From: Randal Whittle (rwhittle_at_usa.net)
Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 11:44:18 EDT
At 06:39 PM 04/26/2000 +0100, you wrote:
>On Mon, 24 Apr 2000 11:08:53 -0400, Brian Bender wrote:
> >Say all you want about OS wars, monopolies, etc., but I really, really,
> >REALLY despise Microsoft's moving onto the "standard" keyboard. It's bad
> >enough on desktop keyboards, but on notebooks, especially, where they're
> >already hiding keys in unnatural places (backslash somewhere else, CTL & ALT
> >only on left side of the space bar, etc.) because of size considerations, 3
> >more keys is a killer!. Ugh... That's one of the things that keeps me from
> >even _looking_ at anything other than a Thinkpad: screwey keyboard layouts.
One of the small reasons I've "stayed" with the ThinkPads is
because (apparently) they have stuck to a standard, high-quality keyboard &
(1) Not changing the location of keys.
(2) Not inserting that silly "Windows" key (and taking up space)
(3) Keeping big keys big, and small keys small--i.e., the "Enter"
key is the large, full size that it should be, the "Shift" keys also,
etc. Even the cursor keys are exactly as they should be--the inverted "T".
*This* is how a keyboard should be, and anything other than this
is inherently inferior. Toshiba screwed this up on a lot of their
machines, as has just about everyone else.
IBM has screwed a lot of things up (including some complaints
about keyboard quality & "feel" in a few cases), but one thing they've
still gotten right is the keyboard layout. That's a subtle, but huge
selling point for me (along with the trackpoint--I detest touchpads).
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