need (physical) key for Sun SPARCserver 1000e

Jerry Kemp other at
Tue Feb 14 12:40:27 CST 2017

Hello Fred,

Thank you for the post.

This is really a chicken vs egg issue here.

Apparently, no one right now has a copy of this key.

No one seems to even have a picture of the key.

There have been a couple of pictures + eBay sales shared that show, what I would 
call newer keys.  I label them newer keys because the keys shown have a purple 
plastic surround molded on to them.

Does that mean they won't work?  I don't know.  The 1000e is a 1992 vintage box. 
  If I recall correctly, Sun's purple era was early 2000's.

Someone out there has a spare of the key I need.  I feel confident that 
ultimately it will turn up sooner or later.


On 02/14/17 10:50 AM, Fred Cisin wrote:
>> Maybe someone with a key and a set of callipers can match up a blank at
>> Home Depot and measure it up :P
> NO.
> Home Depot does not have a selection of keys.  They have some car keys, some
> padlock keys (that MIGHT match), and TWO house keys (Schlage SC1 and Kwikset
> KW1, although they have more than a hundred different novelty heads on those)
> They are no good, if you want the third, fourth, or fifth most common housekey!
> Take a key to a locksmith and get a copy, to peddle to one of those seeking that
> key.  Even if your locksmith is so curmudgeonly that he won't tell you anything,
> Note the numbers stamped on the blank.  It is trivially easy to measure the
> depths of the cuts, and with the "depth and spacing" standards for that blank,
> you can guess them from the picture.
> We had no difficulty on this list decoding the DEC XX2247 key.
> --
> Grumpy Ol' Fred             cisin at

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