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disable or change Power key?

Message #1 - Posted 2008/03/04 - jimmy

Our users seem to have developed a habit of dragging their arm across the edge of the keyboard such that they hit the Power key and then hit the number pad Enter key and shut down the machine.

Is there any way to either disable this key or change the behavior so that "Shut Down" is not the default action? If I could make "Cancel" the default, this would probably solve the problem.

Thanks...

Message #2 - Posted 2008/03/05 - Lewis

Previously, jimmy@temp01.nccom.com wrote:

Our users seem to have developed a habit of dragging their arm across the edge of the keyboard such that they hit the Power key and then hit the number pad Enter key and shut down the machine.

Must be very old keyboards. Most keyboards do not have 'power' buttons and if they do, they are recessed flush with the keyboard surface so they cannot be accidently pressed.

Is there any way to either disable this key

Pry it off?

or change the behavior so
that "Shut Down" is not the default action? If I could make "Cancel" the default, this would probably solve the problem.

I think elector shock or new keyboards would be a much better solution.

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Message #3 - Posted 2008/03/05 - Lewis

Previously, Lewis wrote:

I think elector shock

Sorry, too much primary news this morning, I guess.

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Message #4 - Posted 2008/03/05 - Mike Rosenberg

Lewis wrote:

Our users seem to have developed a habit of dragging their arm across the edge of the keyboard such that they hit the Power key and then hit the number pad Enter key and shut down the machine.

Must be very old keyboards. Most keyboards do not have 'power' buttons and if they do, they are recessed flush with the keyboard surface so they cannot be accidently pressed.

I also have to wonder what weird sort of users they're dealing for this to be a common problem there.

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Message #5 - Posted 2008/03/05 - Dave Balderstone

Previously, Mike Rosenberg wrote:

Lewis wrote:

Our users seem to have developed a habit of dragging their arm across the edge of the keyboard such that they hit the Power key and then hit the number pad Enter key and shut down the machine.

Must be very old keyboards. Most keyboards do not have 'power' buttons and if they do, they are recessed flush with the keyboard surface so they cannot be accidently pressed.

I also have to wonder what weird sort of users they're dealing for this to be a common problem there.

Orangutans? Howler Monkeys? Octopuses?

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Message #6 - Posted 2008/03/05 - Lewis

Previously, Dave Balderstone wrote:

Previously, Mike Rosenberg wrote:

Lewis wrote:

Our users seem to have developed a habit of dragging their arm across the edge of the keyboard such that they hit the Power key and then hit the number pad Enter key and shut down the machine.

Must be very old keyboards. Most keyboards do not have 'power' buttons and if they do, they are recessed flush with the keyboard surface so they cannot be accidently pressed.

I also have to wonder what weird sort of users they're dealing for this to be a common problem there.

Orangutans? Howler Monkeys? Octopuses?

Never having even once in [REDACTED] years of computer use accidently hit a keyboard key with my ARM, I assumed that the users must be disabled in some way. I could see that happening with someone whose gross motor skills are impaired.

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Message #7 - Posted 2008/03/05 - Doug Anderson

mikePOST@TOGROUPmacconsult.com (Mike Rosenberg) writes:

Lewis wrote:

Our users seem to have developed a habit of dragging their arm across the edge of the keyboard such that they hit the Power key and then hit the number pad Enter key and shut down the machine.

Must be very old keyboards. Most keyboards do not have 'power' buttons and if they do, they are recessed flush with the keyboard surface so they cannot be accidently pressed.

I also have to wonder what weird sort of users they're dealing for this to be a common problem there.

My hypothesis is gibbons.

And my suggestion is that even though an infinite number of monkeys (or gibbons) on an infinite number of keyboards _will_ eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare, there are more efficient ways of producing great drama.

Message #8 - Posted 2008/03/05 - Dave Balderstone

Previously, Lewis wrote:

Previously, Dave Balderstone wrote:

Previously, Mike Rosenberg wrote:

Lewis wrote:

Our users seem to have developed a habit of dragging their arm across the edge of the keyboard such that they hit the Power key and then hit the number pad Enter key and shut down the machine.

Must be very old keyboards. Most keyboards do not have 'power' buttons and if they do, they are recessed flush with the keyboard surface so they cannot be accidently pressed.

I also have to wonder what weird sort of users they're dealing for this to be a common problem there.

Orangutans? Howler Monkeys? Octopuses?

Never having even once in [REDACTED] years of computer use accidently hit a keyboard key with my ARM, I assumed that the users must be disabled in some way. I could see that happening with someone whose gross motor skills are impaired.

I hadn't thought that far along.

If that's the case, then the suggestion of new keyboards s probably most appropriate.

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Message #9 - Posted 2008/03/05 - Richard Maine

Lewis wrote:

Never having even once in [REDACTED] years of computer use accidently hit a keyboard key with my ARM, I assumed that the users must be disabled in some way. I could see that happening with someone whose gross motor skills are impaired.

There was a bit of an urban folklore tale around my workplace a few decades back. I don't know whether it was really true, but it made a good story.

Our CDC mainframe (I said it was a few decades back) used to crash fairly regularly at night. It was just at night, and the hardware techs couldn't find anything wrong with it until... one night they stayed on to observe. It seems that the night operator (female), was... um...well endowed... and when she leaned forward, quite a few of the keyboard keys sometimes got pressed simultaneously. :-)

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Message #10 - Posted 2008/03/06 - Thomas Hauber

Doug Anderson wrote:

mikePOST@TOGROUPmacconsult.com (Mike Rosenberg) writes:

Lewis wrote:

Our users seem to have developed a habit of dragging their arm across the edge of the keyboard such that they hit the Power key and then hit the number pad Enter key and shut down the machine.

Must be very old keyboards. Most keyboards do not have 'power' buttons and if they do, they are recessed flush with the keyboard surface so they cannot be accidently pressed.

I also have to wonder what weird sort of users they're dealing for this to be a common problem there.

My hypothesis is gibbons.

And my suggestion is that even though an infinite number of monkeys (or gibbons) on an infinite number of keyboards _will_ eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare, there are more efficient ways of producing great drama.

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