[gambit-list] Emacs pinky...

Pavel Dudrenov dudrenov at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 11:31:07 EDT 2009


Just set caps lock a control key. You'll be much happier, plus caps is
much bigger key, easier to press and is placed on a prime real estate
on the keyboard(home row). If you are a dvorak user then having caps
lock be a control key is even more beneficial. You could easily edit
this in your .xmodmap file (I believe that the keycode was 42 or 48)
double check that.

I'm also immune the emacs pinky :) coz' when I was little I cut the
muscles of my left pinky so deep (it was an accident) that I was never
able to bend the 5th distal interphalangeal join on my left hand(the
pinky) and that works out great when using emacs.

All the best,
I'm not suggesting you cut the muscles on your left pinky btw.

On Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 7:48 AM, Alex Shinn <alexshinn at gmail.com> wrote:
> David St-Hilaire <sthilaid at iro.umontreal.ca> writes:
>> I believe I've recently fallen victim to the infamous 'Emacs pinky'
>> sickness (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emacs#Emacs_Pinky)... :(
>> I made several changes to my working environment in hope to remedy the
>> situation, such as swaping ctl and alt. I also am trying to learn to
>> press control keys with one hand and the other combo key with the
>> other thus using both controls and alt keys. I'll go check today if I
>> can find an ergonomic keyboard too.
>> Does anyone have some other ideas/tips for improving the situation?
>> Using vi is my last resort option as I am really familiar with emacs
>> and love it alot...
> I actually broke my left pinky once snowboarding, and
> afterwards really wished I had broken a leg instead.  It was
> the least productive few weeks of programming I've ever had.
> viper-mode helps, as does using both controls and sometimes
> just hunting and pecking with both index fingers, but I
> never found a really satisfying solution.
> --
> Alex
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