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Old 06-04-2013, 11:14 PM   #16
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I have one of the same Omnikey keyboards that Woodsman has, and it's a great keyboard, right up there with the Model M. It's not on my main machine though -- that one has a USB SIIG mechanical switch keyboard. It's also an excellent keyboard that uses ALPS switches. It's been discontinued, but I still see a few places online that aren't out of stock. It's not that much cheaper than a Unicomp, though.
 
Old 06-04-2013, 11:18 PM   #17
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Here is a youtube review of the Filco Cherry MX blue -- mine is tenkeyless and the one in the video is 104 keys but otherwise it's the same.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1szjtvII65A
 
Old 06-04-2013, 11:27 PM   #18
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One last thing - there used to be a great forum all about keyboards. I was a member there for years but now in my old age I can't remember what the original forum was called. Anyway, it got shut down for some reason and everyone moved over to http://geekhack.org/. Go there for lots of mechanical keyboard love. :-)
 
Old 06-05-2013, 07:12 AM   #19
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While I consider myself not that old, but I really like vintage keyboards. At work I have few older IBM keyboards (not model m tough) and some no name mechanical ones too. But I would love to get a nice Model M so I'm thinking about buying new Unicomp keyboard (but their international shipping rate + import taxes makes the price skyrocket up to 270$), so I'm waiting until some friend could carry one from US

There is a very comprehensive mechanical keyboard guide, explaining many things, like most common types of mechanics, buttons, working principles and there is a lengthy (1400+ posts) discussion about keyboards too. I consider this information priceless when picking up a keyboard

http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/me...keyboard-guide
 
Old 06-05-2013, 07:46 AM   #20
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I have always found Cherry keyboards -- such as what Anderson Jacobson used on their terminals to have the best feel of any. Best thing I ever used was one of theirs integrated with a daisy wheel printer all on a roll-around stand.

The other day, after I sort of snubbed Jack 'n' Coke (why in the world would anyone put Coke in good bourbon?), somebody asked me, "What do you mix with bourbon?"

Ice.
 
Old 06-05-2013, 08:27 AM   #21
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Old school and looking much older-

http://steampunkworkshop.com/keyboard.shtml
 
Old 06-05-2013, 08:30 AM   #22
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What about ball mice ? Who still uses a ball mouse ?

I still have some ball mice, but I don't use them. In the past I preferred them to optical mice, because they had better resolution at the time, and handled better in games. The only trouble was that they got clogged with grime, and had to be cleaned often. They also required mouse pads (although I still use a mouse pad).

What about dot matrix printers ? Never had one, but I can recognize that sound anywhere. I heard one just a few months ago in an office.
 
Old 06-05-2013, 09:56 AM   #23
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I'm using one - not that I have anything against optical mice. It just happens to be the best quality mouse I currently own.
 
Old 06-05-2013, 10:09 AM   #24
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"What do you mix with bourbon?"

Ice.
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I am definitely old(55 years young). At the moment I'm using a Lenovo KB which has a nice feel to it.
 
Old 06-05-2013, 11:11 AM   #25
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Cascade,

That steampunk keyboard is epic- and I'm not even a big steampunk fan.

I wish I had the tools/mechanical/time skills to undertake that project- it looks like a lot of fun!
 
Old 06-05-2013, 02:09 PM   #26
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Man, I had someone move in a cube near me with one of those. After a while the clicks just get on your nerve. I had to move to get away from it
 
Old 06-05-2013, 03:05 PM   #27
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I am definitely old(55 years young).
Yeah, know what you mean (I'm 69) -- I learned how on ASR-33's, lordy, lordy, lordy.

I'm using a Logitech K120 right now (less than $20 at Staples), love the feel, don't love that the lettering on the i, o, p, a, s, k, l and n keys has worn off. Whadda ya want for 20 bucks!
I guess the touch-typing class I took in high school paid off, eh?

Still thinking about picking up a Anderson Jacobson keyboard somewhere or other -- they have that concave surface that make long typing jobs a little easier on the hands. And they fit my hands pretty well (so does the Logitech but it's not concave, sigh). Expense buggers, though.
 
Old 06-05-2013, 03:17 PM   #28
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The other day, after I sort of snubbed Jack 'n' Coke (why in the world would anyone put Coke in good bourbon?), somebody asked me, "What do you mix with bourbon?"

Ice.
Jack Daniels isn't bourbon -- it's a Lincoln process Tennessee Whiskey, and whether it's good is a matter of debate.

IMO, best thing to mix with bourbon or Scotch is about 3 drops of water to open it up.

BTW, I used my SIIG keyboard to type this reply.
 
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:03 PM   #29
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Jack Daniels isn't bourbon -- it's a Lincoln process Tennessee Whiskey, and whether it's good is a matter of debate.

IMO, best thing to mix with bourbon or Scotch is about 3 drops of water to open it up.

BTW, I used my SIIG keyboard to type this reply.
Well, yeah... actually, I favor Maker's Mark (wheated) over pretty much all of them (and, yup, it ain't made in Bourbon County, Kentucky but why be all that picky. Evan Williams is pretty darned OK, Jim Beam... well, it has a sort of blended Scotch aftertaste don't care much for.

Jack? Well, Jack is Jack, tastes a little like charcoal, pretty much available anywhere in the world (I was in East Berlin the week the Wall came down in November of 1989 -- a Chinese restaurant had Jack and it wasn't watered, so'd a couple of other places).

And single malts? Ooh.

My real choice? Maker's (red wax), Maker's Gold, Maker's Blue and Maker's White (if you can find either the blue- or white-wax sealed bottles, that is, the Gold is big-city commonly available).

Still typin' on this K120, dang it.

Oh, yeah, forgot -- I get the three drops of water from distilled water ice.

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Old 06-05-2013, 05:17 PM   #30
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All I can say is you guys need to live in Scotland. @volkerding I would add a touch more, perhaps as much as 50/50 depending on how much body the whisky / bourbon / whiskey has. Something like an Islay malt can stand a bit more water than a Speyside. Oh and just to start a little personal flame attack, Ive just finished the 40 year old single malt that my wife bought me for Christmas.

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