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[May. 17th, 2006|10:10 am]
John
I can tell that it's a day for irrational annoyances. I just got a new keyboard for use at work, and it's one of those split, ergonomic designs that Microsoft decided we should all use. Now, I've hated these things for a big reason, and it made me happily grumpy about them for a long time. They had the 'b' on the wrong side. The worst part is, I've been known to use the wrong hand (or wrong finger) for certain keystrokes, according to standard touch typing, so it made me that much more annoyed. If they were going to get something like that wrong, why couldn't they get something wrong that was good for me?

So I sat down at my new keyboard, ready to be really pissed off an annoyed at having to train myself into the habit of hitting the key with the wrong hand all the time, and that's when I found out the most annoying thing of all. Microsoft finally moved the b on their keyboard to the right side.

I know they did this intentionally. I think they knew that I wanted to be able to hate them that much more for doing this to me, and moved it just because they knew it would rob me of this chance.
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[User Picture]From: droops
2006-05-17 05:21 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I have one of the older models with the split keyboard and I don't mind the B key on the left side. I actually adapted quickly.

And it makes a WORLD of difference to my wrists! Great invention IMO.
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[User Picture]From: kightp
2006-05-17 07:50 pm (UTC)
*snort* The bastards.

(At our campus IT support meeting today, we got the warning news that M'$oft will be coming to town this summer with a dog-and-pony show about Vista and Office 2007. Funny how the entire room reacted with groans, whimpers, snorts and eye-rolling...)
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[User Picture]From: ms_interpret
2006-05-17 08:40 pm (UTC)
I have a logitech split keyboard. FAR nicer than the M$oft models, IMO. I love it. I too, had the problem of the b key being on the wrong side, but I adapted to it within a month or two. My wrists are much better for it, but the big surprise is that my shoulders are also happier. Interesting, I think.
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[User Picture]From: slcronin
2006-05-18 12:55 am (UTC)
Huh. I have MS natural keyboards at work and at home, they're a few years old..the 'b' is on the left side...did they move it to the right hand recently?!

I'm convinced I must have learned to use my left index finger for 'b' when I learned typing in 7th grade, because having it on the left of the split has never felt weird to me.
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[User Picture]From: elimloth
2006-05-18 07:27 am (UTC)
> I know they did this intentionally. I think they knew that I wanted to be able to hate them that much more for doing this to me [...]

Oh, you are one of the lucky few non-FTEs who received an implant. That's how they know these things.
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[User Picture]From: firecat
2006-05-18 03:45 pm (UTC)
I hate split keyboards. And if the 'b' were on the right side (as opposed to the correct side), I would hate it even more because the 'standard touch typing' system is now built into the very molecules of my fingers.

So I'll hate them that much more for you.
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