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Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the they-can-have-it dept.

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heptapod writes "Slashdot reported earlier about Google's Chrome notebook and keen-eyed readers would have noticed the lack of a caps lock key. 'According to Google, this will improve the quality of the comments, because people will not be able to write all in capital letters. I'm not a fan of the caps lock key myself. I never use it, so it can go to hell, for all I'm concerned. But taking away choice from people is not good, especially when this is not going to improve the quality of comments.'"

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You can't fix stupid (4, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485890)

Those of us who use it sparingly or for specialized reasons will be deprived of it. And those who USE IT TO ON EVERYTHING WITHOUT REALIZING IT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING will still be stupid. And stupid people will find a way to be annoying no matter what you do.

You could take every key but "a" away and websites/services will still be filled with denizens sporting aol email addressees posting:

aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

e.e. cummings approves (4, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485898)

And stupid people will find a way to be annoying no matter what you do.

Like just holding down the shift key?

Re:e.e. cummings approves (4, Informative)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485920)

Stupid people probably don't even know shift works for caps. I've seen people pressing caps just to get a single capital letter in their password.

Re:e.e. cummings approves (4, Funny)

dintech (998802) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486048)

I have a colleague who uses her mouse upside down. Meaning invert x, invert y, clicking with her thumb, cable facing downwards. She says that's just how she started using it and it never occured to her to use it the other way. She's no less accurate than I am with a mouse either.

I've heard stories of one individual completely stumped when he ran out of desk space but couldn't move the mouse cursor any more to the right than the middle of the screen. Clearly he didn't realise that you pick the mouse up...

Re:You can't fix stupid (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486124)

Those of us who use it sparingly or for specialized reasons will be deprived of it.

Easy, just replace it with shift-meta or something similar. It annoys me more than it helps me but I occasionally use it so I don't xmodmap the lock away... Not sure if there is any logic there but I think I just don't want to get used to it being another shift key for when I use someone else's computer.

YOU CAN PRISE THE CAPSLOCK KEY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34485900)

FROM MY COLD DEAD HANdS

NOOOO! (1)

Corporate Troll (537873) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485902)

YOU CAN TAKE MY CAPS LOCK KEY FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!

Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING. No shit? That was the point....

Agreed (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34485986)

I'm a database programmer, and I use caps lock on a regular basis. It's off by default, of course, but if I had to type stuff like this all day without caps lock I'd go mad:


CREATE OR REPLACE VIEW part_glass_part2 AS
        SELECT part_key, sum(line_sqft) AS sum_sqft, sum(line_lbs) AS sum_lbs
        FROM part_glass_part1
        GROUP BY 1;

Re:Agreed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486204)

Just get an editor with auto highlighting AND auto casing. You don't have to use caps at all really if the tools help you.

How often do you type CREATE OR REPLACE without needing those caps.

Re:Agreed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486272)

However, auto-casing teaches that it's OK not to program in the proper syntax.

Re:Agreed (1)

Buggz (1187173) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486240)

I've actually become quite proficient at writing quite fast while having my (left) pinky holding the shift-key down. I do a slight bit of SQL myself once in a while, and I'm more comfortable holding the shift-key down for the keywords instead of turning caps on and off.

Arguably though, I might've had more of an issue with it had SQL been my primary area of expertise. Our main database developer doesn't even use the shift-key. Ever.

Re:NOOOO! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486174)

Your proposal is acceptable.

Couldn't resist the 'Men in Black' reference, sorry. You can go on with the thread now.

By Accident (0)

gQuigs (913879) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485914)

I'm not sure I have ever pressed the Caps Lock key on purpose... Anyone?

Re:By Accident (0)

JonySuede (1908576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485982)

i did to toggle running in some game a long time ago !

Re:By Accident (1)

Tynin (634655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486176)

i did to toggle running in some game a long time ago !

Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, capslock set autorun for you.

Why the hell do I still remember this!?

Re:By Accident (1)

s7uar7 (746699) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485984)

Entering license keys is just about the only time I use it.

Re:By Accident (1)

IBBoard (1128019) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486126)

Even that is probably unnecessary - unless it is a really bad app that can't automatically upper/lower-case all of the text.

Re:By Accident (2)

Vectormatic (1759674) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486180)

i cant remember ever running into software which was case-sensitive when it comes to license keys..

but yeah, it isnt all that usefull of a key.. but taking it away to "improve the quality of comments" is just stupid

Re:By Accident (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34485996)

Not until I remapped it to be a compose key. Now I can easily type in all sorts of characters.

As a way to lock in annoying text, though, no; I have not ever used it for that.

Re:By Accident (1)

naz404 (1282810) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486100)

It's useful for typing headlines/subject headings/titles in no-format plaintext only documents (think notepad).

Useful for designing menus, buttons, titles & logos in Graphic design also.

And... I used to use it a lot when I was a little kid learning BASIC from old library books, as all the code then was written in uppercase so I would type them verbatim.

Since those old books were written in a single font, all uppercase helped separate computer code from from prose text.

Use of Caps Lock key (5, Informative)

managerialslime (739286) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486132)

For modern web-based applications, you are correct that there is little or no reason for the Caps Lock key.

But for the MILLIONS of people whose job requires them to use antiquated legacy systems, it is often essential.

The largely character-based systems used for accounting, order entry, invoicing, and other core functions are often accessed through terminal emulation software or first generation client-server software. These systems often have a great number of "lookup" codes for everything from SKU to client numbers that fail when using lower case. Those still using first generation client-server software are especially inconvenienced as some of these programs have no option to remap the keyboard.

The sheer volume and costs of re-engineering these systems mean that they will be with us for years to come, no matter how ugly and inefficient when compared to modern systems.

(Well, you did ask.)

One step further (1)

RingDev (879105) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486264)

After a series of unfortunate caps-lock incidents years ago, I've taken to popping off the caps lock key on any QWERTY (-- yes, I held the shift button to type that) keyboard I use regularly.

While it is annoying that the infrastructure guys keep asking me if I want a new keyboard, it beats dealing with the accidental capping, especially when working in languages that are case sensitive.

-Rick

Re:By Accident (1)

iguana (8083) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486278)

Programming.

The convention in C/C++ programming is to put preprocessor symbols in all caps.

#define THIS_IS_A_PREPROCESSOR_SYMBOL 42

I'm a bit scared (4, Interesting)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485916)

As much as I hate the caps lock key (reassigned mine to be an extra Esc), I just submitted a bug on Chrome that it doesn't have a command line --geometry option, which I consider a pseudo standard thing for X apps. I can't help but see that Google is going from the mostly standards compliant company they once were to becoming a Microsoft as far as following standards goes. I'm sure there are other examples people will bring up and maybe a comment along the lines of "They were never standards compliant".

Re:I'm a bit scared (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486068)

They were never standards compliant.

Re:I'm a bit scared (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486194)

I just submitted a bug on Chrome that it doesn't have a command line --geometry option, which I consider a pseudo standard thing for X apps.

Have you filed similar bugs against all of Mozilla's products?

Does anyone actually use it legitimately? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34485918)

Does anyone actually use the capslock key for anything but 'screaming' on internet posts? Seems like a waste of a good keyboard key spot, they should invent something more useful for that location, or use it for a special character.. It's like the numlock key, or scroll lock and pause/break.. who uses those things? Legacy keys, seems to me..

Re:Does anyone actually use it legitimately? (1)

Carthag (643047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485980)

It's more satisfying to hold down shift as you yell. Try it.

Re:Does anyone actually use it legitimately? (2)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486014)

The company I work for during the day actually uses an archaic system with terminal menus and command line commands that are named in all capital letters. They use the caps lock key excessively. I've seen other systems like this in use for inventory systems at stores and warehouses too. You probably have as well.

Re:Does anyone actually use it legitimately? (1)

IBBoard (1128019) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486066)

Caps lock: Yep, it gets used for long blocks of capitalised text (particularly those in SQL statements and those that also mix in numbers so that the 3 doesn't become £ bu accident)

Scroll lock: Yep, every day. Double scroll lock and up/down switches my KVM from the dev machine to the work machine.

I've not used Numlock or Pause/Break for ages, though.

Re:Does anyone actually use it legitimately? (1)

Partaolas (1926386) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486080)

I use it to change keyboard layouts, other people use it as a backspace or escape. Some applications use it for changing between different modes. In any case, who cares if they remove it? Quality of comments will not improve, even for those who will post using Google Chrome Notebook.

Re:Does anyone actually use it legitimately? (5, Interesting)

germansausage (682057) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486082)

CAD guy here. We have lots of drawings where the convention is to put all text in caps. I use capslock all the time.

Re:Does anyone actually use it legitimately? (1)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486136)

That's the only time I use mine - for documenting 2D drawings of parts. HOWEVER, I doubt I'll be doing CAD work on a Chrome OS based product; at least, as far as I know Alibre does not have plans to release a cloud-based 3D parametric CAD system!

Re:Does anyone actually use it legitimately? (2)

meloneg (101248) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486162)

I use NumLock. Well, I make sure it's always on. I guess I never un-use NumLock. At least when using a full-size keyboard.

Pause/Break is handy in Windows. Try hitting Win-Pause sometime.

Re:Does anyone actually use it legitimately? (2)

slaker (53818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486262)

Pause is occasionally useful during PC repair since it'll freeze boot messages on the screen. CTRL-Break is functionally the same as CTRL-C in most places, just harder to type. Windows key-Pause brings up the System Properties applet on most versions of Windows.

Finally (1)

gweihir (88907) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485946)

Personally I have both: Keyboards where I physically disconnected Caps-Lock and Keyboards where Caps-Lock causes trouble. I think, I have never, ever needed that key, not even once.

I am all for it!

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486062)

Go get employed by Google :x

Good Riddance (4, Insightful)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485950)

The Caps Lock key is an arcane relic of the ancient IBM keyboards and for most users, it's completely unnecessary. It screws up passwords, for one, and it is in a position that is way too easy to hit accidentally. Besides, there's been a movement to ditch it for ages now, and thus far nobody's complained. Did nobody notice that the OLPC computer also ditched the CapsLock? Besides, anyone who still wants to use all caps still has the shift button.

Re:Good Riddance (1)

jedrek (79264) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485988)

While I agree with you, there are situations where caps lock is useful - when writing in caps along with numbers and punctuation.

Re:Good Riddance (0)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486054)

I use it all the time for entering alphanumeric information at work and at home while programming

Re:Good Riddance (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486156)

The only time I need to do that is for CD keys and half the time those aren't actually case sensitive or they automatically put everything into upper case anyway.

Re:Good Riddance (1)

Zedrick (764028) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486074)

The Caps Lock key is an arcane relic of the ancient IBM keyboards

"ancient" IBM keyboards (like the IBM 1391411 I'm typing this on) are about the only ones that doesn't have any "problem" with capslock (hitting capslock by accident), since it's clearly separated from the "a"-key and gives you plenty of feedback when hitting it (sound + feeling).

Of course, not having caps-lock might stop idiots from shouting, but they'll just express themselves in some other annoying way.

Re:Good Riddance (1)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486160)

Every keyboard I've ever used (well, every standalone keyboard) has the spaced gap between the 'a' and CapsLock key. The only keyboards that doesn't have the spaced gap that I've ever used are laptop keyboards, but they are generally bad for more than just that reason.

Choice (1)

magloca (1404473) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485964)

taking away choice from people is not good

But it sure can be wildly successful. See: iPhone, iPad.

Re:Choice (1)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486228)

Can you still buy netbooks with capslock? Yes? Then you still have choice.

For people complaining about companies taking away choice you sure are eager to take away their choice in matters.

WHEN YOU PRY IT... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34485970)

...FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS (which are consequently not cramped from having to hold down shift while typing)!!1!

It's a start but (4, Funny)

NiteShaed (315799) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485976)

"According to Google, this will improve the quality of the comments"

They should probably take away all the other keys too.......

Re:It's a start but (1)

IBBoard (1128019) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486094)

And the computer, in case they start using the mouse and an on-screen keyboard, or even touch-screen, or handwriting recognition.

CAPS LOCK (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34485990)

ALL CAPS IS YELLING? SO WHAT? THAT'S JUST YOUR PERCEPTION. GET OVER IT.

IN FIRST CLASS I WAS TAUGHT TO WRITE IN ALL CLASS. DO YOU MEAN THAT I WAS YELLING IN FIRST CLASS?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

I love the caps lock key (5, Funny)

david.given (6740) | more than 3 years ago | (#34485994)

...I couldn't use Emacs or shell editing without it. Beats me why it's labelled 'caps lock', though --- the other control keys on the keyboard are all labelled 'Ctrl'.

Buncha keys should go (2, Interesting)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486008)

Why the continuing bother with Caps Lock, SysRq, Scroll Lock, and Break? Does anyone use them? at least, any number of people above statistical noise?
How about the Windows and Menu keys? anybody use that on a regular basis? would a statistically meaningful number miss them?
And while we're at it, usage of the Function keys (12 of them!) seems vanishingly small.
Nineteen nigh-unto-unused keys, times how many keyboards out there with them?

Re:Buncha keys should go (1)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486104)

I think the only people who still use all these keys are people who like overly complex video games that uses every single key on your keyboard, plus all the buttons on your mouse, plus some sort of neural interface to get working.

Re:Buncha keys should go (1)

cryoman23 (1646557) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486196)

function keys- few programs use them but they serve on my netbook for things like brightening and dimming the screen, locking the screen, ajusting sound levels, etc caps lock- a few games use it and there are situations were it is legitimatly used (some have pointed out database programming) windows key- i use that one because of its lack of use, its my push to talk button in teamspeak since it seams to have no other use menu key- it can die

STUPID (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486018)

DOES GOOGLE NOT HAVE ANY DBA'S WORKING FOR THEM? IF THEY DID, THEY WOULD REALIZE HOW AWESOME THEY ARE AT TYPING WHILE HOLDING THE SHIFT KEY DOWN. KTHXBYE.

in order to bypass the filter, i guess i have to type a lot of undercase words too. perhaps more than i did uppercase. in anycase, i think we get the point.

THEY MAY TAKE (1)

inerlogic (695302) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486026)

OUR CAPSLOCK! BUT THEY'LL NE'ER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!

*this message brought to you by holding Shift on a standard keyboard... i never use c.lock neway

Re:THEY MAY TAKE (1)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486098)

We don't need no caps lock nation. We don't need no caps control. No dark sarcasm in the ChromeOS. Google leave them caps alone.

No big deal (1)

Matt_Bennett (79107) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486030)

Heck, I've edited the registry on my windows machines to disable the key anyway. Only gets me into trouble. Be nice to map it into something else. Definitely not a key that has much use anyway.

SUBJECT (1)

Notlupus (1893060) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486032)

Man Google keeps pulling shit like this. Everytime they make a new 'user interface enhancing web 2.0 nonsense addition' the support forums are flooded with people complaining that they can't get their old look back. And Google just doesn't give a crap. Not planning to get a Chrome laptop so this hardly affects me, but changing stuff without offering a way to keep it in the old state is just a dick move.

Great decision (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486046)

I never use the Caps Lock key, why should it taunt me with its nearness to the home row, yet useless functionality? Maybe a Search key isn't what I would have replaced it with, but anything is an improvement...

Damn orange button! (1)

dxprog (898953) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486050)

How am I supposed to program BASIC on this thing? My poor pinky will get all tired...

Does it have... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486058)

a shift key that can be held?

lol (1)

NuKe_MoNgOoSe (1941452) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486070)

With all the issues facing the world today this makes the news hahahahaha. I dont care about the caps lock button personally if im that hardup to shout my point ill use the shift key. Might burn a few extra calories but sometimes sacrifice must be made lol.

Turn your CAPS into another CTRL key (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486072)

If you are on Windows there is a reg change you can make that will turn you CAPS into a CTRL key and it is the greatest thing I've ever done to my computer. There is one huge caveat though if you are on someone else's computer it will turn into a huge annoyance though.

http://johnhaller.com/jh/useful_stuff/disable_caps_lock/

Change the key, keep the functionality (2)

stuntpope (19736) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486092)

Perhaps the functionality should be retained, but entered via a function key or a two-key combination that requires pressing to enter that mode.

This way, people who need to type extended all-caps can still do so, but it won't be mistakenly keyed by dolts who hit it as a shift key and then flail away without returning it to lower case. Of course, people who want to be annoying and "shout" will still be able to do so, but it might cut down on the inadvertant clueless shouting.

Well there goes THAT idea... (1)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486120)

I have been mulling over the possibilities of adopting tablet devices at work so we can connect to our HP-UX server for access to the POS and inventory stuff. Other than logging in, everything must be entered in caps.

Actually, now that I think about it, maybe this will be the single motivating factor for finally upgrading our 20+ year old software.

ABOUT TIME (1)

hackstraw (262471) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486134)

I never understood why there is a hardware button that was SOOOO easy to hit by accident over something that could much easier and better been done with software.

Can all hardware vendors get away from the CAPLOCKS key?

CTRL Key (1)

gbr (31010) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486144)

Please, please, please put the CTRL key back there, where it belongs.

I remap my capslock to CTRL on every machine I use.

FORTRAN COBOL BASIC KEYPUNCHING (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486146)

It was 10-12 years into my computing career before I ever saw lowercase. Grew up on IBM keypunch, 110-baud Teletype, Fortran, COBOL, BASIC.

It would be kind of fun just to have a LOCK key (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486158)

You could shift-lock, ctrl-lock, alt-lock (for those pesky high ASCII characters), and the like.

Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486164)

But taking away choice from people is not good

This is a rather stupid comment. Keyboards today are missing keys that used to exist. It's not a matter of taking away choice, but a matter of usefulness. You can't have every god damned possibility on your keyboard or it'd be too big to fit into a room.

Plus you can choose not to purchase Google's products.

I'm quite sympathetic to a lot of libertarian ideals, but for god's sake, do you have to see threats to your liberty in every fucking thing out there?

Why do people do that? (1)

ISurfTooMuch (1010305) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486184)

No, seriously, can anyone explain to me why some people insist on capitalizing every letter in their e-mails and/or comments? I've been wondering about this for years, and I've never been able to figure it out. I seriously doubt these folks write in all caps when they use a pen (or do they???), so why do they do it on a computer? What is their "logic" for this?

The old saying goes.... (1)

SGDarkKnight (253157) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486188)

when a company finds a way to make the world a little more foolproof, the world will make a better fool....

WTF? (3, Interesting)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486192)

I assume this bit is from a Slashdot posting and not Google:

According to Google, this will improve the quality of the comments, because people will not be able to write all in capital letters. I'm not a fan of the caps lock key myself. I never use it, so it can go to hell, for all I'm concerned. But taking away choice from people is not good, especially when this is not going to improve the quality of comments.

Attention people -- keyboards are use for more than posting comments.

What the hell kind of drivel is this?

Case Sensitive Language (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486198)

I code in a case sensitive language and use case to indicate different data types. This would be a huge pain!

How about å, ä, ö, and ø? (2)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486208)

How about å, ä, ö, and ø?

I know quite a few Vikings who are pissed at the lack of it in plain ASCII.

Unfortunately, Columbians have taken control of the matter from Erkissonians. An now Göögle?!

Architectural drawings (2)

digitect (217483) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486224)

Good luck creating architectural drawings. (IMAA)

It has been convention since the beginning of time to write everything in CAPs. Not that conventions can't change, but there is a whole system of communication in the construction industry related to the assumption that instructions and notations are always capitalized. Similar reason to why US construction is still Imperial, there is too much embodied energy in the current method to risk confusing it with a change to another system.

Don't take it away (1)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486226)

I don't necessarily think they should take the option away. I just think it should by one of those buttons where you have to hit a function key + caps lock. I don't necessarily use caps lock, but I'm sure there are people who do. My only problem is that I always accidently hit when I'm going for shift or tab and its just a pain.

Holding a key and typing with one hand is awkward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486242)

I type with one hand. Any time I need to write more than a few characters in upper case I use the caps lock key. Yes I could get a one handed keyboard but I find I can use most regular keyboards ok. As a programmer I do find there are commands, varables and such (SOMECOMMAND OR VARABLE) that I need to type in uppercase. If a system doesn't have a caps lock I will probibly advoid it if possible ( I don't use Apple computers for similar reasons, damb mouse click keypress combos). Anyhoo thats my two bits.

Paul Lister (I already have far to many accounts to keep track of)

They are not taking away my caps-lock key (1)

slim (1652) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486254)

... they are offering me the opportunity to buy a device that doesn't have a caps-lock key.

good (1)

monkyyy (1901940) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486280)

i always hated caps lock, ive never really used it, but its always next to tab, shift and a, which are used in games often, begging me to hit it accentually

Not as bad as Apple (1)

shikaisi (1816846) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486290)

At least they're better than Apple. If Steve had his way, you would only ever be allowed one key to press.

Can't say I've missed mine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34486296)

Nothing like playing an MMO and your chat with your teammates comes out like:

We're corner pulling. Get back here.
All the way back here. Behind the corner.
You don't need a closer look.
Dammit, incoming landslide!
i'LL REZ YOU WHEN i CAN GET TO YOU.
ack caps
STFU trying to live here.

Seriously, the fact that Caps Lock is not really Caps Lock but Caps Invert is really retarded. Not lame, retarded -- because it's a case of a programmer doing something to show that he can without asking anyone else if they wanted that feature. Nobody wants Caps Lock to Caps Invert except folks that have handles like -=PwNzOr=-.

Anyway, I ripped out my Caps Lock key a while ago and haven't missed it. Can't do that on laptops, though. Maybe some smart person out there could disable Caps Lock in software? On Mac OS X, you can just go to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Modifier Keys and set Caps Lock Key to "No Action".

Not as bad as Apple... (1)

Scyth3 (988321) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486298)

We're making a huge deal about the caps lock key being removed on an ultra-portable laptop. On Apple's Macbook Pro the "backspace" key was renamed to "delete" and the delete key itself is completely gone. I think that's far worse then the caps lock key going away, especially since you can still use shift keys to capitalize text.

Google netbook hack: Caps lock (1)

Kaziganthi (824129) | more than 3 years ago | (#34486306)

I hacked my netbook so I would have a caps-lock key. I jammed silly putty down the side of the shift key to hold it down for me. Next release will include toggle functionality (considering an easily removable alternative like wood chip to jam the key down).
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