Tag / workflow optimization

  • August 31, 2015 - Bryce Harrington

    Simulating Middle-Mouse Paste on Touchpads

    When did you first run into a computer with a mouse? How many buttons did it have? Most UNIX-like operating systems provide two separate copy buffers; the first provides the standard copy and past functionality everyone knows and loves (Ctrl + C, Ctrl +V), while the second allows you to paste selected text directly. The use of this secondary buffer has been dependent largely on mouse design for the last few decades, and as the hardware has changed, so has the usage of this copy buffer. First, A Little History I was familiar with the original Mac mouses with their curious single button, but the first mouse-based computer I used was a Sun workstation in the early 90’s while I was in college. It had THREE buttons; a proper mouse! The left button selected things, the right brought up context menus, and the middle button pasted from the secondary copy […]

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