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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There are many keys i could spare
by Troels on Thu 14th Jan 2010 15:24 UTC
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The following is a list of buttons i find useless on a desktop keyboard, they may not all apply to a laptop keyboard.

Caps-lock for starters, i think many people see this key as a liability, not as a benefit, especially when entering passwords.

Num-lock, if i ever use the keypad it is for number entry, all the other functions are placed more conveniently just left of the keypad. Actually i think i would just lose the keypad altogether, i am not an accountant and dont do a lot of number input.

Scroll-lock, I don't recall ever using this for anything. Bonus, this was the last of the toggle keys, no more need for status LEDs.

The right click key thingy, next to the windows key. The windows key itself i actually find useful, although i wish it wasn't named the windows key :-) But it is handy for custom shortcuts.

Pause/break I remember using that back in the DOS days!

Print screen, yes i know a lot of people use it for taking screen shots, but do i really need a key just for screen shots? I would rather just start a screen shot app, or alternatly some other key combo.

On danish layout keyboards we have a button with 1/2 and § on it, i hate it as i often hit that instead of 1.

The insert key seems to have been degraded to toggling overwrite mode on and off, other than that i dont recall using it since the DOS days where it was part of the paste shortcut.

Edited 2010-01-14 15:26 UTC

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boudewijn Member since:

The insert key is still part of the paste shortcut, at least on Windows and in KDE.

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jarkkot Member since:

Totally agree.

And why this totally useless keypad is on the right side, between keyboard and mouse? You have to move your hand more.

Right Control key, never use

"§½"-key could be "@"-key or "/"-key. These days "@" and "/" are so often used, they should have own keys, not behind altgr and shift (at least in Finnish keyboard) as currently.

Edited 2010-01-14 16:03 UTC

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unoengborg Member since:

Sometimes it is good to have keys that are not generally used in applications. E.g. Scroll lock is often used in KVM switches to switch between computers.

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