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Old 06-19-2015, 11:31 AM   #1
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Listen to Rhythm of Old Typewriter Keys

I've been using this washable keyboard just for the heck of it.

The good, well, it's washable (haven't tried that yet). The bad, the tactile feel doesn't give the nice click like the keyboard I was using. Typing is acceptable but my fingers can't fly on the keyboard while touch typing.

I did find this fun (and helpful) program, called Qwertick (Windows only) that does one thing in particular. With each key pressed, the program makes a keystroke noise like the old fashioned typewriters. Also, each time I press the return key, there is a carriage return and bell sound .

If you want to get nostalgic of the typing days, give the program a run. No ribbon needed

There is a program that simulates the click of an old IBM keyboard. Which I'd really want instead of a typewriter. But, that is unix only.
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I've been using this washable keyboard just for the heck of it.

The good, well, it's washable (haven't tried that yet). The bad, the tactile feel doesn't give the nice click like the keyboard I was using. Typing is acceptable but my fingers can't fly on the keyboard while touch typing.

I did find this fun (and helpful) program, called Qwertick (Windows only) that does one thing in particular. With each key pressed, the program makes a keystroke noise like the old fashioned typewriters. Also, each time I press the return key, there is a carriage return and bell sound .

If you want to get nostalgic of the typing days, give the program a run. No ribbon needed

There is a program that simulates the click of an old IBM keyboard. Which I'd really want instead of a typewriter. But, that is unix only.
There is a company that sells buckling spring keyboards still - just like the old IBMs. I have been using them for several years and they are awesome.

Link to company: Unicomp, Inc.

Take a look at the ultra classic model - it has a slightly smaller profile than the IBM original and fits in modern keyboard drawers/trays a little better

They sound and FEEL right
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There is a company that sells buckling spring keyboards still - just like the old IBMs. I have been using them for several years and they are awesome.

Link to company: Unicomp, Inc.

Take a look at the ultra classic model - it has a slightly smaller profile than the IBM original and fits in modern keyboard drawers/trays a little better

They sound and FEEL right
Those are some nice looking keyboards.

I never really thought much about mechanical vs not or spring vs dome.

Brings back memories of not able to concentrate from co-w*rkers making too much click-clack on the keyboards.

The one I had been using (before the washable) is an old Gateway SK-9920 (don't know if mechanical or springed) which feels really nice.
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Or, you could just put on your formal wear and join the orchestra:

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FYI, there are numerous companies that market keyboards that use mechanical switches, which exhibit the tactile and audible clicks like the old IBM keyboards. These are usually marketed as "gaming keyboards". I'm currently using a Razer Black Widow, but other brands include Das Keyboard, Corsair, Logitech.

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A Youtube video of a guy comparing the sound of a mechanical vs membrane.


The mechanical is nice

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They sound and FEEL right
Yes, the click/clack did sound and FEEL right. The sound and feel would get me into a rhythm causing me to build momentum and feel productive--sort of like helping me get into "the zone".
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There is a company that sells buckling spring keyboards still - just like the old IBMs. I have been using them for several years and they are awesome.

Link to company: Unicomp, Inc.

Take a look at the ultra classic model - it has a slightly smaller profile than the IBM original and fits in modern keyboard drawers/trays a little better

They sound and FEEL right
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Check ebay, here's one for $10 Vintage Fujitsu Hybrid Clicky Mechanical Keyboard FKB 472X | eBay
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Nice.

For all the old IBM Model M keyboards with the Rj45 connector such as the follwing:

IBM Model M 1395660 Terminal Keyboard RJ45 Clicky 1996 Mechanical 55768

Is there an adapter to use USB?

The only thing I don't like about the old IBM is the color, brings back flashbacks of w*rk .
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I almost forgot about those ( don't actually have one ). Have several of the old style AT big round DB9 connectors attached to a PS/2 converter.

Here's one for the RJ45 ( from ebay ), kinda pricey...

New RJ45 to USB soarer's Converter Model M Terminal Keyboard Remapping Macros | eBay
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I almost forgot about those ( don't actually have one ). Have several of the old style AT big round DB9 connectors attached to a PS/2 converter.

Here's one for the RJ45 ( from ebay ), kinda pricey...

New RJ45 to USB soarer's Converter Model M Terminal Keyboard Remapping Macros | eBay
Good to know the RJ45 to USB are made. I have a converter for a PS2 to USB that works really well.
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There is a company that sells buckling spring keyboards still - just like the old IBMs. I have been using them for several years and they are awesome.

Link to company: Unicomp, Inc.

Take a look at the ultra classic model - it has a slightly smaller profile than the IBM original and fits in modern keyboard drawers/trays a little better

They sound and FEEL right
Here's an NPR story (about 5 minutes long) on the IBM Model M / Unicomp:

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There is a company that sells buckling spring keyboards still - just like the old IBMs. I have been using them for several years and they are awesome.

Link to company: Unicomp, Inc.

Take a look at the ultra classic model - it has a slightly smaller profile than the IBM original and fits in modern keyboard drawers/trays a little better

They sound and FEEL right
Just as a follow up. I went ahead and got me a used ultra classic model off ebay that is in great shape (looks and feels nearly new). I'm still getting used to the mechanical keys a bit stiffer than the keyboard I was using. But I love the audible feedback (the previous owner sold the keyboard saying the clicky clack was too loud).

Unfortunately, the color is the "office beige" and not a darker color. But this used one is about $30 cheaper than had I got one brand new.

note: on the picture, the piece of wood I use as a wrist rest.
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Easy, that is way cool! I kinda like the retro color.
But for heavens sake, spring some $ for a real wrist rest, lol! Looks like something I'd use!
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Easy, that is way cool! I kinda like the retro color.
But for heavens sake, spring some $ for a real wrist rest, lol! Looks like something I'd use!
The office beige is starting to grow on me. But the color makes me want to write a computer program like days at w*rk.

I had a real wrist rest in the past (eventually wore off). I actually think the wood feels more comfortable, but do admit, could use a paint job .

After almost a day with the new keyboard, I do type more accurately with the mechanical keys. But also, my fingers to feel the extra pressure needed with each keystroke. Finger exercises, I guess .
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The office beige is starting to grow on me. But the color makes me want to write a computer program like days at w*rk.
Office beige.... call it taupe; has it's advantages. I have the version with the black body and dust and detritus are more visible. Cube warrior taupe is more practical

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Office beige.... call it taupe; has it's advantages. I have the version with the black body and dust and detritus are more visible. Cube warrior taupe is more practical

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Taupe, I'll have to remember that. My taupe keyboard color sort of matches my white router at least. The dust and detritus more visible on on the black did cross my mind (I own a dark blue color car).

Oh I did order a "tool" for the future dust. The brush should arrive in a couple of days.

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