Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Jun 2009 17:09 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "There's no such thing as the perfect computer, and never has been. But in the personal computer's long and varied history, some computers have been decidedly less perfect than others. Many early PCs shipped with major design flaws that either sunk platforms outright or considerably slowed down their adoption by the public. Decades later, we can still learn from these multi-million dollar mistakes. By no means is the following list exhaustive; one could probably write about the flaws of every PC ever released. But when considering past design mistakes, these examples spring to my mind."
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Fn keys
by hayalci on Tue 16th Jun 2009 22:25 UTC
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The greatest design mistake of nowadays is the awkward placement of Fn key on many laptop (and -gasp!- desktop) keyboards.

Well done, It's a Great Idea to push ctrl further away from a comfortable position, and place a very seldom used Fn key in its place.

This follows on the great mistake of swapping ctrl and "caps lock" about a few decades ago. I am too young to remember keyboards with control in place of caps lock; but I am very grateful that X has an option to swap them.

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RE: Fn keys
by pepa on Wed 17th Jun 2009 13:21 in reply to "Fn keys"
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Hmmm. I won't buy a laptop that has a Fn key at the lower left corner of the keyboard, because I use the Ctrl-key a lot, and I need to find it easily (disclaimer: I don't type with 10 fingers...).

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RE[2]: Fn keys
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 17th Jun 2009 18:15 in reply to "RE: Fn keys"
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That annoyed me at first too (thinkpad keyboards put the Fn key in the bottom-left), but I got used to it fairly quickly.

IMO, it's much more annoying to use laptop keyboards that force you to use a Fn combination to access Home, End, Page Up/Down, etc.

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