[loulug] Re: Why is there a "windows key"?

  • From: Errol Sayre <errol@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: loulug@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 15:43:44 -0500

On Aug 10, 2007, at 3:23 PM, Bill Taylor wrote:
I would not mind the windows key being renamed "Command." However, I would not call what Microsoft did a mistake. They successfully permeated PC keyboards with their logo. That is pretty good marketing.

Well, the point is that the key doesn't do much of anything... tho they do have some good shortcuts that the author overlooks such as "Windows+E", "Windows+M", etc.

The part that's a mistake was not putting the key on there earlier and keeping the control keys for use in terminal/telnet/ssh settings — something OS X inherited gracefully from the Mac's past.

Also, personally I think it's easier to hit command+c rather than control+c because I can use my thumb for the command key, whereas the pinky has to do the control key... considering I use the command key shortcuts much more than any control key combos, it think this is the better choice.

I especially like his point about the totally worthless "right mouse button key" since windows computers always had 2 buttons and it's on the right side of the keyboard... honestly how many people actually use that key unless their mouse is temporarily broken?

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