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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Caps lock!
by Timmmm on Thu 14th Jan 2010 13:47 UTC
Timmmm
Member since:
2006-07-25

Well the obvious answers are caps lock, scroll lock, break, the windows key, the 'right click' key, and the plethora of Mac modifier keys (control *and* command?).

I think caps lock should become the compose key. It would be nice to have a standard set of alt-gr glyphs printed on the keys too.

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RE: Caps lock!
by ChrisIrwin on Thu 14th Jan 2010 14:43 in reply to "Caps lock!"
ChrisIrwin Member since:
2008-12-09

You're suggesting removing some beneficial keys. Apple's Command key and the Win-key for example. They are roughly the same as they provides one of the features I enjoy about OS X: Modifiers have a rough context for the scope of their actions. This key is used for a number of system level shortcuts on Windows, most mac shortcuts, and many Linux users (like myself) have it bound to a number of system or window-manager level things. It is the primary means of launching applications for all the users I know on Win, OS X, and Linux.

If we are allowed to suggest a key because you just don't use it that much, I nominate the 'q' key as neither your post nor mine used it (until I called it out specifically just now).

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RE: Caps lock!
by phoenix on Thu 14th Jan 2010 17:49 in reply to "Caps lock!"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Well the obvious answers are caps lock, scroll lock, break, the windows key, the 'right click' key, and the plethora of Mac modifier keys (control *and* command?).


Scroll lock is still used by a lot of Unix-like systems. For example, the system console on at least FreeBSD uses it ... for controlling the scrolling of the console. ;)

The Win key is also very useful, if you mentally remap "Windows" to "Window Manager". ;)

Right-click key is very useful if your mouse is dead, although some OSes use Shift+F10 for that, so it may be redundant.

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RE: Caps lock!
by Delgarde on Thu 14th Jan 2010 20:45 in reply to "Caps lock!"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

the windows key, the 'right click' key.


Not at all - those two are immensely useful, the windows key being a perfect modifier to use for global desktop shortcuts, since it's never going to interfere with application shortcuts.

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