Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2007 21:08 UTC
Window Managers "If you use a traditional desktop like GNOME or KDE, a keyboard-controlled desktop with a minimum of utilities may seem like stepping back 10 or 15 years in the history of interface design. Why bother, when traditional desktops are easy to use and RAM and disk space are so cheap nowadays?" On a related note, there is a new release of xmonad, a tiling window manager for X, written in Haskell. It now has full Xinerama and XRandR support, so you can add, remove, or rotate monitors on the fly.
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RE: Keyboard == awesome
by Laurence on Fri 1st Jun 2007 12:19 UTC in reply to "Keyboard == awesome"
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But there are many things that the mouse does very well:
- Selecting text for copy/paste
- navigating websites(most aren't designed for keyboard usage)

I do agree with what you're saying however I find the keyboard much more precise for selecting text than the mouse (as you suggest).
Using the keyboard you can select several words /and/ parts of the word. With the mouse most software only allows you to select several words /or/ parts of a word. (eg with a mouse you couldn't select "ith the mouse most softwa" from my sentence above)

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RE[2]: Keyboard == awesome
by soapdog on Fri 1st Jun 2007 13:28 in reply to "RE: Keyboard == awesome"
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I just selected the part you said I could not with the mouse, so I don't understand your argument to disfavor it. really.

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RE[3]: Keyboard == awesome
by zizban on Fri 1st Jun 2007 14:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Keyboard == awesome"
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I could do it too.

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RE[3]: Keyboard == awesome
by bogomipz on Fri 1st Jun 2007 15:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Keyboard == awesome"
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This is not a problem with the rodent device itself. I think the only place you'll see it is in Microsoft Word, which tries to be "intelligent" with its mouse input handling. It can be very frustrating when you wanted to cut/copy from the middle of a word to the end of the sentence, and Word insists that you must have all or nothing...

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RE[3]: Keyboard == awesome
by Henrik on Fri 1st Jun 2007 22:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Keyboard == awesome"
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Please don't use C-syntax like == in normal conversation, it's just silly.

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It's a bad example, but the poster is correct - keyboard shortcuts generally are significantly faster/more precise for working with text. The text manipulation keyboard shortcuts are one of the few aspects of Windows that is actually clever (and, predictably enough, appears to be there solely as a hold-over from the DOS days). E.g., hold Ctrl and press the right/left arrow - the cursor jumps forward/backward by one word. Or the home/end keys, which take you to the beginning/end of a line - or to the beginning/end of a document, if modified with Ctrl. And all of those actions can be further modified by holding down the Shift key (E.g., Ctrl-Shift-Right Arrow or Shift-End) to select text in the same way.

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