So now I’m a little more settled into the office complete with the dual monitors, speakers and a few other creature comforts I didn’t have in Microsoft UK, I need to progress onto more practical issues – apart from figuring out why US light switches are all upside down (you lift to turn on – wierd), it’s learning to cope with a US keyboard. (Oh, and don’t get me started on the mm/dd vs dd/mm debacle – that’s just doing my head in).
For the most part, the keyboard is not a huge problem, but why they decided you need a double-sized delete key on this particular keyboard (maybe American’s like to erase lots of words?) and not have an “Ins” key, I’ll never figure. I’m one of those people who find Shift-Insert as natural to use as Control-V and it’s only today I’ve figured out quite how often I did use Shift-Insert rather than Control-V for paste.
The big bug-bear I have is lots of things being in the @wrong@ place for example – point in case @ and ” are swapped. And where’s the pound key? All I’ve got is # on Shift-3. Not easy to remember Alt-0163 on the numeric keyboard for a £. So my mission when I get a chance is to find some tippex, relabel Shift-2 to be a ” and Shift-‘ to be a @, then figure out how to remap the keyboard. Probably a weekend job, although that’ll be largely taken up by finding just the right-sized beer fridge for the office 🙂