The computer mouse sucks out your productivity

A command line and a keyboard is much more efficient. Lately there has been a lot of working going into the command line and their seems to be a resurrection of it. I am a longtime linux/unix user so I have never really seen the death of the command line, but people that started using windows in the last 12 years have not really been introduced to the command line.
My favorite command line launcher program for windows is Launchy. It indexes your start menu and any other folder you want. pulls up a command line launcher, then you just type to name of the program to launch, plus it does automatic filename completetion for you. By typing f it will look for the first program that starts with f, typing fi will almost certainly always find firefox.

If you Windows Users need a more powerful command line, you can use Cygwin. Cygwin gives you a linux like command line under windows.

Even Microsoft has conceded that the gui isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and has released a command line shell and scripting language called Powershell.

So why don’t you learn some keyboard shortcuts and lose the mouse, you will more productive because of it.

[tags]productivity, mouse, command line, linux, windows, cygwin, powershell, shortcuts, gtd, launchy, lifehack[/tags]

This post was inspired by Gina Trapani’s Lifehacker post – Geek to Live: The command line comeback


  1. 3:56 pm - January 5th, 2007

    Joshargh says:

    The ubiquitous command line answer to windows shortcuts/.lnk’s /the start button/ and one liner’s is TypeAndRun, try it out 😉
    and heres just the download, since the page is pretty much empty…..

  2. 5:07 pm - January 5th, 2007

    Jeff O'Hara says:

    Hey interesting program. There is a bug in the program, you can’t map the hotkey to the space bar. I was trying to map it too as to that is what i’m used too.


  3. 2:21 am - January 10th, 2007

    Joshargh says:

    doh! I’ve just always used alt-q… sorry to hear about that!