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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Comment by Beachchairs
by Beachchairs on Fri 15th Jan 2010 01:04 UTC
Beachchairs
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2009-04-10

Pause
Break
Scroll Lock
Insert

I don't know what any of these keys do, neither does anyone I know. They could probably all go away.

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RE: Comment by Beachchairs
by nasserd on Sun 17th Jan 2010 18:51 in reply to "Comment by Beachchairs"
nasserd Member since:
2006-08-12

Pause/Break are redundant to ESC. Newer programs and developers seldom tie any feature or behavior to the Pause/Break key anymore (with exception to software developers/compilers, but they use derivatives of F5/DEBUG commands anyway). I second the removal of THAT key.

The Scroll Lock/Number Lock key makes complete sense on both desktop and laptop keyboard layouts. They allow for the use of scrolling (up/down/left/right and home/end/pageUp/pageDown) with the numerical keypad.

The INSERT key toggles between a standard insert command (or add new record when doing some data entry) and an overwrite command (when doing word processing for instance; it becomes an INSERT or INSERT-AND-REPLACE conditional).

Edited 2010-01-17 18:52 UTC

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