DEC identification wanted
pete at dunnington.u-net.com
Thu Apr 7 16:55:32 CDT 2005
On Apr 7 2005, 13:31, Ashley Carder wrote:
> I actually could use a "3" button if someone has one. I have
> two RL02s and an RL01 on my system. I plan to add a
> second RL01 so I can copy images directly from one RL01
> to another, but I need a "3" button.
I now have genuine DEC buttons, but before I got the "2" and "3" I
worked out how the numbers are encoded on the fingers, and made my own
out of Perspex. Each button was made in five parts: four sides, and a
front piece. I cut the pieces from sheet, glued them together with
perspex cement, filed the fingers to the correct length, and cemented a
piece of acetate sheet to the front for the number. The digit was
laserprinted in reverse onto the acetate, so once cemented, it was
protected by the acetate itself. Took an evening to make four of them.
Kludge alert: Before I made the perspex buttons, I used matchsticks
inserted into the finger slots, but I had to re-adjust them
periodically because the vibration made them shift.
Pete Peter Turnbull
University of York
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