I have some keyboards at my parents’ house, and these were really nasty. So nasty in fact, that they were not used. So, there was no real danger of losing them. So I picked them apart, and put the plastics in the dishwasher.
The keyboards came out clean, and a day later, were completely dry. After a little bit of work – and one keyboard was assembled. A note though, a little bit of work == I kept forgetting parts outside of the keyboard. So after repeatedly opening and closing the keyboard, it finally worked. The second keyboard was a bit more complicated. It had a little rubber thingy behind each key, and when I opened the keyboard those thingies fell out, as they weren’t attached to anything. It was a little annoying to put them back, but I managed. The problem was, there were about 6 thingies missing. The first three were easy – I gave up the ‘power’ ‘sleep’ and ‘wake up’ buttons. I never used those with that keyboard anyway. The next 3 keys were a little more problematic? Which keys should I give up?
I thought about it a little:
- The num-lock. I hate that key. No-one should use num-lock! Ever! Unless of-course, you are stuck in the ‘on’ state, and you want to turn it off… So num-lock was a no-no.
- Same goes for CAPS-LOCK. Mostly useless, but still…
- Although shift, ctrl, and alt have doubles, both sides are still in use.
- So I decided to give up the num-pad ‘/’, ‘*’, and ‘-’. These have doubles, and are rarely used when over there. The only time I did use them was with Pythonwin, when I used the numpad + and – to open and close source folding
So that solved it, and the keyboard worked, sans 6 keys. I could have given up some of the Fxx keys, but by the time I thought of that, the keyboard was already closed, and I didn’t want to lose anymore thingies by opening it up again.
This made me think that the policy of giving up keys isn’t really dependent only on the use-level of the key: num-lock is rarely used but is critical, or only on having doubles: shift has a double, and yet I’d keep them both.
Which keys would you have given up?