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"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
Very nice; you would probably like stuff from these guys, also.
I just want the old IBM keyboards back. Those things were heavy duty and practically indestructible. Sadly, you can't find anything like that anymore. With the new keyboards, I can barely tell if I pressed the key or not. I wouldn't call that keyboard sexy, but it is nicely retro.
The old IBM Model M is still being made by Unicomp. You can get them with USB connectors and integrated pointing sticks, too. http://www.pckeyboard.com/
Under the retro keys, that is an IBM Model M.
I always loved that wild, wonky typewriter Winona typed on in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Quite the oddity, but beautiful.
Surely you could get the guys at work to (help) build one.
I have four Model M keyboards, a plastic baggie full of spare key caps, and a lot of indoor time on my hands.Hmmm...
First saw that one on steampunkworkshop.com. What do you think inspired the 1880's fax machine idea?
"I have four Model M keyboards, a plastic baggie full of spare key caps, and a lot of indoor time on my hands.Hmmm..."Do you need anyone murdered in their bed?
Very cool!Leather or wood would have made a better base I think (for cleaning if no other reason) - but still darn swoopy. :)
Do you need anyone murdered in their bed?I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the IBM Model M is nearly the only keyboard out there that you could actually murder someone in their bed (or elsewhere) via bludgeoning them over the head, and then still build this piece of steampunk paraphernalia with the pieces you had left. Built like a tank and they weigh in at a hefty 6 pounds or so.Theses kids with their steampunk junk, I just don't get it. I'd much rather have a keyboard in Burning Chrome that's able to survive a Snowcrash and still fold up like some kind of fluid neon origami trick.jkdvs!
"What do you think inspired the 1880's fax machine idea?"I know I was all submerged in paperwork when you broached that, but has anyone told you you're a friggin' genius today? :)
I for one, think there would be quite a market for the retro looking gadgets. I'd easily pay $100 for one of those keyboards. I'd want a USB version though. Did anyone else notice the TARDIS?
...or are you just looking for an excuse to murder someone in their bed?
I still use an IBM Model M keyboard. I rather like my big clunky "I could bludgeon you to death with this" keyboard.At one time I could have walked away with a box full of 20 or more of them. I'm still kicking myself over that lapse of intelligence.I like it much more than this featherweight Dell I have to use at work. The stupid thing shifts on my desk if I look at it crosseyed.
Hey Tam, you might also like these two PC's:http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/ammobox/default.asp?page=3andhttp://www.mini-itx.com/projects/underwood/default.asp?page=3ENJOY!J.
"I still use an IBM Model M keyboard. I rather like my big clunky 'I could bludgeon you to death with this' keyboard."It's the Honeywell 101WN series for me. Nearly bombproof. I was typing at my desk once as my brother sat reading across the room. He finally spoke up and said, "I can't believe how hard you're hitting that keyboard."It took me over ten years to finally beat that thing to death. I found another right away on eBay, and they're still out there but getting expensive.Definitely built for industrial-grade weezil thrashing online.
bjb, I guess we all resent the implication that Tam would need an excuse to murder people in their beds. The *only* course I had in high school that ever got me a job was typing. Oh, I went to college for six years, but what opened the door to my brilliant career as a government information systems analyst was my ability to type, well and quickly, and pass the ol' O/N 790 exam. One day the "system was down," and we needed our notes for a meeting in about 10 minutes, so I hauled out the draft-board surplus Platt from under my desk. At about the third carriage-return 'ding' I looked up and my District Manager was standing in the office doorway. His eyes were big. He shook his head and walked away. At the meeting, he asked to photocopy my typescript so he could show it to his office staff.I keep a brace of real typewriters (including an Underwood 9) and a few dozen stamps for when SHTF.And I guess I need this one too.
I'll take one of those keyboards, reminds me of my first typewriter, an IBM Model 04 electric I found at Goodwill in Santa Cruz, from the late 40's on which I wrote my thesis. Then I'd have to get an IBM M1 Carbine...
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