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Re: What are Microsoft *really* good at ?

Verily I say unto thee, that Gregory Shearman spake thusly:
> On 2009-02-07, Homer <usenet@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> What are Microsoft *really* good at?
> [...]
>> Did I miss anything?
> I just bought a new Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse. It is an 
> excellent product and what I've come to expect from Microsoft 
> keyboards and mice.
> They should stick to making keyboards and mice.

I heard (from Chris, IIRC) that the lettering on the keys wears off
easily, on the newer MS keyboards. But anyway, AFAIAC /all/ membrane
keyboards are crap, regardless of who manufactures them.

Personally, I'd rather have one of these:


Newer models (design now owned by Unicomp):


Originals still available:


They do a Linux model too:


Meanwhile, Microsoft apparently do an *anti*-Linux keyboard:

Have you gone keyboard shopping lately? Microsoft are a big player in
this space, but have you seen what they've started to do with the INSERT

Either they find INSERT an affront to humanity, or they are trying to
make life hard for the Linux community because they have relegated the
INSERT key on their newest keyboards to an ALT position on the PrtScn /
SysRq key.

For those who don't know why this matters, think about the linux / unix
terminal. Want to copy something? You can't use CTRL-C because that
sends and escape command, so you you use CTRL-INSERT instead.. Well I
don't even know HOW to do that on a new Micrsoft keyboard.


I also found this comment (on the same page) rather interesting:

As an aside, while looking through the latest keyboards from Microsoft I
noticed that they need up to 100MB of free disk space for drivers!!!!
ARE YOU F**KING KIDDING ME? In 1982 I was playing chess on a Dragon 32..
a wopping 32k and Microsoft need 100Mb for a mouse and keyboard driver!

For those who (for some reason) actually prefer membrane keyboards, I
recommend the Tux Keyboard from Zareason:


They also have some other interesting GNU/Linux products. ;)


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|  is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." ~ William
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