Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Jul 2004 08:45 UTC
Editorial This article describes some of my annoyances in computing. If you had any problems reading this article, then skip this one. It will only be a waste of your time. There are a lot of annoying things in the wonderful world of computing. Of course, nothing is perfect, but that doesn't mean we are not allowed to complain and scream and throw our keyboards at our monitors when yet another irritation pops up.
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re: keypad
by PainKilleR on Mon 12th Jul 2004 14:40 UTC

Basically, it is very good when you have to type a lot of numbers. For example in the field of dataentry or accounting this is pretty common, and you'd prefer to use the keypad then, because it is simply faster and more RSI-friendly.

My wife works in a bank, all of their keyboards have separated keypads, and needless to say this is primarily because they have to replace the keypads more often than the keyboards. I prefer them myself whenever I'm inputting a decent amount of numbers (more than 3 for instance), but I would really prefer that keyboards were made without the row of number keys and fixing the number pad to have the same shift operations that the number keys on the main keyboard body have. It would slow mixed typing a bit, but would help me when dealing with currency and percentages in my typing ;)

On trackballs: how about the "spaceball" variant?

I haven't used it myself, but looking at the list of supported applications, I'd guess that either it's not going to function much differently from a normal trackball elsewhere, or it's not going to function at all in non-supporting applications. In any case, I don't usually find myself working in those environments (CAD, 3D modelling, etc), but when I do I get around fine with the keyboard and trackball (at least in the better environments with good keyboard interaction).