Fuelled by the video Andy posted in viewtopic.php?f=15&t=11343 and the story I remembered of Steve Jobs, I decided to ask in 4chan's /g/ about it. Some anon there told me that the image of the keyboard is at the flickr of the guy whose keyboard was signed (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/841771/) and there I read that the story appears in the book "The Second Comming of Steve Jobs", by Alan Deutschman. Poking in Amazon I found the book and the part in the "Look Inside" visualization app -as the flickr page instructed. Here is the account as it appears on the book:
Ok, the F-keys I can kind of understand (never used most of them, besides F5, F2 and F8), but the directional keys? I sometimes find the mouse more clunkier to use in menus than these keys!Another moment that revealed Steve's strong emmotional attachment to Apple came when he was giving a talk to the Stanford Graduate School of Business's High Tech Club at the home of a student. For three hours he sat in the lotus position on the floor in front of the living-room fireplace, answering questions good-naturedly. Afterward, the host, a young MBA candidate named Steve Jurvetson, asked the legendary figure to autograph his Macintosh keyboard, which had already been signed by Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.
Steve Jobs said that he'd do it, but only if first he could remove all the unneccessary keys that his successors had added in a foolish effort to make the Mac more like a Microsoft-Intel PC. He despised the long row of so-called function keys (like "F1") and the cluster of navigational arrow keys, which were clunky alternatives to the more intuitive process of using a mouse to explore menus and icons. So Steve Jobs pulled his car keys out of his pocket and began scoopinginto the computer keyboard, violently disgorging all the keys that offended him. "I'm changing the world one keyboard at a time," he said with a straight face. Only then, when he had mutilated the apparatus, did he take a pen and scribble his autograph on it. [...]
And here's the "Battleship" as dubed by his owner:
Too bad there isn't an image of the missing keys.