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     IBM Super clicking keyboard model M
    Warning: Geekfest alert!

    You may or may not recognize this, but if you worked on an IBM PS/2 or 5250 terminal in the early 90's, it came with a very heavy duty keyboard called the "model M". It was distinguished by a very positive response and loud click. The keyboard uses "buckling spring (BS) technology " to give that distinct feel and sound.

    It was probably made to emulate the feel of the IBM Selectric, which still is the best typewriter of all time.

    More on the Model M Keyboard

    This is the type of keyboard on which I am typing right now. I liberated it from a parts pile at a customer site 8 years ago. I still kick myself for not taking two others, but how many does a person need?

    I serviced many computers in the early days of IBM PCs, ATs and PS/2s. This keyboard became my favorite. I never had to replace a whole keyboard. Keys, yes. Keyboard, no. These things lasted while countless Acer, Toshiba, Epson, HP, Leading (slu)Edge and Compaq keyboards bit the dust.

    If I ever need a replacement keyboard, which seems hardly likely with this baby, it is still available:

    The Model M is now the "Customizer"

    One other cool tip about the model M, if you had a co-worker who hunted and pecked at the keyboard, you could pop the key caps off and switch them around. Brutal!

    Original Group29 Forum post (IBM/Lexmark/Unicomp)

    Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 @ 17:08:53 UTC by BB
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    IBM Super clicking keyboard model M Steampunked (Score: 1)
    by BB on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 @ 19:23:38 UTC
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    Wow this is right out of The Aviator.

    This fellow has taken his model M to a whole new level []

    Very cool! I would like to do this myself and turn my keyboard into and old style looking typewriter.

    More about Steampunk here

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