IBM Model M keyboard spares

r.stricklin bear at
Thu Aug 7 23:02:33 CDT 2008

On Aug 7, 2008, at 12:45 PM, Fred Cisin wrote:

> On Thu, 7 Aug 2008, Liam Proven wrote:
>> 2008/8/6 Sridhar Ayengar <ploopster at>:
>>> Liam Proven wrote:
>>>> /The/ classic PC keyboard, IMHO.
>>> The Model M came out *waay* after the PC.  The 84-key is the one  
>>> for the PC.
>>> I don't think the Model M is even compatible with the PC.
>> Oh, come on, Sridhar, don't be so anally retentive or obsessive!
>> I didn't say "the classic IBM model 5250 PC-XT keyboard" or anything
>> of the kind. I said PC. "PC" is a generic term, which to hundreds of
>> millions around the world just means a Personal Computer. In fact the
>> PC to which the model M I am typing on right now is attached to is,  
>> as
>> it happens, an Apple 20" 2GH PowerPC G5 iMac.
> It is easy to parse what you said to be referring to "classic PC".
> Would an Apple 20" 2GH PowerPC G5 iMac be considered a "classic PC"?
> In THIS mob, "classic PC" means 5150.
> Even those who avoid the IBM products would be considered "5150" by  
> those
> familiar with police radio codes.

But what surprises me is that nobody has yet pointed out that the 5150  
PC keyboard had only 83 keys. It wasn't until the 5170 AT keyboard  
that we got 84 keys!


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