Where's the any key?

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  1. RoadKill macrumors member

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    Well not quite but any help would be appreciated.

    I am a recent switcher and have an annoying problem. I am a *nix head and so use the terminal/ssh a hell of a lot.

    Editing system files often requires use of the # key (whatever you want to call it, hash is my favourite) only my G4 ibook (UK keyboard) doesn't have one.

    Copy and paste is how I've been getting by but it's starting to annoy me.

    Does anyone know how I assign a keystroke (pay for solutions are not acceptable) for use in terminal.


    12" 800Mhz G4/40GB HD/256 RAM/Combo/AP&BT
     
  2. zoetropeuk macrumors regular

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    is that any different than shift-3

    shift-3
    #

    alt-3
    £

    I think you want shift-3
     
  4. RoadKill thread starter macrumors member

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    Re: It's called the Hash key

    Fantastic, Thanks for your help. This has been bugging me for two weeks since I got my first apple and I looked everywhere about it.

    On a side note, I call it the "hash key" but I have heard others call it different names.
     
  5. zoetropeuk macrumors regular

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    Strange

    If it is shift-3 then the # would be above the 3 on the keyboard ! Since it's not it should be alt-3 unless you've changed your keyboard settings.

    On my iBook the £ is above the 3 hence shift-3 = £
     
  6. Wes macrumors 68020

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    In the UK keyboard layout those two keys are switched.
     
  7. sonofslim macrumors 6502a

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    in case anyone is interested (which i doubt very much) the "hash" or "pound" sign is actually called an octothorpe. it was originally a map-making symbol that stood for a town or small village, because it resembles a village or town square surrounded by 8 square fields, which was apparantly a common arrangement. "octothorpe" is latin for eight fields.

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  9. Wes macrumors 68020

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    I heard it was a call that Dell customer support get often.
     
  10. Wes macrumors 68020

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    Very intresting, but this is a #, hash or octothorpe, and that £ is a pound. When I first read it it seemed you called the £ and # signs the same thing.
     
  11. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    Ahh, reason I ask is I've got an techno remix of a Simpsons song. Pretty funny, I'm guessing Homer is at a computer and it asks him to press the "any" key and Homer flips out.
     
  12. Vector macrumors 6502a

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    In the States, # is often referred to as the pound sign. I am not sure why.
     
  13. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    It's from the episode where Homer gets himself fat in order to work at home on a disability. He also tried to get a drink by pressing the "tab" key, too.
     
  14. kaosfere macrumors member

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    Because it used to be used to indicate pounds of weight, eg, a 5# bag of sugar. That usage is dying.
     
  15. 5300cs macrumors 68000

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    In Japan, '#' is called the sharp key (just to make my life more difficult.) Makes using phone menus a pain in the rear.
     
  16. spinner macrumors regular

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    that's quite interesting, but tell me...just exactly how in the hell did you know that?!?!?
     
  17. g808 macrumors regular

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    exactly what i thought when i first read the title.

    "To start press any key. Where's the ANY key? I see Esk ["ESC"], Catarl ["CTRL"], and Pig-Up ["PGUP"]. There doesn't seem to be any ANY key!"
     
  18. e-coli macrumors 68000

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    The Elements of Typographic Style; by Robert Bringhurst
     
  19. joker2 macrumors 6502a

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    sharps...

    being the "sharp" key may come from music, where # is used to "sharpen" or make the tone higher by one half step.
     
  20. ChrisH3677 macrumors 6502a

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    I find when doing support, people say "What's presenter?"



    thought about it enough?

    "press enter"

    :D
     
  21. sonofslim macrumors 6502a

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    direct hit! i'm impressed.
     
  22. spinner macrumors regular

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    You really just never know what you're going to learn on a given day. :)
     
  23. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    "Press any key to continue". My, people who make this mistake should be banned from having their genes passed down. ;)
     
  24. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Of course alot of the telehell phone systems use either the 'star' or 'pound' key.

    But either usage makes you want to pound the phone against a hard object, or the system programmers head.
     

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