Use more of your brain while programming by using less mouse

The Book

Back in April, I finally got around to read ‘Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware‘ after heard about it from various co-workers. I won’t go into the details of the book itself as this is not a book review. Needless to say I highly recommend it to everyone, even to non-technical people.

One interesting topic (out of many in the book) Andy Hunt touches upon is what he calls L-mode and R-mode (L as in linear and R as in rich) of brain processing. Other similar and familiar, but not same, terms most people heard about include Left-Right brains, and Conscious-Subconscious.

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Quick review of Twelve South – Compass

Ever since I got the iPad, I’ve been on the look out for a stand. There are a few out on the market but none of them take my fancy either because a) cost too much, b) too clunky, c) too flimsy. That is until I heard of the Compass from Twelve South.


  • Good price point at $39.99
  • Solid metal construction
  • Nice packaging
  • Two orientations – Easel and Typing
  • Can be folded into a carry-able shape and size
  • Keep iPad high enough so connector can be attached while use in easel mode
  • Include a travel case


  • Heavy due to metal construction
  • Grippy “rubber” not as well-fitted/well-constructed as the metal part.
  • “Rubber” is not grippy enough to hold iPad in place in Typing mode. At least with my iPad, it slides down very slowly until it reaches the desk.

Despite the heavy weight, I’ll definitely take it with me the next time I travel so I won’t need to hold the iPad with my hand to watch videos or read books.

More photos of the Compass on Flickr.

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