Keyboard Mods

Freshly rebuilt with switches (and some key caps) from an SGI keyboard my Tactile Pro 2 now feels nicer to type on than it ever has.
This weekend I unsoldered all the key switches on two keyboards. One is my Tactile Pro and the other is one of several old SGI Slabs I have stashed. The tactile pro has advantages like a modern layout that matches my Macs and USB rather than PS/2 but the reproduction switches never felt the same as the original alps switches.
After I’d soldered all the old switches onto the Tactile Pro I took advantage of having two sets of key caps to choose from, one of them 2 tone, to fit it with 3 tone key caps. It now feels much the same as the SGI keyboard I use on my work machine but with the extra keys. My work machine runs linux which needs the extra keys less: Macs have had command and option since there have been Macs and linux/unix tend to be the least fussy OS when it comes to keyboard layout.

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