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by JBert
11 Dec 2018, 01:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Low quality solder, iron, and desoldering iron - burnt my PCB pads
Replies: 24
Views: 1688

What are some of the solder stations that use these heater-element-inside-tip design? I know only Hakko 950 and 951 and they cost almost 400€ in Germany. I love and adore the Metcal / Thermatronics method. Reasons: 0. It is physically impossible for them to overheat. 1. It's not controlled by a 'th...
by JBert
10 Dec 2018, 12:52
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Low quality solder, iron, and desoldering iron - burnt my PCB pads
Replies: 24
Views: 1688

My decades-old 50W Weller soldering station is locked at 370°C and works sufficiently well for normal PCBs and joining wires. Only big solder pads ( > 2 cm²), grounding planes (basically a soldering pad spread out over the entire PCB) or thick wires form a problem. The trick is to have a soldering i...
by JBert
05 Dec 2018, 20:04
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Mechamorphosis
Replies: 26
Views: 1864

Hmmm, shouldn't we tag this for DTA 2019? It's a rather clean handwiring job.
by JBert
04 Dec 2018, 19:08
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Another new project (IBM PCJr)
Replies: 18
Views: 1913

tatsurou wrote: Calculator electronics:

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The waving quality of those hand-drawn traces on that PCB though... :)
by JBert
02 Dec 2018, 15:32
Forum: Final Vote
Topic: Best Vintage Keyboard or Relic
Replies: 10
Views: 4122

Vote Alps in gainsborough's TI keyboards: you will always be surprised.
by JBert
02 Dec 2018, 15:31
Forum: Final Vote
Topic: The Deskthority Award
Replies: 16
Views: 4240

Voting for clickclack: trolling the artisan market since 2010.
by JBert
02 Dec 2018, 15:28
Forum: Final Vote
Topic: Best Project or Innovation
Replies: 32
Views: 8499

Still voting for the UHK team, even if it won't matter so much anymore.

The keyboard and its firmware are brilliant, so far the only complaints I have is that the extra mouse modules aren't there yet, and that it lacks an extra key on the bottom right where now a big 2.25u button sits.
by JBert
02 Dec 2018, 15:24
Forum: Final Vote
Topic: Best Keycap or Keycaps Set
Replies: 29
Views: 5795

Voting for the Canvas option, because at least they're trying to do something interesting with regards to shape, color, and fonts.
by JBert
02 Dec 2018, 15:22
Forum: Final Vote
Topic: Best Project or Innovation
Replies: 32
Views: 8499

I still have high hope for the UHKB, however, when I click on "Trackpoint module", it is written in its description: "This item is under development, and we don't have a solid ETA yet. Please subscribe to our blog or newsletter, and be part of the development process." But it allows me to add that ...
by JBert
27 Nov 2018, 16:12
Forum: Call for nominees
Topic: Best Vintage Keyboard or Relic
Replies: 17
Views: 4235

Current nominations are: - Aer Fixus' IBM 3279 Beamspring Restoration. . He took the beamspring that had been subject to horrors few other keyboards have suffered and restored it back to health. - ghostjuggernaut's gorgeous restored Kishsaver . This was cleaned, new foam, the plate stripped and cer...
by JBert
26 Nov 2018, 23:53
Forum: Call for nominees
Topic: The Deskthority Award
Replies: 22
Views: 4542

matt3o wrote:
webwit wrote: clickclack - The first artisan keycap maker avant la lettre, he inspired a whole new scene.
he will be thrilled to get a wingnut!
It's unlikely that he has a DTA 2018 award certificate with his name on though.
by JBert
12 Nov 2018, 15:19
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Guide for Rebuilding an IBM Model F XT ?
Replies: 20
Views: 2053

I have watched Lucar's video (https://youtu.be/wPOe0Pmd3gs) several times, but am wondering if there is a set of systematic instructions on how to do this. Some of processes in the video are not quite clear, but it is indeed an outstanding video. Do not follow the part where he's pulling off the sp...
by JBert
11 Nov 2018, 22:12
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Random keypresses from IBM Model F XT with Soarer's
Replies: 8
Views: 1041

Random keypresses from IBM Model F XT with Soarer's

So here's something which has been bothering me for ages: I've got a Teensy with my favourite Soarer Converter XT shortcuts in it which is completely built into the keyboard. When I leave the keyboard connected to my PC for 5-10 minutes while I'm switching between keyboard and mouse, I sometimes sta...
by JBert
11 Nov 2018, 22:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F XT (NO FOAM) !!
Replies: 3
Views: 569

The only advantage I would see is that the plates can be slid together without the need for any clamps as now there is nothing resisting it (the video author didn't know about the clamps or the fact that you should NEVER pull out the spacebar). BTW: The problem is not that the hammers hit the PCB (i...
by JBert
03 Nov 2018, 00:15
Forum: Workshop
Topic: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO
Replies: 780
Views: 158697

(Also, I didn't know the final outcome would be a bin-file, I thought it was a hex-file since that's what the Teensy loader-software asks for..) If you use other firmware then it's possible that those tools generate a customized hex file. With Soarer's firmware you only use TeensyLoader once to upl...
by JBert
25 Oct 2018, 13:25
Forum: Workshop
Topic: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO
Replies: 780
Views: 158697

Have you tried running the scinfo tool included in Soarer's Converter tools folder? Just to see if it might detect a different firmware version or different microcontroller.
by JBert
22 Oct 2018, 16:51
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Model F XT: name / source for connector to pcb
Replies: 10
Views: 750

My XT keyboard had the label "Berg" on the connector, but that won't help much seeing how these connectors are nowadays made by multiple manufacturers. I've lucked out before by coming across a slightly larger box connector where I could cut off a few pins. However, as µ was saying you could also lo...
by JBert
21 Oct 2018, 17:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Examples of Soarer Converter configuration files please
Replies: 56
Views: 15836

If "tinkerboy's converter" is running the Soarer Converter firmware underneath then those commands apply.

Seriously, just try, since Soarer's tools will communicate with the device to check the version it should quickly tell you if anything is wrong.
by JBert
19 Oct 2018, 21:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Examples of Soarer Converter configuration files please
Replies: 56
Views: 15836

ii.) Assume I have manged to produce a vaild .sc-file, how do I proceed further under linux, so that my remap file will be applied by the converter? If your Soarer tools work then it's just a matter of using these commands to do it: scas myconfig.sc tinkerboy.bc scwr tinkerboy.bc At least, that's a...
by JBert
18 Oct 2018, 13:41
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT space bar issue
Replies: 7
Views: 693

Most of the PCB is covered throughout with solder mask. Any kind of rag should do as long as it's not steel wool. If you want to use any solvent which you haven't used before then try rubbing it just on one corner of the PCB, then leave it sitting for 15 minutes after it was first made wet. If it di...
by JBert
14 Oct 2018, 16:33
Forum: News
Topic: MECHANICON is back! Meetup in Frankfurt, Germany on November 3rd!
Replies: 33
Views: 5144

7bit wrote: (Awesome poster snipped due to size)
:ugeek:
I guess 7bot will do all the talking? Also, nice of you to put at least 3 ducks in the border, Webwit would approve. :D
by JBert
29 Sep 2018, 14:17
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What's your piece of keyboard unobanium?
Replies: 43
Views: 9409

Model F XT with a more modern bottom row (i.e. smaller space bar and at least an extra super and Alt Gr key).

Modern beamspring.

An affordable DataHand, and now that we're posting unattainable wishes anyway it should better come with modern mouse support.
by JBert
04 Sep 2018, 18:25
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [HELP] Teensy++ 2.0 for a 6 Button Foot pedal - wiring and FW?
Replies: 11
Views: 927

If you would solder all switches with one pole to PB07 (pin closest to GND near connector) and then to PD01-5 + PD07 then this is how such a Soarer config might look: matrix blocking 0 sense PD1 PD2 PD3 PD4 PD5 PD7 strobe PB7 O P LEFT_BRACE L SEMICOLON QUOTE end Note that the matrix config should sp...
by JBert
04 Sep 2018, 17:44
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [HELP] Teensy++ 2.0 for a 6 Button Foot pedal - wiring and FW?
Replies: 11
Views: 927

hmm.... Soldering: Button 6 - PD06 PD06 is shared with the Teensy LED. Better use any other port if you want to avoid trouble. Also, if you want to use Soarer's Controller firmware then you need to connect the other ends of the buttons to some other port instead of GND. It isn't that hard to define...
by JBert
04 Sep 2018, 17:17
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [Help] Having trouble with 1 row with Soarer's Controller (Televideo)
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Is this a Teensy++ as the card on your desk seems to imply? I was thinking about how you've connected PD6 to the keyboard. I have had trouble with that , so you'd better use another port because it cannot be properly read. Of course, the odd thing is that the row which is failing for you is PC2. I h...
by JBert
30 Aug 2018, 15:11
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Workshop, Threads Of Interest
Replies: 49
Views: 20976

Just went looking up the XTant and Model MF threads but couldn't find them in here, even though they're impressive IBM Model F mods...
by JBert
30 Aug 2018, 15:08
Forum: Workshop
Topic: ibm model f xt pcb
Replies: 7
Views: 874

If you mean making your own you could read the XTant and Model MF project threads:

workshop-f7/bringing-the-ibm-pc-xt-into ... t3047.html
workshop-f7/remodeling-the-model-m-t13796.html
by JBert
30 Aug 2018, 13:28
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Soarer desparately needed!
Replies: 73
Views: 9168

Arakula spent some tremendous effort on disassembly / labeling what the code does and was kind enough to share his work on Soarer's controller with me when the firmware wouldn't work for the GH60 PCB. Sadly compiling the generated C files would not yield a working controller, so in the end I still u...
by JBert
31 Jul 2018, 13:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Some keys are not working in my model F XT
Replies: 7
Views: 695

If you slowly press those dead keys, does the spring action feel "normal" and are you sure you can hear the flipper change position? It might be worth it to unplug the keyboard and try to insert they keycap again so that the spring is properly seated. To do so, hold the keyboard vertically on your l...
by JBert
30 Jul 2018, 15:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do BOX switches stretch PBT and break ABS keycaps?
Replies: 135
Views: 12816

http://i.imgur.com/iwBvl.jpg just saying dude the stem broke of the switch not the stem of the keycap, I don't see the connection. Box switches indeed do strecht key caps/break. Rip TMX Bro caps artisan got gaped to oblivion to the point it just flies off on non box switches. One of the reasons i d...

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