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Old 06-04-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Am I old-school or just plain old?


After accidentally demolishing my HP keyboard with Jack Daniels and Coke last week my brother found an old IBM Model M keyboard in his basement and gave it to me. This thing is fantastic! It must weigh at least ten pounds if not more, and is solid as a rock. I'd forgotten how much I miss the clicky sounds of the old style keyboards, and how sturdy everything was built back then.
 
Old 06-04-2013, 06:00 PM   #2
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The IBM model M is generally considered to be one of the best keyboards ever made.. Lots of newer companies use mechanical keys to try to get a similar feel. Enjoy it!
 
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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Slackware... Model M keyboards... the old school is the best school.
 
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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I still use a Northgate Omnikey Ultra T. I have two.
 
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:32 PM   #5
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I am using one. I am both old and old school. I learned working with computers on IBM 370 mainframe and punch cards.

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Old 06-04-2013, 06:54 PM   #6
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I wore out three IBM Model M keyboards between 1984 and about 1999. When the last one died, I switched to a newer style lighter weight keyboard. The one I'm using now is a ten year old Chicony KB-2961, my second one, and the next best thing to a Model M that I've ever used. It's a good deal heavier, louder, and more tactile than most modern keyboards.

I didn't realize that you could still get a Model M from Unicomp. I'm going to have to put that on my wish list.
 
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:18 PM   #7
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I didn't realize that you could still get a Model M from Unicomp. I'm going to have to put that on my wish list.
You really should... these things rock!
 
Old 06-04-2013, 08:02 PM   #8
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After accidentally demolishing my HP keyboard with Jack Daniels and Coke last week...
I find that if I leave out the coke it is less harmful when spilled into electronic gear.

You can also use Wild Turkey 101 as a circuit board solvent when in a pinch. ;-)
 
Old 06-04-2013, 08:27 PM   #9
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I find that if I leave out the coke it is less harmful when spilled into electronic gear.

You can also use Wild Turkey 101 as a circuit board solvent when in a pinch. ;-)
It's probably better used as a solvent than a drink. Wild Turkey is beyond harsh.
 
Old 06-04-2013, 09:14 PM   #10
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There's a company out there that makes Model M keyboards with a USB connector (they bought the license from IBM), I seriously want one.

http://www.clickykeyboards.com/index.cfm/fa/home.main/


As for now, I have an HP keyboard with a manufacture date of 1994 on my custom built 2012 computer. The keys click nice and loud, though I have the amenity of a volume control on the keyboard. I think I got it in one of those "sure, I'll set up your new computer, let me cannibalize your old one for parts" deals.

For me it's retro (I'm 28) and it's also a quality keyboard that won't have the q key break like on my last keyboard (after only 2 years!)
 
Old 06-04-2013, 09:45 PM   #11
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My oldest son once used an old IBM AT keyboard and liked it so much he bought one off of eBay. Loves it and won't use anything else.

When my old AST keyboard died I was going through the then "new" plastic keyboards at a rate of about one every 6 months.

Bought a Northgate and while it was, indeed, a well made keyboard, I never liked using it.

Finally, I bought an ALPS with a built-in touchpad. Best keyboard I've ever owned. Used it for just about 15 years before a few keys started malfunctioning. If I could find another one just like it, "new old stock," I would buy it in a flash.

On the other hand, these new wireless keyboards are nice and while all plastic, do seem to be well made. I've knocked this one off the desk many times, picked it up, put the batteries back in and it comes back to life. Speaking of batteries, I've never had to replace the batteries in this keyboard and it is about two years old, but the wireless mouse that came with it eats batteries as if they were cheese.

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Old 06-04-2013, 09:59 PM   #12
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I used a 1984 Model M for years, up until about 3 years ago when I bought a Filco mechanical tenkeyless keyboard from Elite Keyboards (www.elitekeyboards.com). They stock several models of updated mechanical keyboards with very nice switches -- e.g. Cherry MX, red, blue, brown, and black. Mine has Cherry MX blue and it is great.

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Old 06-04-2013, 10:05 PM   #13
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chess- importantly, is the elite keyboard "loud" like a Model M? If so, I just might have to put one on the holiday list this year :-)
 
Old 06-04-2013, 10:07 PM   #14
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My keyboards have Cherry switches in, however I never understood, what's the difference for their colors? I know one is silent, one is clicky (although not sure of what's what), what are the other colors?
 
Old 06-04-2013, 10:11 PM   #15
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@shane25119 - the Cherry MX blues are clicky but not quite as loud as my Model M. But definitely clicky.

@Timothy Miller - check out this page: http://www.elitekeyboards.com/support.php and scroll down there is a description of the different Cherry styles.

It looks like Elite Keyboards is not stocking the Filcos anymore but now have some other brands. This is basically the comparable model that I have: http://www.elitekeyboards.com/produc...old,tenkeyless but it looks like it's out of stock of the Cherry MX blue model right now.

Edit: Filco's are really well made and excellent keyboards but they are hard to find. You might find one on ebay. I don't know much about the Leopolds, which appear to be the Filco replacement at Elite Keyboards.

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