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Re: ot- buying a new name brand pc with xp
- Subject: Re: ot- buying a new name brand pc with xp
- From: Daniel Say say@xxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009 12:42:25 -0800
> --- On Thu, 1/8/09, Manuel Castelao wrote:
> > From: Manuel Castelao
> > Subject: Re: ot- buying a new name brand pc with xp
> > To: xywrite@xxxxxxxx
> > Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009, 12:35 AM
> > My Omnikey/Plus keyboard is ending its life and the Avant
> > Stellar is
> > very expensive (I have to add shipping costs to Europe).
> > Any comment or experience related to this Unicomp keyboard (function keys
> > on the left)?
> > http://pckeyboards.stores.yahoo.net/122keyterkey.html
> > Manuel Castelao
> I've never seen this one before, Manuel. It doesn't look to be USB, unless I'm missing something ? If there *was* a USB version of the Avant / Omni (or good quality counterpart), I'd probably want to take a look at it.
> True, the Avant is expensive, but if you amortize the cost over a dozen years . . . .
" http://pckeyboards.stores.yahoo.net/122keyterkey.html "
It's an emulation of the high end IBM keyboard
for special PC/5250 terminals.
Another company making 5250 terminal keyboards in Utah,
It's heavy (maybe 3 pounds/ 1.5 kg) made of metal plates
and heavy plastics.
There is no USB connector as this is from
a previous era. However $2 to $5 Mini-Din-to-USB
connectors (often Y-leads to include a mini-din
mouse also, to one USB connector) abound and you
can plug that in. Get a couple of DIN-USB connectors
for any keyboard you treasure so that you can
continue to use it on any PC/Mac with USB only
... like my new Toshiba Laptop and Xywrite.
I've bought stuff from Unicomp. They have the
parts from the Lexington factory and build the
keyboards to order.
I like the Model M (see various fan websites) a lot
and bought the Ontheball Plus Model M from Unicomp.
Heavier than my laptop these days, and too clicky for
some, the collapsing spring mechanism leads to a
real travel stroke and my typing improves.
I hate the flat laptop keyboards and typing more
than a half page, I'll plug in a real Model M to
a Mini-Din to USB plug and use that, lifing the
cursed laptop up off the table or desk to finger fly