Tuesday, September 27, 2005
It turns out you can turn on "full keyboard access" on the Mac and do this. It's available in Mac OS X 10.3 and for all I know it was there in earlier versions as well. If you open the System Preferences and choose "Keyboard & Mouse", there are three sub-panels labeled "Keyboard", "Trackpad", and "Keyboard Shortcuts". If you navigate to "Keyboard Shortcuts", there is a checkbox at the bottom that says "Turn on full keyboard access". If you check this, you can navigate menus, lists, etc. using the keyboard.
Brad Shuler told me that Weiqi Gao blogged about wanting this but I couldn't find the relevant blog entry. Brad also told me there are more fine-grained control options available under Tiger (10.4). Maybe he'll describe them in his blog.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
So if you thought that America has great health care, it depends on how much money you make and the job you have. The 45 million (>15%) people without health care insurance get a raw deal. Those with Medicaid don't do much better.
It was on this day in 1638, a young clergyman, just 31 years old, died in Massachusetts, and in his will, left his library and half of his estate to a local college. To honor his memory, the college changed its name. The clergyman was named John Harvard, and the college changed its name to Harvard University, and it's the oldest in America.
And that's just the start. Go. read
Monday, September 05, 2005
This article suggests that we are finally getting to the point where the very first of these sorts of devices will be practical. It's quite a bit smaller than I'd like, and it's only 4-gray monochrome, but if it actually makes it into production it would be a good start.
Of course, I've seen predictions of commercial products like this coming "in one or two years" for at least the last ten, so I'm not holding my breath.