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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 $1,000 laptops from asus or some one other 3rd party. They never stay on the market long and are always strangely absent when I’m actually looking for a new laptop.
Did you just post a link to an article from 2005?
LOL, good catch.
I must say the the personification of the evolution of laptops looks like the curious case of Benjamin Button.
As for the laptop keyboards “evolution”, it made me chuckle.
It seems that the cartoon is suggesting a correlation between form factor, scale of economics and keyboard quality in laptops. 😉
So true it’s not funny.
What’s even worse, is that you could substitute displays for keyboards, and it would be equally true.
I’d like to go explain my frustration personally to the pathetic corporate cornjackers in charge of laptop design, but my redneck ass can’t afford the ticket to China/Taiwan/Wh0knowswhere to “explain it to them personally” by knocking out their teeth with my big American Redneck .44…
(taking the gun on the plane is a whole ‘nother problem)
Well, I can dream, keep my ’06 craptop a bit longer, and hope, that’s about it.
True about the displays, true about keyboards that are worse… Also true about integrated sound, touchpads, storage their quality has stagnated…
Argue this in the US with HP, Dell, etc. Laptops such as these are ordered from China/Taiwan, you don’t expect a worker paid 2$/day to have any word on what to put in a laptop.
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.
I want to see a model m keyboard on a notebook. Oh and I’d like it to weigh less than 5 lbs…
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.
if you’re using your keyboard, you’re doin it wrong. these things are for FARMVILLE. that’s all.
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.
Haha, so true. You can pry my ThinkPad from my cold, dead hands.
Imma do that. WHEN YOU DIE.
Agreed. thinkpads have the best keyboards around for laptops.
Preach it, brother.
If only I could fit a touch pad worthy of the keyboard on my Thinkpad…
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.)
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?
Me too – all the time!
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.
MY WIFE LOVES HER NUMBERPAD.
Your wife loves a lot of strange things.
Agreed. It just makes your hands all offcenter from your screen. Absolutely horrid.
All the time for alt chars, and, you know, calculatin’.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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 😉
Yes, HP ProBook 4520s. Worst keyboard ever.
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.
I regularly fend young hoodlums off my lawn with a Model M, but MacBook keyboards are actually kinda nice.
Only applies to PCs 🙂
Particularly the top row.
I was actually referring to the bottom row.. my bad for not being clear.
Sorry, the MBP keyboard blows. Flat keys are inexcusable.
As opposed to… what?
duh, apple, cause they have the BEST keyboards in the WORLD. actually, i just straight up hate chiclet, and can’t stand apple keyboards.
AMEN!!! pointless keyboards for anyone who actually types more than a URL once or twice a day.
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.
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]
“People even stoop to them on desktops [insert massive facepalm picture]”-LMFAO
+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.
What, isn’t the bottom one steve jobs?
PCs are the top, bottom is definitively mac.
This one gave me a chuckle.
Is that a euphemism? I only ask because you tend to speak only in jpgs and memes.
Is this a problem?
No, it’s a question. Is that a euphemism?
Use more plain English, he’s having difficulty.
>implying that the english langauge is plain or difficult to understand
>implying that understanding the finer points of grammar equates to having superior intelligence.
[quote<]>implying that the english langauge is plain or difficult to understand[/quote<]
That doesn't even mean anything.
See derFunk, I told you.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS COMIN OUT OF MY MOUFF? [/ChrisTucker]
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!
[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.
You need anger management and a chill pill.
Repeat after me, “The internet is not serious business”.
2 edits so far, and you still haven’t fixed it all.
You are the only poster who is willing to spend the time and energy to point this out.
Die-hard grammar/spelling nazi eh?
Not necessarily, you’re just extra-poor. I still don’t buy into the whole “Krogoth is from the US” thing.
ROFL, resorting to ad hominems?
I think that I’m done here.
Yes you are, you don’t even know the definition of an [i<]ad hominem[/i<].
You’ve obviously never seen Rush Hour, or you’d know what I was saying was a joke.
>implying that I only response with silly internet memes
>implying that any simple comment must be an euphemism for something far more nefarious
Here’s a euphemism for you:
Maybe, but its all too true!
So is your mum!
wtf are you british? it’s spelled “mom” on this continent.
Bingo! Along with their attitude. 🙂
Don’t the Canadians spell and pronounce it “Mum” as well?
what this guy said.
And obviously there is no sentient life outside your continent, huh.
Obvious troll is blah-blah-blah, yuk-yuk-yuk.
Who, said my mom is funny?
yo dude. I didn’t see your post before it was deleted, but hopefully it wasn’t angry. Obviously both spellings are correct.
No, I just called you a funny word, but a ghost censored it afterwards.
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