The Keyboardist’s Mini Toolkit

I’ve always loved the keyboard to get around my desktop rather than a mouse. For those of us who are not yet 100% consuming content via a touch screen (which has its place,don’t get me wrong) then the option to search and navigate by keyboard is a great boon to productivity I find.

My two current faves are synapse on my netbook (sorry open source systems only but there are plenty of  equivalents out there such as Alfred on Mac OS X and Launchy for almost all systems).

Synapse – a semantic launcher for Linux

I like Synapse because it makes use of the Zeitgeist engine  which logs and learns how you work together with common associations. Sounds geekier than it actually is. I find it a help anyway. Your own mileage may vary.

Gleebox web page navigation

The second software helper is a plugin for the Chrome /chromium browser or Chromebook/Chromium OS. It’s Gleebox. Once installed it enables a quick keyboard shortcut to activate an overlay that lets you navigate via the keyboard. It’s just as easy to type a url directly into gleebox, All in all it helps to move search and navigation to the keyboard rather than the mouse or trackpad.

I heartily recommend them both.

To add the Synapse ppa in linux just cut and paste these commands in the terminal window

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:synapse-core/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install synapse
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