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International Qwerty Internet

By January 25, 2007

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Via BraveNewTraveler.com and Backpacker.com comes a tip for using foreign keyboards: Virtual Keyboard. I've been in internet cafes with the clock ticking on my minute$$ while I hunted for keys which are in different places in different countries, and (trust me on this) it can make ya crazy if you're short on euros or pesos; this widget allows you to type on a familiar virtual Qwerty keyboard on any computer, copy, and paste. Travelgear.com via Lifehacker is also talking tricky keyboards today with an International Alt Key Code chart -- gives you keystrokes in a few languages.

I can usually avoid the no-Qwerty-costs-money conundrum by flashpacking my own laptop, but the free wifi living is way easier in some places (Taiwan) than others (Australia). If you're hauling your own hardware, bring a wifi finder to cut down on the wifi hunt time.

Related: What is Flashpacking? | Travel and Wifi | Backpackers, Bucks and Techno Travel | Best Laptop Backpack 2006

Photo Kathleen Crislip 2006
January 26, 2007 at 9:46 am
(1) Charlyn says:

I guess I need to memorize a few of those keystrokes. I had the hardest time getting the keyboard to make a ? last time I was in Mexico. Thanks for the links!

January 28, 2007 at 6:51 pm
(2) Lois says:

This one isn’t just for students. I’m always bugging someone at a neighboring computer in other countries because I can’t figure out how to key in certain symbols.

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