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Works in Progress #6: Humidor Test Build - Finished

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Blog entry by Jerry posted 01-30-2014 02:25 AM 1375 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I did not have time to post progress yesterday, but today I finished the humidor test build. My wife has absconded with it to hold her art supplies in, so it will not be getting a hygrometer.

Before Hinges and before gluing the liner in

Remaining pics show the completed project

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-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.



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#1 posted 01-30-2014 06:50 PM

This is completely irrelevant, but what kind of vintage keyboard is that? Is it some kind of Model-M style keyboard with the clickly sound? I have several IBM Model-m that I use for work. Can’t type on anything else.

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 07:35 PM

One of my prized possessions from a bygone era. This is a “Switchboard” made by the company Datadesk International out of Rolling Bay, WA.

http://www.datadesktech.com/desktop_base.html

This keyboard had the unique ability to be used on several Macintosh or PC computers. As you can see from the third and fourth pictures this was accomplished by different dip switch configurations. Furthermore, you can move the three central modules, into any position you prefer, for example you could have the ten key on the left, keyboard on the right, or any other combination. This appealed to me greatly because I always hated having the keyboard to the far left, rather preferring to have it in the center where it logically belongs.

From their website:

Datadesk pioneered the third-party Macintosh keyboard market by developing IBM-style keyboards for Macintosh users including the first extended keyboard with function keys (the MAC-101). It was on this product that Bill Gates first demonstrated Microsoft Word for the Macintosh.

The company was the first to develop a cross platform user-configurable keyboard—the SwitchBoard—that enabled users to actually re-arrange the physical layout of the keyboard by plugging and unplugging components in a variety of positions.

They no longer make this. If you manage to find one on eBay or some other venue, make sure you get both cables, as it came with a Mac serial cable and a PC cable as well. I’m using a serial to USB converter to connect it to my more modern PC.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 09:14 PM

Wow! Thanks. I have a bunch of old extended Mac II keyboards including the compact keyboard II and a very rare Mac II keyboard. They are great to type on. I also have a rare IBM model F PC AT and a equally rare grey model M.

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