QWERTY Keyboards In-Universe

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QWERTY Keyboards In-Universe

Postby damon8r351 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:52 pm

While taking a 378,000ls supercruise trip to a station, I got bored and was looking around the cockpit of my Cobra. Turns out they still use keyboards with the QWERTY arrangement here in 3303 in the Milky Way. Which I found amusing, because the only reason keyboards are arranged that way is because that's what was used for the first ever commercially successful typewriter, back in the 1870s. See, that typewriter used metal arms that would swing up and hit the paper to print a letter on it. To keep these arms from hitting each other and jamming the machine, the arrangement of the letters was gradually tweaked to the arrangement we know today. So the way we type today is influenced by a typewriter from the 19th century. Computers don't have to worry about metal arms jamming, so there's no real reason to continue using that arrangement for any other apparent reason than that's what is comfortable and familiar. So it's funny to me to see after 1286 years of advancement, we still can't bring ourselves to change the way the keyboard is arranged.
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Re: QWERTY Keyboards In-Universe

Postby TorTorden » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:02 am

I suggest you switch your keyboards layout to Dvorak and see how that goes.

There's very real value in what "everybody is used to" that far outweighs what is theoretically more optimal.
Besides what is optimal ?

The optimal letter layout for English is not necessarily the optimal layout for French, or Spanish or, or.
But having just one layout, fairly internationally recognised means I can pretty much pick up a keyboard anywhere and get to work.

What is more disconcerting is that 3303 era spaceships still use BBC micro's.

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Re: QWERTY Keyboards In-Universe

Postby DarkMere » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:17 pm

TorTorden wrote:What is more disconcerting is that 3303 era spaceships still use BBC micro's.

That's true, but got to be better than a spectrum dead flesh keyboard
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