Day 2’s subject will probably only interest fellow geeks: my 1996 IBM Model M. It’s a super old keyboard and loud as hell, but I love it.
Story time: I got into mechanical keyboards a little over a year ago when one random day while typing away on your everyday rubber-dome keyboard, I remembered how nice it felt to type on the IBM clicky keyboards back when I was in elementary school. Looking to emulate that feel in 2012, I bought my first mechanical keyboard, the CM Storm QuickFire TK (Blue Cherry), which is a great mech keyboard—both tactile and clicky, not to mention it looks pretty cool. Alas, it didn’t quite feel like the keyboards of yesteryear. After doing some research, I discovered that the reason for the difference is because most mechanical keyboards today utilize Cherry MX switch mechanics, while what created that particular sound and feel in the IBM Model Ms of the olden days is Buckling-Spring keyboard technology. So once I realized this, I decided to hop on Ebay and just buy an actual ancient IBM Model M keyboard. I was kind of surprised to find that these things run for quite a bit of money on the market, but fortunately I was able to find a really great deal. Once it arrived I wasted no time in cleaning and restoring the keyboard and now it looks and functions as if it just came fresh out of the factory. Easily one of the best purchases I made this year. Listen to the sound of productivity.
- Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
- Aperture: f/1.4
- Exposure: 1/100th
- Focal Length: 78mm