FLIMSY MODERN KEYBOARDS ARE THE WORK OF THE DEVIL, so a few weeks ago I ordered an old IBM Model M on eBay. It was originally just a nostalgia thing -- it's been at least ten years since I typed on one regularly. After a few days of using it, though, I'm ready to order another one for work and a third for Amy to use at home with her laptop. Between the audio feedback (when a keyboard has its own echo, can you doubt its badass-ness?) and the way you can rest your fingers on the keys without mushing down into an inadvertent keypress, this baby has probably doubled my sustained typing speed. Added bonus: drowning out the Raiders-loving neighbors when they sideshow their cars in circles in the intersection down the street.

Since then I've run across a few sites that lay on the Model M worship a little thicker than I care to here, including modelm.org and 3m3718.com (check out the blue logo model gallery for photos of the model I got). You can pick up old Model M's for next to nothing, but if you do any real typing they're one of the best system upgrades you can buy.

Previously at Studio Nibble...