After getting my Cherry finished, my brother messaged me
that his company was emptying
their old office and were throwing away some sort of IBM typerwiter. He asked if I would be interested
in taking it instead, to save it from going to the landfill. Of course I was, and so I was soon in
possession of a working IBM Wheelwriter 6747-2. The Wheelwriter is an electric typerwiter
introduced by IBM in 1984 to replace the earlier Selectric. It has a keyboard with similar
construction to that of the famous IBM Model M, using the same buckling spring mechanism. The unit
my brother saved for me is from 1986.
I myself had no use for a typewriter, but I was
very interested in its keyboard, that seemed to be in perfect condition. All the keys responded
properly, so it was just a matter of disconnecting the keyboard and converting it into USB usage. This
is how my conversion story started.
After quite some time in development, I’ve now deployed Mebe 2 on
this site, to replace the aging Mebe codebase. The earlier blog engine was written with Phoenix, which
while being a great framework, was a bit heavy handed for the engine’s minimal needs. Mebe 2 has the
old engine’s Markdown parsing and DB logic, but the web side is totally rewritten. The framework I
chose is Raxx, because it’s quite minimal but also mainly
because I just wanted to learn it. Alternatives are good.
The new blog engine has proper Distillery releases, so
keeping it running and making new fixes and features is a lot easier. It’s still in very early
development, though, as it’s missing tests and proper docs et cetera, but I figured I’d start
dogfooding it already, as this remake process has kept me from writing new posts. So hopefully in the
near future I’ll come out with some new stuff! See you till then!
I’ve always loved retro keyboards. Back at my previous job I used to
use a Keytronic keyboard
that I salvaged from the university’s trash room. I liked the 80’s/90’s beige aesthetic, the huge
keys, and the sound of typing on it. But it wasn’t a mechanical keyboard, just rubber dome. Once
I got to type on a mechanical keyboard, I knew I wanted one, but that meant I had to put my trusty
Keytronic to the side.
So about a month ago, I was very surprised and excited when I found an old looking keyboard in the
trash bin at my current employer.