Alps Appreciation

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Chyros

11 Feb 2020, 18:11

orihalcon wrote:
11 Feb 2020, 15:09
Click leaf on the right is a first gen (Grey Plate) Blue ALPS (and looks like it's got some original lubricant on it as well).
That's very surprising. That means that these late blue Alps actually use very EARLY blue Alps click leaves Oo .

mcmaxmcmc

11 Feb 2020, 20:30

orihalcon wrote:
11 Feb 2020, 15:09
Click leaf on the right is a first gen (Grey Plate) Blue ALPS (and looks like it's got some original lubricant on it as well). Feel is pretty similar but maybe a bit smoother. You can kind of see that the plastic on the ligthter blue sliders is smoother/less textured/more slippery, Springs appear to be identical. The newer ones have tall white switch plates with more modern top housing ALPS logo. Not sure if the "Dark Grey" locking ALPS this uses helps date it at all? I'll have to do a short typing video here soon comparing the sky blues to original blues. I'll apologize in advance that it will be far less epic than one of Chyros' :D
Dark gray locking is usually used with boards with switches that don't have any lubricant on them, but I think there's a couple exceptions (my Salmon Alps M0116C came with a cream lock) -- so finding this to use them is really weird. Usually, the IIc comes with Cream locks.

I'm certainly interested to have these :D

kelvinhall05

12 Feb 2020, 00:10

Bought some sexy Alps (hopefully) keycaps 😎

https://medium.com/@ParityB1t/alps-avid ... 851b32fc87 link that shows them hopefully being alps compatible

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Avid-ALPS-ADP- ... 584896b7a4 and here's the eBay listing

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Raumfahrer

12 Feb 2020, 00:49

Raumnikey 102 Gold Edition
(Put together by Zed)

Ambers in an Omnikey102 with custom LEDs
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ZedTheMan

12 Feb 2020, 01:12

It's also NKRO and fully programmable with QMK over USB. I redid the entire matrix with diodes since it originally lacked them. :)

I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

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abrahamstechnology

12 Feb 2020, 01:13

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keyboardcircle

12 Feb 2020, 03:02

Got this recently. Leading Edge 2214 with blue alps in pristine condition.
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h.parks

20 Feb 2020, 08:35

i took a chance on a NOS IBM PC Convertible. it will arrive via UPS tomorrow. wish me luck, everybody.

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//gainsborough
ALPSの日常

20 Feb 2020, 08:52

h.parks wrote:
20 Feb 2020, 08:35
i took a chance on a NOS IBM PC Convertible. it will arrive via UPS tomorrow. wish me luck, everybody.
a 5140? You shouldn't need luck! It'll have SKCM brown in it!

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ppCircle

20 Feb 2020, 16:28

//gainsborough wrote:
20 Feb 2020, 08:52
h.parks wrote:
20 Feb 2020, 08:35
i took a chance on a NOS IBM PC Convertible. it will arrive via UPS tomorrow. wish me luck, everybody.
a 5140? You shouldn't need luck! It'll have SKCM brown in it!
Somebody could harvest switches. :roll:

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//gainsborough
ALPSの日常

20 Feb 2020, 16:30

ppCircle wrote:
20 Feb 2020, 16:28
//gainsborough wrote:
20 Feb 2020, 08:52
h.parks wrote:
20 Feb 2020, 08:35
i took a chance on a NOS IBM PC Convertible. it will arrive via UPS tomorrow. wish me luck, everybody.
a 5140? You shouldn't need luck! It'll have SKCM brown in it!
Somebody could harvest switches. :roll:
Well then it wouldn't be "NOS!"

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ppCircle

20 Feb 2020, 16:33

If computer is not foliated, until you didn't see photo without one keycap everything is possible

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Polecat

Yesterday, 20:04

A few days ago I went digging in my storage. Apparently when you get old enough you can hide your own Easter eggs, because I found a few things I didn't even remember having. One of those is an Apple M0116 with salmon switches. I was never a fan of tactile switches, so I haven't paid much attention to the different versions of tactile Alps. But looking at these switches I couldn't help but wonder about something. This might have been discussed before, but did salmon Alps replace orange, or were the two ever concurrent? If salmon replaced orange I'm wondering if that happened at the same time the plastic was changed (around the time white replaced blue and the factory lube was eliminated) and if so, was the salmon color a result of trying to use orange dye on the "new" plastic? It's probably not that simple, but it seems strange that they would make the salmon color that way on purpose.

Another thing I found is a portable 286 computer with a Dolch-style keyboard. That one has MX blue switches, but I'm mentioning it here because it reminded me why I've used Alps all these years.

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