Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at
Wed Mar 21 16:12:34 CDT 2007

Dave McGuire wrote:
> On Mar 21, 2007, at 2:19 PM, Steve Shumaker wrote:
>> That style of keyboard was also used in the "Northgate" computers.  
>> They custom designed one of the heaviest keyboards on the market and 
>> sold it with their Northgate clones in the mid /ate 80s.  Steel 
>> frames, virtually no flex, REAL mechanical keys, programmable function 
>> sets...   The computers have long since disappeared (company folded 
>> many years ago) but the keyboards still show up occasionally on 
>> e-bay.  Called Omnikey and Omnikey Ultra..   I'm still using one today.
>   Ahhh, I've heard of the Omnikey, but I don't believe I've ever seen 
> one in person.  Perhaps I should try to find one of those.
>   Are you sure they produced the keyboard themselves?

I'm pretty sure they made the keyboard, but bought the keyswitches from 
a supplier.  (Alps?)

Peace...  Sridhar

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