[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Modern keyboard question

Herb Johnson hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Mon Nov 26 14:22:57 EST 2018

> so never buy a AEK II that looks too used (if it’s yellowed, it was
>  probably used a lot, if it’s still white someone stored it away.)

If some Mac item is yellowed, that's merely evidence it was exposed to 
light, and possibly heat. UV light (sunlight, old fluorescent) would 
accelerate yellowing. And of course in this case, the keyboard case may 
not be original to the keyboard PC board; or have been "retrobrited" 
which I never do.

Other visual evidence may support use or other conditions, like "dirt" 
as described. I leave that evidence for discussion by more serious 
students of keyboards.

So: is there a test whereby I can tap on some AEK II keyboard and tell 
someone "for X reasons I conclude this decades-old white keyboard was 
lightly used?" Or the converse, "for X reasons I conclude this keyboard 
is too worn for daily use)? I doubt impressions can be factualized; so I 
would not likely make such statements myself.

I think this is still near-topic; still old keyboards in play. It's a 
thing! Google says so! ;)


Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net

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