The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
The BACKSPACE to return to previous page is something I use all the time with a browser. My mouse has buttons assigned for forward and back, but really, the backspace makes a browser easier to control with any mouse with a third button which can be assigned.
You know what I’d love to see? Some great tip to disable (on demand) those annoying slideshows/galleries in web pages. It would be useful especially when the slideshow/gallery format is used on a article (and not for a photo album). Laptop, stop doing that.
PS. Curly quotes are nice because Word is primarily for printed work… Or it used to be.
Don’t disable UAC – it turns off UAC virtualization and will break some applications as turning off UAC prevents apps from being able to write to key locations (with UAC on the apps write to a per app virtualization location). In fact if you install apps with UAC on / UAC off and then flip the setting you will likely break apps.
Backspace button: this website has the best description EVER of the INSANE double usage of the Backspace button. A button used to remove one tiny letter or number from a little text field should NEVER be used to completely change the entire page you are on, erasing work and time in the process. And as for Loren and any other INCONSIDERATE people lacking empathy and/or reason, STOP IT! Just because you want your car’s parking brake to double as an emergency ejection lever for the driver’s seat but only when the headlights happen to be on rather than off… Are you insane? It is clear that the Backspace button should NEVER change the entire page you are on, simply because of the value of people’s time and effort in completing webforms, which are not going away. Pick a new shortcut key for your stupid BACKPAGE function. Maybe Shift+Backspace will do. And apologies for the vitriol but I hate losing my work and that has happened several times and it is often not possible to know if one’s cursor is in a writeable field on unfamiliar webforms. Sometimes you click on a field you think needs to be changed and the cursor establishes itself and remains there flashing like it is ready to edit and then you hit Backspace and lose all your work. It’s no fun. So learn a new shortcut key and stop being so insensitive to the pain and loss of those who use webforms. Thank you.
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