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Reminds me of another stupid development in plant breeding: jalapeno peppers that aren't hot. Extends to some other varieties, too.
WTF? If you don't want hot peppers grow/buy peppers that aren't hot - there are certainly plenty of varieties to choose from. What is the reason for pretense that one is using a hot pepper when it's not?
I think it has something to do with the BIOS of my machine. I followed all of the registry changes I've found online, and none of them worked. The triggered custom program is the only solution I've found. It was super annoying to start typing away, to realize I wasn't typing numbers!
I have an old laptop (ok, a netbook) with no keypad that, every once in a while, reverses the "normal" state of the NumLock key so at a password screen, I'm trying to type my password but the keyboard registers numbers.
The first couple of times it happened, I spent an awful lot of time trying and retrying, until I typed out the password in the user name field to show up in the clear. I can't recall what OS that was (some version of Linux), but it didn't have that "show password" option...
I recall trying that when the machine updated to Win10, and again last week, after completely reinstalling. It never worked for me. There was even a method where you had to reboot, set the numlock status without logging in, shut down again, and then boot up normally. It didn't work either.
I have the opposite problem, sort of. Since I use the numbers on the top row of the keyboard I like the keypad to be num-lock-off. I set it up in the BIOS for startup but every now and then it gets flipped (most annoying!).
Keypad numeric input makes me feel like an accountant - bah!