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    Default Anyone else haunted by the Commodore keyboard?

    To this day I sometimes press SHIFT+2 for quotation marks.

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    I still look for the asterisk key
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    What's worse is trying to use some of the C64 emulators on the PC, so you have to remember where the keys USED to be.

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    Something about seeing that blue screen (not to be confused with the Blue Screen of Death) makes my fingers automatically go to the right keys (or at least hit shift-2 for quotes--probably because we used them so dang much). I guess that's the same instinct that makes me want to type Unix commands when I'm telnetted or SSH'ed into a computer running VMS. Funny thing is, whenever one of my old Commodore buddies fires up an emulator on a PC, he does the same thing.

    I never could type as well on a Commodore keyboard as I could on a PC keyboard, but I think that was because of the feel. The Commodore keyboards always felt soft to me.

    But it's been so long since I used a Commodore 8-bit every day that I don't find myself hitting shift-2 on anything else. The ghost only comes around when I need it, I guess.

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    Default Re: Anyone else haunted by the Commodore keyboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kid Ice
    To this day I sometimes press SHIFT+2 for quotation marks.
    Isn't a problem in the UK as PC keyboards for us have quotes above 2

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    I learned to type on a Commadore 64. Anyone ever use Paws?
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    For a long time when I got my first modern computer (Dell in 1996), I always hit shift 7 for apostrophaes, as was the case on my Atari 1200XL. Was it the same on the Commodore?

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    Default Re: Anyone else haunted by the Commodore keyboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mayhem
    Quote Originally Posted by Kid Ice
    To this day I sometimes press SHIFT+2 for quotation marks.
    Isn't a problem in the UK as PC keyboards for us have quotes above 2
    That explains the Timex-Sinclair keyboard, then. Because of this machine's keyboard I too had trouble adjusting to the regular U.S. layout.

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    My Atari 8-bit computers have the quote mark above the "2" key and so it's not simply a US vs. UK thing. In fact my old manual typewriter has the quote mark above the "2" key. However, when I used to type tax returns for my dad in the 1980's, his electric typewriters had the quote mark on a separate key. Confusing, to say the least.

    Does the C64 keyboard haunt me? Not really but that's because I was an Atari 8-bit user back in the 1980's. The TS1000 keyboard haunts me more than the C64. Typing BASIC programs into the Timex Sinclair was a major chore as I had to constantly look at the keyboard to figure out what key to press. (Which key do I press for the LPRINT command? How do I insert a GOTO statement? ARRRGH!). It was a major mind F*&% because, when I wasn't working on my TS1000 at home, I would work on UNIX systems at school and VMS systems at my job. I remember trying to write code at work and my typing would be screwed up because I was coding on my TS1000 the previous night at home.

    Apparantely the old TS1000 keyboard layout has been completely erased from my brain. Recently I powered up a TS1000 emulator and I had to display a diagram of the TS1000 keyboard in order to figure out how to type on the bloody thing. Dang it's frustrating to type on the TS1000! :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by boatofcar
    For a long time when I got my first modern computer (Dell in 1996), I always hit shift 7 for apostrophaes, as was the case on my Atari 1200XL. Was it the same on the Commodore?
    Yep. That key isn't commonly used though...shift 2 is used a lot because it is part of the load command (load "whatever",8)

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    I use shift 2 constantly. Sometimes I'll also reach for * in the wrong place too.

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