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I too hate the "Power" keyboard buttons. On mine, it has the same effect as pressing the computer's power button - so it's a "soft" shutdown, but still incredibly annoying to have everything close, and have to reboot, just because you accidently pressed the wrong key.

I don't see how a hard to reach button on the computer is a reason - shutting down can easily be done in software (and if the system's crashed, a soft power key won't help you either).

It would be fine if they stuck it somewhere on the keyboard away from the rest of the keys, like on the side or the corner, and made it a _button_, not a key, like you get on laptops. Imagine if the power off on laptops was simply another key alongside the others in the keyboard? It's even worse that the location of the power key is in the same location as commonly used keys on standard keyboards (for me, IIRC it's where the Home key usually is).

The only fix I could find (aside from buying a new keyboard) was to disable what the power button does - but now that also means my physical power button doesn't work (unless I hold it down for a hard reset), so I'm back to shutting down the normal way anyway.
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So basically what you and Zedz are saying is dumb people buy keyboards with stupid key layouts?

Back in around 2000 I had a keyboard with a 'power off' button on it, it wasn't a standard key and it was off to one side thus I never accidently hit it.

In short;
- Idea is sound
- People buy stupid implementations and then cry about it

Solution; don't be stupid and buy a bad product.
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[quote name='phantom' timestamp='1316613309' post='4864202']
So basically what you and Zedz are saying is dumb people buy keyboards with stupid key layouts?

Back in around 2000 I had a keyboard with a 'power off' button on it, it wasn't a standard key and it was off to one side thus I never accidently hit it.

In short;
- Idea is sound
- People buy stupid implementations and then cry about it

Solution; don't be stupid and buy a bad product.
[/quote]

Nope. Mine was free with the PC. It wasn't long before I went out and buy a new, standard one. Let just say at those time (early 2000) I write a lot (in University) and I want my fingers easily access those usual button pg up / pg down, home end, insert delete not far from the arrow.

I did some google, and found this. Ah, the memories [img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif[/img]

[url="http://filedb.experts-exchange.com/incoming/2010/02_w09/239218/22022010024.jpg"]http://filedb.expert...22022010024.jpg[/url]

Does anyone know how to make the linked image smaller? I'm lost there....

edit: Oh wait, the forum automatically resize it [img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.gif[/img]

[img]http://filedb.experts-exchange.com/incoming/2010/02_w09/239218/22022010024.jpg[/img]
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Blimey, clam down - no need to start flaming!

I'm just agreeing with him that it's a bad idea. I fail to see how it's dumb to be unaware of a product flaw before I use a product. I wasn't previously aware that keyboards would do these things, so didn't consider inspecting every key on the keyboard, nor would I have been aware of the lack of configuration. (It also doesn't help when every other keyboard on the shop shelf has some kind of annoying aspect to it; also interesting that you assume that people are buying keyboards separately, and didn't just come as part of a PC as is usual.)

Not to mention that the flaw isn't obvious until you use it - you yourself have a hard time understanding what the problem is: it's not with a power button on keyboards as such, but the risk of accidently hitting it. You can't get the problem after having 3 people explain it to you, yet you think _we're_ the stupid ones because we weren't already aware of it.

[quote name='phantom' timestamp='1316613309' post='4864202']
Back in around 2000 I had a keyboard with a 'power off' button on it, it wasn't a standard key and it was off to one side thus I never accidently hit it.[/quote]Not what anyone is talking about. To clarify, I was talking about the power buttons that had already been clearly described (with a picture, even), and was not meant to imply I hated all power buttons everywhere. I hoped that was obvious, given the context of the discussion, and my comments about power keys as part of the keyboard, versus power buttons attached to the same unit. (Indeed, if it wasn't a key and off to the side, it's not part of the keyboard, just as a laptop power button isn't part of the keyboard, though we tend to use "keyboard" to refer to the entire device. But I made the distinction in my post, anyway.)

[quote]- Idea is sound[/quote]I already mentioned that being a reasonable idea in my post.

[quote]- People buy stupid implementations and then cry about it[/quote]No one is crying - but er, yes. People do criticise bad products. By your logic, no one should ever criticise any product. According to you, the customers are to blame for bad products or poor design issues. Probably a thread dedicated to dumb products isn't one that you should be reading. Quibbling the difference between "idea" and "implementation" isn't relevant, when it's the specific implementation being criticised. I'd already myself made the distinction between the good way to do it, and the bad way to do it.

[quote]Solution; don't be stupid and buy a bad product.[/quote]Firstly, quit with the insults - you're meant to be a moderator. Secondly, one reason to be aware of bad products is that people say about them. You've never ever ever bought a product that had a problem? And if you did, that would make you stupid? If you say so.
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and interestingly, from where i got the picture,

[url="http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/A_2155-Keyboard-Remapping-CAPSLOCK-to-Ctrl-and-Beyond.html"]http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/A_2155-Keyboard-Remapping-CAPSLOCK-to-Ctrl-and-Beyond.html[/url]

it's 2011 and people prefer to go registry editing and what not instead of going out and buy a new keyboard. here i can buy one at USD 3. And he's willing to wait for a year none the less for a reply comment [img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif[/img]
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Note that keyboards aren't always that cheap, depending where you are. But yes, the funny thing he's waiting a year. If there was a quick registry fix you could do, that would be quicker (even if you didn't care about cost) than buying a new keyboard. Personally I just disabled it in the standard Windows power options, though.

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[quote name='mdwh' timestamp='1316611990' post='4864195']
I don't see how a hard to reach button on the computer is a reason - shutting down can easily be done in software (and if the system's crashed, a soft power key won't help you either).
[/quote]

A: Depends on how it is configured to work. I have used on system that allowed the "Keyboard" power button to function identically to the case power button, hard locks/crashes and all.

B: Try this: Turn your computer off, now use the start menu to turn it back on,... How well did that one work for you?
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I heavily disagree with the first post. The tap to start faucet is absolutely brilliant and useful on about a hundred thousand different levels, from not having to wash the damned thing because you got crap from your dirty hands all over it, to the hygienic aspect of all the damned people that touched it before you. Granted, motion sensitive makes more sense, but those damned things never works.

My few additions to the thread:

Douche - as in the literal product. As in the product that not only didn't do anything positive, but actually caused health problems. It was pulled from the market, but I think its back.

The Dyson Airblade - Ok, this is a brilliant idea, a fan with no exposed moving parts and that makes no noise. BRILLIANT. Except of course the fact its 300+$. 300$, for a fan! Seriously, who the hell is willing to pay 300$ for a fan! I am pretty frivolous with my money and I loves me a new gadget, but thats taking things to extremes even for me.

[i]Organic[/i] for ever con, there is a sucker and my god are there a lot of suckers on the organic train. My personal favorite is "certified organic"... yeah, ok, by who??? Don't get me wrong, I can totally understand when it comes to produce not wanting to have pesticides on your food ( although personally, I'd rather pesticides than shriveled bug ridden garbage ) and in that regard organics make sense. For just about every big name mass produced commerical product however? Its a marketing gimmick. It's 2010s "lite" or "low in fat". (Which the FDA had to step in and legally define as it was being abused so badly )
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[quote name='Serapth' timestamp='1316630243' post='4864291']
I heavily disagree with the first post. The tap to start faucet is absolutely brilliant and useful on about a hundred thousand different levels, from not having to wash the damned thing because you got crap from your dirty hands all over it, to the hygienic aspect of all the damned people that touched it before you. Granted, motion sensitive makes more sense, but those damned things never works.

My few additions to the thread:

Douche - as in the literal product. As in the product that not only didn't do anything positive, but actually caused health problems. It was pulled from the market, but I think its back.

The Dyson Airblade - Ok, this is a brilliant idea, a fan with no exposed moving parts and that makes no noise. BRILLIANT. Except of course the fact its 300+$. 300$, for a fan! Seriously, who the hell is willing to pay 300$ for a fan! I am pretty frivolous with my money and I loves me a new gadget, but thats taking things to extremes even for me.

[i]Organic[/i] for ever con, there is a sucker and my god are there a lot of suckers on the organic train. My personal favorite is "certified organic"... yeah, ok, by who??? Don't get me wrong, I can totally understand when it comes to produce not wanting to have pesticides on your food ( although personally, I'd rather pesticides than shriveled bug ridden garbage ) and in that regard organics make sense. For just about every big name mass produced commerical product however? Its a marketing gimmick. It's 2010s "lite" or "low in fat". (Which the FDA had to step in and legally define as it was being abused so badly )
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Like I said about the faucet, your elbows/arms would always seem to work fine. Unless you're a really frail person, you can easily push that knob up with your arm. It's like, .25x harder than just tapping it, and to me, that's not worth buying a new faucet. In my opinion, you will almost always have just as much ability of pushing the handle up with your elbow/arm than you will tapping it with your elbow/arm. I literally do this every day when washing my hands - wet them, turn it off, soap my hands, then push the knob up again with my arm and wash off the soap.

I totally agree with about those fans, however. They were really nice and all (saw like 4 of them in a store once, all of which were running), but I wouldn't think they'd be worth over 4x as much as a regular fan. After all, a fan I use (every single day to keep my Toshiba laptop with a failing fan from overheating) has the blades encased pretty heavily. I couldn't stick my finger in there if I tried. Of course, papers and such could still get in.
I just don't understand - they aren't using blades or spinning motors (whatever regular fans use), so why do they need to charge so much more? Is it really such cutting-edge technology?
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[quote name='GHMP' timestamp='1316636460' post='4864346']
I just don't understand - they aren't using blades or spinning motors (whatever regular fans use), so why do they need to charge so much more? Is it really such cutting-edge technology?
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It uses a fan, it's just encased in the base. The separation from there to where the air is expelled levels the resulting turbulence from that. I think there's a couple videos explaining it. There was a cool video of them exploiting the smaller versions perfectly party balloon sized shape which allowed them to make a balloon coaster.
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[quote name='Serapth' timestamp='1316630243' post='4864291']
The Dyson Airblade - Ok, this is a brilliant idea, a fan with no exposed moving parts and that makes no noise. BRILLIANT. Except of course the fact its 300+$. 300$, for a fan! Seriously, who the hell is willing to pay 300$ for a fan! I am pretty frivolous with my money and I loves me a new gadget, but thats taking things to extremes even for me.
[/quote]
Lots of people are.

There are enough people that Dyson is able to charge that much and still sell quite a few of them.

I can immediately think of several groups.

Obviously there are the people who have a fortune in debt and just put it on their credit card.


I've seen quite a few wealthy people who take their very expensive toys in places that make most normal people shudder. I've seen a Lamborghini on washboard roads on the mountains. I've seen a Ferrari among a bunch of hummers in a remote campsite. I've seen several corvettes on parade while offroading in the desert.

For those who do have the means, a cool looking bladeless fan for $300 is a reasonable price for such a toy.


There are businesses who want to impress. There are conference rooms where a fan would be nice. Imagine an extended mahogany board table surrounded by executive chairs that cost a few thousand dollars each. Would such a company have a cheap $5 fan in corner?

There are also business who have been hit with lawsuits in the past from injuries from fans. Spending a few bucks more on a bladeless fan is a small investment against the future.
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[quote name='frob' timestamp='1316638337' post='4864368']
For those who do have the means, a cool looking bladeless fan for $300 is a reasonable price for such a toy.[/quote]While I do agree that it was a pretty cool "toy", it wasn't marketed as a limited "toy".

I was more likely to see it in Target and other low to mid range retailers. It was sold mostly to common, middle class people.[quote]There are businesses who want to impress. There are conference rooms where a fan would be nice. Imagine an extended mahogany board table surrounded by executive chairs that cost a few thousand dollars each. Would such a company have a cheap $5 fan in corner?[/quote]No. A company that wants to impress would have central air and therefore wouldn't need a fan. There's only a limited market of people who want to impress you with their $300 fan, but can't or haven't simply bought air conditioning already. Most people who don't have air conditioning are not in a place where a $300 fan is a responsible purchase.
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[quote name='Binomine' timestamp='1316770194' post='4865084']
No. A company that wants to impress would have central air and therefore wouldn't need a fan. There's only a limited market of people who want to impress you with their $300 fan, but can't or haven't simply bought air conditioning already. Most people who don't have air conditioning are not in a place where a $300 fan is a responsible purchase.
[/quote]

The presence of air conditioning is not mutually exclusive with the occasional need to have fans.
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[quote name='Binomine' timestamp='1316770194' post='4865084']No. A company that wants to impress would have central air and therefore wouldn't need a fan. There's only a limited market of people who want to impress you with their $300 fan, but can't or haven't simply bought air conditioning already. Most people who don't have air conditioning are not in a place where a $300 fan is a responsible purchase.
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Have you seen the fan? I'd say it's just as responsible a purchase as any apple product.

http://www.geekandhype.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/dyson-air-multiplier-fans-550x299.jpg

too sexy.
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Since when did expensive become dumb? The Dyson fan obviously has a market if they can sell them for so much. Maybe consumers are dumb for buying such an expensive item but that is very well their right to do. Not sure how that makes the product dumb. Now the Shake Weight, that is dumb all the way around.

Being in a building with central air doesn't always mean the building is all cooled to the same temperature. Especially a conference room with a lot of people in it would raise the ambient temperature quite a bit.
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All these posts and no mention of HD vision glasses?
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKYKyIObXyM[/media]
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