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Keyboard layout is pretty nice, but I've just discovered it seems to be severely lacking a 'pipe' symbol. And a forward slash. These keys are apparantly just above 'carriage return' except on a UK keyboard, that key is #~ Which of course, makes stuff rather interesting. Do I switch to US, and have a load of stuff in the wrong place (I'm sorry, but " is shift-2 on _real_ keyboards) but get my |\ but have "@ and # in the wrong places.

Or do I just assume that it's on windows therefore it's for wordprocessing, not 'real' work (e.g. involving changing directory, or ... well almost any real unix command) and leave it as UK.

Decisions, decisions.
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queex From: queex Date: February 27th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it to the left of z in the UK layout? The Euro-DasKeyboard has a physical key there, so it should work.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 27th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would appear to have a double length shift-key.
xarrion From: xarrion Date: February 27th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
All the better for flaming the manufacturers with... ;)
queex From: queex Date: February 27th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
If there a funny key above return, then? In which case you've got a US-layout instead of a Euro layout- which you probably didn't want.

sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 27th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. I remember checking on the website before ordering from ThinkGeek, but failed to notice that they didn't ask me which I'd prefer. (Because they only do US layout).


Oh well, I'll use this one a while, e.g. until payday, and then buy a proper one if I still like it.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 27th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, I've got the 104.
Which is good, because I'd have to not use it otherwise, but is fine because I can get one with the right keyset.

Sigh, time to re-order.
(And curse thinkgeek for only stocking the one of them. I did check on the webshite, but didn't think to check on thinkgeek)
necessitysslave From: necessitysslave Date: February 27th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had this problem before on one of my keyboards
solution I used was to hold down alt and on the numeric keypad type 124
just tested it and it give you |
dan_lane From: dan_lane Date: February 27th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Personally I prefer the US layout, but make sure you map a key to £

A lot of the UNIX admin's I know end up using the US layout anyway for whatever reason.

(mac's use a pseudo US layout with @ above 2 and # being alt-3 so that keeps me happy... while this layout seemed ridiculous at first I have to say it now makes sense to me).

For a non-microswitch keyboard I find the Das Keyboard an excellent choice.... not quite as nice as the original model-m I used to use but it gets the job done.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 27th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm used to backslash and pipe being under my right little finger though. Above CR just seems so very wrong.
mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: February 27th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Am I the only one who is amused that in your desire to be poncy you managed to screw yourself over by not paying attention to the details?
tenuous From: tenuous Date: February 27th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
The image of Ed trawling through his blank keyboard in search of an illusory character did cause a momentary smile...
sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 27th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Enthusiasm is no substitute for planning. I prove that to myself all too frequently :/
mcnazgul From: mcnazgul Date: February 27th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
The real question is... does it have an Any key?
sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 27th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're _all_ any keys.
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