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    Was anyone else surprised Bram works on Google Calendar?

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      I’ve been using Vim for almost 20 years and had absolutely no idea (1) what Bram looked like or (2) that he worked for Google.

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        Though I shouldn’t be, it seems like they hired a ton of the previous generation of OSS devs: thinking of things like vim, afl (uncertain, though the repo is under Google’s name now), kismet, etc.

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          It’s just not what I would’ve guessed would be the highest and best use of his talents.

          I’m not saying I believed he was working on vim, I know better than that. I’m just surprised it was something so…ordinary and corporate.

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          Yes! And that he sounds as if Google is still a start-up and not one of the biggest companies in the world. Had to check the date of the article. Of course it doesn’t feel like a startup, Bram…

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            Maybe he means Google Zurich, which seems to have expanded by a lot lately?

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            Me, honestly.

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            I prefer a natural [keyboard], where the left and right are split and slightly turned. […] These days only Microsoft seems to make them, not much choice.

            X-Bows are turned, Dygma Raise is split, ErgoDox is split and ortholinear… Many interesting options in this space.

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              I’d like one that is half the price and doesn’t require me to make it.

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                You get what you pay for; the MS ones feel mushy and don’t last more than a few years.

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                  I have keyboards with Cherry switches that are solidly built. They are half this price.

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                  doesn’t require me to make it

                  I thought the

                  The ErgoDox EZ was commercialized and manufactured …

                  part of the ErgoDox page would be easy to find.. (Actually now I see a giant banner with “Pre-assembled, improved, with a 2-year warranty” too)

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                For desktop I keep going back to GNOME. Ubuntu has been offering various alternatives that I can’t get used to. GNOME works well enough, although changing settings can be a pain (fortunately there is this search engine..).

                Another minor surprise for me here. I’d have thought he’d be an XFCE or i3 guy or similar :)

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                  . I’m a fan of the old Command & Conquer games, which only run on Windows.

                  Ahem… https://www.openra.net/

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                    For work I also have a MacBook Pro.

                    Can’t be on usesthis.com without a Mac, can you?

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                      Quoting the source:

                      Is this some sort of Apple fan site?

                      Nope! Folks just like using their gear.

                      Yet, further down that page:

                      <input type="search" name="q" placeholder="MacBook Pro">

                      Clearly someone is an Apple fanboy ;^)

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                        Guilty. Though really, I’m being tongue in cheek.

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                          So was I… typing it all on a MacBook Pro :^P

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                        I put it in the contract before every interview.

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                          I think we both forgot a ;)

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                            Mmmmmmmaybe. :p

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                        I didn’t know Vim started on Amiga, that’s neat. Personally, I hate vimacs and use Sublime, VSCode and Idea, but neat still.

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                          I literally can’t use a text editor if it doesn’t have a solid Vim extension of some kind. I even struggle to use GUI word processors. Thankfully pretty much every programming editor in existence has Vim emulation :-)

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                            But I haven’t found one vim emulation without bugs. All of them get the basics right but even things like undo are sometimes acting very strange.

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                              ideavim (with vim-surround, the only vim plugin I personally really really need) for intellij, and evil mode in emacs both work for me. That’s from someone who used to rely on a lot of vim plugins (https://github.com/chelmertz/dotfiles/blob/master/.vimrc) but now enjoy java through an IDE (!) at work.

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                                I’ve noticed this too. Some are that real Vim just has so many freakin’ features that nobody has time to implement all of them. Some seem to be fundamental incompatibility with the host editor. In most GUI editors, window splits are top-most elements, and each has their own tab collection, while in Vim, tabs are top-most, and each one can have any number and configuration of window/splits showing any combination of files.

                                Still, even basic Vim navigation and editing feels so much more productive than GUI editors.

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                                  I think this depends upon your level of VIm mastery. I’ve been using Vim for years but may not plumb its depths as much as you folks since I use and love both IdeaVim and the VSCode Vim extension and find them to be fabulous for the work I do.

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                                I didn’t know Vim started on Amiga, that’s neat.

                                The Amiga ecosystem created a number of seminal applications that have descendants still being used today.

                                As a for-instance Lightwave 3D is a direct descendant of Videoscape 3D, the first 3D rendering package I ever used :)