Pentadactyl

Here's a tool that helps minimize use of the mouse to navigate/surf using the firefox browser. Pentadactyl works like the text editor vim (my favorite). This is the description from the developer's site --
Pentadactyl is a free browser add-on for Firefox, designed to make browsing more efficient and especially more keyboard accessible. Largely inspired by the Vim text editor, the appearance and finger feel of Pentadactyl should be familiar to Vim users. Additional web-specific features, such as our ‘Hint’ mode, command interface, and key bindings to automatically follow back and forward links, make it easy to navigate without touching the mouse and give Pentadactyl a habit forming nature of its own.



Pentadactyl is more than just a simple command interface to Firefox—it is completely customizable and scriptable to the core. Not only can you easily define new commands and key mappings, but Pentadactyl also makes it easy to write scripts as powerful as any Firefox extension, but orders of magnitude simpler. Combine this with powerful JavaScript completion and evaluation from the command line, and you have a complete extension and web development platform that can be customized in every particular.

I am a writer. My system is wired differently in such a way that when my thoughts need expression, it goes directly to my fingertips instead of going to my vocal system. I express myself better when I write instead of when I talk. I have more space between stimulus and response enabling me to choose a better response.

* (This is why I do not fare well during interviews. Hmmm, that just gave me an idea.)

Pentadactyl makes it easy for me to surf the Internet while minimizing the use of the mouse. My hands are kept within the keyboard and within home row. It's my experience that when my hands need to move away from the keyboard to use the mouse to navigate, my concentration is broken. My mind goes from channeling into edit mode. Not good for keeping myself in the zone.

Here's the link -- Pentadactyl :: Add-ons for Firefox.

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