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Re: OT: Keyboards (< computer keyboard advertisement mentions Quenya)

From:Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
Date:Saturday, March 1, 2008, 22:50
On 02/03/08 09:34:18, li_sasxsek@NUTTER.NET wrote:

> The Alt keys don't bug me so much as the Windows keys which are > right where they keep getting pressed by accident. I don't know why > they didn't just stick those up with SysReq (Isn't that what this > key was for anyway?) or the almost-never-used Scroll Lock.
Microsoft was just copying other keyboards like the Mac and Sun keyboards, which both contain an extra command key compared to 101-key keyboards. Some laptop keyboards do put the Windows key all the way over there, and it is very difficult & inconvenient to use, especially when you're trying to do shortcuts like Win-d to show the desktop. I also find the key is especially useful on Linux/X11 for various custom purposes that won't conflict with default shortcuts (but then, I mostly use Sun and Mac keyboards so I wouldn't lose much if you managed to change Windows keyboards).