So, from the comments on my recent posting enquiring about a good laptop for Ubuntu Linux, an IBM T42 looks like a contender.
A critical question remains - is the Ctrl key in the bottom left hand corner of the keyboard?
Why is this critical? Because pinky position is critical to Emacs without which, I am essentially useless at a keyboard.
I cannot make out where the Ctrl key is on the T42 from the images I found on the Web. Can some kind soul illuminate me?
Aside: I have more than once exacerbated sales guys in shops by not caring to ask questions about their beautiful laptops other than to press "Ctrl-x-s" to see how it feels :-)