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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RE[2]: Be careful, Lenovo.
by sorpigal on Fri 15th Jan 2010 22:18 UTC in reply to "RE: Be careful, Lenovo."
sorpigal
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I tend do agree. I am exclusively a non-Windows user but I find that the "GUI" key, despite its Microsoft-friendly logo, has its place.

The standard keyboard keyset comes from pre-GUI days. In the GUI world it makes good sense to have a GUI meta key and it's much easier not to take over alt or ctrl, since many apps assume those are going to get passed on through.

The context menu key some keyboards sport is another matter. I remain unconvinced of its virtues. If one were to build a GUI in which it actually did something useful--you know, one that didn't involve the current position of the mouse, or the focused element--then I might change my tune.

In general more keys are not bad if they're useful for something, but too many and they become a burden. Sun has made some good and bad choices in this area.

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