I’ve come to a realization recently. Few things are more important to a modern geek than being efficient with keyboard shortcuts. This applies to both their main operating system and their applications, but especially within the context of their primary text editor. For anyone doing writing or programming I think these skills are absolutely vital.
To me the difference between having these skills and not having them is every bit as stark as being able to touch-type vs. not being able to. Sure, one can be a great writer or programmer, or tech-whatever without being able to touch-type, but it’s infinitely more difficult.
I’m going to learn to touch-type, and my editor is TextMate. ::