Thoughts on Keyboards

Posted January 16th, 2008 by

By now, I’m infamous for my antiquated keyboards. At the office I use a Unisys knockoff of an IBM model M called a PCK-101-KBD. It has most of the cool features:

  • Stainless steel plate
  • Weighs 2 pounds
  • Curly-Q cable
  • PS-2 connector
  • Shelf at the top for holding
  • No buckling spring keys (has inferior springs, boo)
  • No key caps
  • No removable/replaceable cable
  • Complete with strange stains and funkyness
  • Came with the office (bonus!)

About once a month I get somebody who comes in and offers to replace it with a new one. We have about a bazillion keyboards sitting around and they can swap mine out for one of them when they pry my non-bendable relic out of my cold, dead fingers.

Anyway, last week I bought a “new” IBM Model M from Unicomp for home use. It came last night. I love it already, having klickety-clacked my way into the night. The bonus is that it comes with a built-in theft-prevention feature: you can beat a thief over the head with it.

But above all, I can’t help but feel that I’m slowly becoming one of the “crusty old kooks” that you meet every once in awhile. =)

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5 Responses

  1.  mini-me Says:

    Now all you need are a few crusty old suits to make the look complete! Don’t forget the clip on tie

  2.  Saso Says:

    Slowly becoming? Slowly? Becoming?

    Good one. 🙂

    Thanks for the stroll down the memory lane. Now I feel a need to call up my sister and get my old keyboard shipped to me. Just to look at and smile, you see. Years on IBM notebook keyboards spoilt me, and now I shudder every time I need to use anything else. 🙂

  3.  Darren Couch Says:

    I find it humorous that its taken you this long to notice the crusty part =)

  4.  Vlad the Impaler Says:

    So, what am I bid for the matching Unisys mouse to go with your keyboard?

    Being crusty and curmudgeonly is a right of passage. You should embrace it! (and start clipping those Depends ™ coupons!)

  5.  Eric Eskam Says:

    Ha! I’m not the only one!

    My friends thought me a nut about 5 years ago when I emerged from a thrift shop with 5 of the old style IBM keyboards – got ’em for $1 a piece! 🙂

    They are harder and harder to find – thanks for the link!

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