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Keyboard Hack? Easy as 1-2-3?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DNeurococo, Jan 26, 2006.

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  1. DNeurococo

    DNeurococo Thread Starter

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    Don't know if this is really a "hardware" problem, but I've got to post it SOMEWHERE!

    Here's the problem. A standard keyboard has a "numbers" pad -- but the numbers are arranged like an adding machine. That is, reading left to right, top down the number run:
    7-8-9-4-5-6-1-2-3.

    I think that's crazy! To me the more "natural" way to do it is like a telephone key pad:
    1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9.

    I have to enter a lot of numbers, and although I've tried hard to "adjust" to the adding machine layout, the telephone pad layout is just too deeply engrained in my mind -- and I keep making entry errors.

    So, the question is: how can I get a keyboard where the numbers run 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9?

    I would be willing to try "exotic" solutions, like taking the keyboard apart, cutting components, replacing components, -- whatever it takes to get the keys to run in order!
    (or maybe this is a software problem -- some way to reprogram the keys to enter a "1" when I hit the "7" button?).

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Triple6

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    All you need is a keyboard remapper like this: http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/

    Then either pop off the actual keys and re-arrange them the way you want or apply stickers to them.
     
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