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31 October 2007

Black is the New Black

Concentrating in black space

While friends and fellow Mac users around me already start to install Leopard, I'm holding back till 10.5.1 or 10.5.2 - I'm way too conservative. Rodolfo mentioned this morning that he's glad about "spaces" (which provides "virtual desktop switching"). I'm using a different approach. When I want to concentrate on working on a single task (usually in the Terminal, hey, I'm a programmer!) I start up Backdrop and MenuShade, then I hide the dock. I have configured Backdrop and MenuShade to provide me with a completely black screen. I bring the Terminal to the front and voilà! instant concentration. Or so.

Posted by betabug at 09:26 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
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Re: Black is the New Black

interesting concept.
i remember seing a few months ago something about using a text editor full screen on the mac too but i can't remember it atm.

Posted by: Rodolfo Gouveia at October 31,2007 09:33
Re: Black is the New Black

Likely that was WriteRoom - the product which started the "back to concentration" wave. I would maybe use it, but I'm hardwired to vi keyboard commands now.

Posted by: betabug at October 31,2007 09:38
Re: Black is the New Black

Oh, and to mimick the WriteRoom feature that lets you keep the cursor in the center of the line, with vim you can use the set scrolloff command.

Posted by: betabug at October 31,2007 10:02
Re: Black is the New Black

yep, that was it
i was encoded with vi bindings on my brain too ;-)

Posted by: Rodolfo Gouveia at October 31,2007 18:03
Re: Black is the New Black

Very interesting post. I have never heard of WriteRoom, Backdrop, or MenuShade. I will them right away and look at them in more details later. They might help me a lot in fighting against the Multitasking fallacy.

Posted by: Saad Kadhi at November 03,2007 14:58
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