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 key?
by elmimmo on Thu 14th Jan 2010 12:51 UTC
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2005-09-17

Talking about obscure keys… does anyone actually ever use the Insert key? Does it have any use other than switching to overtype input mode (which I wonder under what situation one would want to use)

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RE: Insert key?
by Zbigniew on Thu 14th Jan 2010 13:22 in reply to "Insert key?"
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2008-08-28

Insert/Delete are quite commonly used - in applications - as "Insert/Delete" record (file, whatever...).

Edited 2010-01-14 13:22 UTC

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RE[2]: Insert key?
by werpu on Mon 18th Jan 2010 18:36 in reply to "RE: Insert key?"
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2006-01-18

Insert/Delete are quite commonly used - in applications - as "Insert/Delete" record (file, whatever...).

Which reminds me why do they still have the caps lock, this is insane, I curse that key at least three times per day, the only reason why it existed in the first place was Cobol, and yet no one really has moved that key into an obskure keyboard combination making place for something more useful!

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RE: Insert key?
by boudewijn on Thu 14th Jan 2010 13:40 in reply to "Insert key?"
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2006-03-05

I use Insert a lot, actually -- but that's because I still use the CUA (or is it even pre-CUA) shortcuts for cut, copy and paste (ctrl-del, ctrl-ins, shift-ins).

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RE: Insert key?
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 14th Jan 2010 13:49 in reply to "Insert key?"
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2006-09-01

I use the Insert key all the time interacting with virtual machines. Ctrl+Alt+Insert is the VM equivalent to Ctrl+Alt+Del. I also use the Insert to control Winamp, Ctrl+Shift+Insert to pause.

Insert can also be setup to be a shortcut for the paste command in Office, if I remember correctly.

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RE: Insert key?
by theTSF on Thu 14th Jan 2010 14:01 in reply to "Insert key?"
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2005-09-27

I use the insert key rather frequently well more frequently then print screen (alt-printscreen to get a screen shot) Why is it useful. If you do coding you can see that it is useful. For example you have an array of values and you are changing them ever so slightly is is much easier to do a 1 down 2 down 3 down then a del 1 down del 2 down del 3 down. Overtype is quite useful...

The key that is no longer useful... However keyboard makers still put on and to add to the silliness they even have LED to tell you when it is being used is the scroll lock key.

Back in the old day we could use the scroll lock to stop the screen from scrolling data in our terminal (Kinda like ctrl S and ctrl Q for XON-XOFF) but because data moved so slowly you had a chance of stopping the screen from scrolling at the right spot. Today the text scrolls way to fast for it to be useful. and the GUI interface has the scroll bars and mice with scroll wheels to take the slack.

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RE: Insert key?
by spaceLem on Thu 14th Jan 2010 14:16 in reply to "Insert key?"
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2007-07-26

As a vim user, Insert allows me to start typing. Actually so do a bunch of other keys, but that's the one I can spam and always know that sooner or later I'll be in the state I want.

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RE: Insert key?
by r_a_trip on Thu 14th Jan 2010 16:52 in reply to "Insert key?"
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2005-07-06

Insert is pretty handy for use in SAP ERP as well. Sometimes you don't want to retype every single Work Breakdown Structure string if they are similar. With insert, I can just change the bits that actually change.

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RE: Insert key?
by phoenix on Thu 14th Jan 2010 17:09 in reply to "Insert key?"
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2005-07-11

Talking about obscure keys… does anyone actually ever use the Insert key? Does it have any use other than switching to overtype input mode (which I wonder under what situation one would want to use)


Yes. Shift+Insert (paste) works at the command-line, whereas CTRL+V doesn't. ;)

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