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So excited about this beast... wish I had a model f... but this will suffice for now.. definitely going to start collecting older stuff. As an embedded software engineer working on AI projects and such give you a good reference point of what was possible in the day with less

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    Sweetness. Should get mine out of boxes sometime.

    Definitely agree on the model f, they were crisp and lovely and had that weight. My dream resto project would be a 5251 or 3200 series, but those are so rare and the solenoids are a pita.
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    Either the white balance of that image is way off or you are some kind of wizard preventing it yellowing
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    @momad the plastic of the model m is PBT / PVC .... what yellow is ABS plastic
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    @SortOfTested the other issue with the model f is the keyboard layout and keys only the AT version of the F could be modified easily to seem normal... but AT version Fs are rare or don’t work any more
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    @momad
    The yellowing was a result of bromine in ABS plastics during the 70s and 80s. IBM manufactured model Ms were made of PVC. If your model M is yellowing, it wasn't made by IBM, or was made after 1989.
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    @QuanticoCEO
    I love them all, don't see any issues :)
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    @SortOfTested I agree lol ... so nostalgic and robust.. and to think back when they were used and programmed everything or many things we take for granted now.. crazy how much was accomplished with so little ...

    Another one I want is the IBM 5251 with the beamspring selinoid

    https://youtu.be/1qw6ebySet0
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    @QuanticoCEO
    Yep, mentioned that in my previous post :) I have one, but no time to do the solenoid repair, so it's in pieces. Takes forever to clean and the solenoids are dicey from eBay.
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    then: "I need 1MB of RAM and a 286 and i can make my sidescroller run at 30FPS at 320x240"
    now: "I need 4GB of RAM for myself and a Threadripper or you won't get higher than 30FPS on my mock-pixel-art sidescroller"

    demo and die

    also damn you got a 1986 one. mine's stamped October 22, '93.
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    @Parzi YEAH! I looked on eBay and couldn’t find anything in good condition prior to 89” and then i found this website where the guy restores them, and he has a bunch of detail about everyone he has or ever had ... so I found the earliest model on his site, which so happened to be March 11th 1986, Model M Silver Sticker IBM, without the Lock LEDS.. I didn’t care about the price I had to have it.. because everywhere on videos and sites I haven’t seen anyone with a model m prior to 1987... which is rare in itself but 86... helll take my money! Haha
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    @QuanticoCEO i got mine for $40 and the only issue was it was dirty as fuck and the numlock LED isn't working. It's even boltmodded.
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    @Parzi mine was 395 ... he’s got what I presume is your model m for around 150-200.

    In particular he does the bolt mod for all to ensure no issues
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    Isnt M better?
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    @Gregozor2121 I’m not sure I never used an F when I was a kid we I used an M but I don’t remember an F ... but F better from a design point longer lasting, NKRO.. durable.. 100million press per key.. etc.. problem is layout imo I gotta hear the sound tho.. I think the F is more “pingy”
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