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Now if only keyboards didn't come with caps lock...
The happy hacker has no Caps lock.
The Realforce has two keys for the Caps lock and ctr positions so you can swap them around.
post #182 of 14567
Woo! I just got my Model M.
I've got to say, it's pretty heavy, but I've gotten used to it after awhile.

Sound is pretty loud though. Looks in perfect condition, except there are a few marks and some dust under the keys. The keyboard is also a little unbalanced, but it's worth it for only 26 shipped.

I'd take pics but I can't find my camera.
    
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Woo! I just got my Model M.
I've got to say, it's pretty heavy, but I've gotten used to it after awhile.

Sound is pretty loud though. Looks in perfect condition, except there are a few marks and some dust under the keys. The keyboard is also a little unbalanced, but it's worth it for only 26 shipped.

I'd take pics but I can't find my camera.
Unbalanced like, not sitting perfectly flat on the desk? Just grab it with one hand on each end and twist it back into shape! (you have to twist pretty hard, heh). After that you shouldn't have any trouble.

You can blame the shipping company for it
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Unbalanced like, not sitting perfectly flat on the desk? Just grab it with one hand on each end and twist it back into shape! (you have to twist pretty hard, heh). After that you shouldn't have any trouble.

You can blame the shipping company for it

The casing is a bit knocked out too, won't fit together.
I thought FeDex was a good shipping company too...

Never had any damaged products by UPS lol, guess I go against the norm.
Although I suppose it could be the shipper's fault since he put the keyboard at the bottom of the box where nothing was protecting it from behind instead of in the middle.
    
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[QUOTE=laurie;6255375]Yeah mechanical boards are ugly as hell.
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True, so I did this to my new (very old) Dell AT101W:





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Nice case man.

You're a pro modder
    
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Hehe, That looks lovely. Did you cut all the brass yourself? Looks very cool. I like that you have not gone the whole way and left the key caps, I cant imagine typing on little round metal ones like a lot of steam punk modders do is very comfortable.
Have you made the lettering brown though?
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The casing is a bit knocked out too, won't fit together.
I thought FeDex was a good shipping company too...

Never had any damaged products by UPS lol, guess I go against the norm.
Although I suppose it could be the shipper's fault since he put the keyboard at the bottom of the box where nothing was protecting it from behind instead of in the middle.
Hrm then yeah, it's probably his fault. But I know that I've bought three model Ms, one BNIB (still with the tape holding it to the styrofoam packaging) and two used ones - the two used ones came slightly warped but not damaged, and a quick twist fixed it. Since the BNIB one was perfect I pretty much attributed it to the molded styrofoam that was perfectly shaped to hold it during shipping - meaning the warping could be due either to handling, or temperature changes during shipping.

Those stands look so familiar..... is this your site, or did you buy them from there? datamancer.net
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post #189 of 14567
x: Thanks man.

Laurie, I agree about the uncomfortable round keys for typing, that is why I left the stock keys on here.

I did indeed do all the milling myself, I purchased a sheet of 1/4" brass plate from a local metal recylers (24"x36") and some barstock (also used). I have all the tooling in my shop so it was a pretty quick mod. I

am very happy with how it turned out, I am not loving the keyboard though. It is an excellent mechanical keyboard but I want something with more of a click, and more resistance. Just personal preference, I stopped by a used computer store that deals with alot of old business machines the other day, he had dozens of model "M"s sitting around, I love the "click" on those. I wonder if they have exactly the same footprint as this Dell?
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Manyak: Mr. Datamancer is an artist, but I got the idea from the same place that he did, another steampunk artist by the name of Jake von Slatt. Here is his website: http://steampunkworkshop.com/keyboard.shtml
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