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Just an interesting thing to point out if you've got a cupboard full of old keyboards that you're ...
3rd February 2009, 08:19 PM #1
IBM Model M Keyboard
Just an interesting thing to point out if you've got a cupboard full of old keyboards that you're contemplating throwing out: IBM Model M keyboards seem to be going for around £30 apiece on eBay.
3rd February 2009, 08:44 PM #2
Oh happy days, the keyboards that would withstand replacing willow bats for the school cricket team and still survive leather-on-(plastic?) for the receptionist to use later on.
Very satisfying clickity-clack when you type on them. You know full well you're typing, and so does everyone around you.
Built to withstand anything. But will they withstand student abuse?
3rd February 2009, 09:01 PM #3
Hmm, they were damned good keyboards.. I'm tempted to get one, I could do with a board with the same sized caps, to interchange.
3rd February 2009, 09:58 PM #4
I'm on my second model M. I'm sure I payed more than £30 for this one - it's a 1391406 like this:
Care and feeding of an IBM Model M 1391406 keyboard
3rd February 2009, 11:35 PM #5
Oh, I have one myself - after the C64 we had an IBM PS/1 at home when I was little, and I've never really gotten the hang of these sissy non-IBM keyboards that break after a little bit of a pounding. I think I picked mine up in Computer Resale in Cambridge. I've got a nasty feeling, though, that we might have turfed out a bunch of 1391406's last summer when we had a bit of a clearout - at £30-£50 a time we could have funded this year's ICT budget had we sold them on eBay...
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
4th February 2009, 07:22 AM #6
Originally Posted by dhicks
4th February 2009, 08:36 AM #7
Might have known that the only person ever to break one would be an EduGeek member
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
4th February 2009, 08:52 AM #8
I broke one when I spilled a pint of Guiness in it!
Originally Posted by Ric_
4th February 2009, 09:12 AM #9
Heh I know Computer Resale very well, and I worked for the company from where he'd have sourced those Model M's Shame really, we had BOXES of them. They were soon sent off to their recycling depot for the plastics to be stripped, ground down and turned into a Robin Reliant.
4th February 2009, 09:12 AM #10
OK... the only two people!
Originally Posted by JJonas
(I'll let you off with the Guiness... I'd probably break if you spilt a pint of Guiness on me!)
4th February 2009, 09:21 AM #11
I sold a couple I had lying about last year on eBay, got about £28 each for em
4th February 2009, 08:38 PM #12
Right: I figure I can fund a whole damn 3-floor ICT suite upgrade by exploiting the gullibility of noobs to surrender their "outdated" IBM keyboards... Do you reckon Dell "QuietKey" keyboards count?
Originally Posted by Griffo
5th February 2009, 09:15 AM #13
I still have several left.
There was no point in them sitting on the shelf doing nothing but gather dust when someone who clearly wanted them may as well have them.
Cleared a warehouse full of old PC stuff stuff a few years ago, mostly Dell's but a few IBM bits that I kept, including a few 286's
27th March 2009, 08:40 AM #14
I just seen this slashdot about model M's
Slashdot | Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback of Sorts
apparently they are still being manufactured in the US
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