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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by sorpigal on Fri 15th Jan 2010 22:17 UTC
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Debugging a kernel on your laptop? No more magic sysrq!

Taking a screenshot in Windows? Not without prntscrn you aren't!

Seriously, if you want to try removing keys--don't! But if you're looking for the low-hanging fruit of keyboards it makes *far* more sense to start with Pause Break than Print Screen/SysRq. There are still common uses for sysrq but the use of pausebreak is extremely uncommon. When was the last time you hit it? How about on a desktop system?

Keyboard designers are likely frustrated that they don't have room to stretch and grow and display their artistic talent. Whatever, guys. Don't f--k with my keyboard layout!

Backspace? Two rows above enter, two keys wide! Change it and die.
Enter? One row tall! Two or three keys wide! Change it and die!
Ins/Del/Home/End/PgUp/PgDn - these have a correct layout, change it in any way and die.
Tilde? To the left of 1! Nowhere else will do. Esc? Above tilde, preferably with a gap!
F-keys? I want *at least* 12 of them.
Don't move Tab.
Don't move Ctrl or Alt, for the love of all that is holy.
If you must add "extra" keys place them:
- outside the normal keyboard area so I can't hit them by mistake.
- not at the left or right of the keyboard.
- nowhere!

A key that requires configuration to use won't get used, so it's useless. Thus play/pause/next/etc are only useful if the codes for them are so standard that everything uses them.

But capslock... you can change it if you must.

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