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Is the computer 'mouse' becoming extinct?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Nick, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Oct 8, 2012 #1 of 34

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    “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.com/showthread.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
    Full article here
  2. Oct 8, 2012 #2 of 34
    Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    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.
  3. Oct 8, 2012 #3 of 34

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    You can have my mouse when you pry it from my cold, dead hand!!!

  4. Oct 8, 2012 #4 of 34
    B Newt

    B Newt Icon

    Aug 12, 2007
    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.
  5. Oct 8, 2012 #5 of 34

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    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).
  6. Oct 8, 2012 #6 of 34

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    I'm hooked on these:


    I may even have to buy a couple of spares to have on hand, 'just in case'.
  7. Oct 8, 2012 #7 of 34
    Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    I have been using them for almost a decade now...
    Various versions, but trackballs are the best...

    Once you get used to it....
  8. Oct 8, 2012 #8 of 34
    Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    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.

  9. Oct 8, 2012 #9 of 34

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    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?
  10. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    Logitech M570 Wireless
  11. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    I'm right handed, so prefer this model, especially if no space to move a mouse:
    What is puzzling me why the simple thing is selling at amazon for $500 ?! :eek2:
  12. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    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:
  13. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I still like my G7 mouse. Came with two batteries, charges in the receiver. Battery low, just swap them.
  14. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    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.
  15. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...
    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.
  16. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Did they steal the game from Apple too?

  17. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    If you don't like a mouse, Windows 8 is your friend. Otherwise, it'll stink like a skunk.
  18. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    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.
  19. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    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?
  20. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    use 12 foot pole :D

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