IBM Ball Head typewriter

IBM Ball Head typewriter

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  • kachelhofer1991
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Need sound on this to make it truly satisfying.

  • BluestreakBTHR
    1 Week(s) Ago

    One of the best keyboards ever. The original mechanical keyboard. I loved how typing on this felt. Also, the things chassis was cast of something ungodly heavy. Weighed probably 40 lbs.

  • CES_2005
    1 Week(s) Ago

    "U/brimstoner did not type this" is typed on the paper.

  • short_bus_genius
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Cool story about these typewriters.

    During the Cold War, the KGB bugged these typewriters in the US embassy, in Moscow.

    The KGB figured out by monitoring two electric currents for rotation and angle, they could reconstruct everything that was ever typed on an IBM selectric. Took years for the US to find out.

    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/10/how-soviets-used-ibm-selectric-keyloggers-to-spy-on-us-diplomats/

    Edit. Grammar.

  • Tcharles704
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Hhhhfdfufufhasdkj

  • Kiesha_Fabo
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Is it weird if I find this arousing?

  • dwalker444
    1 Week(s) Ago

    We have one in the same shade of green, with alternate balls, gathering dust in the basement.

  • quantifiableNonsense
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Since I haven't seen it mentioned yet, this thing's killer feature was the ability to change fonts! You're stuck with a single font with a standard typewriter.

  • CheapFriesAreGood
    1 Week(s) Ago

    u/brimstoner did not type this

  • JivyNme
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Tonight on Hardcopy

  • they-call-me-mimi
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Does anyone know how this works?

  • cccunt
    1 Week(s) Ago

    He’s kissing little letters onto the paper.

  • catsarepeopletooo
    1 Week(s) Ago

    George Lucas wrote a script about some space boys

  • marionmcd123
    1 Week(s) Ago

    My aunt could type 120 wpm on that baby. It was amazing.

  • trey74
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I want one of these with the serial/com port on the back SO BADLY. They made them with COM ports for a little while, and I want to connect it to my laptop through an adapter and print to it!

  • hotjon69
    1 Week(s) Ago

    BB-8 lookin ass

  • RowdyDugong
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Mmmmmm IBM Selectric

  • whatwouldbuddhado
    1 Week(s) Ago

    They wrote so much, then just started hitting random keys... mildly infuriating

  • subtle_ball_tricks
    1 Week(s) Ago

    My dad might still have his. He also bought two other "heads" that you could snap in (the print head was removable) with different fonts on each head. They came in their own little clear plastic container and cost extra. Adobe would have been pleased.

  • KiKiPAWG
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Love the way the ball moves

  • LooksAtClouds
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I have one yet. On a little metal typewriter table with fold-down flaps, AND with a typewriter cozy so it feels comfortable and safe. 4 different fonts including the symbol one!

  • jexmerrill
    1 Week(s) Ago

    credit to u/brimstoner fellas, this is a repost. You can see his name at the top of the paper.

  • Tjocco
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Am l the only one who waited for that 'Z' to come into action and feel let down?

  • lnewman1
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Can you type at a normal speed?

  • netechkyle
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I can smell this typewriter...I learned to type on a manual Smith Corona in the 70s and this was a super upgrade for me. Gotta have that script font ball to be fancy.

  • tysamone
    1 Week(s) Ago

    something about that ball makes me uncomfortable

  • scarexrow
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Jiggly :3

  • StalyCelticStu
    1 Week(s) Ago

    In my first job, I had to use an IBM PC with 10MB hard drive connected to a Daisy Wheel printer, whose make I forget, it took about 8 hours each week to print out the staff wage-slips (from Pegasus Accounts and IBM DisplayWrite WordCraft software), was a pain in the arse if a letter snapped off one of the font wheels and you didn't notice straight away.

  • buttcrusader
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Every time i see one of these it reminds me of the old mtv news segment.

  • Arxt5973
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This is alien tech.

  • babyJane121
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Typing my high school book reports on an IBM Selectric was so satisfying. The keys had just the right amount of space and resistance! Heavy as hell to carry back and forth between my family's business and home though.

  • xiguy1
    1 Week(s) Ago

    That thing was a marvel of engineering.

    It’s funny I was thinking the other day I’d like to get my hands on a working model that’s in great shape but I have no idea where to get service for something like that or even where to buy one that’s in good shape. I just want to try typing again the way it used to be it was so cool.

  • Infantryblue
    1 Week(s) Ago

    R2d2 has had a hard life since the movies ended...

  • Fuchsia_Pussy
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I remember this! I learned to type on an IBM Selectric round about 1969. And, gosh, I'm still alive!

  • timmysj13
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This might get the best thing I've ever seen on this sub. Just the smoothness of the action alongside the clever engineering is really getting to me.

  • nametemplate
    1 Week(s) Ago

    hey you're not /u/brimstoner