A Very Early Japanese IBM Keyboard [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 6 years ago Tech

Forget it... I would just have to quit the internets...
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Female 8
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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Female 62
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.
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Female 20
damn japanese and their upgraded technology!
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Male 2,199
"Well, at least it would be great for gaming. :D"

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

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Male 734
All of that, and yet still with arabic numerals? I thought they had different numerals?
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Female 397
raff out roud!!!
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Male 848
Simple!
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Male 25,416
wow!
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Male 167
Well, at least it would be great for gaming. :D
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Male 2,868
"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.

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Male 440
I don`t see what the big deal is, looks simple enough...jk, 254 buttons is too many buttons to press and memorize.
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Female 3,574
MattPrince, Apple has already improved it! :O

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

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Male 97
Forget about it..
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Female 2,509
LOL @ beternal
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Female 5,222
wrist cramp anyone? XD
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Male 2,220
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.

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Female 95
holy f**k, imagine trying to learn to touch type on that! lol
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Female 3,828
woah! craaazy
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Male 2,586
Divide it in two and that would be awesome for battleships! :-)
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Male 80
I want one of these, it would be great as a sequencer
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Male 1,834
buttons,buttons,buttons
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Male 47
"what the hell are all the buttons for?"

Their language.

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Male 2,748
um... i just died a little inside T_T
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Female 635
@_@
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Male 1,882
Would suck if this was what you`d have to learn to use in keyboarding class...
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Male 7,585
what the hell are all the buttons for?
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Male 1,523
Maybe its for Octopi...
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Male 12,365
[quote]Also, what intermediary program are you talking about? We just use Windows... though any OS will do it, even smart phones do it.[/quote]

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.

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Male 407
and the modern keyboard kills all of that with the use of the spacebar

gg

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Female 4,197
I would cry trying :(
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Male 3,819
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)

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Male 3,819
"i counted 256 buttons too"

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

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Female 110
i counted 256 buttons too
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Male 1,629
i always assumed they had epic keyboards like that but seeing that made me die inside o.o;
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Male 1,220
It looks like braille.
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Male 59
254 buttons. idiot. -.-
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Male 162
@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.
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Female 9,402
Oh wow.
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Male 220
It has 256 buttons
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Male 93
Thats is so awesome looking
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Male 712
Ummm...I think I recognize home ro...no, nevermind...geez.
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Male 327
Wow...Try getting 70 words per minute on that thing without looking down....
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Female 3,574
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*
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Male 2,690
Eff that.
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Male 12,365
[quote]@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.[/quote]

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.

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Female 1,324
...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...
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Female 44
my, what a long spacebar you have there, sir!
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Male 199
@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.
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Male 8,302
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...?
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Male 10,440
A lot of Asian languages are simply impractical.
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Male 497
OMG DOUBLE FACE ROLL

i had to lol :p

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Male 1,598
It would give purpose to typing class.
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Male 12,365
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.
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Male 229
... Wheres the backspace key?
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Male 1,627
wheres the "any" key?
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Male 15,510
The numeric pad is on the left corner instead to the right LOL
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Male 24
Its like a giant Sudoku Puzzle or something.
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Male 48
each key has 12 letters on it, there are 216 key = 2529 letters on the keyboard!
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Female 2,352
Man how much would typing suck on that keyboard.
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Female 4,028
Psh. I could handle that.
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Female 254
This is why they stopped teaching oriental languages in my state
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Male 153
sweeeeeeeet
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Male 253
damn thats huge.
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Male 80
Writing on that thing for an hour would probably equal an hour long jo :D
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Male 1,837
what? IAB got their cultures right?
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Male 2,553
Holy cwap... That spells for A LOT of grammar nazi opportunities.
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Male 2,034
It`s clearly a foreign language. Which I think explains why it`s so big (that`s what she said). Japanese??
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Male 65
omg tht looks a pain in the ass the type blindly o.o
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Female 101
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.
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Male 1,108
Stylish yet functional.
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Male 3,619
NO. just no.
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Male 3,314
My fingers hurt thinking about touch typing on that thing!
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Male 19,881
Link: A Very Early Japanese IBM Keyboard [Pic] [Rate Link] - Forget it... I would just have to quit the internets...
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