The "Internet Keyboard" is a scary trend in the world of OEM computers these days. These are useless keys added and slopped the buzzword of "Internet" on. They typically do dumb things like control volume or launch IE. Such contraptions are implemented in software, whose processes run in the background, wasting valuable RAM, which is particularly of the essence when you're running Windows.

The scary part is many OEMs advertise these keyboards as features. Pretty soon, mindless consumers will think they need an "Internet Keyboard", refusing to buy a computer without one.

As one who uses the Happy Hacking Keyboard, which sports only 60 keys, I would rather die than use one. Then again I try to stay away from those wacky OEM computers when I can.

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