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Is the computer 'mouse' becoming extinct?


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#1 OFFLINE   Nick

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:57 AM

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“I don’t know what that is.”


Almost three years ago, I started a topic in this forum entitled,

"24 Things which are fast becoming extinct" http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=150630

One thing not included in that list, although it seems obvious now in retrospect, was the computer mouse. Isn't hindsight wonderful?

Today, columnist, Ariana Eunjung Cha writes in The Washington Post:

"(Students) who attend public schools here, are part of the first generation growing up with a computer interface that is vastly different from the one the world has gotten used to since the dawn of the personal-computer era in the 1980s."

From The Washington Post

October 7, 2012

SAN JOSE — Swipe, swipe, pinch-zoom. Fifth-grader Josephine Nguyen is researching the definition of an adverb on her iPad and her fingers are flying across the screen. Her 20 classmates are hunched over their own tablets doing the same.

Conspicuously absent from this modern scene of high-tech learning: a mouse.

Nguyen, who is 10, said she has used one before — once — but the clunky desktop computer/monitor/keyboard/mouse setup was too much for her.

“It was slow,” she recalled, “and there were too many pieces.”

Gilbert Vasquez, 6, is also baffled by the idea of an external pointing device named after a rodent.

“I don’t know what that is,” he said with a shrug. ...

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#2 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:06 AM

Extinct... no

At my board of education meeting last week, we had a technology break out session.

One of the problems the teachers are seeing, is that the Kindergardener's have not used a mouse... they are used to touch devices (And are very good with them).

The kids for the past 10 years, have been good with a mouse and pointer...
But they are seeing the trend where the kids now don't know how to use them any more and want to touch instead of click.

So it is a growing concern, because most desktops and laptops, don't employe touch technology... and frankly, we are still probably a good amount of time before we are completely click/pointer less...

When i first started to use a computer, there was no mouse.
I didn't see my first mouse, interface until high-school, and even then it was rare... and wasn't rally used.

wasn't until I think basically Windows 3.1, and maybe even Windows 95, that the mouse became the driving interface for most applications.



Look at our own jobs, untill we get a paradigm shift on the work equipment... mouse/click desktop is going to be here for a while.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:16 AM

You can have my mouse when you pry it from my cold, dead hand!!!

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:37 AM

I hope not! I cant stand touch pads on lap tops. I use my trusty USB mouse on my laptop. Up to a couple of weeks ago I was using a good ole wired mouse with the old fashion ball in it on my desktop computer, until my cat decided to chew the wire and short the mouse out. Now I use a usb wireless mouse on it now.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:36 PM

While my kids are fairly good with the touchscreen of my tablet, they're even better with a mouse which they use when using our home computer and the computers in school (they're 7 and 9).

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:50 PM

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I may even have to buy a couple of spares to have on hand, 'just in case'.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 02:23 PM

I'm hooked on these:

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I may even have to buy a couple of spares to have on hand, 'just in case'.


I have been using them for almost a decade now...
Various versions, but trackballs are the best...

Once you get used to it....
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#8 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 02:41 PM

Apple's had one for a while, but now Logitech is coming out with a track-pad for the desktop.

I prefer a mouse versus the notebook ones, but the size of them for the desktop might make them considerably more enjoyable to use for me.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:02 PM

I'm hooked on these:

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I may even have to buy a couple of spares to have on hand, 'just in case'.

As long as it wireless, I don't see a difference in ease of use.

How would like to change channels on a TV -- touching the screen or using a remote?

BTW, have a wireless mouse, but always prefer trackball. Is the one above wireless? If so what's the model number?
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:39 PM

Is the one above wireless? If so what's the model number?


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:29 PM

I'm right handed, so prefer this model, especially if no space to move a mouse:
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What is puzzling me why the simple thing is selling at amazon for $500 ?! :eek2:

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:56 PM

I've been using key commands as much as possible for about 25 years, and with the increased use of a laptop over the last several years, I hardly ever use a mouse. But when I do, I prefer Dos Equis....:eek2:
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:09 PM

I still like my G7 mouse. Came with two batteries, charges in the receiver. Battery low, just swap them.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 05:44 PM

I'm quite happy with my Microsoft mouse for my desktop and smaller Logitech mouse for my laptop. Both are wireless and go a long, long time between battery changes.

My daughter, though, prefers using the trackpad on her laptop.

My iPod Touch screen gets a bit messy with all the finger touching.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:51 AM

I found out recently the Microsoft included Solitaire on Windows for mouse practice. The idea of a mouse was new so they included a game that would help people learn how to use one.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:50 AM

I found out recently the Microsoft included Solitaire on Windows for mouse practice. The idea of a mouse was new so they included a game that would help people learn how to use one.


Did they steal the game from Apple too?

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:47 PM

If you don't like a mouse, Windows 8 is your friend. Otherwise, it'll stink like a skunk.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:28 AM

I found out recently the Microsoft included Solitaire on Windows for mouse practice. The idea of a mouse was new so they included a game that would help people learn how to use one.


Yes indeed. I taught introductory computer classes in the late 80's and actually had students practice using the mouse playing solitaire in our college computer lab. Most knew what a keyboard was but were unfamiliar with the mouse.
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:48 AM

NEVER been a fan of trackpads (Not really a fan of notebooks either). If the mouse goes away completely, and is replaced by touch screen, I have a fun question. How do I control my desktop (Yes, DESKTOP, full tower lol) computer when it's connected to my HDTV and I'm sitting 12 feet away?

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:18 PM

use 12 foot pole :D




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