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I detest the incompatibilities between the various operating systems I use. Just now I was most of the way through writing a quite long journal entry when, deciding I wanted to phrase something a different way, hit control-W to back up a word. My web browser of course interpreted this as "close window" and BAP went my entire unsaved entry.

My reaction was of course to yell loudly, "FUCK! FUCK! FUCK!" which you'd think would help but you know, actually, really doesn't do much to either assuage my self-loathing or to bring back the deleted text.


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Apr. 21st, 2002 02:05 am (UTC)
As my command for switching windows in screen is aliased to control-W... i have experienced the same frustration...
Apr. 21st, 2002 11:28 am (UTC)
Re: awww!

Yeah, there should be just one common set of mouse movements and keyboard shortcuts, enforced by federal law. Or something.

So you weren't at the party at Zach's last night, were you?

Apr. 21st, 2002 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: awww!
no! i almost was in the C-U area, but... things got a little crazy with regards to obligations...

though i may be down there May 5th...

*blush* what is the six-degrees theory, if i may ask?
Apr. 21st, 2002 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: awww!

Ah, okay. I only have a few blurry pictures of you that you've posted to identify you by, and there were a lot of people at the party, most of whom I didn't know. Someday maybe.

The six-degrees theory goes that if one takes everyone I know, and then everyone THEY know, then everyone THEY know, on for six iterations, one ends up including the entire population of the earth. Seems hard to believe, and it's impossible to prove. But I am always amazed at how short the path is along "friend" to "friend" linkages from me to almost anyone else. It seems like there a relatively few really popular and well-connected people that makes this work out.

Apr. 21st, 2002 09:26 pm (UTC)
i agree! Some people have some kind of internal social inertia... (Zach for instance *smile*)

i should let you know next time i'll be in the area-- it would be nice to meet you!

And if i remember correctly, it was only one blurry photo...however, there is a small cache of photos at lewis.socialmotors.com/~camilla. However be warned that we are not exactly photogenic-- and with good reason.

Apr. 21st, 2002 11:45 pm (UTC)
By emacs, if I'm not mistaken? Which is why I like the command (open-apple) key - if I fuck up, which I did quite a bit this summer (having a Mac next to a PC, and running a Unix SSH session is quite the lesson in task-switching), I can't do too much wrong, since windows doesn't use alt so much as control, and Unix doesn't always respond to my mistakes the same way as Windows would, and anyway I was using vi, which has fewer control commands...

Apr. 22nd, 2002 10:56 am (UTC)
I've spent too many years on Macs, and my first exposure to Unix was through terminal emulators running on Macs. So I've got this idea ingrained in my head that Control can and does affect remote systems, while Command (and similarly, Alt on PCs) act only on the local system. (I wasn't much of an EMACS user 'till college.) So mistakes with the control key usually don't hurt me much. (Neither have the thousands of errant "<ESC>:wq"'s in BBEdit over the years.)

Of course, my affinity for Command led me to swap its binding with the option/Alt key on the upstairs keyboard on the Linux and Windows boxes (it's a USB job KVM'ed between those and the platinum G3 minitower.) I get the Windows find-file dialog every damned time I want to search a web page for text... >:-)
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