On Sun, 30 Nov 2008, Brad Parker wrote:
David Griffith wrote:
Does anyone here have pull with Sun Microsystems or know someone who does?
I'm trying to get the right person jazzed up about the idea of a Type 7
keyboard built like a Model M. I've already emailed clickykeyboards.com
about it and they'll do the engineering and design work for about $27k. A
Type 7 sells brand new for around $50. I'm sure people would be more than
willing to pay twice as much for a "Type 7m".
Could you explain a little more? I got off the sun bus around type 4
What's special about a model 7? and whats a "Model M"?
Back in the day I loved my sun keyboard, but it looked like this:
i.e. with the control key in the correct place :-)
That's a Type 5.
The Model M keyboard was created by IBM for the PS/2 line. See
for details. It's notable for being a
very tough and comfortable keyboard. The Type 7 is Sun's latest keyboard.
The layout is unchanged from the Type 5 and somewhat resembles it, but
feels much cheaper and more fragile. The Type 7 is USB only. The Type 6
has the same layout, has irritating curves and a wrist rest and came in
USB and Sun mini-din models. What I'm after is a keyboard built like the
Model M, but with the layout of a Type [5|6|7]. I'm trying to justify
this to Sun as being good for selling to customers who subject keyboards
to heavy use. The standard Type 7 just doesn't feel up to the task.
Oh, and it was Unicomp who said they can engineer such a keyboard, not
dgriffi at cs.csubak.edu
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