Keyboarding/typing is being taught far more than cursive writing, even though learning cursive is so beneficial to brain development. psychologytoday.com/colle…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Steve Jobs was frequently switching iPhones during its first presentation because they would quickly run out of RAM and crash techspot.com/news/54246-f…
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…
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…
: 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…
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…
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…
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/…
15 years ago, Berkeley Researchers recovered "typed text using audio recording of keystrokes" berkeley.edu/news/media/r…
The first ever phone to run in an Android system is the HTC Dream also known as HTC G1 or T-Mobile G1, as it was set to revolutionize the smartphone market. Aside from running in an Android system, it had 3G support and 3.2 inch screen smartphone and it was released in 2008 gizmochina.com/2019/06/06…
A question mark superimposed onto an exclamation mark, often seen as ?!, is called an Interrobang. Martin K. Speckter is credited with inventing the mark in 1962 which made it the first new punctuation mark to have been introduced in 300 years 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Since Michael Jackson didn't know how to read music or play an instrument he would compose songs inside of his head and then beatbox them to other musicians. youtu.be/LnQh9cdebm0
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…
Computers used to have a "Super" key, as well as a "Meta" and a "Hyper" key. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
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…
There are only two organs with 64β€² pipes (stops) in the world. The lowest note of these stops has a frequency of 8 Hz, which humans can just feel, not hear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Org…
Compaq released a convertible touch screen laptop with a detachable keyboard... in 1993 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
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…
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…
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
Smartphone accelerometers can be used to listen to and log keystrokes being typed out on nearby mechanical keyboards. popsci.com/technology/art…
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…
Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright was trained on trombone and saxophone, as well as being self-taught on guitar, piano and trumpet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
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 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 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 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…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
QWERTY keyboard design have been created in the 1870s, to avoid mecanical jamming of the typewriters en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWE…
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 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 the one most used worldwide was designed by Christopher Sholes and first used with the Remington Number typewriter in 1874 computer.howstuffworks.co…
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 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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
The slap bass in Seinfeld was recorded on a keyboard using a bass tone youtube.com/watch?time_co…
After a Hell's Angels member threw a tire iron at Evel Knievel during a stunt show, he and a majority of the spectators fought back, sending three of the fifteen Hells Angels members to the hospital en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
There is a computer keyboard with buttons like "super", "hyper", and allows to type over 8000 different characters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Putting two spaces after a period when typing is no longer necessary and is a remnant from the days of the typewriter. instructionalsolutions.co…
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…
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…
"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 US Navy replaced expensive and clunky periscope controls on submarines with Xbox 360 controllers, which reduced training time from hours to minutes theverge.com/2017/9/19/16…
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 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…
Each episode of Seinfeld has a unique performance of the theme to match Jerry's introductory monologue youtu.be/oVldNNHQWVw?t=13…
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/…
Radiohead's lead guitarist Johnny Greenwood played a cameo role as a guitarist in a wizard rock band in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" harrypotter.fandom.com/wi…
Keyboard Layouts Are Staggered Because Typewriters Needed Space For Levers. It's An Anachronistic Holdover. deskthority.net/wiki/Stag…
Today I Learned That There Is Often A Specific Order In Which An Orchestra Tunes From Instrument To Instrument, often starting with the oboe exploratorium.edu/music/m…
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…
Lana, a chimpanzee, used a specially designed keyboard to ask questions of Timothy V. Gill, a human researcher. nytimes.com/1974/12/04/ar…
An early design of the QWERTY keyboard layout placed the letter 'R' where the period is located today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWE…

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