My Clickety IBM Keyboard - RIP
I have been using an old clickety IBM keyboard for at least a dozen years. I believe it has survived through perhaps 4 or 5 PCs. Suddenly, the other day, it just stopped working. When I powered off the machine, reset the connector, and powered it back on, I got nothing but beeping. I had to admit that this was the end of the road.
I had no idea how much I had enjoyed using that keyboard, writing 3 or 4 books on it, in addition to using it for programming and writing articles day in and day out. I had to use one of the new Dell black keyboards for a week or so, and I hated it. It was clear early on I needed to do something other than just run down to Best Buy or similar to pick up any old keyboard. I got the CVT Avante Prime. It costs about $150.00, and was recommended by a number of people on their blogs and in reviews. It is said to be very close to the Northgate Omnipro keyboard, which had a feel similar to the old IBM keyboards.
It is nice to have the Windows keys on the keyboard, but I would still be much happier to have my old IBM keyboard. Perhaps I will go to some computer fair (is the Trenton State Computer Fair still around?) and see if I can pick up a working, old IBM keyboard.