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Windows 7: Rant - BUT I simply HATE AZERTY Keyboards.

09 Sep 2010   #1

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
Rant - BUT I simply HATE AZERTY Keyboards.

Hi all
Have been working in France for a while -- enjoy Paris a lot but one thing DRIVES ME TOTALLY BONKERS is their AZERTY keyboards -- I'll NEVER EVER get used to them.

My boss saw me struggling with 2 finger typing and taking pity on me finally dug out a QWERTY keyboard out of the stores.

(Now some of the other Non Fench people want one too!!!!).

If you aren't French using an AZERTY keyboard is the nearest thing I've found to Computer Hell on the planet.

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09 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

If you hate AZERTY keyboards how woul you go with one of these?

ThinkGeek :: Das Keyboard Ultimate
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09 Sep 2010   #3

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
great stuff--actually I COULD use one of those since with QWERTY I don't need to look at the keyboard at all while typing --so long as Windows is mapped to the correct layout it would probably be a GOOD typing tool as well.

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09 Sep 2010   #4


I thought French AZERTY keyboards could be switched to QWERTY? A couple of French people I know use AZERTY, but sometimes switch it to QWERTY by accident and end up typing in some incomprehensible way. Though I guess not all keyboards can changed between language layouts, then.

When I was in Germany a few years ago, I had to use a QWERTZ keyboard, and that was annoying enough lol.

And I think I'd manage with a blank keyboard
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09 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I remember having to use a Dvorak Keyboard and I thought that was bad but Azerty is a whole new level of hell. I must say though, apart from a different key layout, the only other thing that annoys me to death is when I'm forced to use one of those "ergonomic" keyboards with split keys. I seriously don't understand how that could possibly be comfortable to anyone.
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09 Sep 2010   #6


lol, does look like fun!

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10 Sep 2010   #7

Windows Seven Ultimate

I'd be better off with blank keyboards... I may be a kid, but I think I can touch type well enough
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11 Sep 2010   #8


There are always better alternatives.

Optimus Maximus Keyboard

Revolutionary Keyboard Features a tiny OLED screen on each key. 113 screens total.
Each key can be individually programmed to perform a series of functions, open an application or run an Applescript (Mac only)
Various System Monitor functions can dynamically display on a key including CPU usage, CPU temperature, Network Speed, and Memory Usage
Play a GIF animation or Quicktime movie on a Key
Paint images across all keys at once in your image editor of choice
Key sets can be linked to an application, so whenever you open that app the appropriate keys come up
Powerful layer function allows you to combine existing key sets in different ways
Use any language with the appropriate key images including Cyrillic, Ancient Greek, Georgian, Arabic, Quenya, and Hiragana.
Display notes, numerals, special symbols, HTML codes, math functions or any other special symbol.
Any key (or to be exact, a unit consisting of a cap, a microchip and a display) can be easily removed by hands to be cleaned or replaced
Built in USB hub
SD Card Slot for Storing keyboard Settings
And the best of all, it is ONLY $1600 USD. Bargain.

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11 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

You know how I feel with French keyboards, that are qwerty, I much rather an english one,
the shifts are half the size and I keep hiting the u with the axcent, but I'n all of my life I have never seen it used except when kids were doing that in there powerpoints to look cool,

and I can use a blank keyboard, I'm quite good at typeing
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16 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I'm Quebecese and I am happy that we have QWERTY keyboards here... phew. I wouldn't see myself working with an AZERTY keyboard.
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