Monday, October 13, 2008

What a bad idea

This morning I did a really stupid thing: I tried to ride my Dahon folding bike with one hand on the handle bar and the other hand carrying a cup of hot cappuccino. Trying to get on the bike resulted in a wet hand full of cappuccino spread over it. I should have known better, but I thought that this must be achievable to get on the bike with a cup of coffee in my hand.
I hope that the rest of the day will get better without those kind of situations where everything is not going to work well. Happy Monday morning!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Improve your productivity

My main profession is to write software. Typing on keyboards is essential as well as moving the mouse around to point and click.
Since my early days in this industry I like to learn the "essential" keyboard shortcuts for every software I use on a daily basis. Learning the "right" shortcuts will improve your working speed and therefore the overall productivity, since you don't need to switch between keyboard and mouse that often.
I use Eclipse for my daily work a lot. Lately I found a plug-in called MouseFeed which helps me to improve my knowledge of shortcuts even further.
What is the plug in supposed to do? Well, basically for every function that you use the mouse for and there is a corresponding keyboard shortcut available, it'll show up a little yellow popup dialog with the shortcut to remember. This is pretty neat and helps you to remember the shortcut and avoids the usage of the mouse.