Despite earlier protestations that I was getting fed up with Apple and may use Linux on my next Laptop, I broke down and, um, bought the new MacBook Pro 15". I'm ridiculously happy with it (no problems with connectivity this time!), except for one thing:
(The above pic is not really the keyboard, but it's pretty darned close)
I mean, the keyboard feels great and I love the fact that it lights up in the dark, but that's about it. Everything else seems to suck.
My first indication that I was going to have a problem was when I kept hitting the backslash, '\' instead of the "Enter" key. Apparently, on the European version of their keyboard, Apple thought it would be funny to introduce an extra-slim version of the enter key, one that's ridiculously easy to miss while typing. Thanks Apple!
Some of the keys just don't make sense to me. For example, I can now type the plus-minus sign (±) and the section symbol (§). While that's all well and good, unless you want a 573 key keyboard, sooner or later you have to give something up. What did they think was a fair trade-off? Hmm, where's the octothorpe/hash symbol (#)?
Excuse me? On a BSD based system they left off the hash symbol? I know various European keyboards push this symbol all over the place (it's shift-3 on US keyboards), so I hunted and hunted over my keyboard, convinced that I had missed it. Nope! It's not there.
I finally had to hit Google to find the damned key. Seems you have to hit alt-3 for that. This is just unreal. They gave up the '#' for the '±' and '§'? I'm dumbfounded. Apparently it's not like this on the US keyboard.