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.
Permalink for comment 404031
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Windows key
by darknexus on Thu 14th Jan 2010 14:44 UTC in reply to "Windows key"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

Actually, I find the Windows key (though I don't think it should have that logo on it) to be quite useful even in Windows. There are quite a few shortcuts on it that, while officially documented, remain obscure. My favorite one is windows+r to pop up the run dialog from anywhere. There's also windows+m to minimize everything and go to the desktop, windows+d to go to the desktop without minimizing windows, windows+tab to go to the taskbar, and a boatload of others that I'm sure a lot of Windows keyboard power-users end up using. Even using it to open the start menu is more convenient than the official shortcut for that (ctrl+esc). For example, in XP I could do "windows s c" (classic start menu obviously) and up comes the control panel. Quick and simple, though it's not quite so nice anymore given the way Windows 7 now treats keyboard-based navigation in the start menu and other places. It's far from useless even in Windows, though I'd argue that it is considerably more useful in environments such as GNOME (and probably most other X window managers), where you can assign shortcuts to just about any command you want. The windows key comes in very handy there, since it's a modifier that no application uses. The only exception is SUN's modified version of GNOME, used in Opensolaris, which maps the windows key to GNOME shortcuts in a manner similar to Windows itself though, of course, these shortcuts can be changed.
Ironically, the windows key becomes the command key in OS X if you use a non-Apple keyboard with it. It's not very ergonomic IMHO and it can be easily remapped, but I've always found that a tad ironic. Of course, the command key on a Mac keyboard does become the Windows key when used on a PC. Obviously they used the same keycodes, just a different placement and logo.

Reply Parent Score: 4