Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Q is for Qwerty

Someone must surely have used this Q before - it is unavoidable in such a PC-related area. But here goes with the Wikipedia story as usual:

QWERTY (pronounced /ˈkwɝːti/) is the most used modern-day keyboard layout on English-language computer and typewriter keyboards. It takes its name from the first six characters seen in the far left of the keyboard's top row of letters. The QWERTY design was patented[1] by Christopher Sholes in 1874 and sold to Remington in the same year, when it first appeared in typewriters. It was designed to minimize typebar clashes,[2] became popular with the success of the Remington No. 2 of 1878,[2] and remains in use on electronic keyboards due to the network effect of a standard layout and the failure of alternatives to provide significant advantages.[3]


Today's post is an entry in the FIFTH round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.

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36 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post for the day, Rune! I do love learning things I didn't know -- and there are a lot of those!!!

Have a great day! Q or otherwise!

Sylvia

Elizabeth Gilje said...

Cool picture, I like the way the keys curve too. I love that you can take something that seems so everyday and create a fun shot. Nice work!

Roger Owen Green said...

Maybe someday, I'll learn to type. QWERTY; good choice, and EASY to type!

Carol said...

Never thought of this! Great Q!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Oh the joy of being able to type - how thankful I am to Mr Sholes!

swapnap said...

That was truly an awesome thought to come up for Q.

photowannabe said...

I never noticed that before on my keyboard. I have heard the word but never knew what it was about. Fascinating and so informative. Thank You Rune.

Pernille said...

That was an very interesting text, Rune, and a fantastic photo!

By the way, I'm back at my blog;)

Have a nice evening:)
Big hug from Pernille:))

Rinkly Rimes said...

I did know these facts but I would never have thought of it for Q. It was interesting to read it all anew.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I learned "asdf gh jkl;" in the Army and never forgot it.

Reader Wil said...

A good Q word! Mine starts also with QWERTY, but I noticed that the French have different computers. The problem with mine is that I cannot produce the Norwegian letters on my computer. I always have to copy them from one of the Norwegian bloggers and then paste them in the word I want to write. That's very time consuming. Takk for besok! (see what I mean?)

Gallow said...

A Quality photo. I was wondering what you were going to use for Q. It's a tough letter.

I enjoyed your "reporting" humor.

Dina said...

QWERTY! I never saw that on my keyboard. Now I'll probably see it all the time.

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

The facts are not new to me either although its good to have them spelt out from time to time. I never could manage to touch type but I can type without looking down at the keys so I must have done something right and there must be more to this arrangement than just avoiding key clashes.

imac said...

Nice Q you have Rune.Quite nice post as well.lol

Ida said...

Et velkjent og velbrukt syn for oss bloggere dette. ;)
Du er kreativ.
Tipper at dette er den eneste Qen av sitt slag denne uken.
Noensinne på ABC sikkert.

Jeg hadde forresten beste karakter i tastaturbehandling for mange år siden. Nå bare knoter jeg... ;)

Taster og ønsker deg en fortsatt GOD KVELD! :)

Mara said...

Even though the QWERTY may be in common use, I am always looking for all the other keys like the @. On Dutch keyboards it's above the 2, in British ones somewhere right to the L. Very annoying! I wish they would standardize that as well.

Great Q

Hildred and Charles said...

I didn't know that and I have been typing for more years than I care to remark on! Interesting post and a great choice for that quirky letter Q

Sylvia said...

Hehehe! I know that view!!!

Anne-Berit said...

Artig Q-løsning fra deg,lærer noe hver dag:)

jabblog said...

Yes - I knew that qwerty was designed to slow down touch typists for their dexterity in other forms made the keys clash and lock. Fabulous post - the simplest things are often the most fascinating!
Love the 'wired gull' too . . .

RennyBA's Terella said...

Woow, that I did not know - thanks for sharing in this great contribution to the theme!

James said...

Now that's using your cleverness. Great choice Rune.

Beverley Baird said...

Great post - great Q and info!

Carolyn Ford said...

What a great thinker you must be! I didn't know that and a keyboard is in front of me constantly (almost). Thank you for the informative post. And, your photograph is very appealing! Great as always!

lynnwiles said...

Interesting to see all the different symbols, but will the same letters, on your keyboard

Barbara Martin said...

This is something I never noticed before until you brought it up and combined it with the wikipedia meaning. I thought it brilliant!

Tumblewords: said...

Never crossed my mind in the 'q' search. I love that you found it, explained it and photographed it. Quality!

Rose said...

One of the most original Q's I've seen! I always wondered about how this layout came about; thanks for the info! I'm still thankful for that year spent in typing class back in high school--once you've learned, you never forget Qwerty:)

Jama said...

What a co-incident, I'm also posting my entry on Qwerty keyboard!

ArneA said...

Post of the Day!!!!
David´s meme should have been continued and you have been the winner

Tone said...

Veldig bra! Virkelig kreativt:-)

Malyss said...

Interesting!! In France, we have an "azertyuiop" keyboard!!It would be very interesting to compare keyboards in all languages!

PS: Ph.D.: in sciences, mathematiques or what?.. Not litterature or philosophy, I'd say. I see you as a scientist..Ü

Ann said...

I was told too about the keys not clashing. I went to typing class for a short time, but I was never good. I type with two fingers, and I know at the key board.and I don't know why often when I type some word, may be I type too fast, I get a space, or a letter comes before the other.

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Her har kreativiteten fått utspring, kjempeløsning på Q'en! :)

Q said...

I did not know how the keyboard came about. Thank you!
I am a self taught typist and make so many mistakes.
I am looking forward to having a voice activated keyboard!
Very creative Q!
Sherry