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by Sangdrax
16 Nov 2018, 16:14
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 5100 Portable Computer, APL/BASIC
Replies: 24
Views: 5637

Ancient number one rule of shipping: The more fragile stickers you put on it, the more it will be abused. The ideal number of them is 0. Ancient number two rule of shipping: Heavy boxes will be abused anyway. Anyhow, give the old girl a scrub, a recap and clean the connectors and see if that doesn't...
by Sangdrax
11 Nov 2018, 07:11
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Maxi Switch magnetic reed keyboards with original SA keycaps! (MS MR)
Replies: 5
Views: 753

I've wanted to see someone try to type on one of those alphabetic Foxcon layouts since a few were up for sale earlier this year. It's just as insane as I imagined. Thanks for that at the end of the vid.
by Sangdrax
10 Nov 2018, 05:08
Forum: Other
Topic: (Free/Raffle) Election Day 2018 - "Your vote, your keyboard."
Replies: 80
Views: 9727

Congrats to Lucar and great celebration raffle you ran, Snacks. Very generous of you to do something like this.
by Sangdrax
07 Nov 2018, 04:16
Forum: Other
Topic: (Free/Raffle) Election Day 2018 - "Your vote, your keyboard."
Replies: 80
Views: 9727

I gotta side with the Pawn. Interesting back, best cap color scheme with sharp bold legends and colors. And a layout that seems like a lot of fun once you can bind keys to whatever you want.
by Sangdrax
02 Nov 2018, 23:39
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5108
Views: 615694

a solenoid just turns it in to a bit of a joke to me. It's not like Model F's didn't come with solenoids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pFoo_Mvluo I'd be lying if I said I don't have it turned off most of the time though. Having the option is it's own bit of cool though, like a turbocharger on a...
by Sangdrax
02 Nov 2018, 23:32
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fortune 1000 Keyboard with Digitran Cap Leaf Switches, Xwhatsit USB
Replies: 19
Views: 2927

Related, the Fujitsu 2nd gen with the dampers feel like vintage Keytronic with a hard foam mod to me except with that same slight weighting difference since the Fujitsus are like 45g IIRC and the others are 50-55g.
by Sangdrax
02 Nov 2018, 01:36
Forum: For sale
Topic: [SOLD] PS/2 Cortron Model 80 rugged keyboard and mouse
Replies: 7
Views: 1121

It's 100% mechanical. Capacitive PCB with linear discrete switches. It is a fine keyboard for everyday use if you like high actuation and don't mind not having a hard bottom out. In terms of reliability, it's near the top for everyday use. If you need something guaranteed to work when you need it, t...
by Sangdrax
01 Nov 2018, 07:17
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fortune 1000 Keyboard with Digitran Cap Leaf Switches, Xwhatsit USB
Replies: 19
Views: 2927

VERY nice find. Never seen this particular model of them before. Great color scheme too, especially after the retrobright. Looks like the Digitran name for it was Golden Touch. That's very interesting.
by Sangdrax
31 Oct 2018, 02:44
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Victor 9000 keyboard conversion
Replies: 37
Views: 2753

Gonna echo OldisNew on this. Every vintage keytronic I've ever got like that needed replacement. But an 11mm punch, some antistatic bags and some foam are all you need to get it back in shape. Twenty bucks gets a replacement DMA Capsense board too to replace the controller and not have to deal with ...
by Sangdrax
31 Oct 2018, 00:19
Forum: Group buys
Topic: F62+F77 orders now open! New Kishsaver+Industrial Model F Keyboards
Replies: 5108
Views: 615694

The main thing in a replacement solenoid is the resistance for current it draws from the xwhatsit solenoid board which is basically already almost at the limit you're going to get from USB. Secondary thing is the throw distance. But you can shorten the throw distance on pretty much all of them that ...
by Sangdrax
30 Oct 2018, 22:14
Forum: For sale
Topic: [SOLD] PS/2 Cortron Model 80 rugged keyboard and mouse
Replies: 7
Views: 1121

[SOLD] PS/2 Cortron Model 80 rugged keyboard and mouse

https://i.imgur.com/8orHHWN.jpg https://i.imgur.com/0JTgnV1.jpg https://i.imgur.com/WJAqFje.jpg Cortron 75% rugged keyboard in great condition. It's Cortron linear Foam and Foil though it uses the same caps as Cortron ITW low profile Magnetic Valve. Capacitive and NKRO over PS/2. Kind of a blast fr...
by Sangdrax
27 Oct 2018, 15:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A AT layout modelM
Replies: 10
Views: 878

Looks like the lock just needs a new tumbler and lever. It's a standard size. You should be able to buy one from ebay for a few bucks.
by Sangdrax
27 Oct 2018, 15:40
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Corsair K70 Rapidfire review (Cherry MX Speed Silver)
Replies: 10
Views: 1257

You know, what bugs me the most about this board other than the software is the actual selling point, the high actuation and short throw. It's even my main complaint about otherwise awesome vintage switches like Futaba MD. Now I kind of wonder if a converted Televideo or something would make a good ...
by Sangdrax
19 Oct 2018, 03:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 191
Views: 22389

I've also seen old foam and foil boards that have that same look with the square white slider in a large block.
by Sangdrax
17 Oct 2018, 07:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Typing Demo XL - Alpsplate spring (IBM P70)
Replies: 4
Views: 464

I love the sound of these and the easy PS/2 conversion. Makes me want to go out and buy one. I'd only feel bad about buying a whole P70 just for the board. I still probably would anyway if I didn't have a bunch of other projects.
by Sangdrax
13 Oct 2018, 22:21
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Decision Data 8010 review (Honeywell dual-magnet Hall effect)
Replies: 6
Views: 822

Really cool to see a review of this one. I love the switches and the sound. And that punch/programmer style where the back of the board looks like the top panel on a washing machine. I've seen them on ebay for a good while, but it's the 60% layout that keeps me away. I'm a big boy and I need a big k...
by Sangdrax
13 Oct 2018, 05:38
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Data General Dasher and Xwhatsit USB
Replies: 12
Views: 1590

Seconded. I'd just add the online QMK firmware compiler is really good for contact handwires and really simple too. No need to reinvent the wheel.
by Sangdrax
13 Oct 2018, 05:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Ultrasonic Cleaning Science
Replies: 12
Views: 1196

Yep, another ultrasonic cleaning post! it's a similar symptom to that of old, red cars. The only issue with my old red car is the clearcoat giving out after 20 years. :lol: But seriously, I've found anything aggressive on old colored caps is a complete crapshoot. Warm water and Dawn dish soap is as...
by Sangdrax
09 Oct 2018, 16:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: PCB circuit repair suggestion - conductive ink? which brand?
Replies: 5
Views: 594

If you want to make a jumper, what you do is actually run a new wire between the endpoints like Polecat said. These are the two wires you need to run. The top one on the switches I would do after the switches are installed. You can also just make the one with the board passthroughs use whatever pads...
by Sangdrax
09 Oct 2018, 16:38
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Data General Dasher and Xwhatsit USB
Replies: 12
Views: 1590

Nice work. Just a heads up that I wouldn't use electrical tape directly on the PCB though. I've gotten boards with old mods and repairs before and after ten or twenty years the adhesive will straight up pull the solder mask off. The retrobright turned out amazing though. I always have crap luck with...
by Sangdrax
08 Oct 2018, 18:05
Forum: Workshop
Topic: CommonSense: matrix LCR meter with a HID interface
Replies: 569
Views: 65595

The old way used to be that you wired them in reverse order but the firmware was updated where that's fixed now. I don't think the readme had been updated though. DMA adds so much cool stuff, I bet it's hard to keep up on all the documentation. Even now, he's been working on some really interesting ...
by Sangdrax
02 Oct 2018, 06:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Trying to identify "Micro Switch Freeport IL" keyboard
Replies: 7
Views: 710

Man, can't believe someone's willing to toss down almost $300 shipped on an unconverted honeywell missing two keycaps. This market gets crazier and crazier by the day.
by Sangdrax
29 Sep 2018, 10:02
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Data General Dasher D1 review (Key Tronic vintage foam and foil)
Replies: 11
Views: 1027

Not Dashers, but like my Pr1me, my Univacs, all the secondary color insets are just different colored plastic that clips in the main top case frame. Only one that was metal was the Genrad I used to own, and it was a painted metal inset plate in a full metal case. I never realized when looking at the...
by Sangdrax
29 Sep 2018, 02:24
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Data General Dasher D1 review (Key Tronic vintage foam and foil)
Replies: 11
Views: 1027

This is actually the first I've seen that has the metal cover plate. My other boards from this area have an inset like that but it's just another plastic panel and not painted metal.
by Sangdrax
28 Sep 2018, 06:48
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Honeywell 5921 Clean Up and Teensy USB
Replies: 15
Views: 1333

That retrobright turned out fantastic. I can't believe that thing cleaned up so well.
by Sangdrax
28 Sep 2018, 02:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Typing Demo XL - bolt-modded vs stock IBM Model M
Replies: 6
Views: 714

The sound difference is almost exactly what I remember from my two bolt-modded 80's IBM's vs my old 2007 Unicomp that was in pristine condition. Just goes to show the actual switch feel hasn't changed that much. And Thomas's pristine one was 20 years older. Also Thomas, post your Data Dasher review ...
by Sangdrax
27 Sep 2018, 02:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Topre dome swap: using conductive/pressure-sensitive rubber domes
Replies: 2
Views: 404

The stuff that makes conductive domes conductive is usually carbon doping in the rubber. Which is the same thing you use to make capacitive plastic like Model-F flippers. So as long as you can control the sensitivity of the topre pads (you might need a new controller) plain old conductive domes shou...
by Sangdrax
24 Sep 2018, 04:23
Forum: Workshop
Topic: HP 46010A converter and firmware
Replies: 4
Views: 488

I looked at the thread earlier and the link was working. Maybe he changed something...
by Sangdrax
22 Sep 2018, 02:51
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23565
Views: 1687996

Not all of his listings have a ridiculous shipping cost, but the board that I got from him had a shipping cost of $35. That's close to the minimum cost for me to ship a beamspring (over 10 lb) but the entire package I got was around 5 lb. Yikes, now THAT'S a gouge. I was looking at the ones I was i...
by Sangdrax
22 Sep 2018, 01:39
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23565
Views: 1687996

Ebay gives you commercial rates on postage so it pretty much evens out what they take in fees and what you save from going to the post office. Though that means in reality you aren't actually saving anything, which sucks and boy do they try to hide it under "You saved X". But then I don't charge on ...

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