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by Daniel Beardsmore
12 Mar 2018, 00:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3801
Views: 212351

Peerless is curious — certainly a nice try. They have the distinction of being a true "quiet click" switch, with a click that is both clear and distinct but also very subtle. One disadvantage for me is the relatively long pretravel, just as with the Model M (FKB4700 seems directly based on the Model...
by Daniel Beardsmore
10 Mar 2018, 22:02
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Wiki Q and A
Replies: 156
Views: 21008

The identifying shot for SKCP is here: https://deskthority.net/photos-f62/canon-typewriter-keyboards-t4242.html Yours above look the same. It seems that there are versions without the plate retention clip bars, as shown in the photos on the SKCP wiki page. Maybe those are another series (like SKCO o...
by Daniel Beardsmore
09 Mar 2018, 19:21
Forum: News
Topic: Kailh releases “X Switch” PG1425
Replies: 12
Views: 3016

I didn't get time to comment on this earlier. Let's take this photo again: https://deskthority.net/resources/image/45632 Look at the keycaps for C and V: the bottom of each keycap is level with the top surface of the keyboard. Now look at the expose switches, and where the scissor arms are when the ...
by Daniel Beardsmore
09 Mar 2018, 09:56
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Now I remember why I dislike Reddit
Replies: 26
Views: 2694

I just object to how it's impossible to resume a discussion that you stumble across by accident. Plus it's a chaotic and deliberately confusing mess of a site.
by Daniel Beardsmore
09 Mar 2018, 09:53
Forum: News
Topic: Kailh releases “X Switch” PG1425
Replies: 12
Views: 3016

That, was not expecting. The really hard part will be convincing mainstream brands to sell laptops that are thicker, heavier and noisier! (Eyeball and ruler test of a Sunrex laptop keyboard gives me a thickness of around 4 mm without keycaps, versus 6.5 for X-Switch.) I've felt for a while now that,...
by Daniel Beardsmore
09 Mar 2018, 00:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps naming woes
Replies: 5
Views: 396

You're assuming that Alps were self-consistent at any point, or consistent year upon year. I only have one person's interpretation of the 1994 catalogue, as I've never been allowed to see most of it (whoever obtained it originally was denied permission to post it online). Also, companies can't decid...
by Daniel Beardsmore
09 Mar 2018, 00:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps naming woes
Replies: 5
Views: 396

More confusingly, "SK" stands for "single key switch" according to the 1994 catalogue according to Sandy, although I suspect Alps just made that up, or they just liked how it could be expanded in English. It's not "switch, keyboard" (there are SK-- parts that are not keyboard switches), but the keyb...
by Daniel Beardsmore
08 Mar 2018, 23:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Futaba MD, a few different color combinations
Replies: 29
Views: 980

According to the specifications, KBM-01-01 is 3.5±0.8 oz (99±23 g), so that graph is just slightly outside the extent of the tolerance. MD-4P is cited the same, as 100±25 gf, and that's depicted as white-black-black, so the graph above is just slightly outside of tolerance in the other direction. As...
by Daniel Beardsmore
08 Mar 2018, 09:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Futaba MD, a few different color combinations
Replies: 29
Views: 980

By the way, what happened to Press/Release for white-white?
by Daniel Beardsmore
08 Mar 2018, 09:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Futaba MD, a few different color combinations
Replies: 29
Views: 980

Engicoder has a couple of types coming your way, NOS as I recall. That might help clear up some of the confusion.

By the way, MD-4PCS appears to be white/black/orange. I'm just using MD for the series, as that is what's in common between MD-4P (uncertain subset) and MD-7 (illuminated).
by Daniel Beardsmore
07 Mar 2018, 23:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps naming woes
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Alps naming woes

According to the Apple III service manual, the switches in the Apple III are "KCC" (momentary and alternate action) and "KFF" (double action). So now we have three naming formats for Alps series: Two-character: CL and CM, from alps.tw's photo and from the 1994 Alps catalogue Three-character: KCC and...
by Daniel Beardsmore
05 Mar 2018, 22:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Apple Keyboard II:How can I do retr0bright?
Replies: 10
Views: 545

FWIW, the sliders (blue) and keycaps can be separated.
by Daniel Beardsmore
05 Mar 2018, 00:35
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Wiki Q and A
Replies: 156
Views: 21008

See under [wiki]Category:Deskthority media[/wiki].
by Daniel Beardsmore
05 Mar 2018, 00:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3265
Views: 159126

That's the FCC ID, and KU6 is Super Gate Technology Co Ltd.

It's similar to [wiki]Monterey dome with slider[/wiki] but not the same.
by Daniel Beardsmore
04 Mar 2018, 23:46
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: IBM part numbers
Replies: 9
Views: 1601

It's at the point where a GUI table editor might be more practical :P
by Daniel Beardsmore
04 Mar 2018, 12:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Need help to identify the space-cadet keyboard front-printed symbols
Replies: 38
Views: 2864

If I understand you correctly:

U → Greek upsilon: Υ υ
O → Greek omicron: Ο ο
N → Greek nu: Ν ν

No idea what the one in front of J is.
by Daniel Beardsmore
03 Mar 2018, 13:23
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Olympia Disque Typewriter
Replies: 6
Views: 567

purdobol wrote: Two lines of typewriters released at the same time. Early to mid 80s.
I will only believe that once we have reliable date evidence. So far it feels too close to the sort of believing-in-guesswork that has gone astray too many times before.
by Daniel Beardsmore
03 Mar 2018, 00:41
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Olympia Disque Typewriter
Replies: 6
Views: 567

I'm curious whether these were ever used in products from anyone other than Olympia, or whether Olympia was their sole customer for keyboard switches. The intermediate type ("two-finger typewriter") seems to be a custom product for Olympia, from what Marquardt were saying — electric typewriters were...
by Daniel Beardsmore
03 Mar 2018, 00:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3801
Views: 212351

Is this thing at all noteworthy? https://i.imgur.com/zJwWIaE.jpg It's certainly unusual. It appears to be either Maxi Switch foam and foil or Maxi Switch reed . The former is rare, and I don't know if the latter has been seen in a keyboard (neither type seems to be on the wiki at all, but I had thi...
by Daniel Beardsmore
02 Mar 2018, 23:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Please Help on Identify this Keycap.
Replies: 13
Views: 931

Here's another one that it isn't :P

photos-f62/maxi-switch-2900-series-hex- ... t4115.html
by Daniel Beardsmore
02 Mar 2018, 22:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3801
Views: 212351

That's [wiki]Mitsumi KSR Type[/wiki].
by Daniel Beardsmore
01 Mar 2018, 23:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyboard prices
Replies: 30
Views: 1201

Thank you. Added.
by Daniel Beardsmore
01 Mar 2018, 21:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What old switch would you love to bring back?
Replies: 40
Views: 1990

Chyros wrote: I'd very much like to try out Marquardts. I own some loose switches, and they feel excellent.
Retouch the photos of them using Adobe, and write about them using Microsoft …
by Daniel Beardsmore
01 Mar 2018, 21:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Differences between Apple Keyboard II with SMK vs Mitsumi
Replies: 4
Views: 261

http://www.applerescueofdenver.com/prod ... -ii-parts/

Check the serial number for the manufacturer identifier.
by Daniel Beardsmore
28 Feb 2018, 22:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What old switch would you love to bring back?
Replies: 40
Views: 1990

I am most fascinated by [wiki]ITT ETL18[/wiki]; I only managed to buy two, and HaaTa has one of those. Another company in the UK (Ellison Electronics) has a bunch in stock, but I still cannot get them to give me a price! I don't know if they're 20 p each or £200 each. I've never typed on them, but t...
by Daniel Beardsmore
28 Feb 2018, 22:54
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Ortek MAK-105TB ADB Trackball Keyboard
Replies: 7
Views: 579

the stem may look the same but I had these in the past and I could swear the acer caps were quite a bit thinner than the ortek ones. The pictures on the wiki don't look so different. However, I took the X keycap (and some other keycap that pinged off into oblivion) off my 6312 T1U/VI/UK from 1994, ...
by Daniel Beardsmore
28 Feb 2018, 22:38
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Micro Switch 122ST13S-25E-J
Replies: 6
Views: 463

An image for his keyboard is still very useful — we can never assume that any two keyboards are the same.
by Daniel Beardsmore
28 Feb 2018, 19:35
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: [Photos] Apple Lisa Mouse A9M0050
Replies: 8
Views: 1897

Is that mouse as unergonomic as it looks?
by Daniel Beardsmore
28 Feb 2018, 19:33
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Micro Switch 122ST13S-25E-J
Replies: 6
Views: 463

Nice job.

A close-up of the membranes would be nice, too (through one of the holes where there is no key) — you can see them in the existing pictures, but having a dedicated photo would be easy to pick out in the image gallery.
by Daniel Beardsmore
28 Feb 2018, 09:54
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Micro Switch 122ST13S-25E-J
Replies: 6
Views: 463

One of the PC Magazine keyboard reviews that I read (February 1992 or December 1989) mentioned the idea of capacitive membrane sensing, but said that no keyboards that they reviewed used it. Unfortunately they did not say which companies actually used it. The awkward part is not being able to see th...

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