The Yellow Peril

Back when I was a young whipper snapper, the first person in my life to own a ‘real PC’ was my granddad Roy.

Being an accountant, he needed to be able to work on his spreadsheets (I assume) from home, using a computer I could not begin to remember the make nor model of.

It had a green screen, so this was a while ago.

It also had that keyboard.

IBM Model M Mechanical Keyboard

I distinctly remember the sound the IBM Model M keyboard made. Such solid build quality.

I wondered for about ten years why his keyboard had sounded and felt so different to the keyboards I used at home, school, and at work.

Then a few years ago, I heard about Mechanical Keyboards through a forum, and began doing a little research.

It turns out that these things aren’t cheap. Your modern day equivalent is about £100 or more. That’s a fair old chunk of change for a keyboard.

But, I figured, I use my keyboard every day. I do a lot of typing – whether it’s video write ups, blog posts, and / or coding – my keyboard(s) get hammered.

filco-majestouch-2

Anyway, I treated myself to one. Sorry for the terrible crop. And yes, it is a bit dirty (did I mention I hammer my keyboards?).

What a fantastic keyboard this is.

Recently I have been umm-ing and ahh-ing over whether to ditch my home PC in favour of an iMac.

It turns out ol’ Steve and his crew didn’t get so rich by throwing in a keyboard and mouse Apple iTrackpad2 Pro for free. No sir. If you want an £1800 Apple computer then being able to actually use it is going to cost you £100+ more.

I’ve used the Apple keyboard. I’m not a huge fan. It’s all right but it’s not in the same league as my Filco Majestouch 2. I heard they released a new keyboard also, which I managed to try recently and couldn’t see how it was any different to the old one.

As it turns out Filco actually do a Mechanical keyboard for the Mac. Good stuff.

But what caught my eye even more was this beast:

filco-majestouch-2-yellow-key-cap-version

That’s something else, isn’t it?

What immediately sprang to mind:

only-fools-and-horses-the-yellow-peril

only-fools-and-horses-yellow-peril-paint-sceneI’m swaying away from buying an iMac currently. Dual booting Ubuntu (work) and Windows 10 (gaming and music production) seems to be a good way forward.

I record all the content for this site on a Macbook Pro, so that’s not affected by this change.

And it means I don’t need to shell out another £100+ on another mechanical keyboard.

Whilst the yellow keyboard is a little on the crazy side for me, I do think this looks really cool:

filco-blue-keycaps

Only £4.99 as well. Quite the saving.

Does anyone out there own the Filco Delboy? Pictures please!

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