It’s another installment of the Daily Tech Normie Show with Jennie Josephson, developers David Still, David Brooks and a time-shifted Alasdair Smith. Jennie asks the devs every question she’s ever wanted to know about how not to upset their kind!
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Adding a great email from Komei, with a tip on how to match command keys and shortcuts between Mac Windows
Hi Jennie, Rich,
I use both Windows and OS X. As for keyboard shortcuts, I use customizable text editors like Sublime Text 2 and edit the key map for each so they look more or less the same. But I still cannot avoid the issue of copy, paste, etc. in other applications.
So my solution is to map Caps Lock to Command on OS X and map it to Ctrl on Windows. On OS X, in System Preferences > Keyboard > Modifier Keys…, I change Caps Lock to the Command key. On Windows, you have to edit the registry, so the hurdle is higher. But I believe most programmers can follow these instructions and create a .reg file for you that you can later install easily. (I could send you mine but I’m afraid it wouldn’t go through the firewall. I haven’t tried it but the one from http://johnhaller.com/useful-
Even if I hit Caps Lock + C by mistake on a machine that is not customized, the damage is just a letter or two typed all in caps. So I can easily undo it 🙂
As for the scroll wheel direction, you can reverse it on OS X in System Preferences. But, rather than doing that, I reversed the direction on Windows instead. Again, you’d have to edit the registry and this one is more annoying as you may have to search and change it for every mouse possibly every time it’s connected to a different USB port. But it was worth it for me and now all my mice have “natural” scroll direction.