Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Jan 2013 23:36 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Meet the new ThinkPad X131e Chromebook: A fast booting, highly customizable laptop PC built with rugged features for the daily rigors of K-12 education. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook simplifies software and security management for school administrators and provides students and teachers with quick access to thousands of apps, education resources and storage." Lenovo is the third OEM to jump into ChromeOS. Chromebooks have been doing well on Amazon, apparently, too. Android tablets, iPads, the Mac, and now Chromebooks - it must be rainy in Redmond.
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by bnolsen on Fri 18th Jan 2013 13:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
bnolsen
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2006-01-06

I dunno. I use teminals and vim/elvis so these "extraneous" keys aren't so important to me. I much prefer this pgup/pgdn configuration for web browsing use. The keyboard feel and typing speed I can get is the same as my ergo keyboards, that's what matters.

Seems like your keyboard nazi stuff is all about the fluff and not about choosing applications that properly leverage keyboard usage.

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by Doc Pain on Fri 18th Jan 2013 13:36 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

I much prefer this pgup/pgdn configuration for web browsing use.


That might very well fit nicely on a laptop keyboard in comparison to a normal one. Older ThinkPad keyboards have the typical 2x3 matrix (Insert, Delete, Home, End, Page up, Page down) on the top right which is "too far away", compared to where this block is located on a normal (full size) keyboard.

Seems like your keyboard nazi stuff is all about the fluff and not about choosing applications that properly leverage keyboard usage.


In fact, it's not, as I typically value applications that make good use of the keyboard to allow efficient work. Editors (like vim) are a good example, even some web browsers pay attention to provide a good keyboard interface, while integrating it well with mouse action (for example mouse gestures).

I jsut wanted to point out what looked "atypical" to me when first looking at the keyboard. Note that I consider it the main input method for creating content. For consuming content, it doesn't play a big role, but on the other hand, different device formats (smartphones and tablets) may be better suited for consuming content than a laptop. Revisiting who the laptop is intended for, it should be judged if the keyboard layout (and its "shortcomings" and "incensistencies") match with the software that is provided by the system.

In such an environment, keys like "Scroll Lock" or "Pause / Break" can surely be omitted. Maybe even "Insert" is not needed. Many keys have a certain "historic background" and are important to power users or specific branches only. It heavily depends on how good the software is designed.

Edited 2013-01-18 13:41 UTC

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