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    Computers
    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.
    http://www-1.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/attic2/attic2_022.html

    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" http://www.pckeyboard.com/customizer.html


    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

    http://steampunkworkshop.com/keyboard.shtml [steampunkworkshop.com]

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

    More about Steampunk here
    http://www.steampunkworkshop.com
    [www.steampunkworkshop.com]


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