Wednesday, August 16, 2006

What will replace the void?

So what do we do after the CAPS LOCK key is gone?

Here is the only logical plan.

1. Restore the Ctrl key to its rightful place.

2. Expand the space bar again.

3. Move the Caps Lock key up beside the Scroll Lock so that the Fortran programmers don't complain too much.

4. While we're at it, move all the wierd keys - like Num Lock - up to the top row. (Thanks, TuxTemplar, for this suggestion).


Blogger The Digital Pharaoh said...

While we're at it, can we get rid of "print screen", "pause" and "scroll lock"???

2:33 PM  
Blogger MSTK said...

Print Screen is actually pretty useful sometimes. The Scroll Lock only has one actual function for me (locking view in Excel), but I could live without it. And I have no idea what Pause/Break is for.

But I like the idea of moving the Caps Lock key up to that island so people won't complain.

3:50 PM  
Blogger xadio said...

@the digital pharaoh: No.

Print Screen: used to take a snapshot of your current environment and saves it into your clipboard (under Windows). Give it a try press "print screen" goto start->all programs->accessories->paint. Then press ctrl+v (or edit->paste). It is also used in many video games to take screenshots of the current screen.

Pause/Break: This key is handy when mapped to a IDEs debugger. Basically when you are programming you can pause or break to pause or break during the debug process.

Scroll Lock: This key is used often in association with KVM switches.

So as you can see the keys you so openly object to are of valuable use to people other than yourself and who might even affect your life.

If you wish to eliminate the current functionality of these keys and others try (

4:10 PM  
Blogger xadio said...


Note the .html not .h

4:13 PM  
Blogger Todd said...

Move the caps lock key as far away from the qwerty keyboard and numpad as possible. I suggest north of the Home key on a standard 101 key keyboard.

And don't remove my print screen! As a sys admin I use it for enviroment snaps.

4:51 PM  
Blogger einexile said...

Your idea sucks, and even if it didn't your passion for it speaks ill of you.

When was the last time you actually *read* a forum post typed in all caps? God knows how many man-hours that key has saved the world. It's the biggest red flag there is. (With the possible exception of misused commas. Ahem.)

In 20 years of using PCs I don't think I've ever encountered a keyboard with the left ctrl key anywhere but in the bottom left hand corner. Are you looking back to some ancient Commodore keyboard or what?

Millions of people play games on their computers, and are used to the left Ctrl key being where it has been all this time. We use the Caps Lock key as well. Since games have been the driving force behind technological progress in home computing since at least 1993, it's odd you haven't mentioned this at least as a stumbling block.

That modern use of the Ctrl key isn't second nature to you and you haven't given the gaming angle thought suggests you're not the guy to do this. Hell, in your first post you accidentally let us know you look at the keyboard while you type. How else did you type well into a line without catching the error immediately? You weren't typing from handwritten notes, or you'd have finished the sentence.

And you've never played Half-Life. Not even the tutorial.

So I'm calling you out. This is a hoax.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

For me the issue is not so much the caps lock but the fact that the shift key acts to invert the caps status.

sO i wIND uP wITH clc lIKE tHIS ... after I accidentally bumped the caps lock on. You just can't know how many lines I've retyped in my lifetime because of this BS.

If you refer back to the old mechanical typewriter, you find its behavior more reasonable. If the caps lock is engaged and you shift-type a letter, you get a cap letter and then caps lock is disengaged when you release the shift key. Note that my above example would have been rendered correctly if computer keyboards acted this way. That first S would have been capped and and the rest in lower case except for the shifted letters.

Is that not sensible? Is that not simple to implement? They give me gigaHz and gigaBytes (and God love it - these new machines) but leave me heckled with a lame keyboard.

Kudos to this blog.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Carmi said...

Amen. I am sick to death of accidentally smacking the Caps Lock key, and then finding out after the fact that I've been typing in inverted case. yOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, RIGHT?

In a word, maddening.

We should thank Microsoft for incorporating logic into Office 2003 to correct this issue. But not even intelligent software is enough to make up for bad industrial design.

It's time for the key to go. I want my good old Ctrl key back in its rightful place. And I'll hold the shift key down if necessary.

Fight the keyboard power.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Kenny said...

This campaign is retarded. Why not lead a movement to outlaw everything you don't personally find useful?

7:53 PM  
Blogger J.J. said...

You're either a selfish moron or a freak with a strange sense of humor. This is not an idea that helps most users. Clearly you're unhappy with your keyboard layout. Tough shit. Why not go shopping for one of the hundreds of keyboard layouts available inernationally...

11:35 PM  
Blogger Thomas-san said...

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12:54 AM  
Blogger MrDandy said...

Haha! Great... I have pried the CL button off all my keyboards. I thought I was the only one who did that. I am a bit of a fumbler when typing, and that button infuriates me. Better typists probably don't have a problem.

What I also tried once was to freeze the key with superglue, but found I actually preferred the open hole, it makes a neat little reference point for the tab and shift buttons.

12:56 AM  
Blogger David Howe said...

I don't think it bothers me much, so why will you get rid of Cap Lock??? If you do unlike it, make your own keyboard, don't want to bother others.

1:15 AM  
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1:38 AM  
Blogger foe said...

You guys don't understand!!! The main reason the Caps Lock must go is because I have seen too many young people using this key instead of the shift key! This is an abomination! Caps Lock must go!
As for print screen, pause and scroll lock... the first must stay, the others can go.

1:40 AM  
Blogger JoshSHill said...

Who in their right mind is going to want to get rid of the Caps Lock key? Who doesn't use it... seriously. Are there people out there who just leave their left pinky sitting on the shift hey?

My wpm is upwards of 115, don't take away my caps lock - there is no justifiable reason!

1:42 AM  
Blogger Christoffer said...

From all the avid-editors of the world. We love the Caps-lock. To effectively switch audio-scrubbing on and off.

From all the after-effects workers of the world. We love the Caps-lock. Turning render-preview on and off is quite the neat feature...

Now the windows-button.. Don't get me started!

Bust a CAPS in yo ass ;)

2:36 AM  
Blogger Qllie said...

Get a life idiot!

3:05 AM  
Blogger Drew said...


8:04 AM  
Blogger Drew said...

dude, people use it for important things, that should be enough reason to leave it alone.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

I'm seriously thinking about starting a blog to launch a campaign that will irradicate all blogs that are advocating ideas that I personally find retarded and useless. Starting with this one.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Nocci said...

I admit that I use caps when I write capital letters. Not shift like many other people, but then again, I have a scandinavian keyboard which makes it easier (for me atleast) to reach when I type rather than the shift key. I wouldn't mind seeing shift and caps lock change places or somesuch. I would only have to press once to get a capital letter rather than before and after.

But seriously.

In my opinion, the Pause/Break key must be the most useless key in the entire history of keyboards.

Just my 2c.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Yarmouthian said...

The solution for those of you that don't like your capslock key:


12:16 PM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

The most heinious offenders are those assinine Windows keys. Who the freak uses them? I say move those keys and Caps Lock to the island and see if people miss them. I want my long space bar back!

As for what other programs have mapped to, those mappings can change. The programs use what is available to them; they don't drive the creation of the keyboard itself.

And games have been the driving force behind computing -- oh, right! I know it's silly to argue with GAMERZ, because they are subhuman ADHD dribbling zombies whose whole existence revolves around stats, caffeine, and pwning other players, but please. Maybe when you move out of your mom's basement, you'll figure out that the rest of the world doesn't revolve around WoW.

Lastly, I don't think anyone is arguing that this works for international keyboards. Every language group will need to devise its own solution.

1:29 PM  
Blogger einexile said...

russet shadows -

7 million people play World of Warcraft. 2 million play Guild Wars. Maybe half a million play Half-Life. Where do you think the $150, nay $75 graphics chips that will power the next generation operating systems came from? Why do you think they no longer cost $500?

Gaming isn't a hobby anymore. With the exception of porn it's now the most popular and lucrative form of entertainment in history. Resorting to tired stereotypes only confesses a lack of interest in the subject. Do you make a habit of forming strong opinions and hurling insults about things you don't really care about?

This is the same stuff people spat at early film enthusiasts. Even the novel form was subject to this sort of talk. Sounds like thinly veiled resentment to me.

The image you paint of a socially deficient, mentally incapable shut-in with an attitude problem more closely matches the contempt you display for your culture. Its association with involvement and enthusiasm has been out of circulation for some time now.

2:10 PM  
Blogger cosolution said...

Try my solution : remove the cap out the keyboard ! If I need it (once per year) I use a pen to move the contact ...

12:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Print Screen, but even my reduced laptop keyboard has all this bullcrap like Caps Lock, Num / Scroll Lock.. Pause.. And my favorite, the Context Menu button. The button that right clicks for you.

In case, you know, I'd rather take my hand off the mouse / trackpad, move it all the fucking way up to the top of the keyboard, and press the right-click menu key.

And the backwards apostrophe / tilde, which I only use for keyboard shortcuts, since they are not really part of the English alphabet.

Why do they put these idiotic keys on keyboards? WHY??? CAPS LOCK DOES ME NO GOOD, EVER!


12:59 AM  
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