Friday, October 01, 2010

A Moment of Geek: Mouse Scroll Wheel Fun

That tip rocks, man. Bring on the dancing mouses.

This might make us look like geeks, but we'll try to stay humble.

We came across a little websurfing technique we find useful, and you might, too. Have you ever been listening to a song on Yahoo Media Player or some other player at a blog and while grooving mightily, decided to click on a link to another page? Suddenly the song crashes to a halt. The groove is gone. The buzz is harshed.

Well, try this: click the link with the mouse scroll wheel. That should open the link in a new tab. Left-click the new tab, explore the new page, and the song continues to roll (or rock or both) merrily along. You can close a tab by clicking the "x" or by clicking the tab with theyou guessed itmouse scroll wheel.

Here, try it out, if you like. Start the song below and then click the LP title or MySpace link with. . .what? Yes, very good, the mouse scroll wheel.


If you're not using a mouse (e.g., on a laptop), do Ctrl-left click. MacBookers do Apple Command-click.

By the way, you don't have to be listening to a song to click links with the mouse scroll wheel. Sometimes I have fun just opening new tab after new tab after new tab, ad joysium. But then I live an impossibly solitary, nasty, brutish little life (except for the music).

Of course, you could also open a new window with Ctrl-N or Apple Command-N. But let's not get carried away here. Or should we?. . . . .Nnnnmaybe. . .

One more thing: At SXSW 2006, Echo & The Bunnymen put on one of the most powerful shows I've ever seen or heard; yes, more powerful than Metallica on the And Justice for All Tour (and with far less spitting). But I ramble.

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