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Oh, one downside I forgot to mention (which can also be an upside): on the Apple Extended, the Caps Lock key actually mechanically *locks*. This makes reassigning the Caps Lock key pretty useless, but if you use Caps Lock for its stated purpose at all, it is nice to be able to physically check if Caps Lock is engaged without looking at the keyboard.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
I have been using original Apple Extended keyboards for 3 or 4 years. These are Apple's original Alps switch keyboards and as much a cult favorite among Mac users as Model Ms are elsewhere. Some people prefer the Extended II, which also uses Alps switches but is slightly quieter but I find slightly more... mushy. I paid $2 for each of my Apple Extended keyboards ($1 for each keyboard, $1 for each ADB cable) and $40 more each for ADB-USB adapters, so this is a pretty inexpensive solution too. Any electronics recycling place should have piles of these things lying around (as well as a variety of other mechanical keyboards from ancient times, all similarly priced). There are a couple of downsides: - Some systems don't recognize the device, through the ADB-USB adapter, as a proper USB keyboard device early enough during boot to allow doing anything before the OS is booted (this was a problem I experienced on earlier Intel Macs, but isn't a problem on either of my most recent machines); - It's downright enormous, and heavy enough to be used as a weapon, so it's not very portable; - It's pretty ugly, unless you like 80s beige plastic, and grime shows up on them just like it did on anything from that era; - No nice new features like USB hubs, if you care about using your keyboard that way. Overall though, these things are tanks and they'll probably survive the zombie apocalypse, and I miss it every time I type on another keyboard, especially a laptop.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
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