[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Modern keyboard question
evan at vcfed.org
Wed Nov 28 10:16:42 EST 2018
>> I think I have a Cherry MX sampler somewhere, I'll see if I can find it
before this weekend.
Chris F. is already bringing one this weekend.
On Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 5:15 AM Alexander Pierson via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org wrote:
> I'm in the Unicomp crowd for my daily driver at work, and I've even given
> a few to family members who seem to enjoy them. However, after owning a
> few of the 104 Classic USB variations, I've discovered that the tolerances
> of the tooling aren't nearly what they should be. Compared to an authentic
> IBM, it's just not as well made. They still make a fine keyboard, but it
> isn't for everyone.
> I think I have a Cherry MX sampler somewhere, I'll see if I can find it
> before this weekend.
> -Alexander 'Z' Pierson
> On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 11:33:59 PM EST, Mark Whittington via
> vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> There is at least a modern manufacturer of buckling spring keyboards a la
> IBM Model M. The Unicomp Ultra Classic Model M comes in a full size 104 key
> USB package for ~$100. Someone in my office has one.
> On Tue, Nov 27, 2018, 9:51 AM Jameel Akari via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org wrote:
> > On 2018-11-27 09:19, Thomas Fuchs via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> > > Wombat works great for me, using AEK II on a modern Mac.
> > >
> > Good to know, looking forward to it!
> > And yeah, I might get a second one later, to hook up USB keyboards and
> > mice to older Macs. Both directions are useful.
> > I've enjoyed at least the concept of using vintage keyboards on new
> > machines, in part because of the original topic here -- it's exhausting
> > reading through all the reviews around various keyswitches and keycaps
> > and LEDs and whatever.
> > Might be time to bring my Type M to work again...
> > --
> > Jameel Akari
> > >> On Nov 27, 2018, at 12:34 AM, jakari via vcf-midatlantic
> > >> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> On 2018-11-26 22:59, David Riley via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> > >>> Interesting feedback. It’s been many years since I looked up the
> > >>> price
> > >>> of iMates... when I got mine, they were out of production but still
> > >>> only $20 on eBay. Sorry to see they’re so expensive now.
> > >>
> > >> Yeah, I was shocked to see that as well. At $oldjob^4 we threw out
> > >> probably a dozen of them. :(
> > >>
> > >>> On Nov 26, 2018, at 13:44, Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic
> > >>> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > >>>> "ADB to USB Connector Adapter" on that auction site, shows Griffin
> > >>>> imate, AlphaSmart as apparently old brands, resale price $70-$100+;
> > >>>> and maybe "Wombat" as some hobby class product at $59-$79.
> > >>
> > >> Inspired by this thread, I just ordered one of the Wombats. Made by
> > >> the same guy who does the Floppy Emu. I'm ok with gambling $49+S&H on
> > >> something that'll probably work just fine. I do want to "daily drive"
> > >> some of my old Apple keyboards like the AEK II and see what I really
> > >> think of them. Assuming it'll fit on my keyboard tray side by side
> > >> with the modern Magic Trackpad.
> > >>
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