Facebook was the quickest, cleanest, and easiest way to organize, coordinate, and moderate people from cctalk, vcfed, facebook, usenet, ddial, and wherever all else we are hiding in the four corners of the earth. Don't shoot the messenger.
Someone posted their experience with one of the keyboard people. A person was pulling all the keyboards they could find. There were a couple of TIPC keyboards that one guy needed as they are hard to find and proprietary to the TIPC. The guy taking all the keyboards said he was going to pull the switches and get rid of the rest. The guy that needed TIPC keyboards tried to get him to sell him the keyboards he needed to get his TIPCs running but the keyboard guy refused.
The quickest, cleanest and easiest way to organize stuff would be a forum post somewhere linked to a google docs sheet of items and pictures, not an endlessly scrolling feed of nonsense.
Yep, that's me. I would appreciate it if you avoid giving the guy your business, as he was a jerk to everyone else who wanted keyboards. Also left a giant mess wherever he went, pulling things of shelves, leaving things on the floor.
Alright, I requested to join. It already has 482 members, but perhaps I can relay something. I also loathe facebook, but it's useful for something so I let them have my name.
The keyboard situation sounds enraging. People who want to take one critical piece out of computers and use them for a completely different purpose think so differently from me that it's hard to understand them. That plus the thought that it's just a cash grab from an ill man is irritating. It's an expected outcome though - if we want to prevent it, there's no way besides to take the mechanical keyboards first.
I also get annoyed by the keyboard folks, but honestly, it seems like a lot of this field is a cash grab. If it's not the keyboard folks, it's folks buying up local retro systems only to resell them on ebay. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, but i sometimes feel like that skit in the 'pirates of silicon valley' movie where Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are yelling at each other about who took the tech from Xerox first... in this case, it's the keyboard folks and the retro resellers getting mad at each other and neither really helps the legit guy who just wants to get into the hobby inexpensively or flesh out their collection.
if they rescued something that was missed, then at least it was rescued...
Of course, that's the problem with the keyboard kidz, their stated goal is to desolder all the keyswitches and scrap the rest. From a collecting/hobby standpoint it's just as destroyed as if a goldbug dissolved it in his garage.
What gave you this impression? (That they just desolder the switches.)
Already desoldered and sent off to E3E and gainsborough!