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The Model F isn't the US 104 Standard Layout though. If you notice different function keys like Caps & CTRL are in different locations. Along with the F Keys.

EDIT: But IBM probably thought (since they had their own OS at the time as well) that putting a OS key on all boards would raise cost as it would require two production lines. So they just excluded it from their design.
Well technically the Model M isn't a standard US 104 layout since it only has 102 keys.

I just checked and the Windows key was introduced for Windows 95. So the only thing I can think of is that the US 104 layout was designed from the start with an extra key depending on which OS you're planning on using.
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Well technically the Model M isn't a standard US 104 layout since it only has 102 keys.

I just checked and the Windows key was introduced for Windows 95. So the only thing I can think of is that the US 104 layout was designed from the start with an extra key depending on which OS you're planning on using.
The Model M is the standard US layout, with 101 keys. Like you said, the Win and right-click keys were added later.

And I'm pretty sure that those keys were added because Apple had something like that.
Edited by Manyak - 8/29/10 at 1:19pm
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The Model M is the standard US layout, with 101 keys.

Like you said, the Win and right-click keys were added later.
Argh. So back to the original question, why was a layout designed with a freaking space between ALT and CTRL?
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Argh. So back to the original question, why was a layout designed with a freaking space between ALT and CTRL?
Well... My thought would be that, because sometimes there was a certain key there, it would lower manufacturing costs to just use the same molds for CTRL and ALT keys, instead of making new CTRL and ALT keys.

Just a guess.
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Argh. So back to the original question, why was a layout designed with a freaking space between ALT and CTRL?
Probably because making the keys any larger would mean that they'd need stabilizers. And maybe so that you don't hit the wrong one accidentally. Or so you can reach over to Alt with your thumbs.

Why does it matter anyway? It's as useless as asking why milk is white.
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Or maybe they just designed it that way because they thought they'd add a modifier key later, or leave keyboard makers to add their own. Anyway I'll just leave it at that.

edit: Oh true. I guess that does make sense. Perfect sense. It's always about money.
I never said it mattered. I just wanted to know. Why? because I can.
Edited by thiru - 8/29/10 at 1:27pm
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Guys, what do you think of a Filco keyboard with Cherry Blue switches? I'm thinking of importing one.

http://elitekeyboards.com/products.p...pid=fkb104mceb
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Guys, what do you think of a Filco keyboard with Cherry Blue switches? I'm thinking of importing one.

http://elitekeyboards.com/products.p...pid=fkb104mceb
I've got the Otaku Tenkeyless version; very nice boards. The only board I used with blue switches as they are not for me. But the board is very nice and I still own it.
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Guys, what do you think of a Filco keyboard with Cherry Blue switches? I'm thinking of importing one.

http://elitekeyboards.com/products.p...pid=fkb104mceb
I really like mine. Awesome for typing on and it works fine for gaming.
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Guys, what do you think of a Filco keyboard with Cherry Blue switches? I'm thinking of importing one.

http://elitekeyboards.com/products.p...pid=fkb104mceb
Have you decided on the blue switches, and just want to know what model to get?

Your main options with blues are Das, Filco, Xarmor u9BL, and the upcoming Razer black widow.

Chances are the Razer will be available locally, so you might save a good amount of money there. Otherwise it is up to your preference of what keyboard you think looks the best, and has the features you want.
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