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2004\10\20@100502 by Matt Pobursky

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On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 07:36:43 -0500, Lawrence Lile wrote:
> That was one reasons I had to write the Ten Commandments in the first
> place - unless I wrote up hard and fast rules for capitalization for
> myself, I was not able to get anywhere when I started using case
> sensitive compilers.  Although the list was variously described as a
> load of scatological nonsense <grin>, it really helped me.  sINcE I
> aM IncaPable of tYpING CApS in AnY ConSIStenT WAY, and OfTEN hIT the
> CApS LoCK Key by ACCiDent, mUCh of MY code LOOks lIkE THIS, pretty
> Tough TO ComPilE if CApS SenSITIVITY is ON.

> -- Lawrence Lile, P.E.
> Who pops the CAPS LOCK key off of his keyboard whenever he gets a new computer.

Maybe it's just me, but it seems that caps sensitivity is the only sane
way to look at source code. After all, ThisVariable and THISVARIABLE
are two very different strings.
That issue aside, I killed the inadvertent CAPS lock issue years ago
(along with many other keyboard annoyances). I bought 6 Northgate
Omnikey 102 keyboards and have used them exclusively on all my
computers for the past 15 years or so. They have real "clicky" ALPS
keys, allow you to reposition the Ctrl, Alt and Caps Lock keys (so you
can put the Ctrl key above the Shift key where God and IBM intended)
and weigh about 5 lbs so the thing doesn't move around on your desktop.
These things are built like brick outhouses and meant to last. I
wouldn't part with my keyboards for love nor money.
Sadly, Northgate is no longer in business and I purchased the last 3 or
4 keyboards from a little PC shop in Los Angeles 5 or 6 years ago for
about $40 each. Avant makes two similar keyboards -- although they are
pricy -- that are worth every penny if you value having a solid
keyboard that will work for years and years. The way I look at it, I am
used to these keyboards and I have enough of them to last me a lifetime
(or as long as there are PS/2 keyboard ports on a PC).

Matt Pobursky
Maximum Performance Systems

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2004\10\24@181351 by Gerhard Fiedler

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> That issue aside, I killed the inadvertent CAPS lock issue years ago
> (along with many other keyboard annoyances). I bought 6 Northgate
> Omnikey 102 keyboards and have used them exclusively on all my
> computers for the past 15 years or so. They have real "clicky" ALPS
> keys, allow you to reposition the Ctrl, Alt and Caps Lock keys (so you
> can put the Ctrl key above the Shift key where God and IBM intended)

You can do that to any keyboard on any (recent) Windows version (at least).
If somebody wants to know how I can dig that out. Of course the key labels
won't get exchanged by that... :)

Gerhard
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