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by fohat
28 Oct 2014, 22:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Get the most out of your keyboard
Replies: 16
Views: 1647

So, like, how many of you have wives and children?
by fohat
28 Oct 2014, 22:30
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: IBM Model 6450350
Replies: 30
Views: 3456

Some of those old mice had buttons with pretty nice action, IMO. Lots of modern mice have really terrible buttons. It is not difficult to swap switches in mice. I have bought several old Logitech and Microsoft ball mice that looked to be "lightly used" just for the switches. (and those mouse balls ...
by fohat
28 Oct 2014, 22:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Identifying an IBM keyboard
Replies: 82
Views: 6028

Remember that the plastic barrel insert stabilizers come in "centered" and "off-center" and that the vertical keys require the "off-center" kind.
by fohat
28 Oct 2014, 22:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Identifying an IBM keyboard
Replies: 82
Views: 6028

double post, sorry

probably my abysmal internet connection
by fohat
28 Oct 2014, 19:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Identifying an IBM keyboard
Replies: 82
Views: 6028

I have seen much worse.
by fohat
28 Oct 2014, 18:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Identifying an IBM keyboard
Replies: 82
Views: 6028

andrewjoy wrote: if only the nav cluster had a invited t and all 9 nav buttons.
If you set the center arrow key to Down Arrow, then it will "feel like" an inverted-T when you ignore the regular Down Arrow.
by fohat
28 Oct 2014, 18:02
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Identifying an IBM keyboard
Replies: 82
Views: 6028

The last couple of times that I shipped an F-122, I took the case shell off and wrapped it in bubble wrap, still in the same box, but dis-attached. At least that way, if it is dropped, all that momentum from the weight of the steel internals will not be transferred into the outer shell.
by fohat
28 Oct 2014, 17:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unknown keyboard
Replies: 9
Views: 709

I think that I had a vaguely similar one long ago.

Best case is that it is a re-branded Focus of some sort. Don't hold your breath.
by fohat
27 Oct 2014, 13:00
Forum: Workshop
Topic: XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO
Replies: 779
Views: 158475

Soarer's last post on DT was on 2014-03-19, I am not the only one perplexed and troubled by Soarer's disappearance. Do any of our English friends live nearby or have any sort of direct contact or communication with him? If he simply grew tired of pettiness and bickering I can understand that, but I...
by fohat
26 Oct 2014, 02:45
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23550
Views: 1684327

seebart wrote:
It has part number 4176191, which is supposed to be a Model F. Perhaps there was a mix-up on the labeling somewhere.
still doesn't explain the plastic bottom.
Berserk Fan has an (actual) Model F keyboard or keypad with metal plate and separate barrels that was labeled "Model M"
by fohat
26 Oct 2014, 02:44
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM 107 Key Model F 4704 Restoration Thread
Replies: 82
Views: 9973

pyrelink wrote:
7bit wrote: This is an insane work that should be automatised.
:-)
After cutting both of those mats out, I can't agree more! However I am cheap, impatient, and lazy
It takes maybe 10 minutes with a hammer, a 5/8" punch, and a block of wood.
by fohat
24 Oct 2014, 14:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Identifying an IBM keyboard
Replies: 82
Views: 6028

Cool find. That is an early date.

The cable plug looks odd. If there is an additional metal piece screwed onto the main plug, I would be curious to see what it looks like by itself.
by fohat
05 Sep 2014, 14:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help me figure out what cable this is.
Replies: 11
Views: 1264

andrewjoy wrote:
small caveat however mine was an ultra T not a 101
I have never taken anything apart except for the 101s. Fortunately, I had 2 of them and an original cable that I was able to trace with a multimeter.
by fohat
05 Sep 2014, 01:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help me figure out what cable this is.
Replies: 11
Views: 1264

I suspect that somebody supplied the wrong cable with this keyboard.

A male-male PS/2 will not work. The original cable looked like a PS/2 (aka mini-DIN6) on one end and large AT-style connector at the other.

I used a common PS/2 cable on my Omnikey 101 when I hooked it up like this:
by fohat
26 May 2014, 18:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Replacement Foam Mat for IBM Model F Keyboards?
Replies: 135
Views: 18052

Guys, I have done it all these ways, and I *now* recommend leaving all the tabs in place. It may cost you a few (tens of) minutes wrestling the beast back together, but it will be worth it. I now consider my original "bolt-mod" to be wrongful. 2 bolts - 1 between 5% and upper F5, and 1 between Enter...
by fohat
24 May 2014, 02:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Replacement Foam Mat for IBM Model F Keyboards?
Replies: 135
Views: 18052

What are your views on doing a "bolt mod" on each of the Model F boards (Kishsaver, XT, AT, 122)? I have seen at least one post of an F-122 restoration that advocated installing around 8 bolts. My original guide showed a bolt mod for the F-122 with bolts replacing the tabs. I have concluded that th...
by fohat
24 May 2014, 02:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: This kills the AT101W
Replies: 18
Views: 2010

I transplanted orange Alps from an old Apple into a black-case AT101W but populated it with standard beige key caps, for a very nice-looking and exquisite-feeling board. The original heavy PBT Apple keys are the best Alps keys I have ever used, hands down, but the awful font and the lack of function...
by fohat
02 May 2014, 04:02
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4465
Views: 353003

Hello all, I am a long time lurker and first time poster. I posted this over at Geekhack, but figured it wouldn't hurt to try here too. I have a brand new in the box SSK (Model M Space Saving Keyboard). Can I get some suggestions as to what its fair market value is? I purchased it brand new in 2002...
by fohat
28 Apr 2014, 01:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M and the rubber sheet, better without?
Replies: 24
Views: 3117

For $10 you can order a new "blanket" (Unicomp parlance) from Unicomp that is thin white latex instead of thick black rubber.

They are very nice, and I suspect that you might get "the best of both worlds" that way.
by fohat
31 Jan 2013, 18:18
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Repairing an old and battered 122 key IBM Model M
Replies: 6
Views: 791

I used epoxy (JB Weld, if you are in the US, from an auto parts store) and it worked pretty well, although one repair did let go. You can embed a piece of wire in the gob of epoxy on the back side for reinforcement.

http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=377 ... #msg722184
by fohat
31 Jan 2013, 18:12
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Thoughts on vertical mice?
Replies: 26
Views: 22140

I have been very pleased with this Wow Joy knockoff:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/380468204499

Especially after I upgraded the stiff switches with some nice Omrons from an old Logitech ball mouse.

I tried the Evoluent but it was far too upright for me.
by fohat
10 Jan 2013, 03:13
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Vertical Mouse - Reviews and Observations
Replies: 35
Views: 21020

I bought another mouse, this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/380468204499 which is not as nice as the first one. It does not have the "rubbery" texture where my hand rests on it, like the other one did, but it is exactly the same shape. I bought a good old Logitech ball mouse at a thrift store and swap...
by fohat
27 Nov 2012, 19:59
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Vertical Mouse - Reviews and Observations
Replies: 35
Views: 21020

I have torn dozens of keyboards to pieces, but have not messed with the insides of mice before. What switches did you put in the Joy Pen? Until I find a left-hand one, I am not sure that I want to go to the trouble. The Evoluent switches are very nice, no doubt, but it is the wrist/hand position tha...
by fohat
27 Nov 2012, 16:56
Forum: Workshop
Topic: What size bolts for bolt mod?
Replies: 4
Views: 1158

I don't know whether you are in the US, and/or whether McMaster-Carr would ship to you, but here is what works well for an IBM Model M bolt-mod. The 4th (last) item on the list is self-tapping screws for the front row, where the plastic ridge stands up. Clipping out notches from that ridge and insta...
by fohat
27 Nov 2012, 16:46
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Vertical Mouse - Reviews and Observations
Replies: 35
Views: 21020

Vertical Mouse - Reviews and Observations

So I had never really considered vertical mice until a thread here a couple of months ago piqued my interest. The concept made sense, and I found a good cheap Chinese mouse on ebay. I had made the switch to left–hand mousing a year or two ago, and have been delighted with it. Although I am strongly ...
by fohat
27 Nov 2012, 00:37
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F 122-key terminal keyboard - Harry's Bolt Mod
Replies: 3
Views: 809

Sure, I will post it here.

I am burned out today because it took about 4 tries to get it running at Geekhack. The photos were the problem, it is tedious and they have to be done individually. I went through it time after time, and it didn't work until I went through Imgur.
by fohat
27 Nov 2012, 00:05
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F 122-key terminal keyboard - Harry's Bolt Mod
Replies: 3
Views: 809

IBM Model F 122-key terminal keyboard - Harry's Bolt Mod

In case anyone is modding an old Model F 122-key terminal board, I posted this instruction at Geekhack:

http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=37753.0

Good Luck!
by fohat
11 Sep 2012, 19:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What switch is this?
Replies: 16
Views: 1196

When I got the board it was broken (L was pulled up from the PCB). I clicked it a bit, unplugged, and it seemed OK. I took it apart and pulled the keys. Miraculously, a one-move re-soldering of the broken contact fixed the L switch. I clipped on a ground wire and plugged it in naked, with no keycaps...
by fohat
11 Sep 2012, 18:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What switch is this?
Replies: 16
Views: 1196

Great, thank you.

I like clicky tactile and would need to swap 5 keys around to make it useable.

Are these considered desirable switches, and therefore is it worth the time and effort with the soldering iron?
by fohat
11 Sep 2012, 16:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What switch is this?
Replies: 16
Views: 1196

What switch is this?

It came on a "PC Partners by Leading Technology, Inc" that I scrounged off a junk pile yesterday. I can't find it shown anywhere, it has a nice clicky feel and a few dead switches (~5). Trying to decide whether to try to fix it, or harvest the keys and toss it. I don't need another project, but this...

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