Nice article, Jeff!
I have been using a frighteningly similar setup for about three years.
Ratpoison has truly stood the test of time as a viable window manager
for mouse-less computing. I have found that an Emacs and Ratpoison
X11 session suits all my needs as an alternative desktop environment
and window manager combination. Using the keyboard exclusively,
without a doubt, is considerably faster than having to frequently
reach for the mouse.
Unfortunately, on those occasions where I find myself working with any
other setup (on my wife's or parents' computer), I am decidedly
miserable. I fumble about with the mouse and inadvertently type
prefix keys to no avail. To me, that is a tribute to how a setup like
this can become second nature despite an initial counterintuitive