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Minh Nguyễn
February 11th, 2008


Keyboarding for pianists

Today’s update to Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) features a new menu that lets you know when your hard drive is being backed up to Time Machine. The menu naturally comes with a command to back up your pirated movie collection, lest the MPAA comes by and runs a big magnet over your computer. (See, backing up is cool!)

The command is accessible via a convenient keyboard “shortcut”: B. (Hover over each symbol to see which key it stands for.) That’s a whopping four keys to hold down and one to press! Sure, you don’t want to accidentally start backing up your computer while Norton’s running in the background and you’re playing a scintillating game of… Chess. But you need the skills of a virtuoso to trigger a backup that way – you might as well just use a mouse.

At least you can take as long as you want to master that key combination: in Windows 95, there was an Easter egg that would display Bill Gates’s horse, Nugget, on your desktop. Unfortunately, you had to press Ctrl+F6+RtShift+Del and the right mouse button, simultaneously, before your wallpaper loaded.

Sounds like a job for Mavis Beacon.

Thanks to John Gruber for linking to the Macworld review.


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