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Re: Unicomp Keyboard with left function keys
- Subject: Re: Unicomp Keyboard with left function keys
- From: Harry Binswanger hb@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:18:56 -0500
For those who use PC, not Mac, AutoHotkey allows reprogramming of any key
to any series of keystrokes--and to much, much more. It's a whole, very
sensible, well-supported scripting language. I have 1000 lines of code in
my .AHK file. Indispensable. Carl uses its big brother, AutoIt3.
I tried moving to AutoIt3 but cannot get my mind around its convention of
naming variables with the dollar sign *before* the variable name, as in
$address. I say in my mind "address-dollar" not dollar-address, and I'm too
old to change. AHK has all the flexibility of XyWrite. Your losing out if
you are not using AHK (or AutoIT3). It's free.
I purchased what I assume is a PC keyboard with USB connection. The
windows key is on the top row with function keys. I use a Mac, but had not
trouble using with a Mac. Mac allows you to switch Ctrl, Alt (which they
call Option, I think), and Caps Lock, via System Preferences/Keyboard
menu. The Windows key works as the Apple key.
I loved the Avant Stellar keyboards. Have owned three. 2 finally failed,
and one is still going strong.
The Unicomp is louder than the Avant Stellar and a bit less sturdy in
feel. Keys make a click-clack sound--not a deal breaker for me, as I kind
of like it.
For me the big deal is function keys on the left. I've programmed many
mini-routines, over the last two decades, onto those keys and
muscle-memory makes typing automatic. Especially useful when I create
indexes (extensive ones for academic works, history, politics, etc.) which
is my day job. For writing fiction I tend to write early drafts in XyWrite
then import to Word for minor revisions.
I'm considering ordering a second Unicomp as insurance against the other
Avant Stellar failure, as I have two offices so need two systems.