Monthly Archive for June, 2008

Proxima Centauri

My son asked me on his way upstairs to bed the other night, “Daddy, what’s the closest star to Earth besides the sun… not the closest galaxy, but the closest star?” (very important distinction :)

“I’ll google find out and let you know in the morning, but right now it’s time for sleeping.”

Proxima Centauri seems to be the one—at only 4.2 light years away. Then I started thinking about what exactly is a light year? Continue reading…

How to Disable (or Remap) Your Caps Lock Key

I finally got fed up with it enough to do something about it…

It’s the year 2008 now and computers have been around long enough to be everywhere. My kids won’t know what life is like without them… my grandma sends me emails… and I pay for my mortgage by using them.

But, why oh why do keyboards still have the infernal CAPS LOCK key? It only gets in my way like everyday; writing code for hours on end gets riddled with inadvertent hiccups having to undo a string of text in all caps (yes, I still need to look at the keys when typing.. most of the time.)

So anyway, after putting up with this for almost ten years and after about 5 minutes of googling I found a hint about remapping or disabling my caps lock key. SWEET!

Using OS X (Leopard, Tiger) it’s a piece of cake:

  1. Open System Preferences → Keyboard & Mouse: load the ‘Keyboard’ pane
  2. Click the ‘Modifier Keys…’ button (bottom left corner)
  3. Pick your favorite function from the drop-list next to ‘Caps Lock Key’:
    • Caps Lock
    • Control
    • Option
    • Command
    • No Action ← my favorite

Using Windows (any version):

  1. Buy a Mac
  2. Follow steps above.

Ok, moving on with my life…