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January 28, 2015 AT 12:30 pm

Tyler Cipriani’s “Toward a More Useful X Keyboard”

Have you ever spent hours on end thinking about keybindings?  Do you have a nearly inexplicable fascination with the minutiae of interface configuration?  Has anyone ever described an element of your personal computer as artisanal?  Maybe you and Tyler, who has thoughts on keybindings, would get along:

I’m not sure when, exactly, it became clear that I was going to spend as much time as necessary perfecting my keyboard configuration. It’s one of those things that you know you can make absolutely perfect—given enough time and energy. On Linux, when you spend enough time bashing your brain into a topic, you often find your effort rewarded manyfold. This is the hallmark of a professional tool: a tool with which your efficiency increases with your proficiency.

The way many people first experience a computer is through a point-and-click-style mouse interface. While there are professional tools that prefer a mouse interface, and there is healthy debate about the most appropriate tool for computer interaction, the fact remains: most professional computing and programming is done with a QWERTY keyboard.

I can tell I’ll be working my way through this one for a while.


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