A small thing

This registry file, when installed, will change the capslock key on your Windows 2000 or XP box into a control key. Right-click, save to desktop, right-click, merge, then reboot.

The rationale behind it is here, in case you fear being owned by my elite hacker skills. You will also find words like “endian”, “scancode” and “dword” on that page, despite the fact that on every other operating system in the universe, this same thing can be achieved by clicking a checkbox.

Are we in the future yet?


  1. Posted June 1, 2006 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I haven’t even seen a keyboard with that layout in…at least 13 years. I can totally appreciate *wanting* to be able to make that switch on a conceptual level, but really…for whom is that really essential?

  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted June 1, 2006 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Try it. If you use a lot of control-something keyboard shortcuts, try this for a week and tell me it doesn’t make your life better.

    Capslock is a waste of real estate that can be put to much better use.

  3. Posted June 1, 2006 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I will say to you the words that have changed not only my life, but the lives of others, in a highly positive way: Push Ctrl by leaning into it with the (outside top) corner of your palm, right at the base of your pinky.

  4. Mike Hoye
    Posted June 2, 2006 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    You are some combination delicately frail and horribly misshapen. Also: in the future, we have laptops!

  5. Posted June 5, 2006 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Seriously…Koz…WTF is wrong with your hands and/or typing position?

    At any rate, the only key combination I can see this layout would making particularly easier from Home position is Ctrl-Q. Which I don’t think I’ve ever used, probably for that reason. Maybe this is just my freakishly long fingers?