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by kps
14 Aug 2013, 17:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Trends in keyboard design: Who started what?
Replies: 163
Views: 9844

What did happen on the Selectric III was the concurrent move to cylindrical caps and ISO 9995 corner legends (see earlier in the thread). I do suspect that making room for the legends was part of the motivation for the flatter corners. IBM dates the Selectric III to 1980 and highlights the “ larger,...
by kps
12 Aug 2013, 21:58
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Keep getting logged out
Replies: 23
Views: 3312

Muirium wrote:So many long posts have died in the reply editor thanks to an accidental hit of a history button or an unexpected refresh of the tab; and it's not just me.
I use an extension/plugin called Lazarus that preserves text boxes; it appears to be available for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
by kps
12 Aug 2013, 19:33
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Keep getting logged out
Replies: 23
Views: 3312

Keep getting logged out

I frequently find myself logged out of Deskthority, often when trying to preview and post, but also at other times. Troubleshooting: It seems that DT sometimes, for no apparent reason, sends a new set of session cookies. See below for a log of HTTP headers sent and received loading a particular samp...
by kps
12 Aug 2013, 18:28
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Post your deskthority header images here
Replies: 2254
Views: 141725

Code: Select all

if test $(djpeg $IMAGE | pnmcut 0 24 440 128  | ppmtopgm | pgmtopbm | pgmhist | sed -n -e '/^0\t/s/^[^%]* \([0-9]\+\)\.\?[0-9]\?%.*/\1/p') -gt 50
then
    # use white logo
else
    # use black logo
fi
In practice you'd want to precompute light or dark for each image.
by kps
07 Aug 2013, 15:10
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring USB controller
Replies: 378
Views: 30715

this thing looks like one could start nuclear rockets with it :D The big red button to fire cruise missiles is fiction, at least on board the Royal Navy submarine HMS Splendid. Instead they are fired by the click of a mouse. One crew member, filmed during the Iraq war, tells this weekend's edition ...
by kps
01 Aug 2013, 02:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Trends in keyboard design: Who started what?
Replies: 163
Views: 9844

The wiki also lists no date for Cherry MX blue, likely the first tactile switch from Cherry, but the MX range is cited to have appeared around 1985 (starting with black, linear). My Xerox 1109 (no later than 1985) has Cherry MX switches in pale white (linear), grey-green (firm linear), and pale yel...
by kps
26 Jul 2013, 20:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Trends in keyboard design: Who started what?
Replies: 163
Views: 9844

Cylindrical is still better, despite the nonsense in this thread, such as, it was a cheapening. No, it was an evolution. Spherical caps are inherited from typewriters and shitty 70ties switches, where you need to hit the key in the center. The spherical cap forces you as such. None of the typewrite...
by kps
26 Jul 2013, 19:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Trends in keyboard design: Who started what?
Replies: 163
Views: 9844

Fascinating. I didn't consider that there were ISO standards preventing various keyboard features. It looks like those standards all started around '93-94 though, after manufacturers had already basically standardized anyway. (beam spring was killed long before the standard came out) The ISO standa...
by kps
26 Jul 2013, 18:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Trends in keyboard design: Who started what?
Replies: 163
Views: 9844

On the contrary, they are best ergonomic practice because they allow not having to completely move fingers away to see the legends underneath. I always suspected that was the thinking behind that change... The reasoning from ISO 9995 is that it provides a standard place for legends for normal, shif...
by kps
26 Jul 2013, 18:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Trends in keyboard design: Who started what?
Replies: 163
Views: 9844

webwit wrote:Cylindrical keycaps are better.
Only if they have spherical depressions on top.

Image
by kps
26 Jul 2013, 17:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Trends in keyboard design: Who started what?
Replies: 163
Views: 9844

ISO 9241-4 §6.1.3 mandates thin keyboards, which killed the beam spring.

ISO 9241-4 §6.1.6 requires matte finish keycaps.

ISO 9995-1 §8 specifies legends squished up in the corners.
by kps
26 Jul 2013, 17:02
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [COMPLETED] Laser Cut Prototyping mini-GB
Replies: 666
Views: 42376

A couple quick (?) questions.
  • Any tips on using DraftSight for this purpose? Specifically moving/copying groups of key holes on the appropriate ⅛u grid.
  • Is the cost primarily metal plus laser time (roughly, cut length), or are there other factors to be aware of?
by kps
25 Jul 2013, 15:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: If you bought a new keyboard today, what layout do you want?
Replies: 24
Views: 1570

Wow now you impress me. I'd love to use KA but I couldn't stand the ESC key being rubber (I could possibly ignore F-keys) As you're a vi user, you could do as I do: swap ESC with (forward) Delete. This produces a nice symmetry between Enter (end lines & commands) and ESC (end input). You'd also pro...
by kps
24 Jul 2013, 17:11
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Round 4 / packing (99.8%) / shipping (99.7%)
Replies: 4505
Views: 256391

7bit wrote:Great to see you don't have any missing keys!
If I had them, they wouldn't be missing.
by kps
24 Jul 2013, 17:07
Forum: Group buys
Topic: [COMPLETED] Laser Cut Prototyping mini-GB
Replies: 666
Views: 42376

Just got the reply from the laser cutter. Unfortunately they can't make it by the end of July and we have to wait until September. Excellent. I should be in for a battleship-sized plate by then. I'm just waiting for the second half of my Round 4 caps to arrive so I can finalize my layout with assur...
by kps
24 Jul 2013, 16:21
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Round 4 / packing (99.8%) / shipping (99.7%)
Replies: 4505
Views: 256391

7bit wrote:Please, also provide photos, but do not attach these
to the message, because my script does not read the
attachments!
Here is a photo of my missing keys:
missing.png
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by kps
22 Jul 2013, 20:34
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring USB controller
Replies: 378
Views: 30715

Even though I was very careful disassembling my 3278, after reassembling I discovered that my Return key was not clicky. The damn fly plate had somehow detached. You're lucky. When I disassembled my Displaywriter keyboard, five beam springs broke. (They might have been broken already, and only come...
by kps
16 Jul 2013, 16:08
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring USB controller
Replies: 378
Views: 30715

Ahhh that sucks. I keep scratching my head about a horizontal mount solution. No luck in finding a right-angle connector. Forgive me if this has already been considered (I don't have this type of keyboard) but what about manually bending the connector pins toward each other (perhaps using the lug v...
by kps
15 Jul 2013, 00:45
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: deskthority - Suggestions and Changelog
Replies: 1204
Views: 68650

Yup, works now; thanks.
by kps
14 Jul 2013, 20:17
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: deskthority - Suggestions and Changelog
Replies: 1204
Views: 68650

When I try to upload an SVG to the wiki page here, it gives an Error creating thumbnail: /usr/local/bin/rsvg: not found, although there are numerous existing SVGs that display correctly.
by kps
05 Jul 2013, 02:54
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring USB controller
Replies: 378
Views: 30715

I'd be in for at least one (probably two) PCBs/kits/whatevers.
by kps
02 Jul 2013, 23:31
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Round 4 / packing (99.8%) / shipping (99.7%)
Replies: 4505
Views: 256391

7bit wrote: 0150
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by kps
02 Jul 2013, 00:45
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Post your deskthority header images here
Replies: 2254
Views: 141725

webwit wrote:Nice, but it doesn't play well with the white logo and text :(
Round 5 group buy — silver and orange. Send me all your money now.
Round 5
Round 5
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by kps
27 Jun 2013, 14:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help needed fixing old ASCII keyboard of Apple 2 clone...
Replies: 5
Views: 427

I suggest you ask on some Apple II forums (for example here or here ), including pictures of the keyboard and the whole machine. Most clones were quite direct and used commonly available parts, so I think it is likely that someone will know enough to help you find or program a replacement controller...
by kps
24 Jun 2013, 17:20
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Name a machine I'm getting
Replies: 8
Views: 559

bhtooefr wrote:The theme I'm trying to go for is, "something that is normally huge, but in this case is quite small".
That's what she said.
by kps
18 Jun 2013, 16:43
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Round 4 / packing (99.8%) / shipping (99.7%)
Replies: 4505
Views: 256391

Everything appears to be in order. It's a pity that the standard SPH kit does not have the 1-unit "0" and "+" for the num pad like all of the other standard kits. I did not notice this at the time. Oh well. rkinze, I will probably have a spare 1u 0 and blue + s up for sale after I get the second ha...
by kps
11 Jun 2013, 02:11
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Round 4
Replies: 47
Views: 6959

I received half my order today, so here is an endearing snapshot of SPH on (slightly modified) Kinesis keywells.

sphkps.jpg
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by kps
08 Jun 2013, 18:35
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Teensy++ controller in Europe
Replies: 55
Views: 1906

matt3o wrote:if you need a 1:1 LED matrix you probably need the same config as for the switches (so 15+5 for switches and 15+5 for LEDs). Teensy++ should work by a whisker for a 60%
You can share the rows or columns (depending on how much duty cycle you're willing to give up) for 15+15+5 or 15+5+5.
by kps
07 Jun 2013, 22:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What is wrong with this keyboard ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1233

7bit wrote:Let me know if you want to sell it ...
I would love to sell it to myself, but I don't think the owners of that particular machine would agree. It's probably easier for you to ask them directly. http://computermuseum.informatik.uni-st ... bm029.html
by kps
07 Jun 2013, 22:00
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What is wrong with this keyboard ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1233

If you would paint it all in grey, people would ask what kind of keyboard it is and which switches it has and if it is from the 1970s and how you made it work with a modern computer. I does have a bit of an IBM 029 vibe, doesn't it? Especially with bepo vomiting punctuation everywhere. IBM029.jpg I...

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