British academics conducted an experiment with 6 monkeys & typewriters inspired by the famed "an infinite number of monkeys will eventually type out Shakespeare's plays" theory. After 4 weeks, the monkeys had typed out 5 pages, mostly of the letter S, then "got bored and shit on the keyboard" theguardian.com/uk/2003/m…
Typing 40 WPM(words per minute) on a QWERTY keyboard is above average. But you can take it even further by learning steno type. A trained typist reaches 226+ WPM with 360WPM being the record. github.com/openstenoproje…
Due to DVORAK keyboards being laid out differently, they produce different keysmashes. This has caused users of DVORAK to quit keysmashing because "the layout of their keyboards made patterns which they created "socially ineligible"" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key…
The reason the QWERTY keyboard layout exists is because initially with an alphabetical layout, typists were actually typing too fast and typewriters would get jammed. QWERTY was designed to prevent this. sciencedirect.com/science…
When Sean Parker, the founder of napster, was hacking a fortune 500 company when he was 16. Unfortunately, his dad took away his keyboard and so his IP was exposed and he was caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Late piano virtuoso Glenn Gould spent only 10% of his time at the keyboard in the studio and the rest working on the recordings itself by editing, splicing and supervising the record to achieve the best, absolute and note-perfect version of his playing. music.org/index.php?optio…
Today I learned of the Casio VL-1, which combines a keyboard, a synthesiser, and a calculator. Despite its cheap and unorthodox construction, it became popular among musicians across many genres, from the German band Trio in their 1982 song "Da da da" to C418 in the Minecraft OST. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
The QWERTY keyboard layout is ~147 years old and took ~5 years to perfect en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWE…
The CEO of Patreon plays keyboards in Pomplamoose and Scary Pockets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
There's a type of keyboard, called a "chorded keyboard", that uses only eight or fewer keys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
Students and lecturers at the University of Plymouth left a computer keyboard in the enclosure of six Celebes crested macaques in Paignton Zoo in Devon in England for a month. had only succeeded in partially destroying the machine, using it as a toilet and mostly typed the letter, "s" news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/30139…
Standard QWERTY keyboards are used in China. Chinese users are familiar with the sounds that Latin letters make, and they type in the way their characters sound when spoken out loud. Software then translates the sound they typed into a Chinese character. businessinsider.com/chine…
Today I learned of the Dvorak keyboard layout. Its fans say that it requires less finger motion and as a result reduces errors, increases typing speed, and reduces repetitive strain injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvo…
: Air guitar itself had a seminal moment at the Woodstock music festival in 1969 when singer Joe Cocker mimicked the playing of the keyboard and guitar during his performance of "With a Little Help From My Friends". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Control+Alt+Delete was used to log into Windows. According to Bill Gates, there was an option to make a single button for such a command, but the IBM keyboard designer didn’t want to give Microsoft a single button. So Microsoft decided to use β€œCtrl+Alt+Del” as a way to log into Windows. geekwire.com/2013/gates-h…
The famous "Keyboard Cat" video was originally filmed in 1984 and that its star, Fatso, died in 1987, twenty years before it was posted on YouTube. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key…
Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman no longer performs in the US, partly because one of his personal Steinway pianos was completely destroyed by JFK security staff in 2001, who also damaged another in 2006 by ripping off the keyboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kry…
Today I learned about a "Cat Organ", a hypothetical musical instrument which consists of a line of cats fixed in place with their tails stretched out underneath a keyboard so that they cry out when a key is pressed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
In the era of keyboard ubiquity, typing has fallen out of the curriculum and no longer taught at schools. Nor has anyone invented a rival to the home keys method technologyreview.com/s/42…
Skepticism is the longest typed word on the typewriter (or any keyboard )in which you alternate hands every letter and the word typewriter, is one of the longest words able to be typed using one row of letters. southfloridareporter.com/…
The highest-ranking Billboard 200 death metal album of all time is from the virtual band Dethklok from the show Metalocalpyse. Frontman and co-creator Brendan Small performs the vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, keyboard, and bass in recordings; in the show he voices most of the main characters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Det…
To demonstrate the ability of drones to accomplish work while swarming, researchers programmed flying robot quadrotors to perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. youtu.be/_sUeGC-8dyk
'Infinite Monkey Theorem' was tested using real monkeys. Monkeys typed nothing but pages consisting mainly of the letter 'S.' The lead male began typing by bashing the keyboard with a stone while other monkeys urinated and defecated on it. They concluded that monkeys are not "random generators" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
The famous Alt+F4 sequence comes from the 1987 standard IBM Common User Access, which influenced most keyboard shortcuts which last till today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM…
Today I learned of August Dvorak, who in 1936 invented a 'perfect keyboard' which is way more efficient than regular keyboards as it requires less finger motion and reduces errors compared to the standard QWERTY keyboard arrangement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvo…
The Keyboard Cat meme video, though uploaded to youtube in 2007, was actually recorded in 1984 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key…
The reason keypads on phones and calculators/keyboards are opposite is because the telephone designers figured that if they reversed the layout, the dialing speeds would decrease and the tone-recognition would be able to do its job more reliably. electronics.howstuffworks…
The arrangement of characters on a QWERTY keyboard was designed in 1868 by Christopher Sholes, the inventor of the typewriter. According to popular myth, Sholes arranged the keys in their odd fashion to prevent jamming on mechanical typewriters by separating commonly used letter combinations. webopedia.com/TERM/Q/QWER…
Thousands of English words can be typed using only the left hand on your computer keyboard, and only a couple of hundred words can be typed using only the right hand. And the longest words that can be written using only the keys in the top row are typewriter, proprietor and perpetuity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWE…
The Return key on computer keyboards gets it's name from it's original function on a mechanical typewriter, which was to "return" the carriage mechanism to its position at the beginning of the next line of text. This is why it is also sometimes referred to as "Carriage Return" or CR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about "Audio Games", games that have minimal or no graphical interface but instead use immersive audio and narration with keyboard controls, being designed for the visually impaired. Genres range from card, puzzle, and adventure games to multiplayer racing, first-person shooter, and adult games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aud…
Compaq released a convertible touch screen laptop with a detachable keyboard... in 1993 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
In 2003 the Arts Council for England paid Β£2,000 for a real-life test of the "infinite monkey theorem". The monkeys produced five pages of text, mainly composed of the letter S, but failed to type anything close to a word of English, broke the computer and used the keyboard as a lavatory. telegraph.co.uk/technolog…
Smartphone accelerometers can be used to listen to and log keystrokes being typed out on nearby mechanical keyboards. popsci.com/technology/art…
In the time before user accounts and passwords, computers used physical locks & keys to prevent keyboard input, access to the hard drive, or other unauthorized access. youtu.be/y0zZqHOZq7M
The QWERTY keyboard was developed to prevent jamming typewriter keys by reducing the need to type two keys that were close together. theconversation.com/curio…
A microbiologist examined samples from 33 keyboards and found a variety of bugs including E coli and S aureus, which can cause skin infections and make people ill. One of the keyboards had to be removed from the office because it was five times dirtier than a toilet theguardian.com/technolog…
The Mellotron keyboard uses loops of pre-recorded tape with instruments, bands, or orchestras, to generate sound. Some keys produce backing-band sounds and some produce lead instrument sounds. Instruments can be changed by pressing selector switches on the keyboard. youtube.com/watch?v=Hdkix…
The infinite monkey theorem was tried by putting a computer in a monkey cage. "Not only did the monkeys produce nothing but five total pages largely consisting of the letter S, the lead male began by bashing the keyboard with a stone, and the monkeys continued by urinating and defecating on it." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
The only reason why the QWERTY keyboard was organized the way it is was due to the fact that the earliest mechanical typewriters were prone to jams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWE…
An Australian fast-food chain called Chicken Treat let a chicken named Betty write out it's tweets by pecking at a keyboard. Apparently, if Betty did manage to hit 5 keys in a row to form a word, she'd get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's first chicken to tweet in English. cnet.com/news/betty-the-t…
Frank Zappa once got on stage during a Velvet Underground show, atonally played the keyboard, and shouted the names of random vegetables for a minute. Then he walked off stage and the show continued normally criticsatlarge.ca/2013/10…
Steve Jobs took the decision of removing the apple symbol from the Command key on Mac keyboards because he felt it was "an over-use of the logo". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
There are special keyboards made for lawyers businessinsider.com.au/le…
The piano chord and laughter in the beginning of the Police's hit "Roxanne" was unintentional and simply Sting laughing to himself after accidentally sitting on a piano keyboard. sting.com/news/article/42…
A Carrilon is a large, Bell-tower housed keyboard type instrument, comprised of levers that trigger bells ranging from a weight of 16 lbs to 11 tons. It is played with fists instead of fingers, and is dwarfed only by the largest pipe organs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The worst selling videogame system of all time is the C64GS, a budget Commodore 64 with no keyboard, rebranded as a standard game system. It sold 2000 units, and it's launch "Killer App", Terminator 2, was unplayable because you needed to press Enter to start. youtu.be/zc-QAbIgQRc?t=85…
"Angel" by Sarah McLachlan (the sad song in the ASPCA commercials), is actually about Jonathan Melvoin- the Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player who passed away from a heroin overdose in 1996. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Num Lock key exists because earlier 84-key IBM PC keyboards did not have cursor control or arrows separate from the numeric keypad. Most earlier computer keyboards had separate number keys and cursor control keys; however, to reduce cost, IBM chose to combine the two in their early PC keyboards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
The Infinite Monkey Theorem, stating that monkeys with typewriters and enough time could produce the entire works of Shakespeare, has been tried out in real life. They wrote five pages of S, slammed the keyboard with a stone and took a shit on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
After Capitol Records refused licensing of the song, "Money", for inclusion on Pink Floyd's 1981 compilation album, A Collection of Great Dance Songs, David Gilmour re-recorded the track, providing all the guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals himself. feelnumb.com/2012/07/21/d…
Today I learned of Ken Kocienda, the software engineer who designed software assisted typing for the first iPhone keyboard that all phones now use. After typing letters such as T other letters commonly used after T such as H (the, that) look the same on screen but have a larger hitbox making it easier to click. youtube.com/watch?v=xxBc1…
Today I learned about the Compaq Concerto. A tablet computer released in 1993, it featured a touch screen, a detachable keyboard, and a version of Windows 3.1 for pen computing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
In XVII century, German philosopher Athanasius Kircher invented an hypothetical cat piano. This instrument consists in a line of cats, arranged according to the tone of their voices, with their tails stretched out underneath a keyboard so that they cry out when a key is pressed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
QWERTY keyboard design have been created in the 1870s, to avoid mecanical jamming of the typewriters en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWE…
Thomas Peterffy was told by NASDAQ that his algorithmic trading was illegal because it lacked a keyboard so he created a robot with fingers to type all trades on the keyboard which made it legal - "the robot typed so fast it sounded like a machine gun." npr.org/blogs/money/2012/…
The @ symbol is hundreds of years old and was popularized by typewriter keyboards in about 1900 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At_…
IBM has stated that the Scroll Lock key on your keyboard does nothing. When PC Magazine asked an executive of keyboard manufacturer Key Tronic about the key's purpose he replied, "I don't know, but we put it on ours too." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
It has been estimated that during a typical 8-hour day a typist's fingers will travel 25 kilometers (16 mi) on a QWERTY keyboard and only 1.6 kilometers (1 mi) on a Dvorak keyboard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvo…
The "QWERTY" keyboard the one most used worldwide was designed by Christopher Sholes and first used with the Remington Number typewriter in 1874 computer.howstuffworks.co…
The famous 'orchestra hit,' used in 90s pop and new jack swing, and found on countless keyboards, was originally sampled from Stravinsky's 'Firebird' youtu.be/8A1Aj1_EF9Y
The QWERTY keyboard layout comes from accommodating Morse code operators, not avoiding mechanical jams, and that the DVORAK variant's superiority is probably a myth. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The keyboard solo in The Beatle’s In My Life from their β€˜65 album, Rubber Soul, was played by George Martin an octave down and at half speed, giving it that amazingly virtuosic feel. Apparently even he couldn’t pull it off at the song’s actual tempo. classicfm.com/discover-mu…
The Junior typewriter from 1907 was the smallest keyboard ever produced. The unique selling point of this typewriter was that it would fit in your pocket typewritermuseum.org/coll…
The Doors did not have a dedicated bass guitarist. For live performances, Ray Manzarek played bass with his left hand and right foot while simultaneously playing keyboards. ultimateclassicrock.com/d…
Today I learned of the Trautonium, an early electric instrument from 1929 that paved the way for synthesizers. Instead of a keyboard, it had a resistor wire over a metal plate, which was pressed to create a sound. youtube.com/watch?v=-tQQE…
The infinite monkey theorem, which states that an infinite number of monkeys will eventually write any text, was tested with 5 real monkeys. They managed to type 5 pages largely consisting of the letter S, but they also starting bashing the keyboard with a rock, defecating and urinating on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
A bank worker fell asleep on his keyboard's number 2 button, causing him to transfer 222,222,222 euros on a transfer that should've been worth only 62 euros. A co-worker was later sacked for not spotting the error. digitaltrends.com/computi…
A stenographer (or court reporter) types phonetically using a 22-keyed unmarked keyboard at 200+ WPM and 98.5% accuracy. toddolivas.com/blog/How-D…
France and Belgium are the only European countries using AZERTY keyboard layout along side African countries that were once French colonies. Famous WASD used for gaming is ZQSD in those countries techopedia.com/definition…
Brendan Small, co-creator and voice actor of Metalocalypse, performs the vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards, and (most) bass guitar for all the studio recordings for the Dethklok music heard in the show, and is frontman for live Dethklok concerts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Det…
The slap bass in Seinfeld was recorded on a keyboard using a bass tone youtube.com/watch?time_co…
There is a computer keyboard with buttons like "super", "hyper", and allows to type over 8000 different characters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The term teledildonics "refers to high tech sex toys that can be remotely controlled over the internetβ€”enabling you to, for instance, unleash the power of a vibrator in San Francisco with a few taps on a keyboard in New York" motherboard.vice.com/en_u…
"it is practically impossible to write French correctly using a keyboard that has been bought in France", says the country's government. Because the AZERTY layout makes typing certain accented letters difficult (especially capitals), many don't use them, changing the language. bbc.com/news/blogs-eu-353…
The QWERTY keyboard was actually created based on the advice of telegraph operators. The first keyboards were being used by telegraph operators to translate morse code, and the keyboards were built for that. huffpost.com/us/entry/322…
The new Texas Instrument calculators have ABC keyboards because if they had QWERTY keyboards, they would be considered computers and wouldn't be allowed for standardized test taking en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/V…
The Qwerty layout was designed to separate heavily used keys in order to avoid jams. Designers have created more efficient keyboards (after a short learning period) based on most common letters. But no one is ready to make that kind of switch. howtogeek.com/189270/alte…
Originally, US PC keyboards did not have an AltGr key because that was relevant to only non-US markets; they simply had "left" and "right" Alt keys. blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/…
Keyboard Layouts Are Staggered Because Typewriters Needed Space For Levers. It's An Anachronistic Holdover. deskthority.net/wiki/Stag…
Lana, a chimpanzee, used a specially designed keyboard to ask questions of Timothy V. Gill, a human researcher. nytimes.com/1974/12/04/ar…
Monkeys that were put through the Infinite Monkey Theorem only produced 5 pages of text, smashed the keyboard with a stone, defecated and urinated on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
An early design of the QWERTY keyboard layout placed the letter 'R' where the period is located today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWE…
Court Reporters use a specialized chorded keyboard called a stenotype machine to type out testimonies and jury charges at speeds of 180-300 words per minute. The stenotype has far fewer keys than the typical typewriter for ease of typing. Most words are spelled phonetically (i.e. K-A-T = cat) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
The qwerty keyboard was designed to be inefficient in order to prevent jams on typewriters mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Court reporters "keyboards" only have 22 keys yet they can type well over 225 wpm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
There's a keyboard and a guitar flying aboard the International Space Station youtu.be/FRQDrF_V1wY?t=44…
In 2003, the "Infinite Monkey Theorem" was tested. Six Macaques were left with a working computer keyboard for a month. They produced six pages of mostly the letter "S" and a bashed-in keyboard covered in Macaque urine and feces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
There is an elapse of about 35 milliseconds from when you strike a key on your keyboard to when it appears on the screen. npr.org/2017/01/23/511267…
The world's most expensive keyboard in 2007 cost over $4,400 US and was hand lacquered using a brush made from the hairs of virgins then coated in gold dust. most-expensive.com/10-com…
While hacking a Fortune 500 company, 16 year old Sean Parker was unable to log out after his father unplugged and confiscated his keyboard. Because his IP address was exposed, F.B.I. agents tracked him down and arrested him en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
In 1873 QWERTY keyboard was designed to increase efficiency by slowing down typists and prevent the typewriters from jamming so often when two adjacent keys near simultaneously. The design incorporated tricks to slow down typing speed by dispersing common letters on the left side discovermagazine.com/1997…
The creators of Nyan Cat and Keyboard cat have sued multiple companies for the use of their intellectual property en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nya…
British keyboards replace the pound symbol (#) with the pound symbol (Β£) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The spacebar key is the most popular key on the keyboard, and is pressed approximately 6 million times a second around the world. venturebeat.com/2012/07/2…
The QWERTY keyboard was based on Morse code operators theatlantic.com/technolog…
Today I learned about the frequency of letter usage on a computer keyboard imgur.com/a/uvkyA

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