Apple & SGI keyboards (Re: NEC ProSpeed 386)

John Many Jars john at
Thu Jun 2 04:32:50 CDT 2016

When I worked at an Apple repair centre we used to fix them by replacing the switches... Until the switch to cheap Chinese keyboards

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> On 2 Jun 2016, at 00:15, Liam Proven <lproven at> wrote:
>> On 1 June 2016 at 20:57, Swift Griggs <swiftgriggs at> wrote:
>> Cool. I didn't know about those early mechanical models. I didn't wake up
>> to macs until about the Mac II days. I did have a friend with a IIGS. I
>> remember playing the Bards' Tale series on there. So, I must have used it
>> before.
> Yeah, I think all Apple keyboards /up until/ the Extended II had
> keyswitches -- then they switched to cheaper ones, like most of the
> industry.
>> I was disappointed that they didn't take the IIGS further as a hardware
>> platform, but that's only because I loved my SNES (and yes, also my
>> Genesis). IIRC, the IIGS has the same processor as a SNES with a 16bit
>> bus, no? I like the design of the GS, too.
> Interesting -- I didn't know the SNES had a 65816!
> I've not touched a //GS since they were new, but yes, they were lovely
> machines. Even if somewhat crippled -- they ran the 65816 at about
> 2.something MHz, when even the early ones could do circa 10-12 MHz and
> later ones 20-30MHz, AIUI.
> There are alleged technical reasons, but the main one, I think, and
> the reason for the machine's demise, is that it just competed with the
> Mac too much.
> The IIgs came out in 1986, the Mac II in 1987. So when the IIgs
> shipped, there were no colour-capable Macs (and their sound wasn't
> that impressive either). The IIgs looked like a plausible rival, and
> could have been expanded into an Amiga-alike fairly readily -- and
> thus threaten the still-new Macintosh.
> Damned shame, really.
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