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In an effort to shave off precious microseconds from the tedium of having to manually switch modes in his favorite multi-modal text editor, Aleksandr Levchuk fashioned a USB clutch pedal to do the job. Now, instead of typing an “i” to insert text or hitting “Esc” to edit it, Aleksandr need only tap or release the pedal to enter the corresponding mode. [via HN]

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  • http://many-words.com Jay

    The best way to configure vim is ln -s /usr/bin/emacs /usr/bin/vim. :P

    • http://www.orbiter-radio.co.uk Xyon

      Only if, in this instance, /usr/bin/emacs is also a symlink to /usr/local/bin/vim. :P

  • http://alandove.com Alan Dove

    If I didn’t work at a stand-up desk, I’d definitely remake this. And I’m an Emacs guy. But c’mon, this is just an awesome usability hack.