As a person who upgrades computers pretty regularly (every ~3 years, both at home and at work), I've noticed a disturbing trend (or anti-trend?) regarding computer keyboards. It seems that manufacturers no longer feel tied to a standard layout and have begun "customizing" the layout for their users. As I look at my new keyboard from the computer I set up last week, I immediately notice the following annoyances:
* The left CTRL key is now a FN key, and the CTRL key has been moved over one space.
* The right CTRL key is no longer right aligned under the shift key, but is about 2 key spaces to the left.
* The left arrow key is now under the right shift key.
* The standard INS/HOME/PGUP and DEL/END/PGDN layout has been replaced by a HOME/END at the top, an enlarged DEL button on the left, and PGUP/PGDN under the END key. The INS key has been moved to the right of the PAUSE key.
As a programmer who uses all of these keys pretty regularly, I find these "adjustments" incredibly unproductive and counter-intuitive. Yeah, I could just go back to using an old keyboard, and I may very well do that, but I'd rather they just stop mucking with keyboard layouts altogether. WHY DO THIS?