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by micrex22
21 Dec 2016, 11:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Set an fully working IBM Model M on fire...
Replies: 21
Views: 1085

This guy shot it with an arrow... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wDoH6cXuS4 Instinctivist Archer actually knows what the Model M is though, and explicitly stated it didn't work anymore and that it was a later lexmark one (Lexmark Model Ms like Unicomps feature thinner metal backplates etc etc etc...
by micrex22
21 Dec 2016, 09:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: OMG, a truck load of IBM Model Ms...
Replies: 78
Views: 3540

Today is a happy day, I bought a Model F AT and an SSK...both are in rather good cond. The SSK is my most favourite (this is when mankind perfected the computer keyboard in its ultimate form--in my biased opinion) with the F AT being my least favourite*. Which SSK is it? Early black label or later ...
by micrex22
21 Dec 2016, 09:46
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Wheelwriter 5 (ISO Enter, boltmodded).
Replies: 4
Views: 1141

Your guide was a great help! I've build mine. I changed a bit your config and i'm now typing with it! I love those caps. Further improvements will be to cut off the top case, like some M to ssk mods and silence it a bit with some small bit of strings in the spring... Thank you! http://imgur.com/a/M...
by micrex22
18 Dec 2016, 10:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: OMG, a truck load of IBM Model Ms...
Replies: 78
Views: 3540

Thank you, but the shipping to China is not cheap, unless I buy in bulk. When I shipped a package to Japan it was pretty expensive, but I thought shipping to China was cheap? It's at least cheap to buy stuff from there... so you'd think shipping wouldn't be that bad? Have you considered the followi...
by micrex22
18 Dec 2016, 04:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: OMG, a truck load of IBM Model Ms...
Replies: 78
Views: 3540

To me, it's not a sweat deal, coz they don't come with SDL cables which is hard or even impossible to find a spare one without being overcharged. Unicomp sells them by the truckload: http://www.pckeyboard.com/page/product/1395110 $15 isn't too bad, especially considering the cables are well-made an...
by micrex22
17 Dec 2016, 07:14
Forum: Reviews
Topic: IBM 3278 review (beam springs)
Replies: 53
Views: 3423

I'm not sure PBT is much harder than ABS is. I'd be very surprised if ABS keycaps couldn't stand up to the stress of the buckling spring mechanism. It has to do with the resilience to mechanical wear, ABS is terrible at it. Eventually the ABS buckling spring key stems would start to hollow out them...
by micrex22
17 Dec 2016, 01:33
Forum: Reviews
Topic: IBM 3278 review (beam springs)
Replies: 53
Views: 3423

micrex22: the switch to PBT was not “upgrading the plastic”. It was switching from double injection molding (expensive) to dye sublimation printing (cheaper). Most of the changes involved in switching to buckling spring keyboards were related to cutting costs, better supporting internationalization...
by micrex22
16 Dec 2016, 23:47
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2083
Views: 120758

Could you hook up a solenoid in one of these? Lol Does the controller have a spot for one? Indeed... it does. In the SSK case the fit is not ideal, but the full size M has multiple mounting options. Oh really? :evilgeek: I thought the solenoid pinout was omitted. In that case, my primary iMFSSK wil...
by micrex22
16 Dec 2016, 23:32
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: OMG, a truck load of IBM Model Ms...
Replies: 78
Views: 3540

You got a beige barrel, quite rare. Nice work! I ended up with two beige barrel boards over the years. The latest one a terminal one I converted, sadly for me I prefer the black barrels--which is why I was considering painting the barrel assembly at the bottom black :lol: http://i.imgur.com/qmejeIT...
by micrex22
16 Dec 2016, 10:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: OMG, a truck load of IBM Model Ms...
Replies: 78
Views: 3540

seebart wrote: Without sounding like a jaded ahole I can say I'm all set with M's:
Spoiler:
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But monsieur, where is the black M13?
by micrex22
16 Dec 2016, 10:55
Forum: Reviews
Topic: IBM 3278 review (beam springs)
Replies: 53
Views: 3423

Thanks for the review. I almost bought a 3270 beamspring board, the one with the colours (but really wished the seller kept the whole terminal then it'd be worth it). The WPM cap is a huge limitation... of course if one had the time the controller board itself could be replaced but that would take a...
by micrex22
16 Dec 2016, 06:41
Forum: Group buys
Topic: IBM Model M Replacement Badges - SELLING LEFTOVERS
Replies: 146
Views: 19251

How many different colours are available in the IBM Mouse range? Gun metal grey (glitter injected) Burgundy (glitter injected) Slate blue (glitter injected) Graphite black (glitter injected) Silver (glitter injected) Matte dark grey (no glitter) Matte grey (rubber coated!) Black (no glitter) Not al...
by micrex22
16 Dec 2016, 06:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Blue Alps IBM Model M ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2973

Holy crap , it looks like it's just been excavated from some pharoh's Tomb. I am not that into Alps, I'm kind of IBM buckling spring fan boy. Breaking news, Mattr567 discovers Pharaoh's ALPS keyboard: tombalps.jpg I'm sure those keyboards will be desired by people who want ALPS and buckling spring ...
by micrex22
16 Dec 2016, 05:19
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2083
Views: 120758

hahaha... love the meme. No one is saying that these tweaks should be quieter mind you. The experiments are, to borrow DMA's term, "for the sake of science!!!". Maybe we should make metal barrels to really make a proper "clank"?!? Metal barrels with mandatory lubricant would be pretty funny. The on...
by micrex22
16 Dec 2016, 04:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2083
Views: 120758

And of course it could be swapped to MF easily if MM doesn't turn out to be all that great. Just an idea. Let the tinkering commence ;). Certainly a valid experiment. I am hoping too that as a collective we play more with different spring configurations. What happens if 1/8 of the spring has heat s...
by micrex22
16 Dec 2016, 00:46
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Blue Alps IBM Model M ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2973

They pop up now and again; I personally haven't done much research on them so can't tell you any specifics. If I had to guess, perhaps they were sold in the Asian markets as an alternative. But I've never seen them paired with PS/55s. EDIT: https://deskthority.net/photos-f62/ibm-blue-alps-t12798.htm...
by micrex22
16 Dec 2016, 00:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: (Model MF) Remodeling the Model M (aka.. the Mara)
Replies: 2083
Views: 120758

I was thinking it over and I may try creating a 'Model MM' instead of a regular MF with the second MF assembly and inserting M flippers and the M membrane and rubber mat. As F barrels will be used I would have a bunch of leftover F flippers. I also want to do a spring swap so that the M flippers spo...
by micrex22
15 Dec 2016, 17:56
Forum: Gallery
Topic: CCP-15
Replies: 20
Views: 845

The donor was a 1399361 M2. Sorry I should have clarified, I meant the left thumb spacebar modifier that turns it into delete instead of space (with the square and squiggly). It would have been nice if that option was offered for both the left and right spacebars. But instead the left side was look...
by micrex22
15 Dec 2016, 17:44
Forum: Group buys
Topic: IBM Model M Replacement Badges - SELLING LEFTOVERS
Replies: 146
Views: 19251

Agreed. Looks far more masculine and serious, compared to all the Glitter parade examples more suited for the Gay-Pride Mardi Gras. With IBM, it's either significant or go home. Be careful what you wish for: with a large multinational corporation, they're inevitably going to release alternative col...
by micrex22
15 Dec 2016, 17:20
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Special IBM Model M Keycaps
Replies: 25
Views: 2244

If I had to take a guess, it could have been used for a program to input alternative characters into documents, like the copyright symbol for instance. One clue to its operation may be the fact that (this program) assigned a modifier to each key twice. As a result the number row became redundant and...
by micrex22
15 Dec 2016, 05:20
Forum: Gallery
Topic: CCP-15
Replies: 20
Views: 845

I actually use my space bar left handed almost exclusively too, though I just started trying the right bar. It's pretty weird. I tried to use the right thumb for the spacebar just now: I wasn't able to keep it static on the spacebar like on the left thumb. I'm guessing due to how the hand movement ...
by micrex22
14 Dec 2016, 22:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp SSK from Ultra Classic, anyone? - Yes!
Replies: 43
Views: 3851

Yes, I should mention that the keycaps replacement should be ok, except for the main bottom row, where Ctrl, ALT, space, etc. are not the same size as IBM Model M 101. Quality-wise, these 1x1 Unicomp keycaps are still the same two-pieced PBT, just with a different color, and probably made from thei...
by micrex22
14 Dec 2016, 06:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unicomp SSK from Ultra Classic, anyone? - Yes!
Replies: 43
Views: 3851

You are a wizard, sir. Now I want two of this :'(. [Though the keycaps still look meh to me, but replacing them with proper IBM ones, with two parts, should still be possible...?] IBM never made the special key caps needed for that 104 layout (because 104 was a Microsoft kludge), so you'll only fin...
by micrex22
14 Dec 2016, 04:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: I found a weird IBM model F XT.
Replies: 6
Views: 705

It certainly looks similar, but I do wonder why the badge was changed. Unless the latter model ones where just like that. 'IBM Instruments' was probably a separate division like 'EduQuest' that operated for a bit releasing products infused with some of the regular line, ultimately being dissolved w...
by micrex22
14 Dec 2016, 04:49
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Chinese glorious history and cultural...
Replies: 35
Views: 2667

I've found that among my colleagues at uni, almost none of the native speakers can spell properly, including professors. I know Brits that asked me to check their spelling for them, which feels rather weird xD . I'm a language enthousiast though, so I like learning about stuff like this. Foreigners...
by micrex22
14 Dec 2016, 03:57
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: XLT-3002105 Trackball by Measurement Systems Inc
Replies: 3
Views: 831

Hey Drevyek, be careful. Early serial ports were actually DB-25 and it's common to confuse them with parallel which are pin-incompatible. If you plug that trackball in a parallel port, it may fry the computer or the device itself. You may want to verify the pinout of the trackball: http://www.brainb...
by micrex22
14 Dec 2016, 01:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: M13 / M4-1 User's Guide (Keyboard with TrackPoint II)
Replies: 9
Views: 849

PDF has been updated to including the missing page 1. Page 10 was re-scanned since it bothered me. Page vii is now by itself to compensate for the addition of page 1. It does appear that this manual was meant to apply to *any* IBM keyboard with a "TrackPoint II" mechanism, including the M4-1, M13 an...
by micrex22
12 Dec 2016, 11:57
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Model MF - GB CLOSED
Replies: 1131
Views: 72159

So, it appears that I can get SSK cases replicated locally. Question is, does everyone want SSK, or maybe Unsaver style? Colors? Black, industrial grey, beige? Still made of PVC? Would need to have firm orders for at least 200 pcs to make cost stay under $60 plus shipping. Lot_lizard suggested fill...
by micrex22
10 Dec 2016, 12:10
Forum: Group buys
Topic: IBM Model M Replacement Badges - SELLING LEFTOVERS
Replies: 146
Views: 19251

If there is ever another run of these badges, would it be possible to have metal or foil versions of them made? That's something I've wanted for a while (I have one of wcass's old threads bookmarked , photo attachments are broken unfortunately) and I'd probably buy a bunch of those up for sure. Thi...
by micrex22
08 Dec 2016, 07:11
Forum: Group buys
Topic: IBM Model M Replacement Badges - SELLING LEFTOVERS
Replies: 146
Views: 19251

Agreed this is not a typo for a Corporate Logo presentation on paper and card which is entirely different to silk screening a print onto a tiny label. You actually won't notice it unless you are an OCD Graphics Designer with delusions of grandeur. You're right, those are the same people who would b...

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