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    Default Does this keyboard ring a bell?

    Kept looking at it with the two edge connectors... I'm sure I've seen it before in an old magazine.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/164128373137

    Hope it didn't go to a keyboard ghoul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falter View Post

    Hope it didn't go to a keyboard ghoul.
    Of course it did. Look at the buying history of all the bidders. The winning bidder was doing something with 3D printers no less.
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    Ugh.

    That means almost certainly this one went to one also: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/RARE-Vintage...EAAOSwjKNee~yH

    Only a foaming-at-the-mouth keyboard crazy would snap that up at that price that quickly. Can't wait for the drooling fetish posts on deskthority as they rip it apart. "Oooooooh GLASS SWITCHES"

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    Such is the dark side to Autism. They might be functional members to society but also huge narcissists, with money!

    My opinions on keyboarders are by no means liked and I am aware of this being a pot calling the kettle black but many of us here as old computer specialists may remember how even 20 years ago this level of fixation was in some cases frowned upon or even grounds for an evaluation. Not anymore. Everyone can be a snowflake in their own right, but a pile of snowflakes can still be shoveled off the driveway for more important things to get through. I see no reason to compliment work which some of us were scolded for as younger people. They're still mentally ill people.
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    Speaking of individual snowflakes.. My wife and I were talking about the kids schooling and how they are at home with the absolute minimal homework due on the computer. They are not learning anything at all. As most kids today are in the same situation. I seem to be the only one in favor or the mass majority being held back rather than be given a free pass. If they aren't getting educations, they shouldn't advance.. There are NO SNOWFLAKES GET IN LINE!!!

    And back on topic, keyboard-violators are fetishists and should be treated so accordingly.

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    I don't think it was a keyboard. It was more likely a single board computer stuffed in a large generic keyboard case. Maybe a Commodore or similar.
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    But Commodore what? Does the key placement or card edge connectors at each end in the rear ring a bell?

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    The key placement looks like one of the standard terminal keyboards. Not sure which one specifically, it doesn't exactly match any I used.

    The card edge connectors seem to have 50 pins, maybe for floppy drives. My first thought with the design was a Tandy Model 1 variant with a third party expansion unit placed inside a new keyboard enclosure. But it would take opening it up to see what boards got included.

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    I was kind of thinking it *might* be a KIM-1 in there, but I compared the edge connector where those resistors and such are visible, and although there are resistors in that general area on my KIM-1, if I put it at the same angle as the pic they're not in the same places. Man that would be a kick in the pants if I missed that.

    I was reluctant to wade into $100 territory for yet another stackpole switch keyboard. Man did those things get around! I have six keyboards in several machines, and they all have those stackpole 'honeycomb' keyswitches, exact same physical layout. It's a pity the 'barrels' crack and bind. I've not yet found a solution for that other than scavenging ever rarer replacements.

    On a separate note, I actually have an account on deskthority, which I got back before I gained an appreciation for (and horror of) what they were doing to *our* hobby. I'm very tempted to go over there and write a little plea to consider us. I'm sure they won't care, but at least what needs to be said will be said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falter View Post
    I was kind of thinking it *might* be a KIM-1 in there, but I compared the edge connector where those resistors and such are visible, and although there are resistors in that general area on my KIM-1, if I put it at the same angle as the pic they're not in the same places. Man that would be a kick in the pants if I missed that.

    I was reluctant to wade into $100 territory for yet another stackpole switch keyboard. Man did those things get around! I have six keyboards in several machines, and they all have those stackpole 'honeycomb' keyswitches, exact same physical layout. It's a pity the 'barrels' crack and bind. I've not yet found a solution for that other than scavenging ever rarer replacements.

    On a separate note, I actually have an account on deskthority, which I got back before I gained an appreciation for (and horror of) what they were doing to *our* hobby. I'm very tempted to go over there and write a little plea to consider us. I'm sure they won't care, but at least what needs to be said will be said.
    I have a rare Polymorphic keyboard with the same affliction. If it is only one corner busted, careful snipping can remove part of the broken corner but the other corners are easily broken. Someone said you can pull the plunger out. I've been afraid to try it because the plastic is so brittle.
    The honey comb is one monolithic piece so the plungers would have to be snapped in. I wonder if the holes on the back would allow one to slip a shim into the back to release the plunger. If some one has a keyboard in their trash box they'd like to sacrifices, I'd be willing to take my Dremel to it and see how we might at least take one apart. I really don't want to destroy the one I have.
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