Saturday, April 30, 2011

Life hacking #1 - geek method of recognizing left and right sides

Hello everyone,

A lot of people have problems with recognizing left and right sides. This could lead to serious problems like driving a car in wrong way and ending with crashed car because one had driven into one way street from the other end ;) These problems aren't always as dangerous, but very often are reason of a little of pain in the ass for example:
Me: "click icon on the left to open 'My Computer'"
Second person: [is searching on the right side with the cursor]
Me: [my reaction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY-03vYYAjA ]

Come on, it's simple to recognize the sides correctly! I've learned it as a 5 year old boy with use of Amiga 500 mouse ;) and it's true.

It was EXTREMELY  important to recognize sides in games, because left mouse button was responsible for one set of actions, while right mouse button for the other set of actions. So with that knowledge I've always recalled on which side is left button and binded it with left hand (the same story with right hand).

This is really working and if you (or your kids) have problems with this, feel free to check it out :)

A little legend:

Casual PC mouse




 Edit: I've decided to put picture of hero of this story, the old, the good Amiga 500 Mouse

Amiga 500 Mouse

37 comments:

  1. Oh man, thank you so much. I really needed the rundown on which side was which :) (not really, but clearly some people still don't get their directions)

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  2. Haha, a trick I used to use was to pretend to hold a pencil, that would always be my right hand :)

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  3. Some good information here. Thanks for the post, will look forward to following you !

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  4. I actually don't recall how I learned to differ right and left sides :D And if aged people still need time to think which side is which...

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  5. i use to have mouse like that :)

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  6. im waiting for technology people to reinvent the mouse

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  7. that was a classic mouse design.

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  8. Nice geek stuff. Gonna follow you. Cheers mate.

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  9. Hahaha dyslexics of the world untie! +follow

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  10. I really hate people who don't use the scroll wheel and click the down arrow for every page they visit!

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  11. Those are the mouses the cavemen used back in the day! lol.

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  12. Oh now I know lol.Great post

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  13. during my illustrious (and short) career in tech support I once had to get a customer to put little left and right labels on her mouse buttons...

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  14. FUUUUUUUUUU i had a mouse like that one also Nostalgia HARD

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  15. I remember what side the steering wheel was on!

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  16. i want one of those amiga mice so i can frame it as the amazing creation made by our race

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  17. old mouse is old and right click is my best friend

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  18. I have a freckel on my left hand. Thats how O learned it^^

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  19. That Amiga mouse is so retro.

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  20. Do you use an old school mouse like that?

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  21. I'd hope people wouldn't confuse them.

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  22. That mouse compared to the apple ones..

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  23. That Amiga mouse brings back memories

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  24. i don't know how i learned it but now i know it and everything is ok!

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  25. Ha is this an actual problem, pretty sure this is one of the first things you learn as a kid.

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  26. LoL, my ex gf determined her left from her right by putting both hands in front of her with her thumbs pointed at each other and which ever hand makes an "L" shape is your Left hand (your right hand makes a backwards L)... Interesting method but not time-efficient At All... Your method is much quicker haha

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  27. I am pretty sure that this method was very succesful for me. A lot of my friends are mistaking the sides very often, while I don't remember when I've done such a mistake for a last time.

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  28. That mouse is awesome. I used to have a similar one on my '89 Apple computer, but it was a but more modern.

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  29. ive remember my left and rights since i was a kid, i was forced to remember which way was left and right because my dad and i were skiing and i had to go the right way off the skilift or i would fall and get hurt so i learned really quick and nowadays left and right i can always visualize the top of a skilift

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  30. Wow I remember the old Amiga mouse... good times.

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