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by nathanscribe
27 Jan 2013, 19:51
Forum: Gallery
Topic: ZX Spectrum Lo-Profile keyboard
Replies: 24
Views: 3351

webwit wrote:which I broke on Daley Thompson's Decathlon
...ooooooh yes. I remember it well.
by nathanscribe
23 Jan 2013, 22:08
Forum: Gallery
Topic: ZX Spectrum Lo-Profile keyboard
Replies: 24
Views: 3351

Are those caps printed? My DK'Tronics had stickers, and I wore them out. Good old noisy clattery switches too. And room inside for not only a Speccy but an Interface II! And power supply. And amplifier to make those beautiful BEEPs even louder.
by nathanscribe
19 Jan 2013, 00:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Remapping keys on Mac
Replies: 8
Views: 1720

I use KeyRemap4Macbook (which is not just for macbooks) and PCKeyboardHack. Both are fine, as long as you don't mind dabbling with a smattering of light xml.
by nathanscribe
19 Jan 2013, 00:20
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Unicomp mini group buy
Replies: 413
Views: 30829

Wow.

I'm still in, anyway.
by nathanscribe
08 Jan 2013, 20:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: new Matias Mini Quiet and Laptop Pro
Replies: 5
Views: 990

Hmm, more details on Matias site.
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by nathanscribe
08 Jan 2013, 19:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: new Matias Mini Quiet and Laptop Pro
Replies: 5
Views: 990

I fancy trying a Matias, but not so keen on the silver finish… looks like a cheap 90s alarm clock. Squinting at the keys, looks like the bottom-right has fn..?
by nathanscribe
28 Oct 2012, 13:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: tenkeyless users...
Replies: 16
Views: 2062

I grew up using 8-bit home machines with no numpad, so I just got used to that - and ever since I've just gravitated to the number row by default. I don't have to enter large quantities of figures though. Not since moving on from typing in long listings in hex...
by nathanscribe
26 Oct 2012, 11:59
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Univac Uniscope 100 - Licon (7585)
Replies: 10
Views: 3572

Unusual cap shape.

What's the grey hex keypad at the back of your pics?
by nathanscribe
10 Oct 2012, 18:18
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: clip-on keyboard for smartphones
Replies: 7
Views: 3254

I'll have to give Swiftkey a try - currently having a very bad time jabbing several letters at once with my unabnormally average thumb. Samsung Galaxy here, just a small screen and tempted by something bigger. As for tablets, I think the Asus Transformer is a neatish solution - the best clip-on keyb...
by nathanscribe
27 Sep 2012, 21:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: We need a better adjective than "mechanical".
Replies: 55
Views: 8246

kbdfr wrote:What about "mechanical"? :mrgreen:
Ha. What about "proper"? :mrgreen:
by nathanscribe
23 Sep 2012, 19:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How old is my model m (ISO UK silver label)
Replies: 14
Views: 1485

My ISO M from 1993 uses yyyy-mm-dd, but my old 122-key terminal M from 1986 uses dd-mm-yyyy. Both were UK-made.
by nathanscribe
22 Sep 2012, 18:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: We need a better adjective than "mechanical".
Replies: 55
Views: 8246

It could be said that any physical switch is the completion of a circuit. "Switch keyboard" would basically mean "any keyboard". A membrane is a switch made from thin layers, that's all. That would differ from something like an electronic switch that does not rely on the motion of discrete physical ...
by nathanscribe
22 Sep 2012, 16:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: We need a better adjective than "mechanical".
Replies: 55
Views: 8246

Another category of switches is the switches with either a buckling rubber sleeve or a coiled spring directly under the key cap, and a slider with an arc of conductive rubber or foam and metal foil on the bottom. I've seen a lot of keypads made with a rubber sheet, moulded to form small domes, and ...
by nathanscribe
22 Sep 2012, 15:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: We need a better adjective than "mechanical".
Replies: 55
Views: 8246

Isn't the Topre switch a capacitive one? And therefore not a contact switch at all, but a proximity switch? Are there other kinds of switch that might be considered 'mechanical' in structure/operation but not contact-actuated?
by nathanscribe
22 Sep 2012, 12:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: We need a better adjective than "mechanical".
Replies: 55
Views: 8246

"Expensive".
by nathanscribe
22 Sep 2012, 10:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: We need a better adjective than "mechanical".
Replies: 55
Views: 8246

Personally I think that all keyboards with moving parts are mechanical in a sense, but when introducing a layman to what *we* know as mechanical keyboards, it's probably not appropriate to say that that a rubber dome is a mech board. That's more or less what I'd say. To me "mechanical" would imply ...
by nathanscribe
21 Sep 2012, 13:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Anyone seen this Alps switch in an 80's computer keyboard?
Replies: 11
Views: 1336

486 wrote:
fossala wrote:Are them keycaps cherry compatible?
Yes. All Acorn BBC use Cherry mounts except Type 3 switches and some Achimedes boards. Master series use Cherry MY.
Not that simple - the BBC cap stem is too thick for a Cherry MX switch without modification.
by nathanscribe
21 Sep 2012, 12:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Anyone seen this Alps switch in an 80's computer keyboard?
Replies: 11
Views: 1336

EDIT: Roland still sell a switch (via their spares dept.) that looks identical to the last type above, but as it's meant for the Boss pedals, it only has two pins. The old 808 switch will have been discontinued for a long time, but if you contact your nearest synth tech you might have some luck - al...
by nathanscribe
18 Sep 2012, 23:12
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Sony SMI-7060
Replies: 8
Views: 1523

HaaTa wrote:Sony Keypad (for something, dunno what)
Looks like it was meant to go with this.

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by nathanscribe
14 Sep 2012, 23:25
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Writing instruments
Replies: 9
Views: 2303

I've been using the same Rotring Tikky since about 1987 or '88 (the white one in the pic - "W. Germany" on the clip) - it's battered, the eraser's long gone, its cover is made of dents, the clip is loose, the printing has all worn off, the nib has been bent and straightened more times than I can cou...
by nathanscribe
04 Sep 2012, 23:19
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Qwerkeys
Replies: 12
Views: 1888

Ah, right, cheers - was just the angle making it look shorter.

They look like nice sturdy caps. I'll be grabbing some at some point, but need to figure out what first.
by nathanscribe
04 Sep 2012, 21:52
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Qwerkeys
Replies: 12
Views: 1888

That's not as tall as I'd expected - the profile photo on Qwerkeys' info page makes it look like it'd poke up more than yours does. Is the skirt longer compared to the regular keys?
by nathanscribe
02 Sep 2012, 13:06
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Powder coating?
Replies: 8
Views: 988

Various companies make spray cans of paint that acts almost like a dye, sinking into the surface. Plasti-kote is available in the UK, for example, and I've seen other people get decent results from it, though I haven't tried it myself.
by nathanscribe
02 Sep 2012, 13:00
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1785
Views: 240472

tinlong117: nice view! Can you see nothing but trees all the way round?
by nathanscribe
31 Aug 2012, 21:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: mechanical keyboard for ipad?
Replies: 18
Views: 4444

I'd have thought a Poker would be better for portability.
by nathanscribe
31 Aug 2012, 15:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: mechanical keyboard for ipad?
Replies: 18
Views: 4444

I've not yet tried iAWriter, but a freebie I do use occasionally on my desktop is Focuswriter . I've installed it on my Raspberry Pi (running Raspbian). Works just fine. If you're interested in light, portable, simple writing kit, you could worse than grab an Alphasmart. I've got a Neo2, which is th...
by nathanscribe
30 Aug 2012, 15:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Smartype - keyboard with display
Replies: 7
Views: 1353

Smartype - keyboard with display

Anybody heard/seen one of these? Just saw this mentioned on another forum.

http://www.thesmartype.com
Usefulness debatable, but I'll hold off judgement till I see a price.
by nathanscribe
26 Aug 2012, 14:38
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your desktop.
Replies: 1785
Views: 240472

ericbentley wrote:Here's my man cave of sorts
Python the Hard Way, eh? It's not bad that one, nice and clear I thought.
by nathanscribe
25 Aug 2012, 14:01
Forum: Sinklist Archive
Topic: Topre Cluster Tester, Round 2 : Worldwide!
Replies: 94
Views: 20066

Yeah, I'm beginning to wish I'd signed up for the full board tour - though I suspect it would only tempt me to chuck two hundred quid at something, it's probably for the best I didn't.
by nathanscribe
25 Aug 2012, 11:42
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Formal letter of introduction
Replies: 11
Views: 1281

Haha, it's a slippery slope. Watch out. Before you know it you'll have splashed half a grand on keycaps and springs, and your other half will be on the phone to the men with the van, and the jacket, and the electrified noose on the stick.

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