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[Chris]
March 7th, 2017, 05:42 PM
While not really a PC score, but rather a keyboard score (since it doesn't seem to have its own section).

While randomly thrifting at my local Salvation Army today, I saw this box sitting at the back of the store, near the electronics section. Initially thought it was just an ordinary IBM keyboard, since it was a black keyboard, until I looked closer at the box, and saw it stated "Buckling spring". Scored it for $19.99, which I guess one can say was a real steal considering it was never opened, still sealed, and is now being used with my main pc.

This is one of the later IBM Model M "M13" with the Trackpoint II, manufactured by MaxiSwitch for IBM in the year 1996.

http://i.imgur.com/wlvkAYSl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/fd7AB2Yl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/66lI2gAl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/MKeVeyi.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ChBdOIzl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/qSf2cBjl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/SiXwjSdl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/aUAB97Pl.jpg

Also has a built-in mouse port (since a second plug connects to the mouse port that connects the trackpoint:
http://i.imgur.com/vqMetf5.jpg

evildragon
March 7th, 2017, 06:47 PM
Wait, is that one really a buckling spring? For a 97 I thought they stopped doing that by then. I'm jealous either way!

Alkenstof
March 8th, 2017, 12:44 PM
nice, the best i found was a 5 1/4 fdd for free... wish i had a model M...

Casey
March 8th, 2017, 01:20 PM
Yew bastiche!

... I mean, nice score, dude! :wink:

compu_85
March 9th, 2017, 06:33 AM
Great find!

I haven't used my M13 in a while... I find I miss the Windows key too much. I'm using an Apple Extended II at work and home at present...

-J

Casey
March 9th, 2017, 06:03 PM
Great find!

I haven't used my M13 in a while... I find I miss the Windows key too much. I'm using an Apple Extended II at work and home at present...

-J

I don't know how many regulars here are aware that Unicomp (pckeyboards.com) is alive & well, and still producing buckling-spring keyboards. You can order one with or without Windows keys, usb or ps/2, and they even have a Mac version.

The base versions starts at ~$84, which is not bad given it's a brand-new keyboard, and compared to the prices charged on eBay.

lf I had the money, and I could be sure I wouldn't spill beer or iced tea all over the thing, I would buy one in a heartbeat.

PhilipA
March 10th, 2017, 07:46 AM
Nice, I remember those. I am currently typing on an NMB split-spacebar "Designed for Windows 95" buckling-spring(ish) keyboard. It's acceptable for work because it's noisy in here and nobody can hear you type.

I should coin that; "In the Central Office, nobody can hear you type."

--Phil