We use them dozens of times a day: The Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+V shortcuts that trigger Undo, Cut, Copy, and Paste. But where did they come from, and why does Windows use those particular keys for those functions? We’ll explain. It Goes Way Back to Apple The story of Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+V shortcuts for Undo, Cut, Copy, and Paste in Windows goes back to the very early 1980s. The earliest ancestor of these shortcuts appeared on the Apple Lisa computer in 1983. The Lisa was a precursor of the Macintosh and Apple’s first mouse-based computer. While developing the user interface for the Lisa, Apple programmer Larry Tesler chose to use the Z, X, C, and V keys in conjunction with the Lisa’s Apple key to represent Undo, Cut, Copy, and Paste. Together, they made Apple+Z, Apple+X, Apple+C, and Apple+V. In a circa-2016 email to Dr. Brad A. Myers of Carnegie Mellon University, Tesler described exactly why he chose those specific letters: The Lisa was the … [Read more...] about The Origins of Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+X, and Ctrl+Z Explained
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Your processor should be fast enough to handle your usage, but determining how fast that is can be tricky. From browsing the internet to online gaming, your computer’s CPU speed can make a huge impact on how it performs. What Does a CPU Do? Before figuring out how fast your computer’s central processing unit (CPU) should be, it’s important to understand what a CPU does and how it functions. You can think of a CPU as your PC’s heart; it requires lots of components to make it work, but without it, your computer wouldn’t be alive. The CPU gets fed information from applications and programs, decodes it, then executes it into action. This can be anything from launching a game to saving a Word processing document. RELATED What Is RAM? Everything You Need to Know While the CPU does a lot of the legwork in your PC, it also sends data to other components like your GPU and RAM . These components will respond by completing an action, such as displaying a visual … [Read more...] about How Fast Should My Computer’s CPU Be?
Move over, Thom Browne, and your stuffy leather trimmings! Samsung has a better collaboration in the wings. The Pokémon Edition of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is official, and it comes with a host of accessories that transform the folding phone into a bonafide Pokédex for the real world. Where was this collaboration when the Z Flip 3 launched last summer? It’s so cute, and perfect for Pokémon Go as it somehow continues to maintain relevance 6 years after launch. The bundle includes the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in a special box with a heaping of Pokémon -themed accessories. If the default Pikachu isn’t your starter, there’s a picture case with swappable cards. (Since we’re sharing, I’m more of a Squirtle Sun with a Bulbasaur Rising.) There’s also a clear cover set, a pouch that looks like a Pokédex with a lanyard strap, a Pikachu tail keychain, and a PokéBall stand. As for the Z Flip 3 itself, it comes preloaded with Pokémon ringtones, themes, and wallpapers. (I’m curious … [Read more...] about Samsung’s Pokémon-themed Galaxy Z Flip 3 is like a real life Pokédex
It l sales are ramping up , and the industry expects both demands to climb even higher through the end of the decade. The downside of this demand is resource scarcity, which will affect EV battery prices. As CNBC reports, the next four to five years will see EV and battery cell prices spike. The main driver of these increases is the growing scarcity of lithium, a major component in battery cell production. An analysis by Fastmarkets from last year E Source Sam Jaffe pointed out to CNBC , “You cannot make the batteries if you don’t mine the lithium.” Automakers have been aware of this looming shortage and have called for more mining. Many are starting to partner with the mines themselves: GM has made an investment in an Australian mining company’s efforts to extract lithium from California’s Salton Sea; BMW purchased over half a billion Euros of lithium in Australia. has also for more lithium mining. Advertisement So, … [Read more...] about Lithium Shortage Expected to Spike EV Prices and Battery Costs
Having recently sold my 1971 Datsun 240Z, I was left with holes in both my heart and my garage. Both voids have been satisfyingly filled by the recent acquisition of a triple-black 2001 Porsche Boxster. Let’s take a look at what my new-to-me 986 needs. Then you can decide if I’ve bitten off more Boxster than I can chew. Many of us have our “Pandemic Projects.” If you do happen to go out for non-essential shopping these days, you’ll likely notice empty shelves in the craft, home exercise and bicycle sections of a lot of stores. With more home-time than my life previously afforded I, too, have taken on a new project, though the care and feeding of a Porsche Boxster may demand a greater commitment than scrapbooking or treadmill time. Advertisement Now, I’ve never been an early adopter. I honestly have never had the finances to enjoy the latest and greatest of... well, anything. No, what I’m really all about is buying refurbished tech and taking advantage of … [Read more...] about Here’s Everything Wrong (And Right) With My New-To-Me Porsche Boxster
GM made just the right car, at just the right price, with just enough range, in just the right place, at just the right time. It’s just not in America. All that and more in The Morning Shift for June 7, 2021. 1st Gear: GM Has A Hit In China I will stop talking about the Hong Guan Mini EV when the Hong Guan Mini EV stops being so utterly fascinating to me. The SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture has an absolute hit on its hands, with the Mini becoming the best-selling EV in China, thanks in Advertisement There is a lot more to the charm and success of this car, which offers just what consumers want and nothing they don’t, as Bloomberg details in a recent report on the car: The Hong Guang Mini is the brainchild of SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., a joint venture between SAIC Motor Corp. and Guangxi Automobile Group Co., two state-backed automakers, and U.S. giant General Motors Co. Based in the city of Liuzhou, known for its limestone mountains and … [Read more...] about Reminder: GM Is Killing It In Low-Cost EVs