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by Daniel Beardsmore
31 Mar 2018, 12:38
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Vintage Keyboards + IBM 5160 Teardown
Replies: 5
Views: 998

My instinctive thought was 230 (from some spec I read once) — over 200, as I recall.

A very quick Internet search gives me, for 2004, 50–65 G operating, and 300+ G non-operating. I assume I had read the non-operating figure.
by Daniel Beardsmore
31 Mar 2018, 12:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3530
Views: 239986

Are both equal Alps switches or is one inferior to the other in build or finish? The first one is SKBM White, made by Forward Electronics, AKA simplified Alps. It's real Alps in the sense that they started out Alps branded, but that one is from after the Alps branding was removed (instead it just s...
by Daniel Beardsmore
31 Mar 2018, 01:20
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Wang 725-3771-AZ
Replies: 12
Views: 3786

(PS I suspect that the Académie française would prefer you to swear in French ;-)
by Daniel Beardsmore
30 Mar 2018, 18:33
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Wang 725-3771-AZ
Replies: 12
Views: 3786

This page gives me déjà vu …
by Daniel Beardsmore
30 Mar 2018, 18:03
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Taking on "Alternative keyboard layouts"
Replies: 28
Views: 6260

Except now we still have two pages (after a merge there should only be one, by definition) and deleting the old page would remove a lot of information that has not gone anywhere. The new page is not a replacement for the old one; all you've managed to do is screw up the history of the old page, whic...
by Daniel Beardsmore
30 Mar 2018, 17:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Topre short-throw travel
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Topre should have converted the original file to PDF. At the very least, scan it with sufficient resolution that this is not the result: Illegible.png There is more information on the site: https://web.archive.org/web/20050307101444/http://www.topre.co.jp:80/products/electric/keybord/ Unfortunately ...
by Daniel Beardsmore
30 Mar 2018, 16:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Topre short-throw travel
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Right, so where do you imagine the brochure came from?
by Daniel Beardsmore
30 Mar 2018, 16:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Topre short-throw travel
Replies: 7
Views: 556

This Topre brchure says 3.0mm. https://web.archive.org/web/20031203181824/http://www.topre.co.jp:80/products/electric/keybord/cap_key.pdf Cheers, I'll add that to the wiki. (I can't read any of it, but I can see where the travel is given.) Why the PDF isn't actual text that you can copy and paste, ...
by Daniel Beardsmore
30 Mar 2018, 14:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Topre short-throw travel
Replies: 7
Views: 556

Topre short-throw travel

Has anyone ever come across a specification for Topre short-throw giving the switch travel?
by Daniel Beardsmore
30 Mar 2018, 13:55
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Attic Attac! - Showing off the loot
Replies: 6
Views: 738

Datacomp DCK84B - pretty light board - switches are some kind of linear alps (or clones?), pretty flat. … The switches are "[wiki]Like SKFR but taller[/wiki]" — I don't know if they are part of SKFR series (there is an unreconciled model number SKFRAK) or a separate series. It's not the height that...
by Daniel Beardsmore
30 Mar 2018, 02:18
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Taking on "Alternative keyboard layouts"
Replies: 28
Views: 6260

Was something supposed to have happened besides wiping the revision history for alternative keyboard layouts?

(Honestly I have no idea what on earth you stood to gain from trying to mash the pages together with a spork.)
by Daniel Beardsmore
30 Mar 2018, 01:29
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Vintage Keyboards + IBM 5160 Teardown
Replies: 5
Views: 998

"COLOR GRAPHICS", from back when that was actually significant claim!

Also, Tai-Hao keycaps on a Costar keyboard … curious.
by Daniel Beardsmore
30 Mar 2018, 00:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What is this switch
Replies: 19
Views: 1621

I am not sure I've ever seen the US ones in a keyboard either (except one keyboard that has S882 alternate action). The tall US ones (S820) have been found in exactly one keyboard to date.These are very rare switches!
by Daniel Beardsmore
29 Mar 2018, 23:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What is this switch
Replies: 19
Views: 1621

The momentary switches are rated at 50 million (France/Belgium) and 100 million (US) cycles. It's the alternate action switches that have a low rating (1 million for the European series), which will be the limit of the latching mechanism. It's normal for alternate action switches to have a much lowe...
by Daniel Beardsmore
29 Mar 2018, 23:33
Forum: Deskthority wiki talk
Topic: Taking on "Alternative keyboard layouts"
Replies: 28
Views: 6260

At least being a wiki, you can roll back the change if it creates a huge mess (I have no idea how it's going to automate such a merge).
by Daniel Beardsmore
29 Mar 2018, 23:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What is this switch
Replies: 19
Views: 1621

Since you are in France, it will be [wiki]Clare/Pendar low profile reed[/wiki]. Clare-Pendar Series S880, the US series, is virtually identical. Should anyone want to replace the switch, they need to de-solder and remove it from the keyboard; it should have the part number printed on the side. https...
by Daniel Beardsmore
29 Mar 2018, 18:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Omron B5GS Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 788

More details on the Omron keyboard:

[wiki]System Instruments 101A8[/wiki]

As such, it's now clear that B5GS-R101-620 is the Omron model.
by Daniel Beardsmore
29 Mar 2018, 18:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tipro January 1996 catalogue
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Hm?
by Daniel Beardsmore
28 Mar 2018, 22:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tipro January 1996 catalogue
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Tipro January 1996 catalogue

This is for the grumpy chocolate bar:

[wiki]File:Tipro Keyboards, January 1996.pdf[/wiki]

Covers T16X and T56X families (programmable), T745, T54X and T645 (industrial) and T17X (for people with impaired motor functions). Sent to me by Tipro today.
by Daniel Beardsmore
28 Mar 2018, 22:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Allen Bradley 1784-T50 Industrial Terminal keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 1399

The ones on eBay are [wiki]Clare-Pendar Series S840[/wiki], with the crenellation mod.
by Daniel Beardsmore
27 Mar 2018, 22:36
Forum: Gallery
Topic: (Preview) Blaise's Current Keyboard Collection
Replies: 3
Views: 965

Cost perhaps — whichever manufacturer was cheaper at the time. I assume that's what the deal was with Chicony and Monterey and their switch-swapping. (Some brands such as Nan Tan and Ortek offered high and low end switch options, which with Chicony at least seems not to have been the case, but that ...
by Daniel Beardsmore
27 Mar 2018, 21:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4255
Views: 331539

Naming and grouping is one of the mysteries in life. For example, as I noted on the Mitsumi nomenclature page, Mitsumi has both related series and split-joint series. So even though I know that miniature mechanical includes "KLT" and "KLM", I cannot tell for sure if this is KLT Type and KLM Type, KL...
by Daniel Beardsmore
27 Mar 2018, 21:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Omron B5GS Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Those are not the same. The Wang is made by Costar, and the OP's is made by Omron.

"WAK-1101S" is not a confirmed name; it appears to be based on the Costar model number, but that's not Wang's part number.
by Daniel Beardsmore
27 Mar 2018, 09:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4255
Views: 331539

Blaise170 wrote: I have what appears to be a black version of NEC oval switches, but unlike the others I have, it uses Futaba inverse mount keycaps. Have these been documented anywhere before?
If you have to ask, the answer will be "no". NEC oval switches are not well documented.
by Daniel Beardsmore
27 Mar 2018, 00:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4255
Views: 331539

For $5 I would be very tempted, as those switches (Peerless) are really interesting, and that one has proper 105-key ISO layout (mine's only 102-key, which is a deal-breaker for me). Be careful about cleaning though as the space bar has a weird little spring around the stabiliser wire for stiffness ...
by Daniel Beardsmore
25 Mar 2018, 23:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3530
Views: 239986

Are SKCM/L Black switchess any good? I heard Chyros talk about them and he seemed pretty positive (he didn't mention them on his top 5 though, maybe it's top 6 or 7..). I've used bamboo black (AT102W) and they're not great — they don’t have a particularly clear tactile peak. Pine black is meant to ...
by Daniel Beardsmore
25 Mar 2018, 13:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3530
Views: 239986

The sound depends on what the keyboard is made of and how it is constructed. The nicest sound I've encountered for Alps is my Monterey K102; putting the clicky parts of the switches into a Dell AT102W yields a keyboard that doesn't sound as good. I have never seen a video of any keyboard that has th...
by Daniel Beardsmore
25 Mar 2018, 01:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Mitsumi nomenclature update
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Curiously, looking at the 1998 catalogue/1999 digital products library: All the keyboards listed are non-discrete units. That is: "KPQ Type" — a type of factory-made keyboard assembly, that cannot be ordered from a warehouse (it has to be designed to order) "KPQ-EA4YA" — a model from KPQ type "SOR/S...
by Daniel Beardsmore
24 Mar 2018, 22:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4255
Views: 331539

Honeywell rubber dome it seems:

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=54174.0

Not to be mistaken for the Silitek rubber dome version:

keyboards-f2/zenith-sk-2000re-t8236.html

(Different shape case)
by Daniel Beardsmore
24 Mar 2018, 17:16
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Cherry M9 switches
Replies: 16
Views: 1390

Linear or tactile? Black for all keys?

Maybe UncleFan would be interested in that keyboard if you are not.

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