Erik_
Those are the ones. I remember in elementary school they had
Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:07am

specific lefty and righty scissors and then the "universal" ones which were just without any molded handle.

I probably got used to using the mouse buttons in the "righty" way for a reason like that. My family computer had the mouse on the right as everyone else in my family is right handed. My computer (the 486 hand me down) was where I put the mouse on the left side.

You also looked into learning DVORAK kb layout? (Or in my case, looked it up, went "that would be cool to learn" and then never did anything more with it). I was already pretty fast with QWERTY so I didn't really feel a need to switch. I didn't even think of the extra hassle it would be typing on someone else's keyboard. Or what about a laptop? You can't change the key caps so it would be DVORAK but with QWERTY buttons (not that I really ever look a the KB anymore, but I'm sure I would learning DVORAK).


  • Ah, I see. Especially those with the molded "ergonomic" han - Puckdropper, Mon Jun 20 2022 1:05am
    dles, right? I tried using the mouse left handed for a while back in high school... It was easier to swap the buttons, but I can see how that would be difficult especially when you sit down at a computer to help someone. Wait, let me swap the buttons. No, it wasn't the button swap that fixed your... more
    • Those are the ones. I remember in elementary school they had- Erik_, Thu Jun 23 2022 1:07am
      • I can imagine getting yelled at for swapping the buttons - Puckdropper, Sat Jun 25 2022 11:58pm
        So it was just easier to use them like that. I had an IBM Model M with swappable keycaps and changed them around to DVORAK. I tried using it for a while and decided I needed to use what everyone else did so I could use other computers. Some laptops can have their keycaps swapped easily, like a Lenovo... more
        • ? While you were using it, did it feel like a better layout and you just switched for simplicity sake or was it just like the same regular QWERTY just having to relearn the keyboard layout?
          • It was getting to the point where I wasn't looking at every - Puckdropper, Sat Jul 02 2022 5:02am
            keycap. It just felt like I was learning everything all over again, I didn't really feel like it was any better or worse.
            • Thanks. Good to know it's not really worth it. - Erik_, Thu Jul 07 2022 1:21pm
              I think there was an Apple ii version (maybe c?) That had a switch above the keyboard to switch between the two. The key caps were still obviously in QWERTY but neat it was added as a feature. I wonder how many families thought their keyboards were broken after accidentally hitting the switch.
              • Many! I have a IIc somewhere, I think that's on there - Puckdropper, Sat Jul 09 2022 4:21am
                I kinda remember the "don't press that button, the keyboard gets all messed up." Man, I wish I had some more time to just play with some of the old computer stuff.
                • on my 486 back in the day. I hit "CTRL ALT -" and heard a low beep. No idea what it did at the time except the computer was now running slow. I remember pressing each CTRL+ALT combo (besides DEL) until hitting "+" and hearing a high beep and the computer went back to how it was. I had previously... more
                  • Yes, I have a workshop that's child-disallowed - Puckdropper, Fri Jul 15 2022 4:31am
                    It's a nice space, a little cramped but whatever. My wife can do whatever she wants with the rest of the house, but this is MY space. My biggest problem has been time. I've got to keep the kids happy and busy while the wife works, so I'm a combination of bored and busy the whole day. Soon they'll... more
                    • At least for me. Going from being the center of their attention to not is going to be interesting (for lack of a better word). Right now, if there's things that need to get done during the day, for example mowing the lawn, I'll usually run out quick if it's not raining (or even if it is) on my day off... more
                      • That's exactly it... Guys who are constantly tinkering with - Puckdropper, Mon Jul 18 2022 5:51am
                        stuff need a place to tinker. You'll get depression pretty bad without being allowed to be yourself. I've still got to mow sometime, I'm not sure when that will work out. Got a full day tomorrow and gonna be busy moving, plus usually when my wife gets off work the last thing on our minds is her... more
                        • Getting things tidy/neat has been on my TODO list for probably 3 years now. Same thing here with chores at the end of the day. Days I work and my wife watches our kid or visa versa, doing chores is the last thing on our minds too. I have a bad habit of going "Eh... I'll take care of that tomorrow"... more
                          • An empty desk is the sign of an empty mind - Puckdropper, Mon Jul 25 2022 2:27am
                            I just shut the gate so the kids don't mess with stuff and go about my other business. Nice. Sometimes I do clear off things, you just got to. Sometimes you have to admit your trash can is the best place for these parts you laid down and put them away. (I have a few parts that need to go there... more
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