My buddy has convinced me to try a mechanical keyboard for work. I was originally going to buy a Unicomp Model M Spacesaver for my MacBook Pro but when I was talking to my dad about it he said "hold on, let me show you my old keyboard." This was the one that came with his IBM computer in 1986 and he says I'm welcome to use it but he wants to keep it functional for his old computer should he ever want to fire it back up for nostalgia's sake.
So without knowing anything about keyboards this is my plan from some basic research:
- buy a wire keycap puller and clean the keys in warm, soapy water (except for the spacebar, leave that on. I also know the longer keys have stabilizers attached to them and I don't know how to remove those yet - figure YouTube will help with that)
- buy a DIN to PS/2 and active PS/2 to USB converter to make it work with a modern computer
- download some software (Karabiner came up as an option, is that good?) to remap keys through my computer for use with a Mac. I obviously need a command key but I'd also like screen brightness, volume, mute, play/pause, skip forward/back songs, etc