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: Be careful, Lenovo.
by phoenix on Thu 14th Jan 2010 17:07 UTC in reply to "Be careful, Lenovo."
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

As for keys to remove, Windows-keys should go straight away together with all unnecessary "multimedia keys" and related crap (volume up, down, and mute are all that is needed).


No way, no how!! While the icon on the "right-click" key is bizarre and the key is rarely used, the "Win" key itself is extremely useful. Especially if you mentally map "Win" to "Window Manager", which makes it a very useful key to use for mapping window manager-level shortcuts.

How anyone can think ALT+F2 is better than Win+R to bring up the KRunner is beyond me. ;)

I have all the KDE/KWin shortcuts mapped to Win+letter, and it just makes things so much simpler. The mouse rarely needs to be used.

Multimedia keys like play, skip, next are pretty much useless, since there are already keyboard shortcuts for those in all media players.

And application-specific keys like Launch Browser, Launch E-mail, can go. We already have icons for those, and keyboard commands to bring them up.

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RE[2]: Be careful, Lenovo.
by strcpy on Thu 14th Jan 2010 17:47 in reply to "RE: Be careful, Lenovo."
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20


How anyone can think ALT+F2 is better than Win+R to bring up the KRunner is beyond me. ;)

I have all the KDE/KWin shortcuts mapped to Win+letter, and it just makes things so much simpler. The mouse rarely needs to be used.


Well, I'm a Emacs guy, so go figure ;) .

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RE[2]: Be careful, Lenovo.
by sorpigal on Fri 15th Jan 2010 22:18 in reply to "RE: Be careful, Lenovo."
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

I tend do agree. I am exclusively a non-Windows user but I find that the "GUI" key, despite its Microsoft-friendly logo, has its place.

The standard keyboard keyset comes from pre-GUI days. In the GUI world it makes good sense to have a GUI meta key and it's much easier not to take over alt or ctrl, since many apps assume those are going to get passed on through.

The context menu key some keyboards sport is another matter. I remain unconvinced of its virtues. If one were to build a GUI in which it actually did something useful--you know, one that didn't involve the current position of the mouse, or the focused element--then I might change my tune.

In general more keys are not bad if they're useful for something, but too many and they become a burden. Sun has made some good and bad choices in this area.

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