Evolution

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    • trackerben
    • 8 years ago

    There should be a third comic strip showing the evolution of responses to humourous stories like these. Heh, reminds me of yesterday when a commentator on morning Joe stated that the president was “kind of a dick” for the way he acted in the last conference. Yes the president may have been that, but so was the guy who responded inappropriately.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    Something I wonder about with regards to keyboards is, is the quality of the keyboards declining due to the mind-boggling infatuation with thinness? Or is it a coincidence? Lenovo seems to be universally praised for their Thinkpad keyboards, and their machines are still (relatively) robust.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      lenovo keyboards are probably better, but i don’t think they’re as good as they were. as for the crappiness, they want cheaper, and cheaper, and that’s a place that’s easy to skimp on.

      plus this current upswing in crappy chicklet keyboards, led by apple, makes them all suck more and more.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    Here’s the reason: [url<]http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9157036/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/t/average-price-laptops-drops/[/url<] you want more, pay more. there are higher priced laptops on the market. buy cheap, get cheap.

      • Inkling
      • 8 years ago

      I just don’t think this is accurate. Yes, for many features paying more can put better quality or higher-performing options on the table. But when it comes to keyboards they’re just not there. I looked around a lot last year and couldn’t find the quality of keyboard I’d had on a Dell XPS M1210 no matter what I wanted to pay.

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 8 years ago

        yeah, it is really hard to find decent keyboards. I don’t think laptops even have “GOOD” keyboards anymore. Oddly the best keyboards I’ve seen are usually tucked into 1 hit wonder $1,000 laptops from asus or some one other 3rd party. They never stay on the market long and are always strangely absent when I’m actually looking for a new laptop.

      • akskdl
      • 8 years ago

      Did you just post a link to an article from 2005?

        • Inkling
        • 8 years ago

        LOL, good catch.

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    I must say the the personification of the evolution of laptops looks like the curious case of Benjamin Button.

    As for the laptop keyboards “evolution”, it made me chuckle.

    • Krogoth
    • 8 years ago

    It seems that the cartoon is suggesting a correlation between form factor, scale of economics and keyboard quality in laptops. 😉

    • Tibba
    • 8 years ago

    So true it’s not funny.

    What’s even worse, is that you could substitute displays for keyboards, and it would be equally true.
    I’d like to go explain my frustration personally to the pathetic corporate cornjackers in charge of laptop design, but my redneck ass can’t afford the ticket to China/Taiwan/Wh0knowswhere to “explain it to them personally” by knocking out their teeth with my big American Redneck .44…
    (taking the gun on the plane is a whole ‘nother problem)

    Well, I can dream, keep my ’06 craptop a bit longer, and hope, that’s about it.

      • dragosmp
      • 8 years ago

      True about the displays, true about keyboards that are worse… Also true about integrated sound, touchpads, storage their quality has stagnated…

      Argue this in the US with HP, Dell, etc. Laptops such as these are ordered from China/Taiwan, you don’t expect a worker paid 2$/day to have any word on what to put in a laptop.

      • Rakhmaninov3
      • 8 years ago

      Yeah I have a Latitude of some kind from 2003 and the screen is much better-looking than anything I saw at Best Buy the last time I was there. Don’t use it very often but the screen is nice. Some of them look whitewashed even looking at them dead-on.

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 8 years ago

    I want to see a model m keyboard on a notebook. Oh and I’d like it to weigh less than 5 lbs…

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 8 years ago

    Man, this guy is good! It is actually true. I just don’t get it that manufacturers can’t build a good keyboard for the laptop to save their lives. Same goes with the touch-pads too. Doesn’t sound like rocket science to me.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    if you’re using your keyboard, you’re doin it wrong. these things are for FARMVILLE. that’s all.

    • maromig
    • 8 years ago

    That is so true. I changed out 3 keyboards on my last laptop. And now my brand new laptop has a dodgy “A” key. I don’t think the industry gets it. Maybe too many people use them with external keyboards these days.

    • vvas
    • 8 years ago

    Haha, so true. You can pry my ThinkPad from my cold, dead hands.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      Imma do that. WHEN YOU DIE.

      • roont
      • 8 years ago

      Agreed. thinkpads have the best keyboards around for laptops.

      • Prototyped
      • 8 years ago

      Preach it, brother.

      • Skrying
      • 8 years ago

      If only I could fit a touch pad worthy of the keyboard on my Thinkpad…

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 8 years ago

      The church of Thinkpad is getting a little stale. In three years I’ve worked on three top end Thinkpads (T61p, W500, W510) and it seems that each as a worse keyboard than the last.

      (EDIT: I had to go back and add a ‘0’ because this stupid keyboard misses that key press about 1/3 of the time.)

    • willmore
    • 8 years ago

    I assume the IV is in his right arm because he never needs it for that useless number pad they keep putting on laptop keyboards. Who even uses those things?

      • Pettytheft
      • 8 years ago

      I do.

        • SomeOtherGeek
        • 8 years ago

        Me too – all the time!

      • trackerben
      • 8 years ago

      Can’t live sanely without the numpad * and -/+ as these are hardcoded in my digits due to daily use of Commander shells over two decades. Dedicated numlock is convenient for MPC-HC sizing, and so is Scroll Lock is good for some KVMs.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      MY WIFE LOVES HER NUMBERPAD.

        • Meadows
        • 8 years ago

        Your wife loves a lot of strange things.

      • nagashi
      • 8 years ago

      Agreed. It just makes your hands all offcenter from your screen. Absolutely horrid.

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago

      All the time for alt chars, and, you know, calculatin’.

      • Antias
      • 8 years ago

      I’ll tell you who…
      Lefties who remap those numpad buttons for gaming..
      left hand on the mouse, right hand hovering over direction keys and numpad for hotkeys.
      Awesomeness! 🙂

        • indeego
        • 8 years ago

        I’m a righty that used to shift KB to the left and remap numpad for a decade for fps’s. Eventually I caved as remapping all games became quite burdensome.

          • CuttinHobo
          • 8 years ago

          I still do this 🙂 Although I’ve also started to cave and have played a handful of recent-ish games with the WASD arrangement. But I don’t have to like it!

    • xtalentx
    • 8 years ago

    I guess I don’t get it. I purchase about 20-30 laptops a quarter from multiple vendors to suite multiple needs and never really had an issue with the keyboards and neither have any of my users. Is there a specific example I should be looking at?

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      it’s called drama. people like it. really, most laptops today, even cheap ones, are miles better than the systems from a few years ago. but people like to get upset. myself included 😉

      • TheTaf
      • 8 years ago

      Yes, HP ProBook 4520s. Worst keyboard ever.

    • Skrying
    • 8 years ago

    I would agree idea but I think the perception of this has more to do with people buying cheap computers. The keyboard on my Dell XPS M1330 was pretty good, the keyboard on my MBP 13 was great and the keyboard on the Thinkpad T420 I just bought is even better.

    • MagerValp
    • 8 years ago

    I regularly fend young hoodlums off my lawn with a Model M, but MacBook keyboards are actually kinda nice.

    • adisor19
    • 8 years ago

    Only applies to PCs 🙂

    Adi

      • NeelyCam
      • 8 years ago

      Particularly the top row.

        • adisor19
        • 8 years ago

        I was actually referring to the bottom row.. my bad for not being clear.

        Adi

          • Ethyriel
          • 8 years ago

          Sorry, the MBP keyboard blows. Flat keys are inexcusable.

      • burntham77
      • 8 years ago

      As opposed to… what?

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        duh, apple, cause they have the BEST keyboards in the WORLD. actually, i just straight up hate chiclet, and can’t stand apple keyboards.

          • kamikaziechameleon
          • 8 years ago

          AMEN!!! pointless keyboards for anyone who actually types more than a URL once or twice a day.

            • Ethyriel
            • 8 years ago

            Some of them are ok. The keyboards on the Thinkpad Edge line and X1 are actually very good with nicely contoured keycaps. The Logitech K750 that I picked up for work is decent enough, though the contours are identical between all the keys. The one thing that chiclets have going for them is, it’s very easy to make a rock solid keyboard without any flex. With good switches and proper contour they can be just as good as any other scissor switch keyboard.

      • Bauxite
      • 8 years ago

      I’ll pass on those shiclet keyboards and all the me-toos from the rest of the industry, forever.

      People even stoop to them on desktops [insert massive facepalm picture]

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 8 years ago

        “People even stoop to them on desktops [insert massive facepalm picture]”-LMFAO

      • DrCR
      • 8 years ago

      +1, to an extent. I’m going to have a hard time ever moving away from my non-unibody MacBookPro — matte screen, enjoyable keyboard, enjoyable touchpad.

      My uptime is about 4 months right now too, which is the main reason I don’t want to move away from 10.4 Tiger.

      • blorbic5
      • 8 years ago

      What, isn’t the bottom one steve jobs?

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      PCs are the top, bottom is definitively mac.

    • Krogoth
    • 8 years ago

    This one gave me a chuckle.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      Is that a euphemism? I only ask because you tend to speak only in jpgs and memes.

        • Krogoth
        • 8 years ago

        Is this a problem?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 8 years ago

          No, it’s a question. Is that a euphemism?

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            Use more plain English, he’s having difficulty.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            >implying that the english langauge is plain or difficult to understand

            >implying that understanding the finer points of grammar equates to having superior intelligence.

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            [quote<]>implying that the english langauge is plain or difficult to understand[/quote<] That doesn't even mean anything. See derFunk, I told you.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 8 years ago

            DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS COMIN OUT OF MY MOUFF? [/ChrisTucker]

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            Why are you getting so work up?

            Does everything have to have some special meaning and purpose?

            You are looking too deeply into the context of the original comment.

            It was supposed to signify that the comic’s content was funny, nothing more. It wasn’t supposed to imply some silly meme or double-speak for something else a.k.a definition of an euphemism!

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            [quote<]Why are you getting [u<]so work up[/u<]? [...] It was [u<]suppose to[/u<] signify that the comic's content was funny, nothing more. It wasn't [u<]suppose to[/u<] imply some silly meme or double-speak for something else [u<]a.k.a[/u<] definition of an euphemism![/quote<] You seem to have a deathly aversion to past tenses, and a.k.a. features 3 dots, because you shorten 3 words in it. It's not enough to put dots in between, this isn't product branding. Also, derFunk's original comment reflected the unlikeliness of you posting something simple and straight, because usually, you're too afraid to use English and instead blast TR with meme quotes and images saved off 4chan.org. Which often makes you viewed as pathetic, by the way.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            You need anger management and a chill pill.

            Repeat after me, “The internet is not serious business”.

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            2 edits so far, and you still haven’t fixed it all.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            You are the only poster who is willing to spend the time and energy to point this out.

            Die-hard grammar/spelling nazi eh?

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            Not necessarily, you’re just extra-poor. I still don’t buy into the whole “Krogoth is from the US” thing.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            ROFL, resorting to ad hominems?

            I think that I’m done here.

            • Meadows
            • 8 years ago

            Yes you are, you don’t even know the definition of an [i<]ad hominem[/i<].

            • derFunkenstein
            • 8 years ago

            You’ve obviously never seen Rush Hour, or you’d know what I was saying was a joke.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            >implying that I only response with silly internet memes

            >implying that any simple comment must be an euphemism for something far more nefarious

            • derFunkenstein
            • 8 years ago

            Here’s a euphemism for you:

            [url<]http://bit.ly/ilETT8[/url<]

    • LiquidSpace
    • 8 years ago

    Not funny

      • DaveSylvia
      • 8 years ago

      Maybe, but its all too true!

      • Saribro
      • 8 years ago

      because?

      • Meadows
      • 8 years ago

      So is your mum!

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        wtf are you british? it’s spelled “mom” on this continent.

          • SomeOtherGeek
          • 8 years ago

          Bingo! Along with their attitude. 🙂

          • Norphy
          • 8 years ago

          Don’t the Canadians spell and pronounce it “Mum” as well?

            • roont
            • 8 years ago

            no.

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            what this guy said.

            • Sargent Duck
            • 8 years ago

            Nope.

          • Meadows
          • 8 years ago
          • rhysl
          • 8 years ago

          Donkey!

          • Palek
          • 8 years ago

          And obviously there is no sentient life outside your continent, huh.

          Obvious troll is blah-blah-blah, yuk-yuk-yuk.

        • LiquidSpace
        • 8 years ago

        Who, said my mom is funny?

          • Meadows
          • 8 years ago

          Nobody did.

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        yo dude. I didn’t see your post before it was deleted, but hopefully it wasn’t angry. Obviously both spellings are correct.

          • Meadows
          • 8 years ago

          No, I just called you a funny word, but a ghost censored it afterwards.

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