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Augustin Erba: Why we persist with a keyboard from the 1800s?

I sit and write on a personal stressful text when I get enough. But not of the text.

– the Cursed keyboard, I say out loud to myself and krukväxterna in my writing space.

for the first time in 1980, at the exhibition ”Hello Computer!” at the Technical museum.

even then, I reacted. It's all about the placement of the backspace key.

The most common key you press on your keyboard is probably the space bar. Take a minute and consider it. Considering its length, consider its width. Marvel at how easy it is to reach, how easily the right to the left thumb allows himself to be borrowed to convey the small andetagen between the words you write down.

you use most frequently: Unless you are a rättskrivande phantom as it is probably the backspace key. The one where the key as some people call deleteknappen, which corrects your mistyping a number and that you have to press several times in a row if you want to undo the choice of words.

This essential button have been placed on the keyboard's outermost right edge of the screen, banished from the heart of the action as if it were a member of the Options for Sweden. It is admittedly a little larger than an average key, but it is constantly out of reach, despite the fact that I use the correct right hand little finger to reach it.

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if a part of them as may be sore in the wrist by typing on a computer get it that they need to twist the entire hand to access.

The current placement of the keys on our computer keyboard is called ”qwerty” after the letters available to the left at the top of the letter string.

There are different theories about the origin of the keyboard's design. According to The Smithsonian Magazine, it was the first keyboard alphabetically. Oh so easy to find the keys – they are in alphabetical order, went the reasoning. But it worked poorly. And it is after this that the theories differ about the origin of the current keyboard layout. The placement of the keys was made by a journalist – Christopher Latham Sholes filed his patent in 1878 and it was during the second half of the 1800s such as the typewriters began to be manufactured and sold in larger scale.

had small arms that were cut out, and smote the ink against the paper. The closer together the arms sat in the small semi-circle that represented the center of the typewriter, the easier it was that they would slip into their neighbor if they were struck down almost at the same time. If skrivmaskinisten was too fast stuck keys.

Therefore, the most common addition, the sounds in the English language is not in the beside of each other on the qwerty keyboard. See how far h-e is located apart from each other. An objection to this theory is that the letters e-r sitting next to each other, and they are often used together in English. But those who refuse to allow ursprungsteorin die further has a theory: It was a pr stunt! It would be possible to write the word ”typewriter” using only the top letter string. And then it will go incredibly fast. Try it yourself, next time you are sitting at a keyboard! For the itinerant skrivmaskinsförsäljarna it was apparently something that impressed potential buyers.

another theory is that it was the ship which had great influence over how the keyboard could be designed, and that qwerty was tested when they wrote the translation from morse code.

No one is sufficiently dissatisfied to get over the threshold to learn a new keyboard,

and the most successful skrivmaskinerna with the qwerty was built by Remington. My naive idea was a long time that the beautiful Remington-typewriter I have at home by chance has the same name as the dealer Remington. But on the contrary – after having earned a fortune in the american civil war wanted the dealer to make money on the human prey of the sword against the pen.

There is a theory of skrivmaskinens layout, which says that when Remington really wanted to cut gold with a wood carving knife so trained the typist for a fee. They were fast, they were licensed and as long as they needed to print services bought the Remington machines could speed guaranteed. And a few years later, the largest skrivmaskinstillverkarna together and agreed standardtangentbordet.

There have been competitors to qwerty, but none have managed to gather enough users to make a change. No one is sufficiently dissatisfied to get over the threshold to learn a new keyboard.

requires an entirely new keyboard, I'm just saying that we need to do something about the backspace key.

Regardless of which theory you believe in, so it is untenable to all the modern parts of the keyboard should be banished out of the reach of my fingertips. If it went to change from left - to right-hand traffic, so it is possible to move the backspace key. There is only one way to accomplish this. I'll stop using the backspace key until it has been changed. It kmmer become unbearably and then years förändlingen near.

Read more texts of Augustin Erba , among other things, to be sawn by Jan Guillou .

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