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Winn L. Rosch Hardware Bible, Sixth Edition by Winn L. Rosch

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Technologies

The keyboard concept—a letter for every pushbutton—is almost ancient, dating back to the days of the first typewriter. The design seems fixed in stone. Actually, it's the product of something even more immovable—human inertia. The basic layout and function of the keyboard has changed little since the last half of the 19th century, and the mold for the computer refinement was first cast in 1987. No matter what computer you buy today, you're almost certain to get a keyboard that follows the now industry-standard design. That's good because you can confront any computer and start working in seconds. But that's also bad when those seconds stretch to hours of uninterrupted typing.

All keyboards have the same function: detecting the keys ...

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