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  • 16th May, 2005 at 8:34 PM

I moved again today.

Oh, I didn't get kicked out of my new apartment. It's just the regular per-term desk shuffle that we do. Now I'm sitting in wlach's old spot, who is sitting where apenwarr used to sit, who is sitting where dcoombs used to sit who is… You get the drift.

A new desk, a new view out the window, and new office mates. But I've brought along all of my familiar things so the environment shouldn't be too different from usual. After all, I spend most of my day staring at my text editor, not at my co-workers.

Oh! I did make major change. I've decided to try mousing with my left hand. It seems more comfortable because I don't have to stretch past the 10-key. However, I'm a bit clumsy. The hand-eye co-ordination just isn't there yet. We'll see how that goes.



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17th May, 2005 02:22 (UTC)
At one point in my life I learned how to use the mouse left-handed. The learning process was quite irritating, but I had motivation in that I needed to use the mouse and keypad at the same time. It ended up being vaguely useful, since I could properly center my keyboard, numpad, and mouse, but I then ended up using a right-handed trackball for a few years and so fell out of practice.

I haven't bothered to try to pick it up again; last time I tried, my left shoulder started complaining so I gave up. Plus you'll never really be as accurate as you are with your right hand, so it never feels 100% natural.
17th May, 2005 17:04 (UTC)
Funny, I'm right handed, and took up regularly mousing with my left about a year ago, and I can now switch back and forth with no difficulty whatsoever. I can sit down at a desk and use the mouse whichever way it is situated when I get there. I even do some little clipart drawings that require some coordination, and barely notice a difference between my left and right hand. (Not that this will be the case for everyone, but it's certainly worth trying.)
17th May, 2005 03:55 (UTC)
hey. i read somewhere (in a reputable source, i swear) that mousing with your left hand was considerably more ergonomic than the right for that very numberpad reason.
and even though i am anti-ergonomy (is that a word?) with my copious amounts of time at work last term, i took on little projects such as this to mix things up a bit.
after less than a month, i was competent enough to play some moderately complicated mouse driven games.
17th May, 2005 04:34 (UTC)
It's funny... I'm left handed, but I've never really tried to use the mouse left handed. I wonder if I can actually gain more precision than I have now if I take the time to get used to it. If it happens to be more ergonomic, then that's a bonus!

Then again, with the way I sit, normal ergonomics probably mean very little.
17th May, 2005 05:10 (UTC)
It could just be that it's my many, many years of right-handed mousing, but like I said I never quite got 100% comfortable with left-handed mousing. So it's possible that you might find it a bit more natural. If you've always been using it right-handed though, there's an awful lot of muscle learning to catch up on.
17th May, 2005 09:11 (UTC)
I work with the numeric keypad constantly (contact centre) and left mousing has saved my back.
17th May, 2005 13:40 (UTC)
I was just going to say easy access to the key pad is one of my favourite things about left handed mousing.
17th May, 2005 07:29 (UTC)
I can mouse either way without a problem, however I have the index = left click, major = right click, So I mostly mix those two when clicking that is with I dont mouse with the left usually.
17th May, 2005 15:12 (UTC)
Off-topic, but what is the name of the Jamaican (?) restaurant across from the Kitchener transportation centre you recommended? I'm thinking Ellison's bistro, but I can't find a listing for that. Also, do you recommend reservations?
17th May, 2005 15:25 (UTC)
It is Ellison's Bistro and Elvis seems to have a website up now. I don't think reservations are necessary because he isn't very busy, but it doesn't hurt to call ahead.

17th May, 2005 16:00 (UTC)
Thanks :)
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