Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Scroll Lock

What the hell does the Scroll Lock key do? And how has it made it onto keyboards all around the world? From what I can tell, the only thing it does is turn that green light in the corner on and off.

I did a little research and learned that virtually no programs use this key anymore - probably because most programs don't run in freaking DOS anymore. It's a holdout from the past that has lost it's relevance in today's world. But for some reason, still gets forced upon us. Kinda like David Hasselhoff.

I vote that this key be removed to save the valuable 1 square-centimeter real estate it occupies. But then again, who knows? Maybe I'll suddenly have to urge to draw a triangle on a sheet of paper using the LOGO Turtle.

8 Comments:

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Ben said...

For that matter, what does "PAUSE|BREAK" do?

Isn't that some coder stuff?

How many millions of dollars have been wasted on keys we don't need?

It's like that guy who worked at the olive company--he took three olives out of every jar and saved the company millions of dollars a year.

I'm with Lazy-A: throw off the Scoll Lock tyranny.

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Where Productivity Goes to Die said...

What about Num Lock?

 
At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Chanakin said...

I have a key to the right of Shift that says "Turbo".

Be thankful they still say Scroll Lock. Now that they're all made in Taiwan, they could say "Suggest the Locking Scroll".

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous hermosa beach drunks said...

What of this F12 and his younger siblings?

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger Cibbuano said...

pressing 'Windows Key + Pause/Break' brings up your system properties...

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger odderie said...

Hermosa, EXACTLY what I was thinking! An entire row of uselessness!

 
At 4:20 PM, Anonymous ProudMary said...

man. y'all have WAYYYY too much time on your hands. F-lock'ing weirdos.

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger SadieMBeagle said...

Dudes. F7 is spell check in MS word. F12 is "save as." Just ask the secretary...

 

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