This interface changed my habit


A majority of my computing time is still spent in front of a Windows machine. It’s one of the huge pitfalls of working for a .NET shop and needing IIS to run local dev environments. Ridiculous, really, given other options. Not that I’m bitter. Moving on.

My home computing experience has been OS X for the last 18 months. Both Windows and OS X (and other desktop OS’s) have a simple keystroke feature for application switching: alt+tab and cmd+tab, respectively. I started using the feature on my Mac immediately without even thinking about it. It just seemed right and was something I just sort of knew to do given I’ve spent a lot of time in front of computers. Yet in all the years I’ve used Windows, it was never a habit to use the keyboard for application switching.

Maybe it’s because I’ve always had a screen resolution welcoming of keeping the Windows taskbar visible while on my MacBook I keep it hid. Just the visual clue makes me reach for a mouse. Neither task switcher is better featured for that quick task. Visual differences aside, they work the same – even a near identical keystroke.

In the last 2 months or so I’ve noticed I’m starting to use alt+tab to get around applications in Windows. My Mac habit is bleeding over. Which made me think about other habits that bleed over from one environment to another, not necessarily computer related. I find myself doing this with skateboarding and snowboarding, in both directions. Perhaps this is style. I wanted to learn to play drums because I was convinced it would make me a better bass player. Bleed.


  1. majafa 20100425

    did you ever learn to play drums?

  2. waytoocrowded 20100425

    Ha. No. But still certain I’d be better at playing bass today if I had.

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