Tag Archives: mouse

10/GUI — Meh …

My husband sent me video of the “10/Gui” multi-touch mouse replacement.

Link

Yay — put the touch interface physically on the user’s desk instead of in the screen.  The first thing that  came to mind watching the video is “nice”, but show me how you type accurately at keyboard speed.  And with that I’m at “meh.”  Also introduced in the video is the idea of a linear windows management system.  I immediately blanched on this idea.  I’ve never encountered the problem this guy described.  My windows always pop up where they were last opened or closed and I like having layers of different windows from which little pieces peek out so I can see what I’ve got open.  I also like arranging my PC desktop how I like — but then again I’m sitting in front of two very large flat panels, multi-tasking away as I translate and monitor my e-mail/RSS Feeds  …

This is not to say the concept is bad.  It’s just that having a huge touchpad below a traditional keyboard causes ergonomic issues of it’s own.  Basically, a keyboard and mouse are placed at the same distance in front of the user so the user is in a neutral position regardless of which device he or she is using.  Along this line I see a five-fingered multi-touch mouse  or an integrated keyboard/touch interface device instead.  I’ve seen the a keyboard/touch device on a PS3  where the keys on the keyboard can be used as the touch interface.  As for a flat touch keyboard, that allows for all kinds of modifications and customization based on application by pairing it with a screen underneath the surface.  People could create their own interfaces with a few “primitives,” which could have great possibilities for gaming, image editing, music making, and things like Bloomberg.  Manufacturers could make one keyboard for all languages.  In combination with haptics (or the likes), keyboard-like feedback could be provided, thereby creating a very familiar experience.

Personally, though, I’m very happy with the mouse.  A lot can be done with very little movement, plus mice are quite inexpensive and space friendly.

iPhone: Consequences of not Updating

My phone has been dead for two days.  At first I thought the cellular networks were jammed with people freaking out, but it turns out that my iPhone was deactivated because I had not updated it via iTunes.  I shudder to think about what could have happened if I were on vacation without a computer to synch the phone up with iTunes.  Again … I hate iTunes or maybe this time I hate Apple.  I still love my iPhone, though.

Continuing on this theme of IT — I got a new mouse.  It’s pink and it works (no way Mr. Kuroneko003 will touch this mouse).  I threw the old mouse in the electronics recycling bin at my local Best Buy.  They also have a bin to throw old batteries in.  Yay!  I had a sack of them in the kitchen.  Then I bought a copy of “Iron Man” on Blu-Ray.  Um … the Blu-Ray software that came with my laptop didn’t seem well integrated.  It took about 10-mins for the disc to load and then once it loaded it would not accept mouse input.  I don’t know if it is the player software or some really bad Flash programming that’s behind that fun.  Either way I was mildly annoyed.  Now that I know, I guess I’ll be driving with my keyboard — or perhaps I’m supposed to be using the little remote that came with the computer and/or the DVD player buttons on the laptop itself.  Still, I should be able to mouse through the DVD menu!!!  AUGH!!!!  I also don’t appreciate how HP has integrated itself into the DVD player software.  I uninstalled and bought upgraded software using the link given by HP.  I didn’t think that it would still be HP badged/tainted.  AUGH!!!