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Hi-Tek Space Invaders vintage white switches
« on: Mon, 24 March 2014, 16:13:10 »
OK, I will start this thing.

Here is a very good-looking and well-built keyboard, if you can figure out how to make it run.

Dorkvader bought the other one, if you have any questions, he probably knows more than I do.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251486254497?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

« Last Edit: Tue, 25 March 2014, 18:13:10 by fohat.digs »
The radical right has been going through a period of post-Jan 6 retrenchment and reorganization that has the surface appearance of a decline: A recent study of political violence in the U.S. finds that it declined sharply, numerically speaking, in 2021.But just as the decline in the total numbers of hate groups over the same period disguised a shift on the ground in which fewer people signaled their radicalization with membership in hate groups, while certain groups also significantly increased in recruitment and in violent activity, the researchers at the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) who compiled the data warn that the underlying conditions around the decline indicate it is far more likely to be a period of calm before the storm.
“While the total number of political violence events in the United States declined in 2021 after far-right groups stormed the Capitol at the start of the year, trends since then reflect an ongoing evolution in anti-democratic mobilization on the right,” the report warns. “Many of the same far-right groups and networks involved in the Capitol attack have adapted their activity to fit the new environment."

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Linear Space Invaders on eBay
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 25 March 2014, 18:02:19 »
http://cgi.ebay.com/itm/251486254497 Space invaders!

I got one of these earlier, and it's awesome. Dyesub PBT, very smooth operation, cool stabilizers. Pictures of mine are uploading now but this looks pretty awesome.

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Re: Linear Space Invaders on eBay
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 25 March 2014, 18:04:15 »
isn't this fohats? And he posted it to the new auctions sub

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Re: Linear Space Invaders on eBay
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 25 March 2014, 18:16:25 »
That one is, yes. There are others out there.

What're you gonna do with yours dorkvader?
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Re: Hi-Tek Space Invaders vintage white switches
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 25 March 2014, 19:11:39 »
That one is, yes. There are others out there.

What're you gonna do with yours dorkvader?

Well I'm going to try and decipher the protocol! Then I plan to learn how to code and then use it. It's awesome! If I can't convert it, I'll just keep the plate and then direct-wire. In fact I may do that anyway for NKRO. The only issue is that they are a bit odd to solder to with the hollow legs.

There's actually places on the PCB for a LEGIT layout! I just need like 15 more space invaders switches (and some keycaps)

The PCB is dated 1989.

I'll link my flickr album: this KB is really well made.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dork_vader/sets/72157642928081893/

(click here for full resolution)
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Re: Hi-Tek Space Invaders vintage white switches
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 25 March 2014, 19:59:12 »
Hollow legs?

Also that seems fairly unusual to have extra spaces already there on both PCB and the plate.
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Re: Hi-Tek Space Invaders vintage white switches
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 25 March 2014, 20:28:17 »
Hollow legs?

Also that seems fairly unusual to have extra spaces already there on both PCB and the plate.

It's pretty common.

Many keyboards will support multiple layouts on the PCB (usually ansi, iso, and japanese for modern ones), and it's not too uncommon to see multiple layout support on the plate as well. Most of my hall effect keyboards immediately spring to mind. This is a well-thought-out design, and I am sot surprised to see such things. Were I making a keyboard design like this, I would include extra switches where possible. I mean, the same thing happened with the phantom.

Edit: I checked the legs: they are actually quite thick.
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Re: Hi-Tek Space Invaders vintage white switches
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 25 March 2014, 21:50:13 »
The only thing I've seen in person that would have other layout support would be my IBM stuff, even though I've never looked at the membrane (nor have I opened my AT F to make it useable). How would you cut holes in the case to use some of them?

But what did you mean by hollow legs though? I've not looked at space invader switches desoldered yet.
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Re: Hi-Tek Space Invaders vintage white switches
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 28 March 2014, 09:21:49 »

There's actually places on the PCB for a LEGIT layout!


You are making me want to withdraw the sale. If I could mod the layout closer to straight-ANSI (that Delete immediately beside Enter is certain death) it would be sweet.

Why do you need more switches? This thing is 109 already!
The radical right has been going through a period of post-Jan 6 retrenchment and reorganization that has the surface appearance of a decline: A recent study of political violence in the U.S. finds that it declined sharply, numerically speaking, in 2021.But just as the decline in the total numbers of hate groups over the same period disguised a shift on the ground in which fewer people signaled their radicalization with membership in hate groups, while certain groups also significantly increased in recruitment and in violent activity, the researchers at the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) who compiled the data warn that the underlying conditions around the decline indicate it is far more likely to be a period of calm before the storm.
“While the total number of political violence events in the United States declined in 2021 after far-right groups stormed the Capitol at the start of the year, trends since then reflect an ongoing evolution in anti-democratic mobilization on the right,” the report warns. “Many of the same far-right groups and networks involved in the Capitol attack have adapted their activity to fit the new environment."

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Re: Hi-Tek Space Invaders vintage white switches
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 28 March 2014, 18:34:28 »
For the record, if you did do a controller replacement, what they currently say where they are is completely irrelevant. You could move delete to elsewhere and have some key that does nothing there even if you think it's a problem.
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