That’s not a tilde!

I bought a new laptop, a nice little low-end Acer Aspire, and was having quite a bit of fun with it until I turned it on. As it happens, my laptop is the most pretentious thing in the world; its default desktop image is just a picture of itself!

Doesn’t that kind of piss you off right there? I mean, it’s even got its back turned to us, as though we’re not cool enough to look at. I bet those swirly blue energy wisps are the laptop equivalent of sunglasses and a popped collar.

I mean, no big deal. I can just replace that with pictures of Mega Man or whatever. This laptop would not get the best of me. Before I started trolling high-res Nintendo art sites, though, I managed to take a closer look at the image.

That… that button. That’s not a tilde. What the crap is that? Can we spin that around and zoom in a bit closer?

Seriously, what is that? This isn’t even a picture of my lappy! This is, like, my lappy’s evil twin! That weird bent-line-playing-pong button is the laptop equivalent of a sharp, black goatee.

I just don’t even know what to say. I’m still mad at my new computer, but now I’m a little afraid of it, too. Who needs a button like that!? How would you even access all of the symbols on it!?

So I threw the laptop out of a window and then set it on fire. The end.

12 comments to That’s not a tilde!

  • Kadj

    You need that symbol for certain nonstandard emoticon faces. ¬¬;


  • DFalcon

    Looks like a UK keyboard. The potentially vast evil-twin ramifications are left as an exercise to the reader.

  • dmboogie

    Erm, excuse me sir, we’ll need you to come with us for a bit… no, no, we aren’t going to incarcerate you for getting too close to the truth, why would you ever think that?

  • Drifloon

    My keyboard has that button. There are keyboards with ~ there? That’s next to the enter key for me.

  • Kadj

    Just noticed… you were having fun with it UNTIL you turned it on?

    …What, were you playing with the packaging?

  • ShifterChaos

    Should have bought a mac… the TRUE evil goatee touting laptop of the new era!


    Giz uz an update on how the thing runs sooooooooon brick, sooonn. Been wanting a low spec lapy/notebewk for a while now, but I been intimidated by the choice and all that worrisome pr crap they try to feed you to convince you spending some 200 euro is a good idea and the product is quality – sometimes its not; is yours?

    • Brickroad

      I like it so far, but I don’t use it for much outside of typing and playing music. I’ll do a more in-depth write-up on it next week!

  • Anonymous

    The logical negation symbol is common in European keyboards.
    In UK keyboards, strangely, the tilde is near the Enter key. Strange!
    When will be a unique standard keyborard!?

    Who needs that button?… when you are writing Logic, you need it: ¬((p → q) v ¬s). You may be thinking “well, the tilde was always the ‘negation symbol’ used in Logic”. True. but nowadays the tilde key is no longer used (or at lest recommended no to be used) on Mathematics because it can be confused with the equivalence relation symbol (~).

    That’s the reason.

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