Catching some Zs
The Z key on my mate’s laptop keyboard has stopped functioning. He’s not sure whether to be happy that it’s not a commonly-used vowel that has failed him; or sad that a key has stopped working. I told him to be thankful that he’s not American, given their penchant for using Zs in preference to Ss.
Instead of buying a new keyboard, retailing at around £17, he’s decided to live with the imperfection, for the time being at least. As a workaround, he keeps a Word document open in the background containing a solitary letter Z and a corresponding z. When needed, he copies the appropriately-cased Z into his destination of choice. (For completeness, the key to the left of the Z is also defective, so he’s unable to type | and \. Not being a techie, he doesn’t miss either.)
His ridiculous set-up got me thinking. If you were really stretched, you could probably live with only nine keyboard keys: CTRL, C, V, ALT, TAB, SHIFT, ENTER, ← and →. These would allow you to flick between applications and copy and paste characters between them, navigating left and right through a pre-copied list of characters. And dedicated use of the mouse could get rid of all of these.
Regardless, the image of Rob flitting between applications in search of a Z tickled me.