All Other Keyboards are Trash: A Complete History of IBM's Model M Keyboard
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Be careful when carrying a Model M. If you drop it, you might damage your floor.
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Upon seeing the IBM model M, you may have a few questions:
Why does this keyboard look like shit? Also, why is this keyboard so fucking loud?
The unassuming IBM Model M keyboard shown beow, dated 26 April, 1986, was sold for $150 at Portland, Oregon's Free Geek thrift shop—a rate considered a steal compared to what most sell for online.
These cocksuckers have been around since 1984 and they probably make whatever you're typing on right now look like shit.
Anyway, what's the deal with this keyboard? Here is some relevant content:
A Complete History of IBM's Model M Keyboard
- 1880s: Early work by various notable people who would later go on to found what is now known as IBM
- 1911: Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (C-T-R), registered as a company
- 1924: C-T-R changes its name to International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation
- 1981: IBM releases the IBM Personal Computer (PC), combining assorted computer features into one package.
- Early 1980s: IBM forms a "10-person task force to build a better keyboard, informed by experts and users"
- 1985: IBM releases the "IBM Enhanced Keyboard" as part of the IBM 3161 terminal
- 1990: IBM creates Lexmark to "develop, manufacture and sell information products worldwide," including its Model M keyboards.
- 1996: Unicomp acquires the rights to produce Model M keyboards after "Lexmark’s contract to create IBM keyboards expire[s] and manufacturing rights [are] sold to a group of ex-Lexmark employees, who [form] Unicomp"
- 1999: Last IBM-Branded Model M Produced
- 2000-2018: Basically nothing
- 2019: This article was written
- 2040: Barron Trump wins the 2040 Presidential Election
You already know what the Model M's layout looks like, since you're typing on it right now. The layout of a modern QWERTY keyboard was defined by IBM's classic Model M.
But I am an asshole who uses DVORAK or am Japanese or some shit.
- Probably Some Asshole Reading This
Notably, the original Model M did not have Windows keys, because Bill "Users Shouldn't Have to Compile Their Own Drivers" Gates had not yet infected the planet with his proprietary garbage.