Originally Posted by Eros
Agree, portability=wireless=less of the un-needed.
Excuse the dumb question but, I am about to order the imac with the wireless keyboard. It says that an existing keyboard and mouse is required for setup. Does that mean, if I choose the wireless keyboard and mouse they wont actually function from the initial setup? Sorry, first mac, first wireless device.
Yes, that's because you have to set up the bluetooth connection to use them which requires input devices (keyboard and mouse)
Originally Posted by sequitur
I've always thought extended keyboards were lopsided. When the board is centered with the monitor, the letter keys are too far to the left to be comfortable. When I've centered just the letter key part of the board, my coworkers say it doesn't look right. The devil with what it looks like. It's easier to use.
umm... did you just argue both sides of that and come to a conclusion?
I think the arrow keys; page up & down, help, home, etc. keys should be on the left side, so the board would be balanced and, for me, would be easier to use. Who said that everything should be done by the right hand - mouse, number pad, arrow keys, etc? I've been cussing the current key layout for as long as I can remember - since the early '80's.
you mean like a left-handed keyboard?
Well, my pappy and his pappy and his pappy allus did it thet-a-way and what's good enuff fer them's good enuff fer me. Hell, some keyboards still have a scroll key and other cr_p keys on them.
Why is there a return key and an enter key when they do the same thing. I'm referring to the names not that there's two of them.
Because sometimes they actually do different things.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enter_key
(check out the carriage return key for origin)
In most software, they behave the same, but on the Adium software, the Return key sends the message whilst the Enter key inserts a line feed (like cmd+return).
What's the num lock/ clear button for? The one on my Mac board doesn't lock or clear anything. Why can't the Function keys be programmed since they don't accomplish much anyway?
Numlock is used to allow access to the numpad as opposed to the numpad being used for arrow keyshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num_Lock
The clear key is the same as the numlock key but since nowadays the numlock usually doesn't do anything, the name is changed as not to confuse people. It also has other uses such as clearing the calculator as mentioned by Galley.
The function keys can be programmed. Go to Sys. Prefs.-->Keyboard % Mouse-->Keyboard Shortcuts, then hit the '+' button, pick the app(s) you want it to work with and choose a function key to do it.
Sorry, I'm relatively new to flaming, so if someone else can be more sarcastic and sardonic about this, please feel free to do so.