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Using both the CTRL and META keys. "The command to burn all
LEDs is double bucky F."
This term originated on the Stanford extended-ASCII keyboard,
and was later taken up by users of the space-cadet keyboard
at MIT. A typical MIT comment was that the Stanford buckybits (control and meta shifting keys) were nice, but there
weren't enough of them; you could type only 512 different
characters on a Stanford keyboard. An obvious way to address
this was simply to add more shifting keys, and this was
eventually done; but a keyboard with that many shifting keys
is hard on touch-typists, who don't like to move their hands
away from the home position on the keyboard. It was
half-seriously suggested that the extra shifting keys be
implemented as pedals; typing on such a keyboard would be very
much like playing a full pipe organ. This idea is mentioned
in a parody of a very fine song by Jeffrey Moss called "Rubber
Duckie", which was published in "The Sesame Street Songbook"
(Simon and Schuster 1971, ISBN 0-671-21036-X). These lyrics
were written on May 27, 1978, in celebration of the Stanford
Double Bucky
Double bucky, you're the one!
You make my keyboard lots of fun.
Double bucky, an additional bit or two:
Control and meta, side by side,
Augmented ASCII, nine bits wide!
Double bucky! Half a thousand glyphs, plus a few!
I sure wish that I
Had a couple of
Bits more!
Perhaps a
Set of pedals to
Make the number of
Bits four:
Double double bucky!
Double bucky, left and right
OR'd together, outta sight!
Double bucky, I'd like a whole word of
Double bucky, I'm happy I heard of
Double bucky, I'd like a whole word of you!