mr shift key

First day back with the left pinky swaddled in bandage. Man, what a pain in the butt this is. You don’t realize how much you use the pinky (I’ve renamed it “Mr Shift Key”) until you don’t have it available to use. Every now and then muscle memory kicks in and attempts to use it – and the resulting swatch of control-shift-alt-windows-Z-A invariably invokes something interesting.

I think it’s just going to take a little bit to get used to this… wracking the hand a little to the left to use my ring finger for the shift is awkward and tiring.

This whole thing makes me wish the other interfaces for computing were more effective for me – pen based, or multi-modal interfaces…. Speaking of which, I think I’ll go grab a pen and give the kayboard a rest for a bit…

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Joe has broad software engineering development and management experience, from startups to large companies. Joe works on projects ranging from mobile to multi-cloud distributed systems, has set up and led engineering teams and processes, as well as managing and running services. Joe also contributes and collaborates with a wide variety of open source projects, and writes online at

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