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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Insert & Caps Lock
by deadmeat on Thu 14th Jan 2010 13:43 UTC
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I don't have insert on my macbook, and most laptops seem to drop it these days, or at least hide it in some obscure place, but it was the bane of my existence. Overwrite mode is a horrible, horrible feature.

The other is the caps lock. OSX has a pref pane for disabling, or remapping the caps lock. I have it disabled and I don't miss it at all.

I can never mentally process the state of the caps lock or overwrite mode. I admit I'm feeble minded and fumble-fingered. I understand some people must use them. They are either keyboard gods, or madmen.

I suspect it's one of those cases where the number of people using these awkward hangover keys in no way justify their existence. There are so many more useful functions that could be on the keyboard. Instead these new functions seem to steal the Fn keys.

I do find the whole Ctrl, Alt, Meta, Fn keys a bit troublesome too. While they all have nice concrete historical names, I have to wonder if those names are now effectively meaningless. OSX uses strange symbols for them, which I have to think about every time. I get the Apple Key, but I still get the rest muddled up.

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