[Gllug] Keyboards

Alistair Mann gllug at lgeezer.net
Fri Jan 2 19:14:24 UTC 2009

Adrian McMenamin wrote:
> On Fri, 2009-01-02 at 15:40 +0000, Mark Williams wrote:
>>> What would people recommend?
>> Second-hand IBM Model-M or new [buckling spring] equivalent from
>> Unicomp.  Decals are not used; the letters (and Windows key pictures,
>> for those variants which have them) appear to be sublimation printed
>> into the key surfaces and probably take a _long_ time to wear through.
> I have a keyboard like this (Wyse iirc - it's in another room) which I
> love, but it is old (I think it came with my 486SX box from Morgans in
> 1993) and only has a DIN type connector. I have it plugged into a server
> that rarely needs attending to. Someone tell me there is a way of
> plugging these into USB sockets and I'll think about it (the DIN to PS/2
> converter I have has a tendency to fall out of the socket when even in
> moderate use.)

I understood that Model M AT Connector keyboards (the DIN connector you 
mention) drew too much power via usb to be reliable; I may be wrong.

In the meantime, Model M with USB connectors are available because 
they're still in production. Lookit Unicomp -- www.pckeyboards.com

Cheers all, and a happy new year,
Alistair Mann

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