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Twitter’s NewNew UI Keyboard Shortcuts

Friday, December 9th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

TwitterI didn’t know, but Twitter implemented quite the set of keyboard shortcuts in the NewNew Twitter design.

You need to “navigate” your twitter feed to use the actions.  So to “reply” to a tweet, scroll down using J and K (and space).  You can see which tweet is highlighted.  Then you can do an “action” such as hitting T to retweet.

For the “Timelines” you need to hold down G and hit the 2nd key, so to go to your profile, hold G and hit P.

Web developer should be thinking more and more of these keyboard shortcuts as your websites become more like applications.

Here’s a short of the help menu (you can hit “Shift+/” or “Shift + ?” to get this in twitter):

Twitter Shortcuts

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Synergy: Multiple Computers and One Keyboard/Mouse

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 | Business | No Comments

 About a week ago I posted about useful tools for web development.  Today I wanted to make sure everyone knew about a great application for almost every web developer.

If you’re like me, you have multiple systems set up.  My workspace includes a Windows XP (laptop), Windows Vista, and a Mac running OS X.  When doing web development, we all have to test our web pages with every platform out there.  This is why I have this many computers.  

The annoying part is that to use the Mac, I have to either hook up my extra keyboard to it, or move my USB key for my Logitech diNovo keyboard (I love it by the way).

Synergy, is a great app for that.  Synergy allows you to install a client or server on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista (I have tested this myself, even though it isn’t listed on the site), Mac OS X 10.2 or higher, and Unix (X Windows version 11 rev 4 or higher — or XTEST extension).

Basically Synergy sets up your mouse and keyboard on the “server” machine, and lets clients connect.  The server requires you to configure it, telling the server where each clients resides in relation to your server monitor.  

I found the setup very easy.  It isn’t as intuitive as you would like, requiring you to say things like “Computer X is to the left of Computer Y”.  I like the multiple monitor configuration in windows, where I can drag windows to where I want them.

To use it, you just run the client / server — and move your mouse.  Move it off the screen to another machine.  

It works.

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