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04:46 pm - Slow work day & keyboard woes
You know what I hate? I hate it when people post to their journals simply because they're bored.

Guess what this post is.

Work is slow today and has been all week because an external client is having a system problem which has cut off my department's entire incoming supply of work. ETA for fixing the problem is tomorrow. I'm not keeping my fingers crossed, mostly because I can't type that way. When the work does come through, I will be under a ridiculous amount of stress for a few days while I scramble to get stuff done in a timely fashion.

So while I'm complaining about stuff you don't care about, I'd like to whine about my keyboard. I bought a new keyboard recently because the old one had serious problems. Namely, most of the keys stuttered. I'd stuck with it because I really like the 1991-vintage, 104-key layout, and I find those Windows keys to be an annoyance. Finally I justified the new keyboard when a good wireless deal showed up on Woot. I knew I wasn't getting the layout I like, but I've been telling myself that I'd have to learn to use newer keyboards someday since the kind I like is no longer standard.

I hate the new keyboard.

Well, that's not entirely true. There's a lot to like about the keyboard. It's attractive and the keys ddon't type liikee thhis. The alphanumeric keys feel more natural than the other keyboard did. What I dislike, however, is the placement of those six extra keys which are usually just above the cursor-control pad. I'm talking about Insert, Delete, Page Up & Down, Home and End.

Apparently nobody else uses these keys. Most new systems ship with compact keyboards which combine the functions of little-used keys. Home, End, Insert and Delete are generally shoved somewhere else on the keyboard and are activated in conjunction with Alt or fn or some other such nonsense. This is what my new keyboard has above the cursor-control pad:

I have no idea how long it's going to take me to become accustomed to this. All I know is that I must use the Home and End keys more than anybody else in the history of history. I'm also reminded, rather painfully, that I learned the Copy and Paste shortcuts from Microsoft's old DOS programs, which means that I'm using Ctrl-Insert and Shift-Insert instead of the currently popular Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V. The old shortcuts still work, but the Insert key is waaaaay over on the left above the numeric keypad. It's maddening.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Corn Mo -- The Magic is You!

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Date:March 3rd, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
My new keyboards have this layout too. I hate it.
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Date:March 3rd, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
I've never seen it before. I've seen them do other things to those keys, but this is really driving me nuts.
[User Picture]
Date:March 3rd, 2006 07:55 am (UTC)
Ah, Corn Mo...

So that most recent time I saw TMBG at First Ave in Minneapolis... that was really the one and only time they ever played that song?

[User Picture]
Date:March 3rd, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Would you be willing to give Corn Mo another shot? I think he's great, and I think you could put together a really solid album-length mix from his two CDs.

Yes, that's the only time the First Avenue Stage song has been performed live, which makes me a little sad. We didn't get a Venue Song in Madison. They've worked West Hollywood House of Blues into their general setlist, though.
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Date:March 3rd, 2006 09:07 am (UTC)
....I'm also reminded, rather painfully, that I learned the Copy and Paste shortcuts from Microsoft's old DOS programs, which means that I'm using Ctrl-Insert and Shift-Insert instead of the currently popular Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V....

So THAT'S where it's from! Those are the shortcuts I use too, and quite exclusively. I've never been bothered by this newer keyboard layout, actually.... Mostly because I've found a very good way of dealing with it---not purchasing any keyboards that use it, and instead purchasing a keyboard that has the six-key layout we're both used to. ;>

Jamie's keyboard is like that. I try to remote in to her system when it needs fixing as often as I can, since then I can use my keyboard. :)
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Date:March 3rd, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Quite some time ago I resolved never to buy one of these keyboards, but I did it anyway because a) I keep having to use them in other places, and b) the keyboard tray on my current computer desk is really narrow and the compact keyboard gives me more room for my mouse. This is driving me crazy, though. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but it may take awhile. The keyboard I got rid of actually had nine keys over there (the extras were "power off", "sleep", and something else), and that took some getting used to as well.
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Date:March 4th, 2006 08:00 am (UTC)
I just bought my wireless keyboard and it has the "old" style. it just means everyone once in a while I hit insert and screw my self while i'm typing.
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