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Offline ed_avis

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Unicomp M122 with PS/2 connector, $41.09 incuding US shipping
« on: Sun, 12 April 2020, 12:54:20 »
https://www.ebay.com/itm/164100488366

Sold as untested, but very likely to be still working.  Looks like a regular PS/2 connector, so hopefully no exotic converter needed.

Offline Rayndalf

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Re: Unicomp M122 with PS/2 connector, $41.09 incuding US shipping
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 04 May 2020, 22:38:13 »
Not sure why this auction seemed to have been ended by the seller, but if you look closely one of the pins on the PS/2 plug broke off, which would have been a pretty easy fix.

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Re: Unicomp M122 with PS/2 connector, $41.09 incuding US shipping
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 05 May 2020, 07:51:43 »
I don't think they broke. The 2 absent pins are the 2 that don't do anything anyway.
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Re: Unicomp M122 with PS/2 connector, $41.09 incuding US shipping
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 05 May 2020, 16:09:37 »
Its funny I see so many more DIN 5 connectors than mini DIN 6 in my collection, I tend to forget PS/2 had frequently unused pins.
Either PS/2 had a somewhat short run as the primary keyboard connector before rubber domes became the thing, or all the PS/2 mechanical keyboards are still being used so I can't buy them cheaply.

It makes sense though, pins that aren't there can't bend or break off :p

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Re: Unicomp M122 with PS/2 connector, $41.09 incuding US shipping
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 05 May 2020, 16:40:50 »
That spare pin on the AT connector occasionally/rarely saw action as the "reset" connection but that was the exception rather than the rule.

There are millions of rubber dome PS/2 (mini-DIN6) out there but I think that mechanical switches were fading out as PS/2 was coming in.

Of course, IBM provided Model Ms with PS/2 systems from day one in the late 1990s but it took a while for inertia to wash through the industry.
Were our leaders just stupid? Well, maybe. But there’s a deeper explanation of the profoundly self-destructive behavior of Trump and his allies: They were all members of America’s cult of selfishness. You see, the modern US right is committed to the proposition that greed is good, that we’re all better off when individuals engage in the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest. In their vision, unrestricted profit maximization by businesses and unregulated consumer choice is the recipe for a good society.
Support for this proposition is, if anything, more emotional than intellectual. I’ve long been struck by the intensity of right-wing anger against relatively trivial regulations, like bans on phosphates in detergent and efficiency standards for light bulbs. It’s the principle of the thing: Many on the right are enraged at any suggestion that their actions should take other people’s welfare into account. This rage is sometimes portrayed as love of freedom. But people who insist on the right to pollute are notably unbothered by, say, federal agents tear-gassing peaceful protesters. What they call “freedom” is actually absence of responsibility.
Rational policy in a pandemic, however, is all about taking responsibility. The main reason you shouldn’t go to a bar and should wear a mask isn’t self-protection, although that’s part of it; the point is that congregating in noisy, crowded spaces or exhaling droplets into shared air puts others at risk. And that’s the kind of thing America’s right just hates, hates to hear. Anger at any suggestion of social responsibility also helps explain the looming fiscal catastrophe.  – Paul Krugman 2020-07-28 NYT