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On 02/03/08 09:34:18, [log in to unmask] wrote:

> The Alt keys don't bug me so much as the Windows keys which are
> right where they keep getting pressed by accident.  I don't know why
> they didn't just stick those up with SysReq (Isn't that what this
> key was for anyway?) or the almost-never-used Scroll Lock.

Microsoft was just copying other keyboards like the Mac and Sun 
keyboards, which both contain an extra command key compared to 101-key 
keyboards. Some laptop keyboards do put the Windows key all the way 
over there, and it is very difficult & inconvenient to use, especially 
when you're trying to do shortcuts like Win-d to show the desktop. I
also find the key is especially useful on Linux/X11 for various custom 
purposes that won't conflict with default shortcuts (but then, I mostly 
use Sun and Mac keyboards so I wouldn't lose much if you managed to 
change Windows keyboards).