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[#] Thu Feb 16 2017 16:56:50 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Funny how you forget these things sometimes, untl you find yourself using something else.

I've gotten very accustomed to the back/forward buttons on my Logitech M570 trackball. Yesterday I sat down at another system and, aside from having to use a mouse and a crappy chiclet keyboard, I kept reaching for the back/forward buttons that weren't there. For an afternoon I had to get reaccustomed to using Alt + left or right arrow instead.

[#] Fri Jan 12 2018 13:18:48 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I have gone without my Das Keyboard for months now. I should buy
another one just for work.

I'm at the office today (not my home office, the one actually in one of our buildings) and am typing this message on a genuine IBM Model M keyboard. And I'm experiencing something I never thought I'd find: after a year of typing on my Das Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches, the Model M actually feels a bit mushy.

I know, I probably lose all sorts of nerd creds for even thinking this. But at least I'm not a faux-nerd like Randall Munroe.

[#] Tue Jan 16 2018 14:27:58 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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You should be beaten to death with the Model M.

[#] Wed Jan 17 2018 17:58:41 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Probably. Most of my M's are in pretty bad shape, though, and I really do like the MX Blue keys. They're probably the closest we can get to a true successor to IBM's buckling springs. (I've heard the Unicomps are not built anywhere close to IBM quality.)

[#] Fri Jan 19 2018 15:26:44 EST from pandora

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I have a Unicomp, my model M is still me preferred keyboard, but I'd take a Unicomp over a cherry anything any day. Buckle spring for life.

[#] Fri Jan 19 2018 18:54:37 EST from Ladyhawke

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speaking of cherry hardware....

Have any of us geeks picked up the Cherry Tree Borg Cube VR?

[#] Tue Jan 23 2018 14:19:24 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I'm still a fan of the Matias Tactile Pro.... I'm running a Unicomp right now. It's okay. Looks like a Model M, but it' definitely doesn't live up to those old IBM keyboards.

[#] Wed Jan 24 2018 15:28:34 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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There are some decent "keyboard computers" around now, thanks to the emergence of PC-compatible SoC that actually have decent specs (with the usual disclaimer that people who do a lot of gaming or video editing are excluded).

I wonder if there's enough room to put a full computer inside a Model M.

[#] Fri May 18 2018 11:08:56 EDT from wizard of aahz

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I picked up a logitech mechanical keyboard... I know it's not the best of them, but the clickiness is making me all sorts of happy.

[#] Fri May 18 2018 11:25:46 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I've got a Matias Tactile Pro keyboard. I like it quite a bit.

[#] Fri May 18 2018 13:32:07 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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What kind of key switches are in the Logitech and the Matias?

[#] Fri May 18 2018 13:49:31 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Matias claims they use their own which is a recreation of the classic ALPS switch.

[#] Fri May 18 2018 14:02:57 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Logitech is using Romer-G mechanical switches

I'll bring it over for you to check out IG.

[#] Mon May 21 2018 08:17:29 EDT from fleeb

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I didn't know Logitech made such a thing.

Oddly, I can't remember what I use at home. I like it, but I wish to have the clickiness without the sound (as weird as that may seem).

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