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Date: 03/09/10 01:05 PM

73 Responses to A Very Early Japanese IBM Keyboard [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
    18830 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    Link: A Very Early Japanese IBM Keyboard - Forget it... I would just have to quit the internets...
  2. Profile photo of Rick_S
    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm
    My fingers hurt thinking about touch typing on that thing!
  3. Profile photo of RecycleElf
    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    NO. just no.
  4. Profile photo of Handsompod
    Handsompod Male 30-39
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    March 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    Stylish yet functional.
  5. Profile photo of sculptress
    sculptress Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm
    Think of how much it would suck to like memorize that, and become the best in the office and then they replace it with an easier keyboard.
  6. Profile photo of AnimalBizarr
    AnimalBizarr Male 18-29
    66 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm
    omg tht looks a pain in the ass the type blindly o.o
  7. Profile photo of msieg007
    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    It`s clearly a foreign language. Which I think explains why it`s so big (that`s what she said). Japanese??
  8. Profile photo of GRadde
    GRadde Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm
    Holy cwap... That spells for A LOT of grammar nazi opportunities.
  9. Profile photo of KeVsTeR2475
    KeVsTeR2475 Male 13-17
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    March 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm
    what? IAB got their cultures right?
  10. Profile photo of SorasNobody
    SorasNobody Male 13-17
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    March 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    Writing on that thing for an hour would probably equal an hour long jo :D
  11. Profile photo of shadowtube
    shadowtube Male 13-17
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    March 9, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    damn thats huge.
  12. Profile photo of HAHAyousuk
    HAHAyousuk Male 18-29
    153 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    sweeeeeeeet
  13. Profile photo of BizahrClover
    BizahrClover Female 70 & Over
    255 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    This is why they stopped teaching oriental languages in my state
  14. Profile photo of dragonshadoz
    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm
    Psh. I could handle that.
  15. Profile photo of IssaTheFiend
    IssaTheFiend Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    Man how much would typing suck on that keyboard.
  16. Profile photo of QBW
    QBW Male 13-17
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    March 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm
    each key has 12 letters on it, there are 216 key = 2529 letters on the keyboard!
  17. Profile photo of Quinny
    Quinny Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    Its like a giant Sudoku Puzzle or something.
  18. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    The numeric pad is on the left corner instead to the right LOL
  19. Profile photo of Kaagan
    Kaagan Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm
    wheres the "any" key?
  20. Profile photo of Nlupu
    Nlupu Male 18-29
    229 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm
    ... Wheres the backspace key?
  21. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    It`s not much easier with modern keyboards. The problem is inherent with languages that have symbols rather than an alphabet. Japanese Kanji, for example, has a couple of thousand characters in common use (and thousands more used less commonly). There`s no easy way to make that many symbols accessible from a keyboard. It`s one reason why English is so commonly used in business.
  22. Profile photo of Jasonbobdude
    Jasonbobdude Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm
    It would give purpose to typing class.
  23. Profile photo of Kanashto
    Kanashto Male 18-29
    499 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm
    OMG DOUBLE FACE ROLL

    i had to lol :p

  24. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm
    A lot of Asian languages are simply impractical.
  25. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    And each key seems to have about 12 characters on it. Let`s see, was `e` shift, option, alt, shift-option, shift-alt, shift-option-alt-command-control, option-control-comm...?
  26. Profile photo of Mighty-
    Mighty- Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm
    @Angilion its actually pretty easy to make the Kanji symbols. When I took Japanese we had to type our papers. If your using the Japanese language pack you just type the characters and it will give you an option to use the Kanji.
  27. Profile photo of debauchery
    debauchery Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm
    my, what a long spacebar you have there, sir!
  28. Profile photo of gothmo
    gothmo Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm
    ...what`s all this talk about japanese keyboards? They look the same as ours except the symbols are moved around and there are english letters AND hirigana on them...
  29. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm
    @Angilion its actually pretty easy to make the Kanji symbols. When I took Japanese we had to type our papers. If your using the Japanese language pack you just type the characters and it will give you an option to use the Kanji.

    You`re not typing in Kanji, though. You`re using a program as a partial intermediary to convert to Kanji from a modified Roman alphabet.

  30. Profile photo of RyanHake
    RyanHake Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    Eff that.
  31. Profile photo of pui
    pui Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm
    LazyMe484, I`ve heard people say Japanese is easier to learn than English. I can`t tell you if that is true or not though since 1) English is my first language and 2) I`ve never tried learning Japanese. *shrugs*
  32. Profile photo of dfcrackhead
    dfcrackhead Male 13-17
    327 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm
    Wow...Try getting 70 words per minute on that thing without looking down....
  33. Profile photo of Genocyde
    Genocyde Male 30-39
    712 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm
    Ummm...I think I recognize home ro...no, nevermind...geez.
  34. Profile photo of dcb
    dcb Male 13-17
    93 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm
    Thats is so awesome looking
  35. Profile photo of 4x4Master
    4x4Master Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm
    It has 256 buttons
  36. Profile photo of panth753
    panth753 Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm
    Oh wow.
  37. Profile photo of Shinoki
    Shinoki Male 30-39
    162 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 4:46 pm
    @Angilion - Japanese type in kanji just as quickly and easily as they can type in English. The method is slightly different, yes, but they aren`t learning it AFTER romanji. They learn theirs first.
    Also, what intermediary program are you talking about? We just use Windows... though any OS will do it, even smart phones do it.
  38. Profile photo of pacotahko
    pacotahko Male 13-17
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    March 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm
    254 buttons. idiot. -.-
  39. Profile photo of FlameOfUdun
    FlameOfUdun Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm
    It looks like braille.
  40. Profile photo of dragosal
    dragosal Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm
    i always assumed they had epic keyboards like that but seeing that made me die inside o.o;
  41. Profile photo of aahhdude
    aahhdude Female 18-29
    110 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 5:56 pm
    i counted 256 buttons too
  42. Profile photo of peloos12
    peloos12 Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm
    "i counted 256 buttons too"

    I think the buttons on either side of the space bar are actually dividers.

  43. Profile photo of peloos12
    peloos12 Male 18-29
    3822 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 6:07 pm
    I`ve actually heard many times that English is one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, language to master in the world.

    I`m not sure if there are really grammar rules but I`m going to (probably incorrectly) assume that there are very few you need for Kanji, which would mean it`s mostly a matter of association. Kind of like red = stop, apple = fruit. There are so many silly and contradicting English grammar rules that when you look at it on the whole, English is insanely impractical. One of the only real advantages it has is (as previously mentioned) the fact that English works well in the tech-savvy world we live in now (e.g. QWERTY keyboards)

  44. Profile photo of Shellie84
    Shellie84 Female 18-29
    4197 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm
    I would cry trying :(
  45. Profile photo of Asheren
    Asheren Male 18-29
    407 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm
    and the modern keyboard kills all of that with the use of the spacebar

    gg

  46. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm
    Also, what intermediary program are you talking about? We just use Windows... though any OS will do it, even smart phones do it.

    The one that`s bundled with the OS and usually called "Japanese language support".

    You either type on a Kanji keyboard or you type on an alphabetic keyboard and have it converted to Kanji. There`s a program involved in that conversion. For Windows, it`s called the Japanese Input Method Editor.

  47. Profile photo of Piepig
    Piepig Male 13-17
    1524 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm
    Maybe its for Octopi...
  48. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm
    what the hell are all the buttons for?
  49. Profile photo of Maelstrom_x
    Maelstrom_x Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm
    Would suck if this was what you`d have to learn to use in keyboarding class...
  50. Profile photo of xXKaryXx
    xXKaryXx Female 13-17
    635 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm
    @_@
  51. Profile photo of DarkFerret
    DarkFerret Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm
    um... i just died a little inside T_T
  52. Profile photo of SonOfGod
    SonOfGod Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm
    "what the hell are all the buttons for?"

    Their language.

  53. Profile photo of ROK9
    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2010 at 11:19 pm
    buttons,buttons,buttons
  54. Profile photo of konablend
    konablend Male 18-29
    80 posts
    March 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm
    I want one of these, it would be great as a sequencer
  55. Profile photo of beternal
    beternal Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 12:43 am
    Divide it in two and that would be awesome for battleships! :-)
  56. Profile photo of xxPinkxx
    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
    3829 posts
    March 10, 2010 at 2:29 am
    woah! craaazy
  57. Profile photo of feedee88
    feedee88 Female 18-29
    95 posts
    March 10, 2010 at 4:07 am
    holy f**k, imagine trying to learn to touch type on that! lol
  58. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    March 10, 2010 at 4:37 am
    I wonder if we`ll look back on full size standard western keyboards with wonder at some point in the none too distant.

    The form factor for most input devices has shrunk and adopted spin wheels and touch screens. Surely at some point someone *must* come up with a better input device.

  59. Profile photo of BunnyNaku
    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
    5224 posts
    March 10, 2010 at 5:55 am
    wrist cramp anyone? XD
  60. Profile photo of edana42
    edana42 Female 50-59
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    March 10, 2010 at 6:01 am
    LOL @ beternal
  61. Profile photo of Afrokmas
    Afrokmas Male 18-29
    97 posts
    March 10, 2010 at 6:06 am
    Forget about it..
  62. Profile photo of pui
    pui Female 18-29
    3574 posts
    March 10, 2010 at 6:09 am
    MattPrince, Apple has already improved it! :O

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BnLbv6QY...

  63. Profile photo of Link364
    Link364 Male 18-29
    440 posts
    March 10, 2010 at 6:19 am
    I don`t see what the big deal is, looks simple enough...jk, 254 buttons is too many buttons to press and memorize.
  64. Profile photo of sbeelz
    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:44 am
    "The form factor for most input devices has shrunk and adopted spin wheels and touch screens. Surely at some point someone *must* come up with a better input device."

    I doubt it. click wheels and touch screens are good for specific tasks- like navigating lists and manipulating objects in a windows-like environment. But there will always be a need to enter text, and it`s hard to imagine a device that allows one to do so as easily and with as much privacy as a keyboard.

  65. Profile photo of Wattstone
    Wattstone Male 18-29
    167 posts
    March 10, 2010 at 8:58 am
    Well, at least it would be great for gaming. :D
  66. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2010 at 11:30 am
    wow!
  67. Profile photo of Chaos7
    Chaos7 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 11:35 am
    Simple!
  68. Profile photo of crabcake
    crabcake Female 30-39
    397 posts
    March 10, 2010 at 11:39 am
    raff out roud!!!
  69. Profile photo of Dragonlord
    Dragonlord Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm
    All of that, and yet still with arabic numerals? I thought they had different numerals?
  70. Profile photo of Mantistador
    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm
    "Well, at least it would be great for gaming. :D"

    yeah think of all the hotkeys you would have for wow...

  71. Profile photo of curlyfries99
    curlyfries99 Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm
    damn japanese and their upgraded technology!
  72. Profile photo of xBlackedx
    xBlackedx Female 13-17
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    March 11, 2010 at 7:56 am
    Why would they have different numerals, Dragonlord? Those numerals are the most widely accepted. They`re Japan, not Mars. In ways, Japan is a lot like america..You know, besides the fact they have the weirdest food and crap. But then again, they see some of the sh*t we eat and probably go wtf?! Somewhere on the internet, I bet there`s a `WTF America?` website all in Japanese. I`d pay to read that.
  73. Profile photo of louiseaj
    louiseaj Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm
    Nah Im sure the button must be because they hadnt invented the shift key yet so there was 1 button for each thing. I doubt its the language...

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