic concerns five years ago: I found myself using full-size keyboards regularly for the first time after years on laptops and my right shoulder began acting up from constantly reaching for my mouse all the way to the right. Figured I needed something narro...
by Darkshado
03 May 2020, 21:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New ThinkPad Trackpoint Keyboard II
Replies: 24
Views: 2053

Re: New ThinkPad Trackpoint Keyboard II

I have the wired 2013 model, the nav key placement is disappointing. Fn + the arrows feel like the smarter option but there's no documented way to reprogram the layout on this thing. I tried Fn + all the unmarked keys in Switch Hitter and there aren't any scancodes coming out. So yeah, no Pause or S...
by Darkshado
03 May 2020, 21:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: WKL keyboard options?
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Re: WKL keyboard options?

You could get a Moogle kit and use the rest of the set with a winkey layout board.
by Darkshado
03 May 2020, 20:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What next?
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: What next?

New, COTS? Matias for another variant on the Alps designs. (You'd also be encouraging a Canadian company if that's something you care about.)
Vintage? Model F. If you've liked the M, like clicky switches in general, and can live with the not-quite-modern-standard layouts they're pretty hard to beat.
by Darkshado
03 May 2020, 20:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Just getting started with mechanical keyboards.
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Just getting started with mechanical keyboards.

Once the pandemic is sorted out (I know, this is still some time away) "keyboard meetups" should resume in many places and give you an opportunity to try out various keyboards and switch types. As a stopgap you could always buy or borrow a switch tester. Beyond that, review videos are a good option ...
by Darkshado
24 Apr 2020, 16:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Turning a full size into a 60%
Replies: 12
Views: 1544

Re: Turning a full size into a 60%

Wouldn't be as fancy, but couldn't you build a frame from straight pieces of wood and either leave the bottom open or then slap on a flat piece of wood or acrylic to close everything off? No need for a router then.
by Darkshado
11 Apr 2020, 23:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Large print / high contrast keycaps?
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: Large print / high contrast keycaps?

I'd take a look at WASD or Max Keyboard ; either company could print something with large characters and high contrast. Max Keyboard also does backlit laser ablated sets but I think the backlighting would be too uneven on large characters to go down that route. Both companies use a regular "OEM" pro...
by Darkshado
25 Mar 2020, 01:17
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Cyberboard | Do you like this cybertank ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2956

Re: Cyberboard | Do you like this cybertank ?

I surprisingly found it in a Keyboard bbs of China. [...] I wanner (sic) share with you the latest information I got from the designer. That design won't leave anyone indifferent that's for sure! If I were to describe it, I might say "Lite-Brite meets keyboard"... @OP: nothing wrong with announcing...
by Darkshado
19 Mar 2020, 06:09
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1884
Views: 172275

Re: Stuff you just bought

For traceball functionality, I have no idea yet. Maybe someone here could do a favour? I think the last time I used a serial mouse was with Windows 3.1, but, assuming it's a "regular" serial mouse, the drivers are still available in Windows 10. Get a working serial port (many serial to USB adapters...
by Darkshado
18 Mar 2020, 06:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F BigFoot... 8521
Replies: 9
Views: 828

Re: IBM Model F BigFoot... 8521

orihalcon wrote:
18 Mar 2020, 04:28
Alternately, you might just totally swap XT guts into your case if the backplate uses the same mounting as the XT.
It does! Source: I have a "Bigfoot" case with an XT assembly installed.
by Darkshado
18 Mar 2020, 06:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Who makes large keyboards with many additional keys?
Replies: 7
Views: 696

Re: Who makes large keyboards with many additional keys?

Take a look at Tipro, Cherry MX Black would be quieter than buckling spring, kbdfr is our resident expert on the brand: viewtopic.php?p=439273#p439273
by Darkshado
13 Mar 2020, 06:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: i need some help designing a new computer keyboard
Replies: 6
Views: 644

Re: i need some help designing a new computer keyboard

Wait for it... (They usually come back and edit their posts. Latest trend has been to hide the links in the tiniest characters possible, not so much so you'd click them but for SEO purposes.)

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