Space Cadet Keyboard on eBay

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XMIT
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16 Apr 2021, 01:55

https://www.ebay.com/itm/164815576309/

I'd love to have a shot at this one. But it's over $1500 an hour after being listed. I don't think I have that kind of money!

Paging MMcM. I bet you probably know who owns this board, this "lcs8". I certainly don't.
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Weezer

16 Apr 2021, 01:59

Eh, what's the big deal anyway? It's not like it has cool legends or anything.
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mindgame

16 Apr 2021, 02:13

Weezer wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 01:59
Eh, what's the big deal anyway? It's not it has cool legends or anything.
WAT? :shock:

micmil

16 Apr 2021, 02:17

Ugly fonts, stupid layout, slightly dirty, and you can't even hook it up to a Soarer's. Absolute piece of shit and everyone should stop bidding on it and convince the seller to just give it to me so I can properly dispose of it. As a token of generosity I'll even cover shipping.



Alright, can't even screw around. Slightly scruffy or not thing thing is still the best looking keyboard ever devised.

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XMIT
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16 Apr 2021, 03:29

I mean, in the end, it's just a hyper inflated Micro Switch Hall Effect board. At what this will go for - I'm expecting $4k to $10k - it's seriously cheaper to make my own, carving the individual key caps out of blocks of ABS plastic. :lol:

It's already more than lispnick pricing, let me go put in my order with him...

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https://keymacs.com

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raoulduke-esq

16 Apr 2021, 03:34

I’d love to see that kit produced at scale to bring it to F62/F77 pricing!

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JP!

16 Apr 2021, 03:49

Where's the rest of the machine? I don't understand what this fetish with keyboards is all about. :ugeek:

Rayndalf

16 Apr 2021, 04:12

JP! wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 03:49
Where's the rest of the machine? I don't understand what this fetish with keyboards is all about. :ugeek:
Normally I understand the fixation with keyboards, but the keyboard is honestly one of the least interesting parts of the Lisp machine. It'd be like taking a Xerox Alto and throwing away everything but the keyboard, it totally misses everything else that makes the system so interesting (the first GUI, the use of a mouse, the way the keyboard is shaped to fit under the monitor).

I really need to get a terminal of some kind up and running, it'd be great fun.

micmil

16 Apr 2021, 04:25

Rayndalf wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 04:12
JP! wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 03:49
Where's the rest of the machine? I don't understand what this fetish with keyboards is all about. :ugeek:
Normally I understand the fixation with keyboards, but the keyboard is honestly one of the least interesting parts of the Lisp machine. It'd be like taking a Xerox Alto and throwing away everything but the keyboard, it totally misses everything else that makes the system so interesting (the first GUI, the use of a mouse, the way the keyboard is shaped to fit under the monitor).

I really need to get a terminal of some kind up and running, it'd be great fun.
It's a relatively "easy" to find component of a legendary piece of hardware. I'm sure there are some out there that value the computer itself but personally I have no use for anything I can't use. That's really the market. I wouldn't have one of these keyboards as a wallhanger, I'd have someone way smarter than myself make a breakout box that can talk to my computer and use the hell out of it. Assuming I had that much extraneous cash, which I sure as hell don't. :lol:

John Doe

16 Apr 2021, 04:35

I think @Erderm_ should put something new into his MicroSwitch huge kbds collection again...

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XMIT
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16 Apr 2021, 06:11

Rayndalf wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 04:12
It'd be like taking a Xerox Alto and throwing away everything but the keyboard, it totally misses everything else that makes the system so interesting (the first GUI, the use of a mouse, the way the keyboard is shaped to fit under the monitor).
A guy at work has an Alto in his home office, it's always fun to see it in the background of Zoom calls.

John Doe

16 Apr 2021, 06:26

Bidding growing🤔

Rayndalf

16 Apr 2021, 07:40

XMIT wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 06:11
Rayndalf wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 04:12
It'd be like taking a Xerox Alto and throwing away everything but the keyboard, it totally misses everything else that makes the system so interesting (the first GUI, the use of a mouse, the way the keyboard is shaped to fit under the monitor).
A guy at work has an Alto in his home office, it's always fun to see it in the background of Zoom calls.
That's bad ass. As far as retro computers I think it'd be one of the most accessible of the era (on account of the GUI), but probably well out of my price range.

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shine

16 Apr 2021, 11:28

this is going to be huuuge

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TNT

16 Apr 2021, 11:55

Interesting to see how high this price tag will go. Well out of my range, that's for sure. When will someone finally properly recreate these caps for shmucks like me?

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kbdfr
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16 Apr 2021, 17:30

TNT wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 11:55
[…] When will someone finally properly recreate these caps for shmucks like me?
You’re just a bit late to the party:
viewtopic.php?f=62&t=15386

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kps

16 Apr 2021, 17:59

Rayndalf wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 04:12
It'd be like taking a Xerox Alto and throwing away everything but the keyboard
I don't have an Alto (I wish) but I have a Dandelion (“Star”, but that was actually the name of a software package), and yes, I periodically get offers for the keyboard alone (which I ignore).

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inmbolmie

16 Apr 2021, 18:19

Please, form an orderly line to empty your pockets...

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TNT

16 Apr 2021, 19:39

kbdfr wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 17:30
TNT wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 11:55
[…] When will someone finally properly recreate these caps for shmucks like me?
You’re just a bit late to the party:
viewtopic.php?f=62&t=15386
Yeah, I'm aware of those, but they are missing the front legends :mrgreen:

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JP!

16 Apr 2021, 19:59

TNT wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 19:39
Yeah, I'm aware of those, but they are missing the front legends :mrgreen:
Paint them on by hand or use a pad printing process to do it like the originals. :geek:

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hellothere

16 Apr 2021, 20:43

John Doe wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 06:26
Bidding growing🤔
$2125.

Suzuran

16 Apr 2021, 22:11

If anyone here ends up buying this and wants it to be more than a decoration, drop me a line and I can get you sorted for an interface and (if necessary) firmware.

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Go-Kart

17 Apr 2021, 00:31

Owning such a board would be pretty rad but I'd settle for a set of those caps on any of my boards...

MMcM

17 Apr 2021, 01:24

XMIT wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 01:55
Paging MMcM. I bet you probably know who owns this board, this "lcs8". I certainly don't.
Actually not sure. lcs8 suggests Laboratory for Computer Science on the 8th floor of Tech Square and not initials, but I could be stupidly forgetting somebody. Also unclear how many times it's changed hands since GigaMos.

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hellothere

18 Apr 2021, 00:03

hellothere wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 20:43
John Doe wrote:
16 Apr 2021, 06:26
Bidding growing🤔
$2125.
$2550. Went up to $3100 in the time it took me to write this post.

For what it's worth, I'd rather have a nice looking, great condition beamspring for this price. I could probably definitely buy the nice blue caps from a Selectric I, too.

micmil

18 Apr 2021, 01:55

I swear it was over $5k when I looked at one point. Fake bid, maybe?

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inmbolmie

18 Apr 2021, 02:06

micmil wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 01:55
I swear it was over $5k when I looked at one point. Fake bid, maybe?
There is indeed a $10000 retracted bid. That is people checking what the other’s highest bids are. Many sharks are circling this prey.

John Doe

18 Apr 2021, 05:34

4 days and 19 hs left, $3100 a new level.

Double_Shot_ABS

18 Apr 2021, 05:50

Private listings always have a reason behind :mrgreen:
John Doe wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 05:34
4 days and 19 hs left, $3100 a new level.

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darkcruix

18 Apr 2021, 22:24

Double_Shot_ABS wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 05:50
Private listings always have a reason behind :mrgreen:
John Doe wrote:
18 Apr 2021, 05:34
4 days and 19 hs left, $3100 a new level.
It will not end up very close to 10k nobody should pay more than 2k for it ... a nice piece to put behind glass but a horrible key feel and way too many keys. Without the original Lisp machine just unusable..
Sadly it doesn't ship across the pond ;)

ps: edits in italic font.
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