Presenting "Teh Blingings"

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HaaTa
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Presenting "Teh Blingings"

Unread post by HaaTa » 24 Jun 2012, 21:41

Found this a while ago. Needless to say it was insta-buy for the absurdity factor.

NKRO, and weighs about ~12 lbs. The case is chrome plated steel.

Haven't looked at the protocol, but I expect it to be custom (not that that stops me from using it :mrgreen: ).
Spherical double shots with vintage Maxi-Switch linears (identical to NEC and SMK vintage linears).

And without further ado, presenting "Teh Blingings" aka the Billings 6000 Keyboard.

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A small bit of info on the Billings Computer Company.
http://classictech.wordpress.com/2012/0 ... -missouri/

Teh Blingings when rightfully seated on it's mythical (fingerprinty) chrome pedestal. :lol:
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In truth, I could've gotten the seen monitor as well, but shipping a CRT is ridiculous...

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webwit
Wild Duck

Unread post by webwit » 24 Jun 2012, 21:44

Very nice. I could type and apply my mascara at the same time. How does this material go with fingerprints?

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RC-1140

Unread post by RC-1140 » 24 Jun 2012, 21:44

WTF!? This thing looks ridiculous. But it still looks better than some other keyboards nowadays. But I wonder what was supposed to be in the "Winchester" box.

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Daemon Raccoon

Unread post by Daemon Raccoon » 24 Jun 2012, 21:47

RC-1140 wrote:WTF!? This thing looks ridiculous. But it still looks better than some other keyboards nowadays. But I wonder what was supposed in the "Winchester" box.
The hard disk drive!

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Half-Saint

Unread post by Half-Saint » 24 Jun 2012, 21:48

A winchester hard drive.

Bah, beat me to it!

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RC-1140

Unread post by RC-1140 » 24 Jun 2012, 21:49

after reading the article I know that as well. But the name is inviting you to make a pun about it. But I'm not too good with puns.

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HaaTa
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Unread post by HaaTa » 24 Jun 2012, 21:49

webwit wrote:Very nice. I could type and apply my mascara at the same time. How does this material go with fingerprints?
Terrible for fingerprints...worse than even a Das keyboard.

rodtang

Unread post by rodtang » 24 Jun 2012, 22:09

That is one awesome keyboard the reeks of style that is hard to find these days.

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HaaTa
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Unread post by HaaTa » 24 Jun 2012, 22:33

Something I'm curious about.
Is this actually one of the earliest keyboards with an integrated wrist rest? (1983)

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wupi

Unread post by wupi » 24 Jun 2012, 22:40

Awsome board! Image

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didja

Unread post by didja » 24 Jun 2012, 22:48

That is frickin awesome! if you tire of it let me know, I'd love to own Darth Vader's keyboard.

Reminds me of this Megatek I was outbid on a few years ago, but yours is way cooler.

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And it definitely wins the thick key cap award.
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Soarer

Unread post by Soarer » 24 Jun 2012, 23:20

In truth, I could've gotten the seen monitor as well, but shipping a CRT is ridiculous...
The monitor is pretty cool looking, but, yeah.

The whole rack would be awesome converted into keyboard storage drawers though!

With teh blingings in a glass case on top, of course. Preferably maglev'd.

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HaaTa
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Unread post by HaaTa » 24 Jun 2012, 23:21

didja wrote:That is frickin awesome! if you tire of it let me know, I'd love to own Darth Vader's keyboard.
Maybe in few years 8-)
Still have to squeeze in some time to build a controller for it before I'd even consider parting with it.

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002
Topre Enthusiast

Unread post by 002 » 24 Jun 2012, 23:50

Very nice, man.
I bet you had to do some interesting manouvres to avoid your picture being taken in the reflection :)

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Trent

Unread post by Trent » 25 Jun 2012, 04:36

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY, HOW DO I ORDER 15?

On a side note, great find.

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HaaTa
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Unread post by HaaTa » 25 Jun 2012, 04:52

002 wrote:Very nice, man.
I bet you had to do some interesting manouvres to avoid your picture being taken in the reflection :)
Haha, yeah. You can even see Settlers of Catan in one of the reflection pics :P.

On a side note, this is probably beats out virtually all my keyboards for shear zombie beating durability.
Though you'll have to be careful of fingerprints...zombies tend not to wash their hands much :lol: .

ripster

Unread post by ripster » 25 Jun 2012, 05:00

I believe it's vampires that dislike shiny keyboards.

Now I see why thick keys are no barrier when you have such tall key stems.

And MaxiMan on the PCB is awesome!

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dirge

Unread post by dirge » 25 Jun 2012, 10:27

HaaTa wrote: Haha, yeah. You can even see Settlers of Catan in one of the reflection pics :P.
love that game!

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off

Unread post by off » 25 Jun 2012, 11:18

Damn cool. Wasn't expecting this with such a title, postponed checking it out since I expected something horrible; but this is one nice find! Shame about the monitor (and rest of the cabinet indeed).

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Peter

Unread post by Peter » 25 Jun 2012, 21:35

The company saw some success abroad, claiming it made one of every four computers sold in Norway for 1981.
I think they sold some in Denmark as well ..

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phetto
Elite

Unread post by phetto » 26 Jun 2012, 07:06

Seems rather practical.

OT: AWESOOOME :shock:

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litster

Unread post by litster » 27 Jun 2012, 02:22

Sir, please step up to the podium to type.

Nice find!

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Iknorite

Unread post by Iknorite » 27 Jun 2012, 18:51

Needs side-by-side comparison to a poker. :lol:

ripster

Unread post by ripster » 27 Jun 2012, 18:56

Any scoop on who this mysterious MaxiMan is?

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Is he a SuperHero From the Dawn of Computing?

Ouch sad ending......
http://articles.latimes.com/1990-08-01/ ... protection

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HaaTa
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Unread post by HaaTa » 27 Jun 2012, 22:55

ripster wrote:Any scoop on who this mysterious MaxiMan is?

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Is he a SuperHero From the Dawn of Computing?
I would be interested in this as well.
I do have another example of the logo.

(Both pics from the same keyboard)
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ripster

Unread post by ripster » 28 Jun 2012, 03:01

I keep thinking this guy..Tron Nerd. And Tron DID come out in 1982.


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Mmmmm...antipasto

net2522

Unread post by net2522 » 05 Jul 2012, 04:12

It's so THICK :shock:

mr_a500

Unread post by mr_a500 » 05 Apr 2013, 16:19

HaaTa wrote:Found this a while ago. Needless to say it was insta-buy for the absurdity factor.

NKRO, and weighs about ~12 lbs. The case is chrome plated steel.

Haven't looked at the protocol, but I expect it to be custom (not that that stops me from using it :mrgreen: ).
Spherical double shots with vintage Maxi-Switch linears (identical to NEC and SMK vintage linears).

And without further ado, presenting "Teh Blingings" aka the Billings 6000 Keyboard.

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That is friggin' awesome. It's like a Kaypro keyboard, but with extra keys to make it useful on modern computers. (assuming it could ever be connected)

Before I got my beam spring, I would have hunted you down and killed you for this keyboard. (...but now I'll just rough you up a little bit.. maybe break an arm :P)

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HaaTa
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Unread post by HaaTa » 07 Apr 2013, 01:02

I've tried to get this keyboard to work with modern computers...but it's TERRIBLY grounded by design. The entire thing works like a giant antenna, so it's hard to get it to get my scope to read anything useful.

Perhaps when I have a bit more time, I'll give it a bit more effort.

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Muirium
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Unread post by Muirium » 07 Apr 2013, 01:43

ripster wrote:Any scoop on who this mysterious MaxiMan is?

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Is he a SuperHero From the Dawn of Computing?

Ouch sad ending......
http://articles.latimes.com/1990-08-01/ ... protection
From the linked article:
The company retains its keyboard and switch manufacturing business in Scotland, and a keypad manufacturing plant in Phoenix.
Wonder if that was in Greenock, by any chance? Strange to think that Scotland was once the keyboard capital of Europe. Bet it was all about subsidies and when those couldn't fill the gap with Chinese costs, that's when the music stopped.

Anyway, Lord Vader's keyboard could very well prove dangerous if it were to fall into rebel hands.

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