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naomi37
09-Jul-2007, 07:58 PM
Or maybe that should just be de-wire.

The chiropractor says I should switch my mouse and my pocketbook to the
other hand.

I'd be interested to hear from anyone else who's had to live in the
off-hand world. It's making me dizzy. Perhaps a beer or three would
correct the spin, provided I lifted them with the right hand. Or would
that now be the left?

Thank goodness my office is semi-private so my coworkers don't have to
witness the sad, spastic, futile flailing of my right hand as it grabs
for the mouse that's no longer there.

In search of a good set of left-handed mouse pointers,

Mary


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naomi37

Shaun Pond
09-Jul-2007, 08:12 PM
Naomi37,

think how we left-handed folks have to survive in a right-handed world
- I taught myself years ago to use a mouse with either hand (and I just
*know* what ammunition I've handed people...)

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Shaun Pond

Sewermonger
09-Jul-2007, 08:28 PM
Yore expecting a left hand compliment now?

Shaun, yore fairly birght for a UK SysOp. Somewhat like burned out bulb.

Was that left handed or a description of moi?

I'll ponder and let yew no.
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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Mary Matthews
09-Jul-2007, 08:35 PM
I had to learn to use my mouse with my "non-dominant" hand due to an injury
and can now use a mouse with either hand. The way I fine-tuned it was to
use the Windows paint program (it's all I had a the time) and the Solitaire
game. I did a lot of line drawings to help with the fine motor skills.

The funny thing is I'm absolutely terrible with my Dell laptop's built in
pointing devices...luckily I have lots of GWAVA optical mice on hand. :)

Stevo
09-Jul-2007, 08:36 PM
Years ago, I learned to do quite a majority of pc stuff w/ the keyboard
& no mouse. Helps quite a bit, as I'd rather use the kb than the mouse
anyway.

naomi37
09-Jul-2007, 08:38 PM
Thank you, Shaun. Indeed I'm on my way to much clearer understanding of
your plight and appreciation of your mental flexibility. (Carefully
sidestepping that nice cache of ammo..)

So which hand do you lift your beer with?

Perhaps I'll get a liter and use both. Ah, if only it were not so very
Monday today.


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naomi37

Shaun Pond
09-Jul-2007, 08:57 PM
Sewermonger,

luckily I haven't been a sysop for a couple of years ;)

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Shaun Pond

Shaun Pond
09-Jul-2007, 08:58 PM
Naomi37,

> So which hand do you lift your beer with?
>
the one that's holing the glass, obviously...

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Shaun Pond

naomi37
09-Jul-2007, 09:08 PM
Thanks much, Mary and Stevo. I will try both of those suggestions.
Felton, I'm glad you showed up. It just wouldn't be a thread without
you.

Tucows really did have some left-handed cursors. Having the arrows
angle the other way helps a bit. (Dang this creaky, aging brain!)


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naomi37

naomi37
09-Jul-2007, 09:18 PM
Shaun, I'll lend you a "d" and take the sage advice that results from
its correct placement in that sentence.

However, if you actually *meant* holing, well....you go to your bar,
and I'll go to mine...


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naomi37

Stevo
09-Jul-2007, 09:23 PM
naomi37 scribbled something like:

> Thanks much, Mary and Stevo. I will try both of those suggestions.

The big keys you need to know for kb operations:

<alt><shift><tab><arrow keys><enter><space>

Sewermonger
09-Jul-2007, 09:51 PM
than I'm old and stupid
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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Sewermonger
09-Jul-2007, 09:52 PM
Shaun likes sheep and putting holes in a pint of suds.

Ask him about rolling tires sometime.

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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Sewermonger
09-Jul-2007, 09:53 PM
drat..


she found out about me.

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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Shaun Pond
09-Jul-2007, 10:58 PM
Felton,

than?

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Shaun Pond

Shaun Pond
09-Jul-2007, 10:59 PM
Naomi37,

spellchecker will never make up for the paucity of my typing skills

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Shaun Pond

Shaun Pond
09-Jul-2007, 10:59 PM
Felton,

> tires
>
tyres :)

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Shaun Pond

Sewermonger
10-Jul-2007, 01:48 AM
Tyre

Is that knot a ancient town on the coast of far east? Present day
Israel or close to it?
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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Susan
10-Jul-2007, 02:54 AM
Mary:

When John had his stroke and was paralyzed on the right side, he had to
learn to use his left hand. And he was dizzy for awhile, even though
he'd learned to use a mouse with his left hand before the stroke, just
as a practicality of working on the computers of others.

He said it took awhile, but everything eventually fell into place. He
just uses his right handed cursors. : )

Susan
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Brad Averbeck
10-Jul-2007, 04:06 AM
Mary Matthews wrote:
> I had to learn to use my mouse with my "non-dominant" hand due to an injury
> and can now use a mouse with either hand. The way I fine-tuned it was to
> use the Windows paint program (it's all I had a the time) and the Solitaire
> game. I did a lot of line drawings to help with the fine motor skills.
>
> The funny thing is I'm absolutely terrible with my Dell laptop's built in
> pointing devices...luckily I have lots of GWAVA optical mice on hand. :)
How's the hat working out for ya? ;)

Brad

Shaun Pond
10-Jul-2007, 08:46 AM
Felton,

in that case, tire is a verb... <G>

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Shaun Pond

Miles58
10-Jul-2007, 12:02 PM
30 years ago I designed a device that I needed to assemble "left handed".
The assembly required sonme very delicate soldering. I am an extremely
dominanly right handed person. The fine motor skill required to do this not
only seemed to make the job easier to shift to left handed, but now I do
that sort of work so naturally mI have no physical memory of being able to
di it right handed.

I know I used to do that precises delicate work right handed in my mind, but
my body rebels at thinking through the motion of doing it right handed just
like it does that of throwing a ball left handed.

Practice a single skill left handed and do not try to move other skills at
the same time. It is very complex work to remap in mirror image fine motor
skills. It is hard work.
"naomi37" <naomi37.2tgwge@no-mx.nds_engineer.com> wrote in message
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>
> Or maybe that should just be de-wire.
>
> The chiropractor says I should switch my mouse and my pocketbook to the
> other hand.
>
> I'd be interested to hear from anyone else who's had to live in the
> off-hand world. It's making me dizzy. Perhaps a beer or three would
> correct the spin, provided I lifted them with the right hand. Or would
> that now be the left?
>
> Thank goodness my office is semi-private so my coworkers don't have to
> witness the sad, spastic, futile flailing of my right hand as it grabs
> for the mouse that's no longer there.
>
> In search of a good set of left-handed mouse pointers,
>
> Mary
>
>
> --
> naomi37

naomi37
10-Jul-2007, 12:38 PM
Thank you, Miles. That puts me in mind of an art-class exercise we did
in college: two self-portraits, one done with each hand. I could see
how the left hand actually might be the one to use for certain types of
tasks. I think I got dizzy then, too.

About a year ago, I read that a really good exercise for keeping the
brain "nimble" was to crawl backwards! Apparently this is something
that jazzes up just about every sector of the old gray matter. If I
were to crawl backwards for a while, I bet I could recall much more
about that article.

Anyway, thanks. This is helping me stick with the left-handed program!


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naomi37

naomi37
10-Jul-2007, 12:48 PM
Susan;2741604 Wrote:
> Mary:
>
> When John had his stroke and was paralyzed on the right side, he had to
> learn to use his left hand. And he was dizzy for awhile, even though
> he'd learned to use a mouse with his left hand before the stroke, just
> as a practicality of working on the computers of others.
>
> He said it took awhile, but everything eventually fell into place. He
> just uses his right handed cursors. : )
>
> Susan
> Novell Community Chat Moderator
>
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Thanks, Susan. I hope John's recovered perfectly well.

That dizziness is somethin' else - but people's kind replies to my post
have made me very grateful that this is more of a "for your own good"
thing than a necessity due to injury.

Mary


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naomi37

Mary Matthews
10-Jul-2007, 02:29 PM
Which one? My cool croc hat works great! :)

Rick Chisholm
10-Jul-2007, 08:49 PM
naomi37 wrote:

> The chiropractor says I should switch my mouse and my pocketbook to the
> other hand.

quack-o-practors like to find all sorts of day to day causes for aches and
pains. take it with a grain of salt - it's pseudo-science...

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unsigned@ @digerati.us
10-Jul-2007, 09:03 PM
Annnnnnnd that is opinion. There are some chiropractors out there that
have quite a bit of medical background, there are some that are quacks.

Pretty much just like the rest of the medical fields or I guess any
profession....

We like NetWare and GroupWise, what could be more backwards than that? :D

Rick Chisholm wrote:
> quack-o-practors like to find all sorts of day to day causes for aches and
> pains. take it with a grain of salt - it's pseudo-science...
>

Jim Henderson
10-Jul-2007, 11:04 PM
On Tue, 10 Jul 2007 19:49:39 +0000, Rick Chisholm wrote:

> naomi37 wrote:
>
>> The chiropractor says I should switch my mouse and my pocketbook to the
>> other hand.
>
> quack-o-practors like to find all sorts of day to day causes for aches
> and pains. take it with a grain of salt - it's pseudo-science...

"Quacks" appear in all parts of Medicine. When I broke my leg, the
"OrthoQuack" I started with was going to splint it and send me home. 80%
and 100% displacement.

One of the *orderlies* told us to get a second opinion, because he'd seen
less severe breaks that required immediate surgery. He gave us a few
names of doctors he'd talk to, and one of them was on our insurance
list. We did the surgery, and I still have the rod in my leg.

Oh, and in case you think that might be an unnecessary surgery,
OrthoQuack TOLD us "one leg will be shorter than the other by about 3/4
of an inch", like that was perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned
about.

Just because one holds a medical degree doesn't immediately mean one is
competent.

Similarly, just because Chiropractors have a reputation (as a group) of
being useless doesn't mean they are.

Jim

Susan
10-Jul-2007, 11:59 PM
Mary:

Alas, he's not yet recovered use of his right hand and arm, but we
remain hopeful that he will in the future. He has slowly, over the
past year, gotten some movement where there was none before, so we're
holding positive thoughts. I think his brain just needs to make new
connections, and since the area damaged in the stroke was large enough,
that it will just take a little more time.

And I'm glad you found some left-handed cursors! : )

Susan
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Sewermonger
11-Jul-2007, 12:58 AM
a tire is a verb?

Here I thought it was clothing. Hrmmmmpppfff
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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Sewermonger
11-Jul-2007, 01:01 AM
For my own good, I'm looking up a accupuncture person. (I said acu
punisher to Nancy and she said I was horrid again. I responded that I
should self emmulate myself and I was told to get some gas- whereupon
son person ran screaming from the room)


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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Jim Henderson
11-Jul-2007, 02:30 AM
On Wed, 11 Jul 2007 00:01:16 +0000, Sewermonger wrote:

> emmulate myself

Actually, I sorta emulated you just now, much to the chagrin of the
people around me.

I created two files on my Linux system: One named 'man', and one named
'do'. The text of each was "This is 'filename'" (replace 'filename' with
'man' or 'do' respectively).

Then I did this:

[jhenderson@jshlaptop ~]$ cat man do
This is 'man'
This is 'do'

For some reason, this evoked a look of horror....

Jim

Sewermonger
11-Jul-2007, 05:22 AM
I get my picture taken and have it posted as an example?
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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Sewermonger
11-Jul-2007, 05:24 AM
LOL

Nancy liked it also.

I had a prompt on a VAX and DOS system that was:

Working...

Quite a few people did a second take on that one.

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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Jim Henderson
11-Jul-2007, 06:23 AM
On Wed, 11 Jul 2007 04:24:29 +0000, Sewermonger wrote:

> LOL
>
> Nancy liked it also.
>
> I had a prompt on a VAX and DOS system that was:
>
> Working...
>
> Quite a few people did a second take on that one.

Nice one....

Jim

Shaun Pond
11-Jul-2007, 07:28 AM
Felton,

a warning to others, perhaps?

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Shaun Pond

Shaun Pond
11-Jul-2007, 07:28 AM
Felton,

not a tire, to tire ;)

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Shaun Pond

Sewermonger
11-Jul-2007, 04:22 PM
I'll be right beside yore picture eh? A pair of bad examples or are you
saying before and after pictures? %^)
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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Sewermonger
11-Jul-2007, 04:24 PM
I've herd of tutu but knot to tire.

OH... it's a set of directions. Take M1 to tire. Hmm where in the UK is
that place?

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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

Shaun Pond
12-Jul-2007, 07:05 AM
Felton,

right there, together, on the Post Office wall..

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Shaun Pond

Shaun Pond
12-Jul-2007, 07:06 AM
Felton,

no, that's tyre - http://www.kintyre.org/

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Shaun Pond

Sewermonger
12-Jul-2007, 10:58 AM
Now you branching off into Scottish stuff. McInTyre

We should ask Lunker about that clan


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Sewermonger

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Lindsey Johnstone
12-Jul-2007, 02:25 PM
Sewermonger said,

>
> Now you branching off into Scottish stuff. McInTyre
>
> We should ask Lunker about that clan

I know a Joe McIntire, nice guy, even if he can't ever get my name right.

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Lindsey

naomi37
13-Jul-2007, 10:08 PM
Look! A pyre of tyres!

'Toxic tyre fires burn in Ulster as loyalists celebrate the Battle of
the Boyne | the Daily Mail' (http://tinyurl.com/2ykkuh)


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naomi37

Sewermonger
14-Jul-2007, 02:28 AM
A pyre of tyres that looks like a lack of attire by someone at the fire.


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Shaun Pond
14-Jul-2007, 10:06 AM
Felton,

dier was a liar... ire

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Shaun Pond

Sewermonger
14-Jul-2007, 12:48 PM
palindromic syndrome possibly strikes


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