A no-mouse setup
As years passes, i find reasons and ways to touch the mouse less and less.
The reasons can vary from people to people, but the main ones for me are:
- the need to move the arm often to use the mouse make inputing what i want much less efficient.
- the hand position on the mouse is uncomfortable in the long run, and i tend to accidentally click just by having my hand on it (right clicks, often)
- shortcuts are often more efficient, and always more satisfying
For the ways, one need to address all the needs with keyboard-friendly tools:
- console tools are always keyboard driven, so they are good choices to start with
- browsing is not usually a much keyboard-friendly activity, but browsers like uzbl, or firefox plugins like pentadactyl, makes it a lot better
- window/program management/desktop environments, are usually very mouse-centered, but tiling windows managers are a breed that is much more keyboard-friendly.
My main work tools are vim and git, not gvim and some git interface, the straight console version of both, and it’s just great, most of the programs i use are command line… Except the browser, but as i said, i use pentadactyl, and it’s very rare to need a mouse at all with it. For the window management, i’m currently using wmii, but i’m looking for the next best thing, because it’s not actively maintained (yes i did look at awesome and i3, and they don’t suit me, tried to look at qtile tonight, but it doesn’t seem to want to work).
In some situations though, what’s needed is really a mouse, for most of these situations, i have a secret tool, that does a really great job: keynav, it took me quite some time to really learn it, and configure it properly for my need, but it’s really starting to grow on me, and touching the mouse really becomes exceptional.
I wouldn’t say it’s always more efficient, sometime i wish i had took the mouse already, but most of the time, it’s certainly more comfortable.