THE END IS NIGH.
That's the message Google sent last week when it unveiled its new laptop, the Google Cr-48 notebook. The computer has all kinds of new features—Chrome OS, a simplified design, and free broadband. But perhaps the boldest change is Google's decision to ditch the Caps Lock key. In its place is a Search button, denoted with the image of a magnifying glass. Users can still designate the search key as the Caps Lock—they just have to take the time to change a few settings. But the default is that if you want capital letters, you have to hold down Shift.
The Cr-48 has been in my hands about a day now -- I'm blogging on it right now! -- and the lack of caps lock hasn't been an issue. I only use it for irony, anyway. And letters to the editor that end like so: WAKE UP PEOPLE!