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: Insert key?
by theTSF on Thu 14th Jan 2010 14:01 UTC 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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