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IBM SSK club!

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 15:55
by Grond
I think it's about time for Deskthority to have its own Space Saving Club!
I'll start by posting my modest one, I received it today and I'm typing on it right now.

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Italian edition!

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It'a actually an american unit converted to ISO and bolt modded by Biniaris. Brand new keycaps from Unicomp, Fentek and Clickykeyboards. I should receive a matching badge and a rgb kit pretty soon. I also got a detachable SDL to USB cable. Works like a charm and it's amazing as it lets you use the SSK with usb without hard modding it nor use external adapters.
Coming from Cherry Blues, I find the buckling springs much heavier. But I guess I'll get used to it!

As an extra, here's a comparison between Fenktek colors and the latest rgby kits

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Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 15:58
by ripster
I won't post my IBM Model M Space Saving Industrial pics until WebWit does lest I be accused of excessive e-peen.


OK.....

IF YOU INSIST!
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And nice ISO modification By Biniaris. Wonder where he got THAT idea?

http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?2981 ... ernational!

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 16:19
by Grond
Uhm, I got a little problem. One of the keys stopped responding, so I pulled up the keycap and found that the spring is detached! What do you do in a case like this?

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 16:23
by off
Iso modification is such a shame... :P

What you can do, is either the quick and imperfect way of just pushing+twisting it back on, or the long, proper and perfect way of disassembling the board to get at the plastic tipping part to properly put it on all the way.
Perhaps there's an alternative that allows you to twist the spring on fully from the top, but I haven't found that while trying on my M2.

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 16:33
by Grond
Thanks for the advice! The quick and imperfect way doesn't seem to be working. :(
Do I need to take out all the bolts for the long and proper and perfect way?

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 16:33
by Ascaii
Ill post mine as well then...this board was one of the four ANSI SSKs I got in the Berlin Model M Haul...Half-Saint converted it to ISO for me and sold me the top shell. The caps are off an Ambra Model M. Thanks to Webwit for the sticker.

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 16:33
by mintberryminuscrunch
Grond wrote:Uhm, I got a little problem. One of the keys stopped responding, so I pulled up the keycap and found that the spring is detached! What do you do in a case like this?
http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?5265 ... #post77401

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 17:07
by off
Quick and imperfect should work, just not perfectly; Sandy's method seems like the better version of that.
The long and proper method would require a near-full disassembly as far as I can tell, seeing how you'd need to separate the membrane (that gets pressed) from the barrelplate to get at the plastic pieces holding the springs.

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 17:12
by ripster
Ascaii wrote:Ill post mine as well then...this board was one of the four ANSI SSKs I got in the Berlin Model M Haul...Half-Saint converted it to ISO for me and sold me the top shell. The caps are off an Ambra Model M. Thanks to Webwit for the sticker.

Damn, Nice keyboard. Another font to research...

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 17:52
by Grond
Looks like I managed to fix it with the bamboo method! Thank you guys for your help.

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 17:56
by off
Grond wrote:Looks like I managed to fix it with the bamboo method! Thank you guys for your help.
Grats.


I never got to thank you for the stabilisers you sent me enabling me to say 'f-it' and starting looking at what it was that made them clackless, and then put my knife to them; so THANKS again! :mrgreen:

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 18:32
by Half-Saint
And here's the one I've been using for the past year or so..

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IBM Space Saving keyboard by Mr. Mayhem, on Flickr

Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 23:32
by hoggy
My recent purchase
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Just swapped the capslock and tab caps with a 122 terminal, and added a bit of dental floss.

Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 02:23
by rknize
It's an addiction.
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The top one is from eBay and is completely untouched. The one in the middle I bought off of a GHer a few months back. It needed a bit of work but it's been used daily since then. Other than the colored keys, it has been floss-modded. The bottom one was a basket case and is the subject of this article:

http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?title=Island:29842

The road to new SSK parts...
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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 10:24
by Half-Saint
I almost forgot:
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IBM M Space Saver by Mr. Mayhem, on Flickr

Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 10:45
by Grond
Does the Lexmark use a different mold for the top of the case or is it just a square sticker covering the oval underneath?

Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 10:59
by Half-Saint
Haven't checked but I think it's a different mold. My Lexmark Model M also has the same label and a square depression.

Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 15:30
by javifast
Nice looking keyboard Hoggy. Enjoy it. I think it's in good hands.

Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 16:54
by Trent
Here is my beaten SSK revived to life. I nicknamed it "Unicorn Vomit". Better quality photo will be posted soon.

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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 17:56
by off
Trent wrote:Here is my beaten SSK revived to life. I nicknamed it "Unicorn Vomit".
This really honours your avatar.

Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 18:40
by Grond
La famiglia.
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Posted: 21 Jun 2012, 09:40
by hasu
Sorry for not real SSK.
As you guys know desk is very small here in Japan that is why I need this.
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And I'd add the Holly Grail, clickclack's mini-micro.
http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?1034 ... post195628

Posted: 21 Jun 2012, 14:47
by Half-Saint
hasu: nice work!

Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 21:47
by hoggy
javifast wrote:Nice looking keyboard Hoggy. Enjoy it. I think it's in good hands.
I love it. It was clearly in good hands before it came to me!

Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 23:12
by didja
Good looking super space saver hasu.

Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 23:20
by Grond
Very nice indeed, hasu! Maybe if try to paint the case the cuts will look less visible?

Re: IBM SSK club!

Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 00:44
by rknize
Hasu...very nice!

Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 04:58
by HaaTa
Can't find any pics of mine, except in its box :lol:
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Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 05:23
by ripster
Damn, I'm jealous.

Your box is nicer than my box.

Posted: 28 Jun 2012, 06:28
by DanGWanG
My 87'

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