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General Chat Thread, Are the days of "Scroll Lock" numbered? in General; I don't think I've EVER used Scroll Lock. I've heard it's still used in Excel sometimes but otherwise, is there ...
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    Are the days of "Scroll Lock" numbered?

    I don't think I've EVER used Scroll Lock.
    I've heard it's still used in Excel sometimes but otherwise, is there much use for it anymore?

    EDIT: Just had a look [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scroll_lock"]here[/ame] and found very few uses for it.

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    How random! 'I've never used scroll lock before but I'm going to create a post asking if its days are numbered'

    For what it's worth, I've never used it either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elky View Post
    How random!
    LOL... I was thinking how random it was myself.

    I accidentally hit it instead of Print Screen and thought, "I've never used that key for ANY purpose. What a waste of key and LED.......... I should post this on various online forums"

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    Use it all the time when swapping between machines on my KVM switch.

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    Or there is the SysRq key - never used that either
    I like this: [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_request]System request - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    Especially where it says:
    "System request (often abbreviated SysRq or Sys Req) is a key on keyboards for PCs that has no standard use"

    ??

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    Speaking of useless keys, what's the key above tab and below escape on the left hand side for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Speaking of useless keys, what's the key above tab and below escape on the left hand side for?

    Thought that was used as a Pipe symbol - has a lot of use on *nix systems etc -- but then i realised thats down the bottom left...

    Don't know what the little sideways L or backward apostrophe's for though: `

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Speaking of useless keys, what's the key above tab and below escape on the left hand side for?
    For `

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    Maths and Physics notation, apparently

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    It's called backtick, commonly used as a field specifier in sql and escape sequence in many shell systems.

    Sql example:
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    SELECT `id`, `name` FROM user WHERE `name`='Fred';
    Bash example:
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    for a in `ln *.txt`; do cat $a; done
    Last edited by powdarrmonkey; 25th November 2008 at 12:23 PM.

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    The ` is used as an additional type of quote mark in MySQL - generally used when referring to table names IIRC.

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    You learn something new everyday

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    it's also used for accessing the console in most made for PC games (like half life)

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    I use the Scroll Luck button on a repairs bench setup. It's the quickest way round the KVM.

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    Pause|Break is just as useless these days, isn't it?

    Then again, a keyboard without those three at the top would just look wrong.

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