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  Mac Mini Eye for the Linux-Windows Guy
Subject:   Home and End keys
Date:   2005-04-20 20:35:23
From:   dzac
You'll find that most Mac OS X applications support Emacs-like keys bindings: ctrl-A, ctrl-E, ctrl-S, etc. If your fingers have these memorized (as mine do), switching back and forth between Linux and Mac OS X is quite easy. Any annoying exception is Firefox for Mac OS X.
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  • Todd Ogasawara photo Home and End keys
    2005-04-21 02:19:08  Todd Ogasawara | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    dzac: Thanks for the tip. I used Emacs for years so those keystores are still part of muscle memory especially since the Bash shell I use on my Linux boxes use them too. I think I tried it on a couple of apps but could not get them to work. I think it may have something to do with the Microsoft Keyboard drivers I added to get the special function keys to work. I notice that other things like F9 in Expose do not work on my Mac mini now too.
    • Home and End keys
      2005-04-27 09:22:41  amessinger [View]

      Not a Try-er yet myself, but as I move closer to professional web dev I may need a mac to test for Safari.

      As for your keyboard woes, I read somewhere that Logitech keyboards cooperate better with OS X than MS ones do. I use a Logitech Elite keyboard at home, and I've noticed that CTRL and ALT keys have markings for their Mac counterparts as well.

      Unfortunately, the wireless version is only available as part of an expensive keyboard/mouse combo package.

      One warning: The Logitech made the annoying decision to bind several special functions to the F-keys. You have to press a special "F-Lock" button to re-enable their default functions. The Windows drivers have no way to make this permanent, and the "transparent pass-through" option doesn't work like it's supposed to. Other than that, great keyboard.