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by Darkshado
05 Jan 2019, 04:59
Forum: Workshop
Topic: wcass' Compact SSK: a review, reverse engineer, teardown, geek-out.
Replies: 45
Views: 3930

Speaking of flexible PCBs, this popped up on my FB feed earlier today: https://blog.hackster.io/new-from-osh-p ... f343d6ebd3 I did not run the numbers for a typical keyboard though
by Darkshado
03 Jan 2019, 06:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: So I broke my Model M by cleaning it...
Replies: 11
Views: 1110

it seems the plate is melted on. That is correct! The "barrel plate" on Model M boards is fixed to the metal backplate using so-called "plastic rivets", protruding pins are heated and pressed on as part of the manufacturing process. Did you connect directly or with the KVM while you were testing? J...
by Darkshado
03 Jan 2019, 06:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 90591

twasa wrote: Code Set: 1
Mode: PC/XT
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That doesn't look right to me, I'd expect code set 3 for terminal M122s.
by Darkshado
29 Dec 2018, 20:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: F122 spacebar slightly crooked?
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Get a (wire) key puller, remove the two Alt keys and a couple of letters around the spacebar, pull gently (there's going to be slight resistance at first) and take a look at the stabilizer wires, it may be as simple as an improperly positioned wire or perhaps a broken plastic "insert" which keeps th...
by Darkshado
24 Dec 2018, 21:29
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deskthority Secret Santa 2018
Replies: 82
Views: 11179

Nothing yet here, I checked Canada Post's latest update on delays, domestic parcel service is officially back to normal time frames, inbound international has a backlog that should be caught up sometime in January.
by Darkshado
24 Dec 2018, 06:33
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM Model F AT restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 1570

Regarding the addition of Alt keys, the Dremel work can also be done on the caps instead of the case. I'd have to double check, but using 1.25 ISO left shift sized keys might also fit decently and wouldn't require any changes to the case or caps.
by Darkshado
19 Dec 2018, 11:49
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: Speeding up an old MicroSpeed trackball?
Replies: 7
Views: 2714

Anyone here own one of these plus a 3D printer? Finer teeth on the wheels might work and provide an actual CPI boost compared to acceleration tweaks
by Darkshado
14 Dec 2018, 05:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What do "M" and "F" stand for?
Replies: 34
Views: 4232

I recall reading Farad somewhere, which is the unit of capacitance; no idea how legitimate that claim was.
by Darkshado
08 Dec 2018, 18:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Mechamorphosis
Replies: 26
Views: 1472

Well done! I would have had no trouble believing this was a 60% board from the beginning if not for the second photo.
by Darkshado
08 Dec 2018, 18:43
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1817
Views: 123563

I can certainly say they are better than the "before" now How... how did splotches of grime even get between the stem and caps? As for the sound, it's certainly on another level compared to contemporary boards. In the hands of a competent typist at speed, I'd say they almost "sing" (loudly) more th...
by Darkshado
05 Dec 2018, 04:49
Forum: Workshop
Topic: A solution for cracked Hi-Tek switches (VT100, Hazeltine, HP, etc.)
Replies: 15
Views: 1236

Neat solution, do you plan on sharing the source files or selling these yourself?
by Darkshado
03 Dec 2018, 07:15
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Deko Fast Action Keyboard review (Cherry MX Black)
Replies: 4
Views: 805

This week we look at a MONSTER of a keyboard, the Deko Fast Action. Hope you enjoy the video! :) SCHWEET Geezus, this looks like an inbuilt keyboard from a Boeing 747 series ;) . Not quite ;) most MCDUs have alphabetical, ortholinear layouts with short travel tactile switches of some kind, backlit ...
by Darkshado
03 Dec 2018, 05:22
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM Model F AT restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 1570

Interesting stickers on it, the one with the faded red "WARNING" text also reads: "BOEING LIMITED PROPRIETARY information must be properly controlled."
by Darkshado
24 Nov 2018, 00:13
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23006
Views: 1437646

Myoth wrote: Those are Omron's Alps clone, they're not White Alps

EDIT : testing a feature Image
Hotlinking from sites that don't explicitly allow it is an excellent way to see your emotes replaced with something else...
by Darkshado
21 Nov 2018, 06:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3989
Views: 260159

That fourth one is a Model F, 87 key terminal board, see wiki/IBM_Model_F#IBM_3178_Keyboards
by Darkshado
19 Nov 2018, 16:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F XT not working with soarers convertor Help
Replies: 24
Views: 1224

Always fun to hear good outcomes to troubleshooting, one piece of advice: use shrink wrap instead of electrical tape.
by Darkshado
18 Nov 2018, 06:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Issues setting up TMK converter to work with AT Numpad
Replies: 2
Views: 283

What protocol does this thing speak? AT? XT? With TMK this means a different converter.

Edit: the lock lights rule out XT.
by Darkshado
15 Nov 2018, 03:24
Forum: Workshop
Topic: The Beamspring Briefcase
Replies: 10
Views: 909

With a vintage typo! "inquity"
by Darkshado
13 Nov 2018, 05:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Converting IBM Model M from USB to PS/2
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Depends on how the mod was made inside: it could be as simple as disconnecting and replacing a cable going to the converter by a compatible PS/2 one, or as troublesome as desoldering, identifying and re-soldering unlabeled wires.
by Darkshado
31 Oct 2018, 05:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Will I have problems with IBM Model F 1503206 on a modern computer?
Replies: 20
Views: 1661

Look here for a template you can use to cut your foam: post213140.html#p213140

As for the exact material, I've had good results with EVA foam sheets from Michael's and a pair of leather or gasket punches, 12 mm and 2 mm, ordered online.
by Darkshado
30 Oct 2018, 03:59
Forum: News
Topic: Aimpad IR analog "mod" for Cherry MX switch - kickstarter
Replies: 2
Views: 1216

Interesting concept, but I think we have a new contender for "ugliest keyboard-related business logo"...
by Darkshado
29 Oct 2018, 03:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3989
Views: 260159

Saw this while browsing classifieds... Any idea what it could be?
Mystery classifieds laptop
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by Darkshado
28 Oct 2018, 19:52
Forum: For sale
Topic: [SOLD] Oki Gourd +Cherry
Replies: 25
Views: 3352

GLWS, also note these aren't ISO layout, but sport what's often referred to as BAE "Big Ass Enter"
by Darkshado
28 Oct 2018, 04:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Difference with a HYBRID MECHANICAL keyboard.
Replies: 14
Views: 759

LTT has a video about one of those "mem-chanical" boards... the review is not good:
by Darkshado
28 Oct 2018, 04:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3456
Views: 194024

Modern Matias switches are gold-plated, I'm guessing that solved the chattering issues. I wouldn’tt gamble on a hunnch.. Me neitherr. ;) (For the record: the R key on my V80 did start chattering after playing a fighting game using it, opened the switch and cleaned the contacts with a drop of isopro...
by Darkshado
28 Oct 2018, 04:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: How good is the matching btween original IBM keycaps and Unicomp ones?
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Also, if you do order from Unicomp, don't confuse Grey (new color they sell on black case keyboards) and Pebble (old one).
by Darkshado
19 Oct 2018, 04:50
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Wyse type mx blacks, orange and salmon Apples
Replies: 16
Views: 3088

I'll be keeping an eye on that haul. I happen to be looking for a couple of F barrels and flippers, not sure the exact amount yet.

If the Wyse boards have complete sets of MX-mount doubleshots in ok shape that alone would make them worth saving for a number of people, even if the rest is rotten.
by Darkshado
10 Oct 2018, 03:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: PCB circuit repair suggestion - conductive ink? which brand?
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Menuhin wrote: I tried lead-free solder in the past and that did not work for me on anything, and I am currently using rosin core solders.
FYI: Leaded/lead-free != flux type (rosin core / water soluble / no-clean)
by Darkshado
03 Oct 2018, 03:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M binding on the spacebar
Replies: 7
Views: 433

You're welcome :D So... What was the problem?

As for the second, I'm not sure: broken rivets causing the spring or flipper to misbehave? Contamination inside the barrel causing additional friction?
by Darkshado
01 Oct 2018, 07:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keys Not Registering on 122-Key Model M
Replies: 9
Views: 616

Did you check the capacitors as well?

Although given fslice's analysis and your reported issues I'm leaning towards membrane problems as well.

IMO it's time to look into screw / bolt modding.

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