We think that this is the dumbest thing that IBM has ever done since they
re-named the System/38 to the iSeries.  I instinctively know what platform
I'm working on based on the shape of the keyboard, and what that all
entails such as:

122 keys with 24 command keys
destructive backspace

132 key capable keyboards are significantly more programmer productive (in
a green screen environment) than any PC.  (Has anyone used SEU lately?)
Just try to use one backspace key and determine if it is destructive or
nondestructive.  How about this insert/delete bullshit.  And where or where
did my explanation point go.

I would object significantly less to keyboard mapping on a PC, of it could
become an attribute of the *USRPRF!

We ordered several today, plus a supply of spare keyboards.

I would speculate that eventually they will figure this out, but I doubt


Al Barsa, Jr.
Barsa Consulting Group, LLC


914-251-9406 fax


                    Pat Barber
                    <mboceanside@worldne       To:     midrange-l@midrange.com
                    t.att.net>                 cc:
                    Sent by:                   Subject:     Re: 3488 End of 
Marketing - Update/Actions

                    01/28/02 11:00 AM
                    Please respond to


I just ordered a few 3488 refurbs from IBM. I plan to hide one in a
closet till the price hits around $5,000. The other one stays very
near me......

Neil Palmer wrote:
> IF they came up with a version of Ops Console that ran on a Linux PC I
> MIGHT consider it, but Windows - ha  - over my cold dead Ctl+Alt+Del
> fingers !
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