From: Andrew Webber (awebber_at_wwwebbers.com)
Date: Fri Apr 28 2000 - 00:01:45 EDT
On Thu, 27 Apr 2000 21:06:55 -0400, STeve Andre' wrote:
>Thanks also to the person who told me about the northgate keyboard
>that was ctrl/shift key switchable.
You're welcome, and I don't think it was the only one that did it.
I dug through my old emails (January 1998!) and found the reference
to the guys who make "new" Northgate-style keyboards. I believe
these have a feel like the later Northgates, which was not quite as
nice (totally subjective on my part) as the earlier ones (I had two
NGs). But still nice.
They have two, a 12- and a 24-fn-key version. Keycaps are
interchangeable (ctrl, alt, on right, and ctrl, alt, capslock on
left -- and it looks like they include replacement ctrl and
capslock for the left!). These things are not cheap by today's
standards for keyboards, but if they're build like the old
Northgates, they're probably worth it. For now I'll stick with my
off-brand knockoff of the MS Natural, with the "6" on the proper
The difference between reaching for a function key at the top, and
down the side, is that the latter is close to being a comfortable
extension of the home row (and I could reach most or all left-side
Fn keys with my pinky, with my ring finger on a ctrl or shift, and
my index finger still on "f", without looking. Which is still
can't do (not looking) consistently across the top.
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