12.10.10

The 3 Most Powerful Key Strokes

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A keyboard contains many different keys, or key strokes that a user can use. In general, there are about 80 – 110 keys in a computer keyboard. These keys vary according to the brand of keyboard, but the shape, size and spacing of keys are almost the same for all keyboards, which is referred to as QWERTY.

With technology as it is today, most people are aware of computing and the usage of the computer keyboard. The keyboard is an input device that functions in accordance to the instructions of the user. Typing of course is the main purpose of a keyboard – to use the written word for information, creativity and communication.

As well as the letters on a keyboard, there are numerals, signs, symbols and icons, which were originally provided to support words and punctuation. And then along came the ability to use these punctuation marks to form emoticons.

An emoticon is a textual expression representing the face of a writer's mood or facial expression. These days nearly everyone that uses a computer understands the use of emoticons to express in written form, a feeling they are trying to convey. The most common emoticon is the smile. And it is by far my favourite.

In the comments section below each article on Triond, you will often see a smile. The most common usage for emoticons is in chat applications. This is where I first discovered – the smile. The ‘smile’ is created by connecting two or three punctuation marks together. I prefer to use :-) Colon, Hyphen, Right Parentheses, but there are other ways of creating a smile also.

A list of emoticons and how to create them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_emoticons

A verse explaining why I consider the Colon, Hyphen and Right Parentheses to be, ‘The 3 Most Powerful Key Strokes’:

A Smile

A smile cost nothing, but gives much.
It enriches those who receive,
without making poorer those who give. 

It takes but a moment,
but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, 
and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it.

A smile creates happiness in the home,
fosters good will in business,
and is the countersign of friendship. 

It brings rest to the weary,
cheer to the discouraged,
sunshine to the sad,
and is nature's best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen,
for it is something that is of no value to anyone
until it is given away.

Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
Give them one of yours,
as none needs a smile so much, as he who has no more to give!

– Anonymous


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