Posts Tagged “microsoft”
Jun 11, 2008
So, today I was working normally, and suddenly I mispress something… and I can’t switch to other desktops anymore.
First thing I think: maybe some KDE global shortcut manager or whatever went nuts, and redefined my “Switch to Desktop” keys. So I go and check the preferences, and I find that everything is alright.
So I try to redefine the shortcuts again, and I notice that according to KDE, F1 produces
XF86Launch0, and the rest of my F-keys just don’t do anything. I panic, think for a moment about changing the shortcuts to
Ctrl-2, etc., discard the idea because sooner or later I’ll need the F-keys anyway… and decide to reboot. But still I can’t use my F-keys.
Totally desperate, I ask on IRC and someone says “F Lock”. And I go “WTF is that?” but look at my keyboard, and see some key that is indeed labelled “F Lock”. I press it and everything goes back to normal.
Then, the person goes on to explain that Microsoft has very retarded keyboards (in particular, I was using a Microsoft Natural Keyboard) that “feature” a key called “F Lock”, that redefines the “F keys” (F1, F2, …) to be some “useful” idiotic retarded shortcuts for Office applications or who knows what. I was also told that apparently some of those keyboards, when they boot, they are by default in “retarded mode” (mine seemed to somehow remember the setting in my last reboot, because it has never done that).
I just had to blog about this. Amazing.
May 22, 2008
I read that Office 2007 won’t support ISO’s OOXML. There are two things I find funny in there:
After pushing for making OOXML a “standard format” (as in ISO), Microsoft is not implementing the standard spec after all (and won’t until some future version).
Microsoft is going to support ODF (competing, open format).
Of course, they want people to use a non-standard OOXML (the one currently in Office 2007 apparently), so they aren’t really in a hurry to support ISO’s OOXML, and their ODF support will probably not be perfect, so they’re just doing the usual stuff, trying to get people to use some format that they are in a better position to support. Oh well.