Deskthority Secret Santa 2018 Photo Thread

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Compgeke

09 Dec 2018, 05:11

Welcome to the Secret Santa Photo Thread, post your great gifts here!

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ZedTheMan

09 Dec 2018, 06:19

You got a cat?

I must say, it's a miracle your Santa packaged it well enough to survive the trip!

codemonkeymike

12 Dec 2018, 20:34

ZedTheMan wrote: You got a cat?

I must say, it's a miracle your Santa packaged it well enough to survive the trip!
An empty 10lb bag of kibble and a 22lb cat in a box

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snacksthecat
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15 Dec 2018, 01:36

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Thanks Santa!

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Compgeke

15 Dec 2018, 02:06

A lucky day for me too, got a box in the mail. I don't feel like waiting around so let's go!

Is that a violin in the box? I recognize chocolate at least (minty fresh even)!
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Well would you look at that. An Apple Desktop Bus Keyboard with SMK switches and a Sanyo MBC-550 keyboard with Fujitsu Leaf Spring switches.
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I was even given a bit of a challenge. Looks like I'll have to get on that soon.
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Thanks (not really so) Secret Santa!

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XMIT
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15 Dec 2018, 02:37

ZedTheMan wrote: You got a cat?

I must say, it's a miracle your Santa packaged it well enough to survive the trip!
Don't tempt me.

XKCD 325 A-Minus-Minus
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Spoiler:
"You can do this one in every 30 times and still have 97% positive feedback."

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chuckdee

15 Dec 2018, 03:23

... wha...? That's sick. Hilarious, but sick!

__red__

17 Dec 2018, 15:16

So, let's open the box!@
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Perty!!! Lots of Candy and what appears to be a keyboard buried underneath. Wassat?
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A Dell AT101W. Unfamiliar with the keyboard but a few clicks on the deskthority wiki puts me straight. This means I am now inducted into the ALPS Appreciation Society. (This will be my first time typing on an ALPS keyboard, more about that in a moment...)

Santa apparently knows I dual-wield soldering irons so included spare switches so I wasn't tempted :D
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... and lastly, some additional, decorative, double-shot keycaps. Some of them are double-shot rubber which is a most peculiar sensation which I'm quite partial to.
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So - let's talk about my confusion...

So the keys in the qwerty region are clearly tactile and clicky... and DAMN - is there some amount of force required to push them. These are probably the heaviest keys I've ever felt - it's like crossfit for my fingers.

Then I move over to the numpad / navigation area and they're linear and silky smooth - like typing on unruffled clouds in comparison.

OH! I say to myself - "that must be the difference betwen these two (spare) switches"... so I pick them up and NOPE - both those switches are tactile.

So what are they?

*pulls one cap from each side*

The switches are identical(!)

Thanks Secret Santa for the mystery. I am confused, you win :-) <3

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abrahamstechnology

17 Dec 2018, 18:11

__red__ wrote: So, let's open the box!@
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Perty!!! Lots of Candy and what appears to be a keyboard buried underneath. Wassat?
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A Dell AT101W. Unfamiliar with the keyboard but a few clicks on the deskthority wiki puts me straight. This means I am now inducted into the ALPS Appreciation Society. (This will be my first time typing on an ALPS keyboard, more about that in a moment...)

Santa apparently knows I dual-wield soldering irons so included spare switches so I wasn't tempted :D
IMG_20181217_085529806.jpg
... and lastly, some additional, decorative, double-shot keycaps. Some of them are double-shot rubber which is a most peculiar sensation which I'm quite partial to.
IMG_20181217_085426202.jpg







So - let's talk about my confusion...

So the keys in the qwerty region are clearly tactile and clicky... and DAMN - is there some amount of force required to push them. These are probably the heaviest keys I've ever felt - it's like crossfit for my fingers.

Then I move over to the numpad / navigation area and they're linear and silky smooth - like typing on unruffled clouds in comparison.

OH! I say to myself - "that must be the difference betwen these two (spare) switches"... so I pick them up and NOPE - both those switches are tactile.

So what are they?

*pulls one cap from each side*

The switches are identical(!)

Thanks Secret Santa for the mystery. I am confused, you win :-) <3
I think the Matias switches may have been linearized by taking out the click leaf.

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AdrianMan

17 Dec 2018, 18:58

abrahamstechnology wrote: Secret Santa for the mystery. I am confused, you win :-) <3
I think the Matias switches may have been linearized by taking out the click leaf.
Secret Santa seemes to had his fun with that board, judging the keycaps colors that seem to be from another board.

Pretty funky and unique, making it just better :)

__red__

17 Dec 2018, 22:40

Well, it got a permanent station in my lab. I'm building a computer for it right now.

I will confess, I'm actually kinda taken by it...

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j0d1

21 Dec 2018, 20:40

(Sorry for the crappy photo quality!)
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Definitely watching a movie tonight and eating a bag of those!
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A looooot of candies!
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The main attraction!
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Oh Cherry ML switches, never tried those.
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Thanks a lot Santa and merry christmas!

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AdrianMan

27 Dec 2018, 22:09

Hey guys :)

Fist of all, thanks Santa ! :D

I opened the package in the morning on the first day of Christmas :
(bad crappy pics warning, my phone is a potato)

Under the blurry tree the package was waiting ...
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Santa was kind enough to write me a beautiful jolly letter explaining everything included:
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So I got a DZ60 PCB + case + plenty of switches + GMK stabs + some delicious cookies :D. I am very happy for my present as it's my first 60%.
I told myself I can't go this low because I was missing the arrows, but I have in mind a split spacebar layout that I would use, also being my first compact split keyboard :)
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Woo ! Happy Holidays !

P.S: Those homemade cookies were pure awesomeness, the healthy bio ones were snagged away by my wife :D

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abrahamstechnology

28 Dec 2018, 21:04

Got my gift today, thanks!
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XMIT
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28 Dec 2018, 21:18

My package arrived last week! I opened it on Christmas morning along with all the other.

The industrial brown of the box had its own charm, but, we decided to use a little bit of extra wrapping paper to liven things up.
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Ho ho ho!
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At the top of the box was this very nice handwritten note.
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Take note of the note.
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Hmm. What could be in here? First, as promised, a very nice gift for my daughter. She's now five years old (!) and joined by a three year old brother and a ten month old brother. I did say we've been busy!
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3D printing "for the win".
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Finally, getting through more packaging...
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It looks like a G81-1800 of sorts...
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That looks familiar! But, I was told to look inside. What's in there?
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The secret within.
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Cherry MX Black.
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Thank you so much, mysterious Secret Santa from a faraway land!

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madrobby

31 Dec 2018, 14:41

Thank you secret Santa!!!
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Nuum

02 Jan 2019, 12:17

Sorry for posting so late, the present actually arrived before Christmas! Thanks Secret Santa!
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Darkshado

13 Jan 2019, 06:03

Got mine earlier today!

There's a few games on the outside...
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Quiz part 1
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Hmm, let's give this a try...

Name that switch:
Space Invader
Topre
Cherry MX
Alps SKCM/SKCL
IBM buckling spring

Quiz
1. Peak force of beamspring: 75g?
2. SKCL/SKCM launch year: 1985?
3. Number of switches on G84-4700: no idea
4. How many years Novatouch sold for: five?

Have you been naughty or nice? Yes. :lol:

The contents: Chocolates... and a Razer keyboard?
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Welcome to the cult of Razer (!?) This is a UK layout, first generation (2010) Razer Blackwidow Ultimate:
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Comes with genuine Cherry MX Blues, not the later clones:
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MX Blues
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Powered on, was expecting green LEDs, so the blue was a nice surprise, kinda ties the L-Trac and G502 together.
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Thanks Santa!

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Myoth

02 Feb 2019, 18:11

Hey look what came up today !

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Damn ... so many sweets and stuff to eat from Québec, I went there when I was younger in 2007, so many memories are coming back while trying again those Maple Syrup candies :heart: I can't thank enough my Secret Santa, your gift was spot on ! thank you so much !!!!

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I've been missing this key (the black Suppr key) for litteral years on my M, problem fixed !!! Amazing coincidence ! hahaha

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Obligatory :< from any remotely french keyboard, I'm going to combine these keycaps with an SGI Granite keycap set, to have usable, it's going to look very nice, thank you so much again santa !!!

Lbibass

02 Feb 2019, 18:13

Are those ISO AEK caps? I thought that AEK caps never had a full sized ISO enter...


Wait, the stabs are integrated into the keycaps on that enter key.

So AEK font, but not AEK profile? :o

Seems very interesting, please tell me more!

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Myoth

02 Feb 2019, 18:41

They're not AEK caps, they're Apple Design Keyboard keycaps, some model of these come with dye subs, when other come with trash keycaps, I'm not sure how to recognize them actually, but these have some really neat legends, here's what they look like with the said SGI granite keycaps. Unfortunately, I don't have any board to put them on, so a mockup will be the best I can do :grimacing:

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Sweet front legends :OO

Lbibass

02 Feb 2019, 18:47

Oh wow, those do look nice! I know for a FACT my school has about 15 Apple Design Keyboards. Maybe on Monday I'll go down there with a puller and see if they have dyesubs!

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Muirium
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02 Feb 2019, 20:15

AppleDesign keyboards are indeed a crapshoot. Cindy scored me a set of Alps mount caps from an ANSI US model, but they’re ABS and slightly yellowed. I do like the shape and the Apple iconic legends, but they’re not good enough to swap on to any of my Alps boards so far.

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Darkshado

03 Feb 2019, 21:43

Here's a way to improve your odds per the Wiki article:
Aside from the country of manufacture, the other way to readily distinguish this variant from the others is the presence of three (rather than four) screw holes on the bottom of the case.
@Murium: did the ANSI Alps mount model also have a three-screw case design?

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Muirium
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03 Feb 2019, 23:33

I never saw the case, just the caps.

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