Wednesday, 2 August 2006

h2g2: Keyboards

The computer kind. German ones have some of the keys swapped around and a difficult to find @ sign. It was a very interesting and curious business using a different keyboard. Constantly having to go back and correct.

I hadn't quite appreciated that keyboards come in different flavours according the language.

Even more interesting was the internet computer area at the airport on my return. Some joker had prised off a few keys and transposed them. So when I logged into one of my email accounts it required both the transposed letters and not being sure if I typed the right letter as we know passwords are usually hidden by asterixes. Or is it asterixii?

Original Comments:

Jo said...
Asterisks :-)

Try a Greek keyboard. Plenty of letters that aren't even in our alphabet!
Thursday, August 03, 2006 1:22:00 AM
Chandira said...
I'm still mad mine doesn't have an English pound sign, and I have to go into Word to insert a symbol.. lol
Thursday, August 03, 2006 2:36:00 AM
Britmum said...
I find myself when on the computer upstairs tying to use the mouse that isn't in the middle of the keyboard like it is on my laptop.

LOL too funny.

Take care xx
Thursday, August 03, 2006 6:05:00 AM
Britmum said...
Thanks for commenting on my blog. We did have a fab time on holiday, thanks for thinking of us.

Sometimes I am so glad that I found your blog because you are so wonderful. You give such great prespective on things and make it much clearer. What you said about my Mum is so true. We most definately should start a Bad Mothers Group with Jo.

Take care Doris and have a super fab weekend with your lovely family xxx
Saturday, August 05, 2006 7:08:00 PM
Cheryl said...
Tut - been reading your RSS - didnt realise you had re-installed commenting.
Blogged you and dared you, btw....

- Know where we could get naughty nuns outfits?
Saturday, August 05, 2006 8:06:00 PM
Neutron said...
Thought you had evaporated in a cloud...glad to have you back. The best thing about different keyboards is if you have a friend who uses one here (deepest Bavaria) and then goes back to England for a bit and sends you a mail. The Zs for Ys make everzthing zou saz seem verz French and sexz!
Sunday, August 06, 2006 12:06:00 AM
decrepitoldfool said...
I've always thought the Dvorak keyboard layout would be great, for someone else. I've become totally accustomed to the supposedly inefficient qwerty layout. Doomed to use it for all my days, I guess.
Sunday, August 06, 2006 4:21:00 AM
CyberCelt said...
Howdy, here from Jane Loves Tarzan for Click and Comment Monday. I have a hard time with English because I am Texan (LOL).

Cool blog and I like your porn "handle." I think mine would be
Find it Through the Fat ...
Monday, August 07, 2006 10:38:00 PM
Curly K said...
God it can be hard enough getting to grips with an English keyboard, I reckon I'd feel the same frustration I feel when my mother asks me to send a text for her from her phone. She refuses to have predictive text on and to send a simple text takes forever - ahhh!
Tuesday, August 08, 2006 12:32:00 PM
Anji said...
I'm glad you're back again.
I use a french keyboard which I'm used to now. I wonder how big a chinese keyboard is?
Tuesday, August 08, 2006 3:39:00 PM
Jo said...
Hi seem to have vanished again :-( Anyway. To coax you out of your semi retirement I have tagged you :-)
Friday, August 11, 2006 9:35:00 AM
Ally said...
I bought a keyboard to plug in to my laptop for long copy-typing stints - and it has an US layout. I have told my laptop that it is a UK keyboard and it's fine so long as I don't think about it; but when I forget and actually look for at the keys I get really confused :).
Friday, August 11, 2006 10:05:00 PM
Gerald Ford said...
While in Japan, I used my wife's old computer, which had Japanese and English letters on it. CONFUSING!

P.S. Glad to see you're back. :)
Saturday, August 12, 2006 7:11:00 PM
ChelseaFCChick said...
Hi Doris,

I'm back-although under a new nickname and I've switched back to my old url, just to confuse you! :)

Hope you are well! Both me and the bump are doing well, it's not long to go now!

As for the keyboard thing, I have the same problem as Chandira with the pound sign or rather the lack of a pound sign! Very frustrating sometimes!
Monday, August 14, 2006 8:20:00 AM
Annie said...
I find myself looking for the character map when my son has to do his German homework. With my typing it often looks like a foreign language anyway! Hope you are ok.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 10:18:00 PM
Steve said...
Sorry I am late Miss, I did have a note from me mum but the dog ate it;)
When you said you were going walkabout, I thought that you were speaking metaphorically, not that you were actually going to do it.
I always enjoy reading your bl*g so welcome back, I was a little worried that we had lost your wonderful thought provoking blogging but happily I was wrong
Thursday, August 17, 2006 1:54:00 PM
Jo said...
Where are you hon? Some stuff I'm hoping you'll read at my blog...but you've gone :-(

Friday, August 18, 2006 1:40:00 PM

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