I have finally reunited my 1988 IBM model M keyboard with my primary computer. Currently, my desktop is an 8-core mac pro. I’m sure the keyboard has never had so much power at its disposal. It took some adapting, and key re-mapping, but I’m typing this post to the classic cadence of buckling springs. “It’s so choice, if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”
For anyone that is interested, the basic key re-mapping can be done in the mac system preferences. Under “Keyboard” there is a “Modifier Keys…” button that allows you to reassign the control, command, option, and caps lock keys. I’ve set up the following map:
Caps Lock key is “control”
Alt key is “command”
Control key is “option”
Command key is “caps lock”
Note: since the IBM Model M does not have a command key I’ve effectively thrown out “caps lock.” But honestly, aside from email screamers, who uses caps lock?
I have also downloaded DoubleCommand which offers more powerful key re-mapping. If it is dramatically better, I’ll post a note about it here.