Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Mar 2013 16:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The Minuum keyboard, through its simplicity, improves your touchscreen typing. Existing keyboards leave you barely enough screen to interact with your apps, and you can't enjoy typing on them. Minuum eliminates the visual clutter of archaic mobile keyboards by adapting the keyboard to a single dimension." You have to watch the video. This is yet another example of a strength of more open platforms - like Android - that often gets overlooked: the ability to experiment with core aspects of the operating system. Whenever someone says there are no Android-exclusive applications, they conveniently overlook things like this. No other platform has stuff like this, and I certainly miss this experimentation on my 8X.
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RE[3]: no no no
by ssokolow on Mon 18th Mar 2013 19:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: no no no"
ssokolow
Member since:
2010-01-21

Interesting. I bought the Rosewill RK-9000I with Cherry MX Blues rather than a buckling spring keyboard specifically because I wanted Windows keys.

(Model Ms don't have them and Unicomp wanted $50 to ship a $70 keyboard to Canada)

I run Linux and, because no application uses it, my windows key is the basis of every global keyboard shortcut I use (including ones traditionally relegated to media keys like Win+Pause, which toggles play/pause on my media player regardless of focus)

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RE[4]: no no no
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 18th Mar 2013 21:05 in reply to "RE[3]: no no no"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

In this context, what you want and are using is more appropriately called the Meta key. There is no "Windows key" in non-Microsoft operating systems, and most UNIX/UNIX-like systems map those physical keys as Meta keys when when present.

I don't personally use it myself, but you are right that they can be very useful if you like using keyboard shortcuts.

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RE[5]: no no no
by ssokolow on Mon 18th Mar 2013 22:07 in reply to "RE[4]: no no no"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

In this context, what you want and are using is more appropriately called the Meta key. There is no "Windows key" in non-Microsoft operating systems, and most UNIX/UNIX-like systems map those physical keys as Meta keys when when present.

I don't personally use it myself, but you are right that they can be very useful if you like using keyboard shortcuts.


Actually, it's Super. Meta is mapped to the same modifier (mod1) as Alt.

I call it the Windows key because I haven't yet found a cost-effective source for a replacement keycap... and because I use it for a lot of my window management.

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