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(The New York Times)   Who made the escape key? Probably the same guy that invented the 'any' key   (nytimes.com) divider line 143
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2012-10-07 01:34:39 PM
Ahh, the escape key. Last time it held any sort of relevancy was in a 1994 film called The Net
 
2012-10-07 03:01:03 PM

cman: Ahh, the escape key. Last time it held any sort of relevancy was in a 1994 film called The Net


Or when I worked at UPS and they used an AS/400 networked to a bunch of PCs. Pressing ESC twice gave me access to the supervisor or whatever it was called. I was able to reboot workstations at random and send messages to all, etc. The IT bigwigs came up from Paramus to interrogate me since it was "impossible" to do what I did...
 
2012-10-07 03:04:02 PM

cman: Ahh, the escape key. Last time it held any sort of relevancy was in a 1994 film called The Net


for autoCAD is an essential command. In fact, my left ring finder sits over the ESC by default when i am drafting.
 
2012-10-07 03:04:37 PM

cman: Ahh, the escape key. Last time it held any sort of relevancy was in a 1994 film called The Net


copcop.net
 
2012-10-07 03:11:47 PM
Get rid of the damn Insert key!

Escape gets me out of fullscreen and I use it. Unless I get stuck in Firefox fullscreen, in which case I throw my computer on the ground and go buy a new one.
 
2012-10-07 03:12:32 PM
Doors to the old Fry's Electronics:

www.fanac.org
 
mhd
2012-10-07 03:12:35 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-07 03:13:37 PM

cman: Ahh, the escape key. Last time it held any sort of relevancy was in a 1994 film called The Net


I'm guessing you don't use PowerPoint much.
 
2012-10-07 03:17:44 PM
It's a nice key if you're gaming...
 
2012-10-07 03:18:05 PM
I've often wondered why the little diskette icon is still used almost universally as save. it's been at least 15 years since diskettes were even relevant.
Unless you count installing windows server using a 3rd party scsi driver. goddam microsoft.
 
2012-10-07 03:26:37 PM

Green Scorpio: I've often wondered why the little diskette icon is still used almost universally as save. it's been at least 15 years since diskettes were even relevant.
Unless you count installing windows server using a 3rd party scsi driver. goddam microsoft.


Unless you are installing Server 2003 or older, you should be using a USB key for that
 
2012-10-07 03:29:22 PM
I am rather curious what the "hallucination key" in the side panel was used for.
 
2012-10-07 03:30:58 PM
Why do outmoded keys, like ESC, persist? Our devices have legacies built into them. For more than a hundred years, when you wanted to write something, you sat down in front of a typewriter. But computers look different now - they're like smartphones. It will be interesting to see whether in 10 or 15 years the whole idea of a keyboard will seem strange. We might be saying, "Remember when we used to type things?"

How would we control computers in this future-without-typing? Think of the Wii and Kinect, or even specialized input devices for games like Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution. All might be bellwethers for the rest of computing. We might see a rise in all sorts of input, like voice recognition and audio control - think about Siri.


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How about no?
 
2012-10-07 03:35:40 PM
computers from different manufacturers communicated in a variety of codes. Bemer invented the ESC key as way for programmers to switch from one kind of code to another.

Maybe it's just me, but this explanation been dumbed down so much that I can't follow it anymore.
 
2012-10-07 03:43:46 PM
It's been almost 30 years since we've had 101-key keyboards that removed the need for Num Lock. Enough already.
 
2012-10-07 03:44:02 PM

APE992: Why do outmoded keys, like ESC, persist? Our devices have legacies built into them. For more than a hundred years, when you wanted to write something, you sat down in front of a typewriter. But computers look different now - they're like smartphones. It will be interesting to see whether in 10 or 15 years the whole idea of a keyboard will seem strange. We might be saying, "Remember when we used to type things?"

How would we control computers in this future-without-typing? Think of the Wii and Kinect, or even specialized input devices for games like Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution. All might be bellwethers for the rest of computing. We might see a rise in all sorts of input, like voice recognition and audio control - think about Siri.


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How about no?


I'm inclined to think direct neural inputs. They have demonstrated machine-assisted telepathy in monkeys. I forget where I saw the study, I was in grad school at the time. Put blinders on a monkey, a camera on his head and a transcranial implant. Put another monkey with a transcranial implant in front of a monitor. Watch the second monkey direct the first monkey to food through the implants.

How soon this will actually be tested in humans is beyond me, but I'm very excited by its potential to utterly bring civilization to a grinding halt as we desperately try to keep our computers from surfing to inappropriate destinations every few seconds or sending unwitting UWIE to our co-workers.
 
2012-10-07 03:47:00 PM
i.istockimg.com
 
2012-10-07 03:47:00 PM
Back in the day, escape keys weren't on all keyboards. As an emacs user, I got used to ^[

/csb
//I'm old
 
2012-10-07 04:01:22 PM

sinanju: Back in the day, escape keys weren't on all keyboards. As an emacs user, I got used to ^[

/csb
//I'm old


well i used Function 9 on my TI-99/4A
 
2012-10-07 04:04:29 PM
s12.postimage.org

What about the "Pig Up" and "Katarl" keys?
 
2012-10-07 04:08:38 PM

nmemkha: [s12.postimage.org image 400x300]

What about the "Pig Up" and "Katarl" keys?


no time 4 that the computers starting
 
2012-10-07 04:09:46 PM

goatleggedfellow: Unless I get stuck in Firefox fullscreen, in which case I throw my computer on the ground and go buy a new one.


You too, huh?

Anyways, the escape key comes in handy from time to time.

The SysRq key, though? Or the AltGr?

/csb time. The Ctrl-Alt-Del used to be much more difficult when you couldn't substitute the AltGr for the Alt key.
 
2012-10-07 04:16:55 PM
Meh Esc is still my go to button to get into a game's menu system to pause/save/quit etc, only blizzard seems to insist on using something different (F10).

NOW CAPSLOCK, THAT THERE IS A FANTASTIC BUTTON.
 
2012-10-07 04:18:10 PM
Also,

i158.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-07 04:37:06 PM

cman: Ahh, the escape key. Last time it held any sort of relevancy was in a 1994 film called The Net


Someone never watches videos in full screen
 
2012-10-07 04:38:35 PM
Also it's basically the same thing as the Back button on every android phone.
 
2012-10-07 04:43:37 PM
My name is Annie Key.

Please don't hit me...
 
2012-10-07 04:46:15 PM
The Esc key still has plenty of uses. Num Lock and Scroll Lock, not so much.
 
2012-10-07 04:49:40 PM
Hit any key to quit, any other key to continue...
 
2012-10-07 04:52:58 PM
Can someone explain what the numpad is for? The numbers are already above the letters why waste space on more numbers?
 
2012-10-07 04:53:53 PM

LemSkroob: cman: Ahh, the escape key. Last time it held any sort of relevancy was in a 1994 film called The Net

for autoCAD is an essential command. In fact, my left ring finder sits over the ESC by default when i am drafting.


Same here, and for other 3D modeling and drafting software I use. It's handy to unselect objects without fear they will be part of the selection set of the next command. Funny I never thought about it as a default left-hand position, but I do the same as you.
 
2012-10-07 04:54:12 PM

theorellior: The Esc key still has plenty of uses. Num Lock and Scroll Lock, not so much.


NumLock is useful, mostly for turning the numbers back on when someone turns them off.

Scroll Lock I've only ever used in Excel, and only about two or three times in my life.

The Pause/Break key used to be useful back in the DOS days. I doubt I've used it since the 1980s.

In 30 years of using PCs, I've never used the SysRq key.

www.simtropolis.com
 
2012-10-07 04:56:54 PM

D1551D3N7: Can someone explain what the numpad is for? The numbers are already above the letters why waste space on more numbers?


If you were an accountant, they would have to pry the numkeys from your cold, dead hands
 
2012-10-07 05:02:48 PM
There are keys I don't use much, but Esc isn't one of them.
 
2012-10-07 05:02:51 PM
Why are they describing the purpose of the BRK key in a story about ESC?
 
2012-10-07 05:12:52 PM

D1551D3N7: Can someone explain what the numpad is for? The numbers are already above the letters why waste space on more numbers?


You obviously don't work with numbers much. It's much faster to key in numbers on a numeric keypad.

/ Uses the ESC key all the time, too.
 
2012-10-07 05:13:33 PM

cman: D1551D3N7: Can someone explain what the numpad is for? The numbers are already above the letters why waste space on more numbers?

If you were an accountant, they would have to pry the numkeys from your cold, dead hands


Thanks for a graphic explanation.
 
2012-10-07 05:16:29 PM

flaminio: In 30 years of using PCs, I've never used the SysRq key.


You've never taken a screenshot using that key?
 
2012-10-07 05:26:51 PM

BumpInTheNight: Meh Esc is still my go to button to get into a game's menu system to pause/save/quit etc, only blizzard seems to insist on using something different (F10).

NOW CAPSLOCK, THAT THERE IS A FANTASTIC BUTTON.


But without the caps lock, how will people type capital letters?

//It drives me batshiat insane watching some people type in capital letters by hitting the caps lock, typing the single letter in their password or to start the sentence, then hit caps lock again to continue with their entry.

USE THE GODDAMN SHIFT key!
 
2012-10-07 05:30:01 PM
There is a pretty good Rich Tennant cartoon for the escape key - Guy sitting at a computer with a tentacle coming out, wrapped around his head and neck, and another guy saying, something like, "Alice, very carefully, go over and press the 'Escape' key."
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-07 05:37:58 PM
The Pause/Break key used to be useful back in the DOS days. I doubt I've used it since the 1980s.

Sending a "break" (sustained low level on the wire) used to be a way to smack the other end of a serial connection and suggest it try a different baud rate. I don't know if the break key ever sent a break.
 
2012-10-07 05:41:05 PM
I keep thinking that one day I'll develop my own chorded keyboard system for sitting on the back of handheld devices. It will, of course, include control characters.
/First thing we do, let's kill all the lock keys
 
2012-10-07 05:43:30 PM

BumpInTheNight: Meh Esc is still my go to button to get into a game's menu system to pause/save/quit etc, only blizzard seems to insist on using something different (F10).

NOW CAPSLOCK, THAT THERE IS A FANTASTIC BUTTON.


CRUISE CONTROL FOR AWESOME?

TimeCubeFan: LemSkroob: cman: Ahh, the escape key. Last time it held any sort of relevancy was in a 1994 film called The Net

for autoCAD is an essential command. In fact, my left ring finder sits over the ESC by default when i am drafting.

Same here, and for other 3D modeling and drafting software I use. It's handy to unselect objects without fear they will be part of the selection set of the next command. Funny I never thought about it as a default left-hand position, but I do the same as you.


After 20 years of ACAD, MDT and Inventor, it's pretty much a habit for me too. Sometimes I still go for CTRL+C if my left hand is on autopilot.
 
mhd
2012-10-07 05:44:30 PM
Now for some keyboard pr0n:
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-07 05:46:04 PM

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: flaminio: In 30 years of using PCs, I've never used the SysRq key.

You've never taken a screenshot using that key?


Sure, but that's a PrtScn, not a SysRq.
 
2012-10-07 05:48:19 PM

mhd: Now for some keyboard pr0n:
[i.imgur.com image 485x474]


JESUS CHRIST WHAT THE fark IS THAT?
 
2012-10-07 05:54:56 PM

mhd: Now for some keyboard pr0n:
[i.imgur.com image 485x474]


heheh hehehhehehhuhhuhhehehe, 'rub out', hehehehhhuuhhehehehehe.
 
2012-10-07 05:55:10 PM
ESC is fine, so is Print Screen. But Scroll Lock and Pause/Break are just puzzling.
 
2012-10-07 05:56:03 PM

cman: mhd: Now for some keyboard pr0n:
[i.imgur.com image 485x474]

JESUS CHRIST WHAT THE fark IS THAT?


Its' got a 'rub out' key. Don't ask.
 
2012-10-07 05:57:18 PM

cman: mhd: Now for some keyboard pr0n:
[i.imgur.com image 485x474]

JESUS CHRIST WHAT THE fark IS THAT?


Standard issue girlfriend remote, what you didn't get one with yours?
 
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