Here is my rant on this subject:
French, official language of computers in Canada?
I have nothing against the people of Quebec or French speaking people, this is due to politics and it upsets me.
What do you think? Please watch the video and comment here on this board.
Thanks I read that blog post before. My beef this time is the French BIOS default language. NO reason for that on a PC in Canada.
Hi, i'm from QC and i always make mistakes with the new laptop keyboard too, i know i need "É" and "<>" but i accord you that the standard us keyboard like my g510 is far better !! no need to struggle in left hand pain when you hit left shift !!! I've bought 3 laptotps in my life and 2 of them had the us layout (a Acer Aspire and a HP pavillion) and the last one was a cheap Compaq for internet browsing that i gave to my girlfriend as i wasn't able to type without always making errors and that frustated me ^^. I don't know why they do this but you should have the option of the keyboard layout, no a default one that you can't change to please you...
However i never had a PC that came with default french bios language... that really su*** as everyone knows english but not everyone knows french so change from french to english is more dificult than the reverse...
Anyway, everyone involve in PC (in my opinion) should be capable of understanding english as it's pretty much the standard language of all platform and the internet is surely in an english language majority...
PS: All my future laptop, i'll buy them online and ensure that they have the proper us layout... Pretty much the only solution for now to have the "correct" layout...
I agree with you. I haven't seen a BIOS defaulted to French yet, but I hate the bilingual keyboards.
I'm pretty sure you could edit the bios and change the default language, but let us be honest here, on this side of the world English is the targeted market. Last time I checked Canada people spoke English.. aye
Yes I did change the BIOS to English, if I didn't need to go in there, I would never had noticed it. Needed to change the boot order, thats when I see it. I wonder how many other Toshiba's are out there with a French BIOS?
Yep. Rodney bilingual keyboards are horrible. If I ever make a notebook as my main computer, I will use a dock like the Dynadock U3 and hook up a full size US keyboard.
Yes, English speaking people are the majority in Canada by a long shot, but Quebec (a Canadian province) is french speaking and let me tell ya, they make their views, ideas and ways know to the rest of the country. French is a very integral part in Canada and always will be, unless they separate. So I guess there's not much we can do about it, except speak with our wallets and not buy bilingual keyboards.
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