From: Terry Pinnell
Subject: Re: OT: Sticky keys
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 18:59:45 +0100
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 17:59:46 +0000 (UTC)
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>The MS keyboards use a mechanical key which, when pressed, 'stomps' on a one
>piece plastic membrane. These short out and warp all of the time. Ditch it
>and find an old IBM 'AT' keyboard. Here in the States, these are available
>from computer surplus outlets and thrift stores (store which sell items
>donated to charity) for very little money ($3-$7). They last forever. I
>have *many* of them...five or six which I use regularly, a few working units
>in reserve; plus a number of 'parts' boards.
>I buy them *whenever* I see one. For me, there is absolutely no substitute.
>In another group (nashville.general), when we had this discussion many
>months ago, a poster related that this very same kb was still available new
>from the original OEM supplier to IBM...but I don't recall where I stuck the
>URL. Maybe you can 'google' the original post...although I believe it was a
>side discussion to a different topic.
>Bottom line is: if you can't find an original, they are still available new
>if you can suss out where.
Thanks. I do actually have an original, gathering dust in my
shed/workshop. I agree that its positive-click makes it nice to use.
But it too has its snags: noisy (a consideration when I'm working late
or up before dawn and my wife Janet is still asleep next door); no
Windows key; no extra buttons like 'Sleep', 'Calculator', etc.
I;m tentaively thinking about what I understand to be its modern
counterpart, the Cherry.
Terry, West Sussex, UK