Keyboard Layouts

Ok if I didn’t know any better, I would be convinced that my boss, Steve wrote this post.

Possibly the only time in my career with our company that I have ever seen him come close to “losing it” was over a keyboard that had a poor layout.

All jokes aside I have the particular keyboard that scotg is referring to (at work and home actually) and I love it. But I have to agree those couple of keys are a bit strange. I noticed it first when I changed because I would be playing Asheron’s Call and I had my keyboard mapped a certain way. There was a span of a few days where I was constantly getting killed because my keys were not where they were supposed to be. Also I have experienced some pain over the placement of the “insert” key. One day I swear I spent 10 minutes just staring at the keyboard trying to find one other than on the number pad. When I finally did locate it I wasn’t very impressed.

Which raises the point, why do hardware manufacturers mess around with layouts so often. Take motherboards for example. If you have ever built any number of pcs you know that pretty much anything goes for layout. I have had boards where you had to remove a hard drive and video card just to get at the darn memory slots. Not to mention the number of injuries I have obtained trying to stick my hard down between a bunch of devices to access one measly item. And I have wimpy girl hands. Figuring that most people assembling pcs are males, how the heck do they do it. And don’t even get me started on trying to hook up the power, reset, and led switches…

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