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Comment Re:My Pet Peeves (recent Windows laptop keyboards) (Score 1) 698

The numeric keypad tends to be pretty highly valued by typists that are 10key proficient and type a lot of numbers. It's actually more common than you probably believe. I and many others prefer to buy laptops/keyboards with the 10 key numeric in place.

Absolutely. when i'm doing a lot of entry into excel it's numeric keyboard time. getting numbers from the number row is obviously klunky.

Comment Re:It's IBM's fault. Everyone copied the PC. (Score 1) 698

That's just not true! The IBM PC-AT keyboard, circa 1984, has control as a large key above shift and to the left of the 'A' key, in its proper place. Alt is below shift. There are no right-hand alt or control keys and caps-lock is off on the right side below shift where the right control key is now. There was a large gap between the spaceback and caps-lock, since there was no right alt or windows key. The PC-XT keyboard, circa 1981, had the same layout of control-shift-alt in the proper order on the left. The caps-lock key was on the far upper-right corner, above the numeric keypad. It wasn't until the 101 key model M that IBM messed up and placed the caps lock key in the incorrect location above shift and next to 'A'. Is there really no one else here who remebers typing away on the original PC keyboard, with the control key in the proper location, the giant plus key, break on the scroll lock key and printscreen on the dedicated '*' key?

And the freeware you would install to swap the AT keys back to where they had been.

Comment Re:Caps Lock used to power a huge lever. (Score 1) 698

I wish it still behaved as shift-lock: affecting all characters, not just letters. When I use caps lock, it's almost always because I'm typing an environment variable or #defined constant. And that means I'm going to be typing lots of _ characters. If caps lock behaved like shift lock, I wouldn't have to press shift for every one of them.

absofrigginglutely. the underscore is the enemy of capslock.
I confess that's why i try to avoid them, and i avoid camelcase too so all my variables and file names looklikethisbuticanreadthemok.

Comment Re:Caps Lock used to power a huge lever. (Score 1) 698

The Capslock key inherited the position occupied by the Shift-Lock key. Some keyboards still mark it as shift-lock. In the old mechanical typewriters, the shift lock actually moved the entire framework holding the rack of all the levers that held the letters. It required considerable force to push.

...and you could tell from the look and feel of the shift key that it was down. And using the shift key automatically unlocked the shift lock (on many keyboards at least).

If you really want to have that key, it probably ought to go back to that: some kind of mechanical lock on the shift key. Perhaps a smallish button actually physically on one corner of the left shift key.

Some keyboards are nice enough to have a status light in the middle of the capslock key. others try to make do with a status light up in the top right corner, along with numlock and scroll lock. and there are the various softwares that put indicators on the screen. but having it in the key is 1000% better. and one of the windows options is to have the shift key release capslock, which is good. also good the windows accessibility options which have the ability to make the lock keys go boop when you set them on and boopboop when you off them. being microsoft, however, the two options don't work together, so now my keyboard goes boop when i hit capslock, but when i hit shift and it unlocks it just stays quiet.

Comment Re:The Microsoft key!!!! I've never used it...ever (Score 1) 698

Just curious, what OS are you using? On both Windows and Linux, it's a pretty handy key.

when you're in a case-sensitive OS, it's a help alright.

that was supposed to be the capslock, not the microsoft key. the microsoft key does things in linux??

Comment Re:Misunderstood (Score 1) 698

I always remap caps lock to left ctrl, the way it used to be on rather old keyboards. So much more convenient than having to reach down to the left-ctrl key.

The qwerty keyboard uses the little fingers way too much to begin with, for some reason pc keyboard designers seem determined to make it worse.

Comment Re:Sound pretty stupid (Score 1) 480

We once had a plant manager who enforced a strict professional attire for all. He got everyone in the company to wear shirt and tie even when they had to wear safety overalls over the top.

That all changed one day when he was visiting the workshop and got his tie stuck on a piece of rotating equipment (drill press as the story went). After nearly losing his head in the literal sense the dress code was relaxed leaving everyone scratching their heads wondering why a chemical plant with no customer facing positions had a dress code to begin with.

tangentially, that nice tie your doctor wears when he comes in to your hospital room to examine you; saturated with infectious organisms.

Comment Re:It'll sure save HP money, just like Yahoo (Score 1) 480

All that remains are the employees who either lack the confidence in their skills to feel that they are employable elsewhere... or those employees who lack the skills.

While I can certainly see how the first one would happen, if one actually lacks the skills to do their job, then shouldn't they have been fired already? Not being productive enough *is* a reason to let someone go.

But they are sharp dressers.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 480

And this is what Logic 101 would call a non sequitur.

the more that company cares about having a professional appearance,


and less about professional performance.


They are not mutually exclusive.

The institution I've been with the strictest dress code was the private school I went to - it also had near top national academic performance. The principle was not that people were required to waste time worrying about what they wore, but that people didn't worry about what they wore, as everyone was wearing the same thing: a well-fitting, comfortable, smart uniform.

well of course they are mutually exclusive. "Your rating here will depend 100% on your performance" "Also 100% on your professional clothing". If A + B =100%, yes they are mutually exclusive.

Comment Re: So what? (Score 1) 480

The company should fork over some money if the workers have to invest in an entirely new wardrobe.

that's kind of the point. consider: everybody owns a few pairs of jeans. they are affordable, durable, comfortable, and go in the washing machine without problem. they are widely accepted in public places today, and, finally, they are cut so that most people look reasonably good in them.
therefore, obviously, you are not allowed to wear them in the workplace.

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