New Mouse Design
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By etrigan - Last updated: Thursday, August 7, 2003 - Save & Share - 5 Comments

Stealing an “article”:http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/08/07/1551259&mode=thread&tid=126&tid=189 from “/.”:http://slashdot.org again: According to “BBC News”:http://news.bbc.co.uk there is a new “Microsoft Mouse”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3131453.stm design on the horizon that would allow the scroll wheel to be pushed left and right, too, allowing horizontal scrolling. The /. guy asks

bq. ??How long before I get a trackball embedded in my mouse???

and I have to agree except for one problem I can’t seem to get around. If I put a track-ball where the scroll wheel is, how can I accurately click it?

Which leads to my question for you: do you ever click your mouse wheel? could you do without that particular click?

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5 Responses to “New Mouse Design”

Comment from jank
Time August 7, 2003 at 5:08 pm

I don’t click the wheel, and get pretty annoyed when it accidentally gets clicked. The tilting sounds like a great way to work with spreadsheets.

I use a Microsoft Trackball Optical on my Windows machines. Trackballs beat the snot out of mice, IMO, but my favorite part of the MSTBO are the forward and back buttons on the outside edges of the regular right and left buttons. Really helpful for negotiating hyperlinks without using the browser arrows.

Comment from cynsmith
Time August 7, 2003 at 5:11 pm

Thank you for reminding me to bug the IT guys at work for a mouse with a scroll wheel. I’m stuck in 1997 there…

I never click the scroll wheel at home, but I like the sound of the tilting wheel, as jank said – for excel

Comment from jank
Time August 7, 2003 at 5:27 pm

The only reason I’ve got the trackball is $25 and a lunch hour run to Best Buy. One of our IT guys came down to install a new piece of software on my machine, and couldn’t figure out how to work the trackball.

Comment from KellyMc
Time August 7, 2003 at 6:10 pm

Often I’ll use it to activate alt-fire modes in games. It’s particularly good for Wolfenstein Enemy Territory (or as Cynthia knows it, “Wolfowitz”) when you want to turn on the sniper scope, then you can scroll the wheel to zoom in and out.

As for trackballs on top of mice. I think the 360 degrees of freedom would be a problem. Clicking would be fine as long as they make it stiff enough so you don’t accidentally click.

Comment from Jank
Time August 7, 2003 at 9:32 pm

Maybe not trackballs – how ’bout the pointy stick on Big Bl*e laptops or on the Dell laptops with the dual point keyboards? This I could see as feasible.

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