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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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"It was a right pain in the arse working in Belgium, when you got onto someone else's computer with a nasty AZERTY keyboard."

In the EEC terminal room in Luxembourg in the 1980s there were several terminals supplied by various European manufacturers. You usually had to queue for the next available free one. Irrespective of nationality mots people an ICL QWERTY one. The others were either French AZERTY or German QWERTZ - with rather arcane key presses to emulate the control functions of the ICL ones.

A colleague used to tell how he was the only man on an evening course to learn touch typing. He could type text at quite a rate on a terminal. One day he came unstuck using the VI editor. He suddenly realised he had made a mis-key at some point and caused his file to be unintentionally encrypted - with an unknown string.

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