Introduce yourself. Tell people why you are interested in vintage computers and what (if anything) you've got.


Postby xwhatsit on Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:53 pm

Hello everybody,

My name is Tom, I'm a software dev in Auckland. I'm a lot younger than the hardware I have an interest in (my first computer was a lovely C64 C -- the white thing, not the fondly remembered brown breadbin).

I've mainly signed up in the hope I can find somewhere locally to buy some early IBM mainframe/minicomputer bits -- really, I'm interested in the keyboards. I type daily on a 122-key Model M, but I'm desperately keen to find an IBM beam spring keyboard (the mechanism they used on basically anything before the Model F and Model M). The keyboards of the IBM 5251 and IBM 3278 (and oddly enough the Displaywriter) are classic examples. I plan to build a USB converter board so it can be put to daily use.

Anyhow, thanks for letting me join the forums, I've already read some interesting stuff.

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Re: Hello

Postby tezza on Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:20 pm

Welcome to the forums Tom.

Good luck on sourcing the keyboard. You might want to try some of the Auckland collectors listed here:
http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/col ... /multi.htm

You never know they might have lying around.
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