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Thursday, April 01, 2010

  Xkcd adds shell mode

Point and click (drool) interfaces do bother me. They are good for people that use computers, but not so good for those that need to communicate with them. Being able to type, memorize commands, and be able to combine them into short programs that do what you need makes the curve of learning how to program less steep - and better typing skills improves your ability to communicate rapidly.

Every time you have to reach for a mouse, you lose productivity. Ratons (the spanish word for mouse) es malo!

With the extensively mouse driven web browsing interfaces, we've raised another generation of button pushers.

That's why I was so overjoyed to see that xkcd added support for a shell mode this morning. You can type "next", or "prev", or (my favorite) "random", and get a new comic to brighten your day.

Can a renaissance of typists be far behind?

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