Great/Interesting Finds

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hypkx
Chasing the Dream

13 Jan 2019, 23:32


samuelcable

14 Jan 2019, 02:11

https://www.ebay.com/itm/173739659874/

maybe someone here is still interested in model ms

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depletedvespene

14 Jan 2019, 02:14

DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIBS!

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Darkshado

15 Jan 2019, 06:37

Found this while browsing local classifieds: "like new" black ANSI Unicomp Ultra Classic with black blanks, 120$CAD, in Montreal
Kijiji: https://www.kijiji.ca/v-souris-claviers ... 1408719748

The ad's text was worth a chuckle, it gives a bit of background about the Model M and Unicomp, then goes on to say:
Les touches de ce clavier sont entièrement noires; ce n'est pas de l'usure, ça vient comme ça en usine (parce que si vous êtes assez hot pour utiliser un vrai clavier mécanique, vous devriez être assez hot pour maîtriser le doigté de votre clavier et faire du "touch typing").
which translates to:
The caps on this keyboard are completely black; this is not due to wear, they came like this from the factory (because if you're hot enough to use a real mechanical keyboard, you should be hot enough to master your keyboard's layout and touch type.).
:lol:

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Keybug

15 Jan 2019, 21:23

Slom wrote:
10 Jan 2019, 20:28
Keybug wrote:
10 Jan 2019, 17:00
Got this, but did I overpay? What would have been a good price for it? (I assume it has ALPS plate springs.) Yummy!-
It is this one I think, so yes alps plate spring.
https://web.archive.org/web/20150730015 ... l#5576-002
Plate springs it is and PS/2 connected, no conversion necessary! Unused by the looks of it. I'm blessed!!

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Dingster

15 Jan 2019, 21:32

Uh...will you take 55?

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ZedTheMan

16 Jan 2019, 16:32

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 3560672322

ANSI Blue Alps, metal backplate. This seller has a ton of cool stuff.

twasa

16 Jan 2019, 16:49

Not a great find necessarily, but cheap from the local charity shop up my street: $ 3.74 for the three at the current exchange rate.

Two NTC boards and one Ortek MCK-101FX. All appear to have either white alps or clones. The NTC with the diagonal navigation keys seems peculiar.

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swampangel

16 Jan 2019, 16:56

Model F AT for $225 $250 USD

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/1980s-Rare-IBM- ... 3636529627

Shipping to Canada + customs puts it out of my comfort zone. I'll likely be kicking myself later.
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twasa

16 Jan 2019, 17:32

swampangel wrote:
16 Jan 2019, 16:56
Model F AT for $225 USD
I'm too new at this to know, but why are AT model F's somehow more desirable (and expensive) then XT ones?

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Muirium
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16 Jan 2019, 17:46

Because of the layout. XT is very strange—an evolutionary dead end—while AT is the father of Model M and all that came since.

twasa

16 Jan 2019, 18:07

Thanks Muirium, that makes sense. Although I would expect that one can ameliorate some of the strangeness with key remapping (to a point).

mhinsch

16 Jan 2019, 19:27

twasa wrote:
16 Jan 2019, 18:07
Thanks Muirium, that makes sense. Although I would expect that one can ameliorate some of the strangeness with key remapping (to a point).
If you throw in a couple of keycaps from a model M (arrows etc.) you can end up with a layout that's pretty close to a regular tenkeyless.

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Muirium
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16 Jan 2019, 20:27

Hypersphere has a remapped XT he likes to show off. Perhaps he’ll provide a pic. (Beetlejuice… Beetlejuice…)

My first mech was an XT. So I do have a certain fondness for them. But they are just so weird. Mine taught me how to use the HHKB navigation layer, which I’m thankful for as I use that so much now, but the XT itself remains an oversized oddity unsuited to my needs.

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Gamuholic

16 Jan 2019, 20:43

This is the Soarer's Converter config for my F XT:

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layerblock
    FN1 1
endblock

remapblock
layer 0
    LALT LCTRL
    LCTRL CAPS_LOCK
    BACK_QUOTE ENTER
    ENTER BACKSLASH
    BACKSLASH LSHIFT
    LSHIFT LALT
    CAPS_LOCK RGUI
    SCROLL_LOCK PRINTSCREEN
    PAD_PLUS PAD_ENTER
    PAD_ASTERIX FN1
endblock

remapblock
layer 1
    PAD_7 MEDIA_VOLUME_UP
    PAD_4 MEDIA_VOLUME_DOWN
    PAD_1 MEDIA_MUTE
    PAD_5 INSERT
    ESC BACK_QUOTE
endblock

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Hypersphere

16 Jan 2019, 20:54

Muirium wrote:
16 Jan 2019, 20:27
Hypersphere has a remapped XT he likes to show off. Perhaps he’ll provide a pic. (Beetlejuice… Beetlejuice…)

My first mech was an XT. So I do have a certain fondness for them. But they are just so weird. Mine taught me how to use the HHKB navigation layer, which I’m thankful for as I use that so much now, but the XT itself remains an oversized oddity unsuited to my needs.
Thanks, I'll take that as a compliment. However, I think I'll let the curious do some research and find past postings of my remapped XT. Seeing the oversaturated colors of the training wheel caps can be a shock to the visual system, like that of suddenly switching to a technicolor movie from the 60s or 70s immediately after watching a classic B&W movie from the 40s. You have been warned!

For me, the great features of the XT are its sound and feel. I can still remember the extreme letdown after getting my first AT -- it seemed plasticky and dead after the lively sound of the XT. But the layout of the XT can make it difficult to use.

It's interesting that the relatively slight modifications to the XT layout that appeared in the Leading Edge DC-2014 and Zenith Z-150 make these boards much easier to use than the IBM XT (at least for me). On the DC-2014 and Z-150, I use the enlarged Right Bracket as my Backspace.

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jerue

16 Jan 2019, 23:12

So while we are talking about XT's...does anyone know what these keytoppers on the modifiers/large keys are?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-IBM-PC-Ke ... Sw8TJcPi62

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/-X8AAOSw ... -l1600.jpg

I haven't seen them before and it looks interesting, thought I would ask here :)

p.s. it's been a little while since I visited Deskthority, I see there's a big visual overhaul! It looks good :)

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Muirium
µ

17 Jan 2019, 00:20

Oh wow… those key toppers look, well, pretty careless!

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Zoom in on the bottom row. They are indeed just sitting on top of the original caps. Apparently quite vintage though, judging by how worn their legends are. Speaking of the legends, I can’t forgive that zero! Or the whole brown thing they have going on. Seems too even just to be yellowing. Gotta chuckle at the cockeyed Return key, the weirdest of all the XT’s rich troupe of goofballs. They didn’t even bother patching the +!

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snacksthecat
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17 Jan 2019, 02:27

Muirium wrote:
17 Jan 2019, 00:20
Oh wow… those key toppers look, well, pretty careless!

Image

Zoom in on the bottom row. They are indeed just sitting on top of the original caps.
What in the world are those? Erasers?

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snuci
Vintage computer guy

17 Jan 2019, 02:41

jerue wrote:
16 Jan 2019, 23:12
So while we are talking about XT's...does anyone know what these keytoppers on the modifiers/large keys are?
See here: viewtopic.php?f=62&t=13663&p=304146

Polecat

17 Jan 2019, 04:09

jerue wrote:
16 Jan 2019, 23:12
So while we are talking about XT's...does anyone know what these keytoppers on the modifiers/large keys are?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-IBM-PC-Ke ... Sw8TJcPi62

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/-X8AAOSw ... -l1600.jpg

I haven't seen them before and it looks interesting, thought I would ask here :)

p.s. it's been a little while since I visited Deskthority, I see there's a big visual overhaul! It looks good :)
I have a set in black, with the same IBM-like legends, not like the black ones in the other post:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10405&p=384176&hilit=ibm+xt#p384176

I don't recall why I kept this keyboard, but it was something unusual I think. Besides the odd caps (which are probably aftermarket) it has a plain badge that just says "IBM". Bottom label long gone.

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Keybug

19 Jan 2019, 14:20

Effing A! Someone buy it before I do, please!! https://www.leboncoin.fr/informatique/1051327815.htm/

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jerue

20 Jan 2019, 18:24

snuci wrote:
17 Jan 2019, 02:41
See here: viewtopic.php?f=62&t=13663&p=304146
Polecat wrote:
17 Jan 2019, 04:09

I have a set in black, with the same IBM-like legends, not like the black ones in the other post:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10405&p=384176&hilit=ibm+xt#p384176

I don't recall why I kept this keyboard, but it was something unusual I think. Besides the odd caps (which are probably aftermarket) it has a plain badge that just says "IBM". Bottom label long gone.
very interesting! thx :)

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abrahamstechnology

23 Jan 2019, 00:31

IBM 4680-B POS buckling spring keyboard
https://world.taobao.com/item/525122678839.htm

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Dingster

23 Jan 2019, 19:33

abrahamstechnology wrote:
23 Jan 2019, 00:31
IBM 4680-B POS buckling spring keyboard
https://world.taobao.com/item/525122678839.htm
Pictures stolen (reused?) from this thread viewtopic.php?t=12406 (?)

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ZedTheMan

23 Jan 2019, 20:35

NOS Switchboard with a trackball accessory.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 2927507874

The initial price is very high but the seller seems willing to take a fair offer. (Still more than I can afford at the moment, but under $200)

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Drclick

25 Jan 2019, 10:18


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Myoth

25 Jan 2019, 10:32

Keybug wrote:
19 Jan 2019, 14:20
Effing A! Someone buy it before I do, please!! https://www.leboncoin.fr/informatique/1051327815.htm/
Oh god, i'll let you have this one :lol:

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Myoth

25 Jan 2019, 10:34

Drclick wrote:
25 Jan 2019, 10:18
What is this thing?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-Diode-Logi ... 3342327453
A post wrote in the wrong thread :lol:

To answer your questions though, read from there ;)
ZedTheMan wrote:
24 Jan 2019, 19:25
Anyone have any idea of what this board is or what switches lie within? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 3342327453

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balotz

25 Jan 2019, 22:59


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