Serial keyboards

Eric Smith spacewar at
Wed Jun 7 01:51:38 CDT 2017

On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 3:48 PM, Guy Sotomayor Jr via cctalk <
cctalk at> wrote:

> Yes, I’ve been dealing with the morons who strip the keyboards off of (now
> rare) IBM 327x terminals,
> cut the connectors off and wire them up to PS/2 or USB.  May they burn in
> hell.

I have an IBM 1389194, which is a 122-key model M, apparently for a 3192 G
series terminal, with APL keycaps. I do not have such a terminal; someone
else separated the keyboard from it.  I wouldn't mind getting a 3192
terminal, but I'm not willing to spend much money on one.

I'm converting it into a USB keyboard, but I'm doing it in a fully
reversible manner.  If I burn in hell, I hope it's not because of modifying
this keyboard.


"Why this is hell, nor am I out of it."
- Christopher Marlowe, The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor

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