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[Sep. 15th, 2004|04:01 am]
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My beloved IBM model 102 (manufactured circa 1983) keyboard is finally starting to show signs of wear, it's * Lock indicator lights are only working intermittently. I'd say this is probably a bad sign, as fluttering circuits usually mean something's shorting. Ennh, fuck it, I imagine it's just the cabling, which is easily replaceable. Still, for a keyboard to last 21 years, I'd say it's a well-built piece of electronics. I can't type nearly as well on those shoddy membrane "clickless" keyboards, they don't provide enough resistance to a keypress to let me know I've fully actuated the switch, which causes what I write to end up with a lot of missing characters. Besides, I've actually taken this thing apart, pulled all the springs off, stuck the keys in a bag, and put the whole thing in the dishwasher (if you do this, set it to air dry!). I just did a web search, the only new mechanical keyboard available is for Mac. What the hell do the "technology as a status symbol" people want with a no-nonsense, all-business keyboard? That'd be great, a bizarre, round, turquoise one-button mouse, and a trusty no-frills workhorse keyboard, all sitting in front of a machine that's been stuffed in to the CRT's housing to "make it look neater". One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong...