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Offline bigpook

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All Black Unicomp Spacesaver
« on: Fri, 03 April 2009, 20:28:19 »
That white/beige trackball looks interesting. Who makes it?
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Offline kliclak

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« Reply #1 on: Fri, 03 April 2009, 22:27:39 »
Nice!  

You've got to change the color of the LEDs though...that really makes a difference!

I've been meaning to make up an all black spacesaver with grease on the springs to quiet it down enough to use at work.

I just don't know if I trust my co workers not to walk away with such a cool keyboard!

Offline FKSSR

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« Reply #2 on: Fri, 03 April 2009, 22:52:49 »
I've decided I'm also going to be putting together this exact keyboard.  I'll mod with red LEDs when I get the chance, but my first assignment is just putting on the blank keys and possibly adding a slight bit of silicon grease.

Thanks for posting, especially the bit about the label.  I will be doing that as well.  I will probably add a sticker of my FKSSR logo to that spot, as well. :)
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Offline wheel83

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« Reply #3 on: Sat, 04 April 2009, 12:36:22 »
nice mod.  exactly what are the specs on those red led's ?
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Offline FKSSR

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« Reply #4 on: Sun, 05 April 2009, 19:44:07 »
You're stealing all my ideas for this project and doing them first. ;)

JK.  There's def. room enough for quite a few of us to have similar keyboards, as many of us already do. :)
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Offline wellington1869

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« Reply #5 on: Wed, 08 April 2009, 05:27:46 »
love what you did with the inside-out unicomp label. great idea. nice looking board.
red leds are interesting. I'm still enamored with blue/ultraviolet.

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Offline Warnerbros

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« Reply #6 on: Sat, 03 April 2010, 05:02:13 »
The new SpaceSaver models have the same size buttons and feel as the classic IBM keyboards. The SpaceSaver buckling spring model will be the choice for users who want that unique "IBM click" type feel. A quiet touch (rubber dome) version is also available for customers who want the same heavy duty design without the audible "click" of the buckling spring version.

Offline ch_123

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« Reply #7 on: Sat, 03 April 2010, 10:11:15 »
That's one pretty impressive spambot.

Offline kishy

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« Reply #8 on: Sat, 03 April 2010, 10:39:08 »
LOL! Didn't I mention recently how a spambot on another forum provided a definition of what an IBM 5160 was (as the thread was about IBM XTs), while having a link to their product in their signature?

This one's good enough to keep.

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Offline EverythingIBM

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« Reply #9 on: Fri, 23 April 2010, 18:17:18 »

Well that certainly beats an M13 (minus the trackpoint). Labels are for n00bs anyways.

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Nice!  
I just don't know if I trust my co workers not to walk away with such a cool keyboard!
Most people require keys with labels; I doubt many people at a typical office can type on unlabeled keyboards. Assuming you use the black unlabeled keys.

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LOL! Didn't I mention recently how a spambot on another forum provided a definition of what an IBM 5160 was (as the thread was about IBM XTs), while having a link to their product in their signature?

This one's good enough to keep.

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Offline shmithers

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« Reply #10 on: Fri, 19 November 2010, 02:36:23 »
Holy bump! + Introduction

I'm typing on my Customizer 104 Black/Grey right now, but I'm seriously interested in doing a mod similar to this one. I have temptations to saw off the the number pad and the arrow keys/keys above the arrow keys(not sure the official definition of these keys, I tried Google and Wikipedia I swear!) getting close to a HHKB size board. Does anyone know if this is a feasible mod? I saw the sawed off model M mod here a while ago, but I'm not sure if it would be as easy?

Also when contacting Unicomp do you think they can remove keys or is popping off the key caps the best bet? I'm thinking about turning this keyboard into my star craft keyboard, and it would be nice to have some customizations to it.

Oh and One more thing I know it's been done a million times, but does anyone know where I can find a red esc key for these keyboards?

Thanks so much and I'm glad to have found a nice forum to reside on :)

Offline Shawn Stanford

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« Reply #11 on: Fri, 19 November 2010, 06:37:38 »
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... keys above the arrow keys(not sure the official definition of these keys, I tried Google and Wikipedia I swear!)  ...

I call them the 'gross movement keys', but that's just me. I haven't seen anything official, nor does there seem to be a consensus here.

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Oh and One more thing I know it's been done a million times, but does anyone know where I can find a red esc key for these keyboards?

Try Fentek. They might have something laying around. I suggest contacting them directly.
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Offline shmithers

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« Reply #12 on: Sat, 20 November 2010, 02:01:52 »
Thank you! Does anyone know if there is a record of someone doing a sawed off mod of a Spacesaver? I would love some insight from the experienced before attempting this.

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« Reply #13 on: Wed, 09 February 2011, 21:31:57 »
I love the mods.  This is a cool, cheap way to make your keyboard look custom built.  I especially like the black case with the white keys.  Call me a noob, but I could never get the hang of touch typing, although I can type fairly quickly with my method.  While I do look at the keyboard about half of the time while typing, I generally look at the screen a lot too.  Using what I call the scan method, I type about 50 to 60 WPM.  My hands are in the classic touch typing position, but I guess I don't have the muscle memory I should for real touch typing.  And besides, I like the contrast of the black board and white keys a lot.  Keep up the great work.
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Offline Roguemaster8

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« Reply #14 on: Thu, 01 March 2012, 13:06:00 »
I think I may try this but with red key caps.

I suppose I could call Unicomp and ask about a red space bar, but my hopes aren't high.
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