vim Clutch, a Dedicated Peripheral for the Minimalist Text Editor

I saw this on MAKE and as a long time and inveterate vim user, I kind of want one.

If you are unfamiliar with vim, it is a text editor that places control from the keyboard first and sports a couple of different modes that swap different commands for common keys, like ones dedicated to movement and editing. vim is actually the modern descendant of vi, an editor that has its roots in very slow terminal links so was designed to work well with a trickle of throughput

Adding a pedal to swap modes just makes sense once you get used to the idea of flipping your editor into different modes to accomplish different tasks. Your fingers don’t even have to leave the home row to invoke that changeover, you can just tap a foot like an F-1 racer.

Vim Clutch, MAKE

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A DIY Repair Database, More Facebook Fallout, and Google Defends Content ID

My other daily posts have been expanding, which I hope makes them more valuable to those subscribed to the blog feed. The downside is that it makes the cost of writing up any link of interest much higher. I’ve caught myself sharing items in Google Reader that I could add a sentence or two but feel it would be poorer in the comparison to the other stories on which I spend more gray matter.

I’ve re-instated the daily quick links to pick up the slack. I expect I won’t need them everyday but I think it will do a better job of keeping the value of my feed up for those who’ve told me I am now their primary tech news source.

  • iFixit to expand to provide DIY repair manuals for almost everything
    Posted by Chris Foreman at Ars Technica. I’ve actually used the existing materials at the site to sort of repair my Mighty Mouse’s scroll wheel. I hope that the new effort adds or improves re-assembling instructions as my Might Mouse now looks a bit like a Frankenstein monster of a thing.
  • Open alternative to Facebook’s new web wide Like
    Posted by Marshall Kirkpatrick at RWW. I am glad someone is coming up with a an open alternative.
  • How to opt out of Facebook’s instant personalization
    Post by Kurt Opsahl at EFF. Looks easy enough though may prove a nagging pain as more sites participate. That increasing cost may prompt me, and many others no doubt, to de-activate or even delete my account.
  • Google’s response to Downfall takedowns
    From one of their official blogs, what they describe are the affordances that have already existed in their Content ID system. Without a commitment to reviewing counter claims more quickly, I don’t think this does much to address existing and new criticism of their filtering technology.