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Comment Why not just keep using Esc then? (Score 1) 356

For anywhere Esc makes sense, it would obviously still be present, just not a "real" key (though that does not mean no feedback when pressed).

However I think it's absurd to say chording is not ergonomic, there is no twisting involved to use Shift with other keys to do selection, or to hit Ctrl-A to move to the start of the line. In fact if anything your hand benefits from mild occasional stretching.

Submission + - Apple removes ESC key new Macbook "Pro" ( 2

fyngyrz writes: The Mac "Pro's" ESC key, used by many at the console / shell level, has apparently succumbed to overwhelming... courage. Er, design intent. Yeah, that's it. You have to admit, Apple is brave. No console-friendly person will be happy with this. I suspect that will be true to a degree where they'll be happy with... something other than a Macbook "Pro." BTW, those aren't "scare" quotes. Those are "no, wrong word" quotes. I could have gone with "pro[sic]", but... oy. Oh. And hey. You didn't want function keys, did you? Of course not... Okay, one hopes these missing features will at least sometimes, possibly, appear on the new touch bar, there to blunt the ends of your fingers as they use a key-striking habit to stomp on a touch surface.

Comment Should lead to more use of function row (Score 1) 356

XCode uses F-Keys,

Sure but all of those F-Keys will be back as clearer named keys on the touch bar. Which even better could change between editing source code vs. using IB vs CoreData modeling tool... nothing like a key to shift bounding boxes to match constraints!

I think that will lead to more use of the function row for me. I also use Xcode for most the day, and I have to say I have never used the F keys at all because I simply have never taken the time to understand what they are mapped to - I use a lot of other key-combos with Xcode, just not those keys.

Comment Re:poor vim users (Score 2) 356

I wholeheartedly agree. I've been a Mac user for a decade, and I bought my first Mac (a Core Duo MacBook) because of its well-polished Unix operating system out of the box. I loved my MacBook. Its RAM and hard disk were easily accessible and upgradeable; I originally bought mine with 512 MB RAM and upgraded it to 2GB a few years later. I also upgraded its hard drive twice; once to expand its capacity, and again when that drive failed.

Unfortunately for me and many other power users, sometime after the iPhone came out and became successful, Apple started changing from a computer company to a consumer electronics company, and with this transition Apple started actively making decisions that have been frustrating to us power users. Upgrade cycles have become very lengthy, and Macs have also increasingly become difficult, if not impossible, to upgrade to the point that even the Mac Mini featured soldered components. I thought about switching back to PCs in 2013 when my MacBook was long in the tooth, but I didn't want to move to Linux or Windows 8, so I held my nose and bought a MacBook Air, making sure to max out on RAM and get more storage than the default.

Now I'm facing the same decision given that my MacBook Air's AppleCare expired recently and I'm due for another laptop upgrade. On one hand, I still believe OS X is the best desktop operating system out there. Linux, in my opinion, is still rather inconvenient at times, and I find Windows an annoying operating system to use. On the other hand, Apple has shown repeatedly over the past four years or so that it doesn't care about power users and other highly-technical users. Based on what's being leaked, this upcoming keynote appears to be my final straw with Apple. What's the point of having a wonderful desktop OS if the hardware you're forced to use is dumbed-down, compromised, and non-upgradeable?

It would be nice if either Apple offered licenses to run OS X on non-Mac hardware or if a team would work on a Linux desktop that meets the needs of disaffected Mac power users. But I'm no longer going to wait for Apple to change direction and release my dream product: an updated 2006 MacBook or MacBook Pro.

Comment Right because Apple has no experience with touch.. (Score 1) 356

Only some vague, wispy area to touch which one hopes will do what they want but will, as time and experience has shown, fail at every given opportunity.

Actually what experience has shown is that Apple gets Touch right, every time.

For years Apple has the only laptop trackpad I could stand using.

For years now Apple has made touch the singular way people interact with mobile devices - one that work at every opportunity, not fail...

Apple has also been doing an excellent job of integrating haptic feedback with touch, on both the Apple Watch and newer trackpads along with the iPhone.

So all signs point to a haptic-feedback touch bar with great responsiveness and accuracy... certainly not the grim picture you paint.

I personally am really looking forward to having function keys I never used replaced by clean commands in most apps I certainly will use. It's like gaining an extra row of keys, not losing anything.

Comment No, Maximalism (Score 1) 356

What is the obsession with removing functionality?

What is the obsession with claiming something has been removed, when a million new things in a superset have replaced them...

They are taking away the top row on function keys (and Esc) and in return giving you an INFINITE NUMBER OF POSSIBLE KEYS. How is that less???

Many apps never need Esc so why would it matter if it is gone? Presumably when the desktop is up or any key that needs esc, it would present that opinion in the standard location.

None of this is being done because of aesthetic reasons, it's for improving control of software. Being older you should appreciate this!!

Comment Umm, actually Emacs is based around M-x... (Score 2) 356

I know you were joking but in Emacs the magic gateway to commands is M-x - which stands for meta-x. Yes Esc-x works, but you can also use Option-x in Aquamacs...

Sadly it seems like the terminal version of Emacs does rely only on Esc to get to M-x, Option-x inserts some special character. I hope they fix that default but it can be re-bound as needed.

Comment Use the keyboard Luke (Score 1) 356

Ctrl-E goes to the end of the line, Ctrl-A to the beginning. Thank you Emacs.

Shift-Command-DownArrow Selects from the current cursor position to the end of the document... Shift-DownArrow adds to the selection a line at a time.

I've never missed any of the keys you mention as a developer, because the Mac has a number of keyboard modifiers (ctrl-option-command-shift) and they almost always do an excellent and intuitive job being stacked. I cannot think of anything the four keys you mentioned do that I cannot do easily with keystroke commands, and on OS X almost any document dealing with text will have those keystrokes work the same way.

The ironic thing is Macs are pushed as productivity machines for professionals.

Hey Alanis, thats not ironic - they are far more useful systems for professionals because between hardware and software they are more reliable and consistent.

Comment Re:Reminder: CO2 is good, not bad, for environment (Score 1) 321

The jump from debate to irrational hatred and ultra- closed-mindedness is one of my least favorite features of warming alarmist sheep.

I'll let you keep believing what you like then, then I would recommend you study the atmospheric patterns of at least the US so you can understand where water actually comes from and why droughts occur, which are usually unrelated to temperature.

You can respond but I've given you the kernels for real understanding of how a warming climate affects things, it's up for you to take and grow with that understanding.

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