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using an older system or product when a newer one would be better (derived from the arrangement of typewriter keys)
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Of, relating to, or designating the traditional configuration of computer or typewriter keyboard keys.

[From the first six letters at the upper left.]
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(ˈkwɜːtɪ) or

QWERTY keyboard

(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the standard English language typewriter keyboard layout with the characters q, w, e, r, t, and y positioned on the top row of alphabetic characters at the left side of the keyboard
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(ˈkwɜr ti, ˈkwɛr-)

of or noting the standard typewriter or computer keyboard with q, w, e, r, t, and y being the first six of the top row of letters, starting from the left.
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After introducing readers to Brian Arthur, one of the leading academic advocates of the view that lock-in is a problem, he states, "The Arthurian discussion of networks usually begins at the typewriter keyboard." Other prominent appearances of the QWERTY story are found in The New York Times, The Sunday Observer, The Boston Globe, and broadcast on PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
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