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Comment Re:Buncha keys should go (Score 1) 968

Caps Lock: Used for key-activated voice communication;
SysRq: Tied to PRTSC, if it ain't broken, don't fix it;
Scroll Lock: X-Fire uses it by default, and it's a great key to use when you need to bind a menu or overlay to something out of the way;
Pause/Break: I use the command prompt and command-line programs a lot. This key is the coolest thing ever.
Windows Key: Win+D all day long, Win+E very often, Win+R like it's a candy dispenser;
Menu Key: Incredibly useful when you can only use one hand to control your computer (especially if it happens to be your keyboard hand)
Function Keys: F1 for documentation, F2 to change names, F3 to pause, Alt+F4 for magic, F5 to refresh slashdot every 3 seconds, F6 to access the URL bar, F 7 when you're too lazy to use your mouse (or can only use your keyboard hand), FN+F8 to toggle wireless on my laptop, F9 to start recording with fraps, F10 to stop, F11 to take a screenshot with fraps, F12 is useful in a handful of apps;

So yeah, even if you're not using these keys yourself, they're very useful to anyone who actually uses their computers for more than browsing facebook.
Start coding anything with more than a few input commands and you'll actually be wanting extra keys :)

Submission + - How to get a game-obsessed teenager into coding 6

looseBits writes: I have a friend who's 14 year-old son spends all his time gaming like any normal teenager however she would like to find a more productive interest for him and asked me how to get him into coding. When I started coding, it was on the Apple II and one could quickly write code that was almost as interesting as commercially available software however times have changed and it would probably take years of study if starting from scratch to write anything anyone would find mildly interesting. Does anyone have any experience in getting their children into programming? How did you keep them interested if the only thing they can do after a week is make the computer count to 10 and dump it on the screen?

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