Great/Interesting Finds

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snuci
Vintage computer guy

02 Nov 2018, 23:21

Slom wrote: We have not had a NASA keyboard recently, have we?
That's a good looking Tektronix terminal. I saw that when it was first listed but it's a bit much. I have a better looking terminal that I got just recently.

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JP!

02 Nov 2018, 23:46

Slom wrote: Reality is broken, we should order a new one :(
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Exceedingly-RA ... 3341797961
:lol:

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Scarpia

03 Nov 2018, 16:13

A bunch of vintage typewriters being sold off by a company near Sacramento, CA. A bunch of Selectrics, apparently.

https://boingboing.net/2018/11/03/pick- ... e.html/amp

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04 Nov 2018, 02:04


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FXT
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04 Nov 2018, 02:37

Wow surprised someone bid so high on a microswitch board.

Slom

04 Nov 2018, 16:45

Saw this one in Frankfurt yesterday, what an amazing keyboard O_O
https://www.ebay.de/itm/IBM-Tastatur-Ke ... nordt=true

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nice clare pendar in a self-build case (I have the same keyboard in dirty minus the woodwork ;) )
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1970s- ... 2793399013

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Quick, we need a word with two O's
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-IBM-52 ... 2943963888
Spoiler:
If you answered bigfOOt, you passed this test

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digital_matthew

04 Nov 2018, 17:28

Slap an AT cable on a Model M 1391401 and increase its value by a factor of 20 apparently:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-Model-M-13 ... %7Ciid%3A1

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wobbled

04 Nov 2018, 18:11

digital_matthew wrote: Slap an AT cable on a Model M 1391401 and increase its value by a factor of 20 apparently:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-Model-M-13 ... %7Ciid%3A1
Disgusting little scammer, even the cable is all fucked up.

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Gamuholic

05 Nov 2018, 14:43

Decent Chicony KB-5191 with Mistumi Miniature. I don't think it's actually NOS because it's yellowed and there's dirt or rust on the plate, but it doesn't look terrible.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/163355507222

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digital_matthew

05 Nov 2018, 15:36


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flowerlandfilms

05 Nov 2018, 16:16

Play the Victorian Keyboard lottery today!
1 keyboard sent at random from he stack!

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Assorted-Vi ... ondition=4

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ekeppel

05 Nov 2018, 17:01

These don't come up every day. Built-in Beamspring keyboard too. :-)

IBM 5120 Model 5110-3 Vintage Computing System

https://www.ebay.com/itm/223218712703

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kakan

05 Nov 2018, 17:38

ekeppel wrote: These don't come up every day. Built-in Beamspring keyboard too. :-)

IBM 5120 Model 5110-3 Vintage Computing System

https://www.ebay.com/itm/223218712703
I've always wanted to try that layout, looks so funky.

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abrahamstechnology

05 Nov 2018, 18:33

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-2-ALPS- ... 2485180523
I think these are mechanical, as you can see a metal backplate through the keys on the first photo.

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Keybug

05 Nov 2018, 19:24


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kakan

05 Nov 2018, 19:36

plastic + windows key = shit

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snacksthecat
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05 Nov 2018, 21:01

kakan wrote:
ekeppel wrote: These don't come up every day. Built-in Beamspring keyboard too. :-)

IBM 5120 Model 5110-3 Vintage Computing System

https://www.ebay.com/itm/223218712703
I've always wanted to try that layout, looks so funky.
I actually picked up one of these (keyboard assembly only) a few weeks back off an ebay auction. Here's what the keyboard module looks like.

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Now that I've sipped the beamspring kool-aid, I have dreams of building a custom case for it. If I ever get around to tackling that, I'd like to somehow add in ctrl and alt keys for a proper bottom row. These keys would be some other switch type like cherry or alps, and would be part of the case (obviously I'm not making any modifications from this relic :lol: )

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JP!

05 Nov 2018, 21:07

I seen that one. You are going to need a custom pcb if you ever want to use it. If you go with a custom pcb route you could also add a couple extra keys to the design but you would of course need two extra beamspring modules and you would need to have a couple holes drilled into the metal plate.

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snacksthecat
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05 Nov 2018, 21:17

Really? The keyboard requires a custom PCB to work? Or just my wacky idea to add some keys?

I was thinking I could get it working with an xwhatit / commonsense and then wire in a couple additional switches.

I can live without the bottom row but if the keyboard needs a custom PCB anyways just to work, that's a big bummer for me.

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ekeppel

05 Nov 2018, 21:20

Like the 3277, the controller is integrated on the PCB, so there is no easy way to separate the controller and replace it with an XWhatsit. You would probably have to cut the traces and solder on jumper leads for the rows / columns.

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Muirium
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05 Nov 2018, 21:25

Yup. Xwhatsit designed his controller for this slot:

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workshop-f7/beamspring-usb-controller-t6044.html

You’re in for more work. I’d suggest DMA’s controller, which is more forgiving, and getting some practice in first on less valued PCBs!

The extra switches could be MX, though. If you can stand the clash in feel for the admittedly just as significant practicality gain in layout.

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snacksthecat
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05 Nov 2018, 21:30

I see what you guys are saying now. I should have consulted with the DT elders before purchasing :P

Oh well, I'm definitely up to the challenge and will be sure to make a workshop thread when the day comes to take this one on.

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abrahamstechnology

05 Nov 2018, 21:32

Muirium wrote: Yup. Xwhatsit designed his controller for this slot:

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workshop-f7/beamspring-usb-controller-t6044.html

You’re in for more work. I’d suggest DMA’s controller, which is more forgiving, and getting some practice in first on less valued PCBs!

The extra switches could be MX, though. If you can stand the clash in feel for the admittedly just as significant practicality gain in layout.
Hmm, how about using those beamspring keychain things, along with small PCBs with the appropriate pads, and handwire them up to the controller?

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JP!

05 Nov 2018, 21:35

Unless you are able to interface with the existing controller from a power and protocol point of view you will either need to bypass the existing components or just make a new pcb which is definitely possible and could even be a mini group buy (I'd imagine < 5 in all). I don't think there is much sense in trying to modify an irreplaceable pcb especially when you start talking about adding additional keys. If you look up emdude's whatsit pcb project for 66 and 78 key beamers that should be a good starting place. I am currently working on my own pcb based on this. Also _Red made a Commonsense compatible pcb for the 3741.

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zrrion

06 Nov 2018, 05:49

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No idea what it is but it looks nice. That missing cap is a shame though.

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adamcobabe

06 Nov 2018, 12:35


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hansichen

06 Nov 2018, 12:40

Such a cutie.

RealityCavesIn

06 Nov 2018, 13:15

hansichen wrote:
Such a cutie.
I remember seeing a bunch of those keyboards (without the monitor) on taobao quite cheaply a while back. They might still be around.

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JP!

06 Nov 2018, 19:27

Vintage Fortune Systems 32:16 Keyboard - I bought one just like it from the same seller yesterday but this one is a bit more money. Nice one looks super clean though and has the overlay.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Fortun ... rk:15:pf:0
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Excelso

06 Nov 2018, 21:28

hansichen wrote:
Such a cutie.
I'm in love with that tiny monitor... If only I could find one broken to tinker with.

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