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Archive for the ‘RSI’ Category

Logitech Logimouse C7 and Mouse programmers toolkit PDFs at Bitsavers

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/07/20

Bitsavers published 2 new Logitech PDFs:

Who didn’t have a Logitech mouse back then?

I had the C7, various MouseMans, and a few more modern mice. Why not all mice? I developed RSI in the DOS era, ending up with TrackPoints and more recently Apple touchpads)

I remember the Logimouse C7, not because it was from Logitech, but because it was available from so may OEMs. Long before Logitech built OEM mice for Apple, they were founded in Apples, Swizerland.

The cool thing: the Programmers Toolkit had examples in Modula-2. I used that as a base to write quite some Turbo Pascal code for mouse handing.

Oh: Bitsavers does have a Logitech Modula-2 PDF online too for quite some time. I mentioned that in More Old Micro Cornucopia issues on BitSavers from 1987 and 1988.


via: Bitsavers’ Index of /pdf/logitech.

Posted in, Development, History, Pascal, Power User, RSI, Software Development, Turbo Pascal | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Running OS X Lion 10.7 on VMware Workstation 7.1.4 and 8.0 (via: How to Install Retail OS X 10.6 under VMware Workstation or Player – InsanelyMac Forum)

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/10/14

This might not be strictly legal, but it is supposed to be possible to run the retail OS X Lion 10.7 under VMware Workstation 8 (or VMware Fusion 4) and VMware Workstation 7.1.4 (or VMware Player 3.1.4) on a regular PC (if that PC Supports VT) running Windows 7 x64.

Since Apple MacBook still don’t come with a TrackPoint (and having suffered from RSI, that is about the only pointing device I can use) there are only two options for me:

  1. Go the route described above
  2. Use an external USB TrackPoint keyboard with a Mac
    (traveling with a huge external USB keyboard, I’d look like my long time friend Mark Miller from DevExpress, who also suffered from RSI)
    (boy I wish there was a wireless ThinkPad TrackPoint keyboard)


Via: How to Install Retail OS X 10.6 under VMware Workstation or Player – InsanelyMac Forum and 
How to Install Retail OS X 10.6 “Snow” and OS X 10.7 “Lion” under VMware Workstation 8 and Fusion 4, A simple set of instructions – InsanelyMac Forum

Posted in Apple, Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User, RSI, UltraNav keyboards, VMware, Windows, Windows 7 | 1 Comment »

SwitchResX helped me switch my Mac machine to 1360×768 and 1888×1062

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/12/24

A while ago, I got involved in Mac programming again after more than a decade of absence.
It felt like a warm reunion.

A Mac Mini Server serves as a development machine: it is about the same price as a regular Mac Mini, but packs 2 HDDs which for me is more useful than one HDD and a DVD player.

However, living in the Windows world for a long time long, and having had RSI in the DOS era almost two decades ago, I had a few wishes for using it.

The first was keyboard wise. The second is custom resolutions. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Apple, Development, Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User, RSI, Software Development, UltraNav keyboards, xCode/Mac/iPad/iPhone/iOS/cocoa | 10 Comments »

Nick Hodges | The End of the Chow Line

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/07/30

From the comments on Nick’s excellent post (that instantly made me feel hungry <g>):

If you find your developers bringing in their own equipment to work then you know there is a problem.

That reminds me of this story: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in About, Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Opinions, Personal, Power User, RSI, ThinkPad, UltraNav keyboards | Leave a Comment »

Windows 7 x64 on ThinkPad T61p

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/06

Somehow, the latest Windows Vista automatic update screwed my laptop.

It didn’t manage to make a System Restore Point, but in stead managed to remove all previous restore points.

In addition, my laptop now performed like a dog because of excessive disk activity on the primary HDD (login took 30 minutes).
Safe Mode and Safe Mode with Network were fine, so I tried to figure out what was wrong, but gave up after a day of investigating with Process Monitor and Process Explorer, and stopping/pausing allmost all services and killing/pausing almost all processes.

So: I bit the bullet and Installed Windows 7 x64 on my fully loaded T61p.

The machine has dual 7200 rpm 500 Gb drives (I have not used physical DVD’s or CD’s in years), with 4 Gb of memory (the official maximum, but I recently heard it can actually handle 8 gigabyte fine).
It functions as a host (my work is almost exclusively in a virtual machines so I can separate things), so it needs to be a balance of functional but lean installation.

Most of the installation process was straight forward (in fact much more straightforward than getting Vista on it).

Here is the run-down that includes the things I bumped into:

  1. Installed the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to copy the installation DVD to a bootable USB stick (I know there many guides on doing this by hand, but I like to be pragmatic).
  2. Booted from the USB stick and did basic install
  3. Be surprised about how much hardware was supported out of the box
  4. Installed these Lenovo drivers (most from the T61p drivers and software matrix):
    UltraNav driver (for the– which I love – and the TouchPad – which I disabled)
    FingerPrint driver (I really like the biometric fingerprint login over typing my password)
    Hotkey driver (more formally called “features integration”)
    4-in-1 Ricoh  multi card reader driver (which is not on the driver matrix, and supports SD/SDIO/MMC/MMCplus, MS/MS-Pro, xD Picture Card, and IEEE 1394/FireWire)
  5. DAEMON Tools Lite (a virtual CD/DVD player – ideal on a 2 HDD setup)
  6. GhostScript and FreePDF (so I can print to PDF files and view PostScript files)
  7. Adobe Reader (there are faster and smaller PDF viewers, but nothing beats the original)
  8. Google Chrome (my favorite browser, I use other browsers for testing web-stuff, but those are in virtual machines)
  9. Fiddler2 (for monitoring HTTP/HTTPS traffic when things go wrong, or I need a direct download URL of something
  10. Skype (the new 4.x, even though it is almost unworkable compared to the old, the old version keeps crashing under Windows 7. I moved my Skype Chat History)
  11. VMware Workstation (note that officially you need version 7 to run Windows as host or guest, 6.5.3 does seem to work for some people)
  12. 7zip (my favourite compression tool)
  13. My standard BIN directory with my favourite light weight command-line tools (did I mention I’m from they keyboard age? Hence the love for the TrackPoint)

Windows 7 feels a lot faster than Windows Vista, and requires a lot less memory for itself (slightly more than 1 gigabyte, where Vista needs almost half a gigabyte more).


Ref: Re: Device Manager unknown devices T61p – lenovo community.

Posted in Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User, RSI, ThinkPad, UltraNav keyboards | 6 Comments »

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