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Old 10-03-2008, 10:21 PM   #16
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Thumbs up Thanks so much!

Okay, this is going to be a kind of long post. (Please read all the way through if you plan to post a reply!)

First off, I really appreciate all of your helpful suggestions.
Second, I realize I failed to specify a price range. I was hoping to not spend more than about $30. I would be willing to go up to around $50-ish.
Third, some poster-specific comments:
Originally Posted by Total-MAdMaN
Cherry CyMotion Master Linux. Has a Tux key where the left Windows key is on other keyboards
This is almost exactly what I was picturing. Unfortunately, I don't have $60-$70 to blow on a keyboard, let alone with just the basic keyboard functions. (I know it has multimedia functions; I'm just referring to keyboard functions.) I might drop drop $40-$50 for one with extra keyboard shortcut buttons (like the ones from Sun).
Originally Posted by ciden
Anyway we are not against M$ hardware, are we?
As I'd mentioned earlier in the thread, I'd rather not help the monopoly grow, but instead support brands that don't feel the need to sport such logos.
Originally Posted by farslayer
Cherry used to make one
I think you're typing about the one mentioned above.
Originally Posted by Chromezero
You might look at the Happy Hacker Keyboards. They're really small but we have a few programmers here that seem to really like them.

Here's another option, SIIG MiniTouch Plus. Once again, it's pretty small, but no logos that I can see.

I may have missed it, but I don't think the Razer Tarantula has a Windows logo either.
You got me thinking...

Finally, after all of your responses, I started surfing the sites that you guys gave me, and typing in keywords to Google that seemed relevant given what you all have shown me. And I think I may have what I have been looking for: I always thought that they should make ones like this one, and I'd had visions of ones like this one, but I didn't know that either one of them existed.

Once again, thank you ALL so much!
What I'll probably end up doing is setup a thin client with the mini keyboard, and my main workstation with the one from Sun (just because it does have lots of useful extra "keyboard" functions). I will probably also (eventually, anyways,) get the mini keyboard with the touchpad for my "workshop", id est, when I'm configuring a computer that is not going to remain where I have it at the time of use.


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