Keyboards and the Model M (was Re: NEC ProSpeed 386)

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Thu Jun 16 08:23:50 CDT 2016

A 7/32" or 5.5mm socket or nutdriver will do the job nicely.

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Subject: Re: Keyboards and the Model M (was Re: NEC ProSpeed 386)

On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 09:17:01AM -0700, Christopher Satterfield wrote:
> Unicomp keys are still done using dyesub PBT, same as IBMs. Still 
> takes a lot of effort to wear it down, I don't recall ever seeing a 
> board with any wear on the legends.

My teetering pile of junk^W Fine Legacy Equipment that requires some TLC
includes a dead Unicomp Model M where some of the legends have clearly worn
away. The user admits to putting it through the dishwasher at least twice,
having apparently decided it was dishwashable because the first time worked.

Apart from the obvious reason that I just can't be arsed, the main stumbling
block on the repair is the recessed bolts holding it together and me not
having a suitable thin-walled driver to turn them. It's probably a simple
job once I'm actually in.

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