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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. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    I never liked trackpads on any laptops and still don't. But the Apple Magic Trackpad is a horse of a different trackpad. Much better and I haven't used a mouse since I got it.

    As to controlling a computer from across the room? I used some app I got for my iPad (sorry don't remember which one) that needed a 'server' app to run on the PC. Worked very well.
  2. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I have been wondering that exact same thing. Even if I had a touchscreen HDTV I sure am not getting up and standing next to it just to use the computer.

    My HDTV is my only display for computer and all AV/V devices.

    I do not mind a touchpad. In fact my wireless keyboard has a built-in touchpad under the keyboard portion so I can hold it with one hand and use the other to type, click etc. I also have a mouse since there are some things a mouse does better.

    Also a Touchpad is likely to cause carpal tunnel IMO.
  3. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    I've been using mice with my desktops for 20 years, and a touchpad with my various notebooks for over 12 years and never had a problem -- carpel tunnel for either has never been an issue for me. Less strain than constantly swiping on a smart phone, I would imagine.
  4. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...
    Kinect and Voice Control!
  5. AntAltMike

    AntAltMike Hall Of Fame

    Nov 20, 2004
    They don't know how to use the abacus either. :nono2:

    When I first started using a computer, there was no viewing screen

    I have a wireless mouse I bought for use with what is now my back-up laptop, and old Dell. It had a chronic touch pad sensitivity problem, such that, the heels of my hands would often inadvertently move the cursor, so I now disable the mousepad when it is convenient for me to use a discrete mouse.

    BTW, disabling the touch pad on some Dell computers takes some effort. While plugging in what I think is called an old PS/2 mouse automatically disables the touch pad on those computers, plugging in a USB mouse does not, and unless the Dell laptop has been set up with a "Synaptic controller" (which can be obtained for free from their website), then one has to go into BIOS to temporarily disable the touch pad, and since that requires a boot-up, disabling the pad that way actually takes several minutes to complete..
  6. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Yes, right after Apple stole it from Xerox. ;) :D

  7. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    As a user of both a touch and mouse interface...there are pros and cons to each...and many applications are actually quite cumbersome to execute with a touch UI...it'll take generations to revised those user interactions.

    Having also seen an in-depth presentation of WIN8 on a tablet and PC...I can simply say I will be in no hurry whatsoever to adopt that OS version.

    I don't see the mouse going away (extinct) in the next 10 years.
  8. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    I would see something [(C) by me ;) ] like a lightweight ring on my finger(s) what will sense its movements and send the info to PC by BT or other wireless way. No need a touch pad or holding something in my hands to control a computer that way.
  9. donebu

    donebu New Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Is the computer 'mouse' becoming extinct? I hope not.
  10. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    I'm still finding that for content creation a mouse is still much better than touch devices. And there are still some applications for digitizer pads.

    For browsing, viewing, and simple content manipulation, touch is very good.

  11. txtommy

    txtommy Icon

    Dec 30, 2006
    Voice control and voice recognition programs are fine provided you have a private room with no one to disturb. Two people in the same room running different programs or someone trying to watch tv or read a book can be a problem.
  12. txtommy

    txtommy Icon

    Dec 30, 2006
    Wireless touchpad? I agree as I also hate touchpads. I've been forced to use them on laptops for a number of years but still find that if I don't deactivate them I inadvertently touch the pad and do bad things including delete entire documents. Touch screen is ok under the right circumstances but give me the good old mouse.
  13. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Learning and using key commands can eliminate a lot of inconveniences of touch pads.....

    I wish there were commands to activate "Submit Reply", or "Subscribe to Thread".....
  14. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I turn the Touchpad on or off on my Satellite Pro with Fn F9 and a older model has touchpad enable disable software.

    I've seen HPs with a switch above the touchpad to turn it on and off.

    That is a feature to look for when buying a laptop.


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