Keyboard "enthusiasts"

Toby Thain toby at
Wed Jan 24 09:05:09 CST 2018

On 2018-01-23 11:40 PM, Ian Primus via cctalk wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:35 PM, Guy Sotomayor via cctalk
> <cctalk at> wrote:
>> …are the bane of my existence and should all rot in hell.
>> Sorry, I just received an email from a “keyboard enthusiast” who was looking for
>> various IBM 327x keyboards and wanted to know if I could help him and I needed
>> to vent a little.
> Ugh. Don't get me started. I collect terminals. Missing keyboards is a
> perennial problem, but it's gotten WAY worse in recent years. I have
> two terminals here that are missing the keyboards because some
> "enthusiast" bought them out from under me during an eBay transaction.
> So, now I have an Infoton and an IBM 3101 here that are completely
> worthless because the keyboards are missing.
> And I have no hope of ever finding replacements - especially for the
> IBM 3101, because that's one of the ones the keyboard jerks really
> seem to love because it's the older beam spring kind.

Well, if it's universally held to be desirable then there's a chance of
seeing one on a secondary market. But it probably therefore also be

Bloody wankers. Keyboard is the least interesting part of a system, I
don't understand the fetishisation.


> Grr.....

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