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Howardlong:

--- Quote from: bson on October 28, 2021, 10:58:18 pm ---Never a numeric keypad for me, ever.  With the keyboard centered in front of me and my index fingers on the home row F and J keys, a full-size PC keyboard pushes the mouse out so far it's uncomfortable to use.  If so much software didn't rely on arrow keys I would use keyboards without that whole section as well, to reduce the distance to the mouse even further.  But it's not as disqualifyingly bad as with a numeric pad.

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As I mentioned earlier in the thread, I was brought up with numeric keypads, both as a bank teller in my student vacations and during the days of the IBM XT model F. For work, I find it a handicap without one for serious work such as on most laptops, but can get by, but I have been surprised how much I use it on a 17" LG Gram lappy I bought  18 months ago. YMMV ;-)

PaulAm:
The best keyboard I ever used was a Sun Type 3; did a lot of development on that system.

Now, I just have a crappy Dell but I used a Type M for quite a while.

blacksheeplogic:
A fancy keyboard does not make you a programmer, and elitist programming keyboard just confirms your a moron. The only factors that matter are is it comfortable to use, ergonomic and fits your needs. I prefer having ten-keys because I spend time in apps that are more efficient with a ten-key pad, in VIM I use hjkl to move around but a lot of apps I use having arrow keys is a plus.

I don't understand the trend for small keyboards that require complex key combinations to enter common text chars. They don't make you a programmer but if it makes you feel special OK I guess. My perspective is that people asking and especially posting about their programming keyboards are the type of people who crave conformation and really are copy-paste kiddies.

brucehoult:

--- Quote from: blacksheeplogic on November 03, 2021, 12:54:45 am ---My perspective is that people asking and especially posting about their programming keyboards are the type of people who crave conformation and really are copy-paste kiddies.

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Or, worse, people who could be copy=pasting but type it all by hand instead.

I've never found typing speed limiting my programming speed. It's my brain that does that.

The Microsoft keyboards and mice are plenty good enough, cheap enough, and available everywhere. I used them even on my M1 Mac Mini :-)

SilverSolder:

--- Quote from: brucehoult on November 03, 2021, 01:12:21 am ---
--- Quote from: blacksheeplogic on November 03, 2021, 12:54:45 am ---My perspective is that people asking and especially posting about their programming keyboards are the type of people who crave conformation and really are copy-paste kiddies.

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Or, worse, people who could be copy=pasting but type it all by hand instead.

I've never found typing speed limiting my programming speed. It's my brain that does that.

The Microsoft keyboards and mice are plenty good enough, cheap enough, and available everywhere. I used them even on my M1 Mac Mini :-)

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Microsoft peripherals are usually at least half decent, and often good to excellent.

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