Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jan 2010 11:37 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems It's funny how while software changes so fast, and many hardware components evolve at ridiculously fast paces (processors, memory, hard drives), the keyboard has remained largely unchanged over the years - until recently, that is. Even Lenovo has now buckled under the pressure, switching to a chiclet-style keyboard for ThinkPads - while also removing the SysReq key.
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Oh no!
by boudewijn on Thu 14th Jan 2010 11:59 UTC
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I bought thinkpads (I currently use an X61t and a W500) not because the keyboard had a "clean and inviting" look, but because I could use them for up to twelve hours a day without any trouble.

I don't care about the SysReq key, but I do care about having the function key as function keys instead of weird hardward keys. Even on my MacBook pro (fortunately an older model, one without those ghastly new keyboards Apple makes now) I remapped the top row to function first, hardware second.

What really makes me cry, though, is that my old IBM keyboard is still somewhere with a previous employer. It wasn't worth retrieving it because it never worked well with the ps2-usb bridge. Now that was a keyboard that made me productive!

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