I have been and will continue to be very busy, but wanted to get a post in briefly. I'm using the cleaned-up IBM Model M keyboard.
|back when screens were small I have no idea why they'd have needed a 12' cord on the keyboard.|| |
Also notice the F2 key. I have another model M (also from the bins) but made for a mainframe. The hack to use it with a pc is pretty elaborate. I think I'd rather try wiring the usb typewriter kit to it. At any rate I raided it for two keytops and it also is missing F2, so I used another.
|Hey similar to our typewriter shop stickers!|
It worked about 90% when I got it. At times any and all keys would work, at others, the b, v and c would fail.
I looked on the web, and was skeptical. Besides the oft-repeated (often ALL CAPS) admonition NOT to try to disassemble the keys, the only advice was to remove the tops and put it in the dishwasher, then dry it in a hot car if available. Well, I don't have a dishwasher, but I could still try cleaning it.
I removed the tops and sprayed it down with an aerosol, alcohol-based window cleaner and let it sit awhile. Then I tried spraying it in the kitchen sink.
Big mistake. The diverter valve broke in the sprayer and clogged the whole tap.
So, I rinsed it in the tub and stuck it in my car, We got a heat wave the next week, so score one for me.
After some days, I started hooking it up to see if it was recovered and I still had a few days left to wait while the space bar dried further, but the B was working now, which was encouraging. Now, it's working as well as anything I have and I've reinstalled the keytops. Plus it's cleaner than most of my typewriters.
Here are two slide rules I've acquired lately. The Pickett Model 4 is my first with hyperbolic scales.
The Post is interesting not for its functions but as a wartime rule. Post rules had been made by Hemmi in Japan and of course that was out in the 40's, but we still needed slide rules (to make the a-bomb, for one thing) so they made them in the US. This particular series gets dissed for painted-on scales and cheap construction, etc. but it would get the job done. This one was hardly used at all, and even has its box! I got it with a bunch of drafting tools, an E-6B and a distance measuring tool. I suspect the owner may have been a successful architect or surveyor who also had a plane.