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SharpKeys 1.0 – Beta 3/Release Candidate 1

Two “enhancements” for this release, but nothing too major. Consequently, this is Release Candidate 1.

For those of you that are new to my site and my software projects, I treat my projects like “real” applications. When I get a new set of features that I want to work on, I start coding them. When an application gets to be somewhat stable, I make it available to the public – mostly for feedback and testing – for a couple of quick beta cycles. From there, once the application becomes stable and “feature complete” I kick it out the door as “released” and consider it to be done. Of course, some time after that, the cycle usually begins again with a new set of features.
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Keyboard Remapping: Part III – SharpKeys

Given “part II” of this Keyboard Remapping bit, it became obvious to me that I would be spending more and more time hacking the Registry, just to remap keys, especially with my ThinkPad. Even though IBM gave me an application to change keys, and Microsoft gave me IntelliType utilities, both meant that drivers would have to be loaded, and that sorta irked me for some reasons… call it a throw back to the days of TSR programs, but I get “itchy feet” when I have to leave unnecessary drivers loaded.
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Keyboard Remapping: Part II

A while ago, I discovered a blurb about how keyboard remapping would allow me to disable the Caps Lock on my keyboard, without having to use a special keyboard driver, provided I was using Windows XP or Windows 2000. On my desktop I usually have a Microsoft keyboard, so I can use their driver, but on my notebook(s) I didn’t had that option – in fact, with keyboard remapping, I was able to make the Caps Lock key act like a Shift key, which seemed even better. Now that I have an IBM ThinkPad – which does not ship with a hardware based Windows or Application key – I’ve had to take this remapping stuff to the next level.
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dOWN WITH caps lock WITH kEYBOARD rEMAPPING!

I used to be the type of person that always always hit the CAPS LOCK button on a PC keyboard… when I used a straight/standard XT/AT keyboard, I would physically pop off the damned key so it was a non-issue. When I switched to the split-natural style keyboard, the problem seemed to go away (ta to Microsoft for that) if only because it became a key that was “out of the way”. So for the last seven or eight years, I’ve been able to keep my keyboard intact without worry. Even on my original Sony Vaio (N505VE) I didn’t seem to have a problem, if only because it was a smaller keyboard, I just kept missing it. Times change. What I discovered is a method of keyboard remapping that is pretty much absolute.
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