In the MS-DOS era programs tended to make good use of function and special
keys. In WinDoze few programs do. It's extremely rare to be able to
control a WinDoze program via simple simple scripting such as a .BAT file.
Of the gazillion Windows programs installed on my 7 computers at home, the
only one I can think of that makes special use of the keypad is Quicken
(2002?) and that's only the keypad "+" and "-" for incrementing and
So do you not use the 10 key pad? I think clicking the mouse on the little
drop down calculator in Quicken or using the numbers across the top would
be a PIA and would make the entry Slooooow. Spread sheet data entry would
be a PIA also. Or data entry in Sheet Layout or Cutlist Plus would be a PIA
with out the keypad. Or data entry in Fund Manager would be a PIA without a
key pad. Geez lets go ahead and throw in TurboTax. And again, AutoCAD
would be a PIA with out the 10 key pad.
Wow lets go ahead and throw in the Calculator too. I would HATE to be
restricted by the number keys across the top when using the calculator. Do
you feel you are hunting pecker when using the 10 key pad? :~)
You know you could also use the Windows on screen Keyboard and click on the
buttons but that would be a PIA also.
Which programs do you use that work easier and let you enter data faster by
using the number keys across the top?
In 1975 I was one of two boys in the high school typing class. I learned to
touch type the number row pretty well. Unless I'm typing something like this
const pi = 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884
I just use the keys conveniently placed above my fingers in the normal
typing position. ;-)
In 1976 I started high school and the rumor in the freshman football team
was that the varsity coach taught the typing class and it was an easy A. So
we all signed up. What we didn't realize was that varsity football coaches
are way to busy to teach a typing class. They have teachers assistants who
don't like football players looking for easy As, to teach typing. We
actually had to learn to type! I thought it was an complete waste of time.
Then 4 years later I get into electronics and suddenly I'm on of the few
guys who can type on a computer. Turned out to be a good thing, hahahhaha.
P.S. I type 70+ WPM and 25-30 WPM on numbers. I shared an office this
summer with one of those 20-something web-designer wiz kids. He averaged at
least 120 WPM for normal typing and at least 80 WPM for special keys and
numbers. He typed raw HTML faster than I can type "Now is the time for all
good men..." And I'm better than a lot of secretaries I worked with. ;-)
Humbling. !*@@#$%# kids!
When I was in school I had a friend whose mother was a civil service
secretary. She could type over 120 WPM corrected - on a manual
I used to do 90+ when I was programming, but that was a long time ago
and I have arthritis problems in my fingers now, so it is a *lot*
Besides, I don't think fast enough to type at that speed.
Aye, but what if you don't need it? <g> In college I had a job entering
cloud particle sizes into a database from microfiche filmed in real time by
planes flying through rain clouds. I got *really* fast on a 10-key. (Why
in the h*ll Ma Bell decided phone keys should be the opposite is beyond me!)
But that was 25 years ago. The majority of my income since then has come
from writing software. The keypad on the keyboards has been less useful
than anything the Handyman club of America has sent. It's just 4 more
inches I have to reach to get to the mouse.
I'm thinking of getting one of these to get the keypad entirely out of the
(I'd still like the "jkl;" pad to have the cursor keys, though.)
That's an easy one. They had to make it different to keep 10 wizs from out
dialing the DTMF receivers. DTMF tones must be minimum 50ms on and 50ms off
to meet spec for the receivers. A 10 key operator can dial way faster than
that, but their calls wouldn't go through.
No the bigger quiz is why are the area codes layed out the way they are?
What is the pattern?
Area codes were designed in 1940's, with dial phones which used pulses.
Each pulse was a fixed duration.
When you dialed, those pulses caused relays to click into place as
the purses were sent through the lines.
the digit "1" was shortest and 0 was longest.
In those days, area codes either had a 0 or 1 in the second digit.
So the busiest codes were shortest in number of pulses.
Area Code "Clicks" to dial
New York City 212 5
Los Angeles 213 6
Chicago 312 6
Detroit 313 7
Dallas 214 7
Pittsburgh 412 7
Montana 406 20
Wyoming 307 20
Idaho 208 20
Vermont 802 20
South Carolina 803 21
Eastern Washington 509 24
Alaska 907 26
Hawaii 808 26
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