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I just need to vent a little here. I ruined a keyboard with a coffee spill yesterday, and contrary to the logic that might suggest a cheap replacement was in order for an item that had suffered such a carelessness-related demise, I picked up a fancy Microsoft wireless desktop as a replacement. Now I am suffering with a couple of inconveniences using it, because they have decided that the small array of keys above the arrow keys (home, insert, etc.) needed rearranging. Specifically, the six keys are now five, and instead of being two rows and three columns, the keys are now in two columns, with the insert key removed from the mix and placed on the top row to share a key with PrtScrn and SysRq (talk about marginalized -- I guess some folks find accidentally hitting Insert as welcome as the Caps Lock). This all completely messes with my instinctive use of all these keys, and why? Because they decided the delete key needed to be twice as tall as it was for some reason. Also, the 12 function keys that are traditionally laid out in three groups of four are now four groups of three. WTF?

Nothing like a little change for change's sake. Too bad, because the keyboard has the nicest action I've ever used... but I still may have to return this. We shall see.

I guess today marks the true start of the holiday season, as the Festival of Lights begins tonight at sundown. Happy Chanukah!

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2. No subject Dec 7, 2004, 09:04 nin
because they have decided that the small array of keys above the arrow keys (home, insert, etc.) needed rearranging

I have a similar problem w/ my logitech keyboard. Above the standard letters, I have (in addition to other buttons) a volume up and volume down buttons, and to the right, a mute button. This is very handy to use if, in the middle of a firefight, the volume is not to your liking.

The problem is w/ HL2. When I hit the volume down button, Gordon ducks. And when I hit the mute button (to unmute the audio, to hear the game), Gordon strafes to the right...

edit: Re: the Matrix link. Now we know why the W bros, aren't doing commentary on the dvd set due out today (self incrimination)?
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1. Keyboard Dec 7, 2004, 09:03 Hammer
Yeah...I've been living the same issue.

The functions keys rearrangement I can live with - but not the 6 keys on top of the arrow keys. WTF indeed!

Haven't gone wireless yet - I have the original Microsoft Keyboard Internet elite or something at home. Love it.

At work though, with the new laptop, I have to use a new USB keyboard that has the 6 keys laid out wrong (2 columns of 3 keys) - that screws me up big time, especially since I'm used to Shift-Del/Shift-Ins for the Copy/Paste (old Wordstar user)...

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