Just Three Things

On January 3, 2007, in Opinion, by Bruce Black


Back in May of ‘04, I wrote about why I felt that it was time for Apple Computer to finally introduce a two-button mouse for the Mac. As most folks know by now, they finally did just that. The Apple “Mighty Mouse” retails for $49.99 (hard-wired version) at the Apple store. I’ve tried it, several times in fact, at my local Apple stores in Burlington, MA. Hmmm,,, Sorry but no thanks. That little track ball is difficult to control, and the buttons? I just cannot seem to get them to feel right. I know, I know; it must be me. Consider it said.

At the moment, my mouse of choice is the Kensington optical Pilot Mouse. Now, this is what I call a fistful of mouse. It’s good sized, and has nice rubber grips on the sides. The scroll wheel is pretty precise, when I’m not using my Griffin Powermate. (Damn, those things are addictive!) This is what a mouse should be, in my own strange opinion. If Apple’s mouse works for you, well, knock yourself out.

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MyMac Podcast 92
Zune and More

On July 27, 2006, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Macspiration
Three Things a Switcher Should Know

On September 13, 2005, in Macspiration, Opinion, by Donny Yankellow

When I heard MyMac.com Publisher’s Tim Robertson announce on the weekly podcast that he was looking for someone to write a “How to” column for MyMac.com I thought, “I can do that.” At work and at home I am the person everyone calls when they have a problem or need help with their Macs. I figured I could put something together that made sense. So, a few emails and a phone call later, here I am starting my first article.

When I was trying to figure out what to write about for these articles, I decided to go with what I help people do on their Macs every day, and just turn those experiences into articles. Within the last month several people at the school where I teach have become “Switchers” and are using Macs for the first time. When I set up their computers I gave them a quick crash course on the Mac. A perfect topic for my first article.

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Mighty Mouse
Review

On August 8, 2005, in Review, by David K Every


Finally, a multi-button mouse from the big Apple; and with a few new cool features to boot. I ran out to my “local” Apple store, a mere 40 miles away, and was the first on my block to fork out my $49.95 for mine. I probably could have saved a few bucks by using either an Education (Student/Teacher) or Developer discount; but frankly the $5 difference wasn’t worth the effort. Even-though I was in the store early, I got one of the last few they had. So was it worth it? Read on.

History

In the 80’s and the early 90’s I was raving about the superiority of the single button mouse. User studies had showed that people got confused when using a mouse with more than one button, and that double-click and click and drag were far easier for people to understand as well as less error prone than a right or left click (two button mice), or worse, right or center or left click (three button mice).

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