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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(Un)Neccessary keys
by Drumhellar on Thu 14th Jan 2010 19:08 UTC
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For laptops, numlock is retarded (unless you have a huge laptop with a full number pad). Maybe it's because I haven't tried much, but using the false number pad on staggered keys just seems exceptionally painful.

Scroll lock: unneeded unless you go console only, then it makes sense to have something to control scroll. Otherwise, it could go, since it's rarely used.

I link Lenovo's idea to map the F-xx keys to be used with Fn is stupid. F-keys are common in applications, only the average user doesn't care enough to learn about their use. Besides, my laptop has good multimedia keys. Taking a whole row of keys and converting them to be used in only a single class of applications is stupid.

weird-right-click-key-thingie: Mostly useless, but on occasion, there are times where it is a godsend. Mice do break, and occasionally you'll find a broken app that won't let you right click with the mouse when it's still possible to give an object focus with the keyboard and right-click that way. It does make sense in the Windows world, however, since previously there was no way (at least that I'm aware of) to achieve that without the key. I'm glad Windows is still exceptionally useful with only a keyboard.

wtf is the break key used for?

Also, shame on any laptop maker that puts the fn key in the bottom left, where the ctrl key should be.

The windows key is incredibly useful. I think people's main objection to it is the fact that it's got the windows logo on it.

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RE: (Un)Neccessary keys
by jgagnon on Thu 14th Jan 2010 19:25 in reply to "(Un)Neccessary keys"
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I haven't used the Break key since my DOS days (usually in conjunction with the Ctrl key). It was used to preemptively terminate running applications. It was implemented as a system call (or interrupt) if I remember correctly, but it could be blocked/ignored by an application.

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