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My keyboard shows this many letters:

by Corion (Pope)
on Dec 01, 2015 at 11:07 UTC ( #1149032=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on My keyboard shows this many letters:

0 - I'm a blankster
[bar] 29/4%
0 - My devices have no keyboard
[bar] 4/1%
0 - I use a chorded keyboard that transcends your concept of keys
[bar] 15/2%
26 - I need the other keys for Perl sigils!
[bar] 107/14%
31 - I write code in the original APL
[bar] 13/2%
31 - ß counts only as one letter!
[bar] 16/2%
∞ - I use an Optimus keyboard
[bar] 7/1%
1 - I reject your Latin-centric notion of letters
[bar] 571/75%
762 total votes
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Re: My keyboard shows this many letters:
by Ratazong (Monsignor) on Dec 01, 2015 at 11:31 UTC

    Mine has at least 100 (that's the estimation - I stopped counting at 54).

    And I can't immagine how to work with a keyboard with less letters - the essential "CTRL-ALT-DEL" already counts as 10. And then there are ESC, ALTGR, ENTER, a second CTRL, NUM, several Fs ... and of course the letters in the type and the brand ... .

    So long, Rata
Re: My keyboard shows this many letters:
by BillKSmith (Vicar) on Dec 05, 2015 at 14:16 UTC
    No matter how you count them, you see progress. Back in the day, we had to write FORTRAN all in upper case.
    Bill

      Back in the day, we had to write FORTRAN all in upper case.

      I just checked. All the keys on my keyboard are still in uppercase!

        You missed the word "write". We had to write our FORTRAN programs on coding sheets so that the keypunch operators on the IBM 029s could keypunch the cards. Keypunch operators could be cranky.

Re: My keyboard shows this many letters: (oo?)
by tye (Sage) on Dec 05, 2015 at 03:18 UTC
    ∞ - I use an Optimus keyboard

    Even something close to 262_144**(72*72*80) isn't ∞.

    Update: Thanks to Math::BigApprox (and less than 1 CPU tick), that translates to:

    % perl -MMath::BigApprox=c -le"print c(262_144)**(72*72*80)" 7.5237e+2_247_176

    - tye        

Re: My keyboard shows this many letters:
by Happy-the-monk (Canon) on Dec 01, 2015 at 11:28 UTC

    Definitely a multiple blankster, although one of them has a button labeled "PANIC".
    eta: ...though only barely, even those letters are fading due to heavy usage.

    Cheers, Sören

    Créateur des bugs mobiles - let loose once, run everywhere.
    (hooked on the Perl Programming language)

      (slightly more OT: I accidentally poured hot tea over my Das Keyboard, and it quit its services subsequently. Fellow users, take that as a warning... it did not mind coffee or beer, but never hot tea.)

Re: My keyboard shows this many letters:
by NetWallah (Canon) on Dec 02, 2015 at 03:49 UTC
    Do repeated "letters" count as one ?

    The letter "F" appears 15 times, if you include the function keys, and the 2 "shift" keys.

            Our business is run on trust. We trust you will pay in advance.

      I remapped Caps Lock (nee cPS LOCK) to the letter A. So much frustration gone. Is that one letter or two?

Re: My keyboard shows this many letters:
by MidLifeXis (Monsignor) on Dec 01, 2015 at 23:04 UTC

    26 - the rest are numbers, symbols, and control characters.

    --MidLifeXis

Re: My keyboard shows this many letters:
by GotToBTru (Prior) on Dec 02, 2015 at 13:32 UTC

    26 letter keys. 166 letters on the front of the keyboard. No, 170. I didn't notice the "Dell" logo at first.

    UPDATE: 171. The capslock LED has a label.

    Dum Spiro Spero

      Did you also count all the letters on the *bottom* of your keyboard? Type and serial information, regulations etc etc


      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        No, that's why I was careful to say the count was only the front of the keyboard. The bottom has some Chinese, and I am uncertain how to count those. Some of the writing on the underside is pretty tiny, too! I'd have to get out my magnifying glass.

        Dum Spiro Spero

      I've got 187 letters on top of pressable buttons.

      There's only 26(UC)+22(lc) unique letters however. (Yay for one-liners & hashes)

Re: My keyboard shows this many letters:
by nonsequitur (Monk) on Dec 21, 2015 at 05:32 UTC
    Mine was a blankster,now I have 26 letters that my wife wrote on washi tape because I have temporarily (I hope) lost the use of my right hand and it turns out that is very frustrating to type one handed on a blank keyboard.
Re: My keyboard shows this many letters:
by Mr. Muskrat (Canon) on Dec 29, 2015 at 19:23 UTC

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