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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Input rant..

In coding -probably more so than most desk jockey jobs- speedy movement around a document without interfering with keyboard flow is essential. As such being able to move the cursor or document focus around without lifting your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse makes a big difference in efficiency terms. I am one of those wierdos that actually likes the integrated trackball in server rack keyboards, and as such I'd love to find a keyboard that includes a trackball and chuck my mouse once and for all. There's just one tiny problem, there doesn't seem to be anything out there that includes this feature and the other essential feature-a natural layout. I grudgingly started using a natural layout earlier this year on suggestion/insistence from one of my coworkers and I wouldn't go back for anything.Unfortunately it seems as if these two features are mutually exclusive. An integrated scrollwheel (present in some of the top end MS natural keyboards) is better than nothing.. but I want a frigging trackball. Grr.


Andrew said...

I think you may be fixing a syptom rather than the cause...

Get yourself and IDE/editor where you don't have to use a mouse at all.

Problem solved ;)

Flint said...

You mean VI? I don't really have a choice IDE wise, now do I? And it's not just in coding, it's in everything. I really wish I could go completely frigging mouseless..


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