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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 06:23pm on 15/01/2008 under , , ,
Every so often I look at Apple's laptops, such as the just-announced ultra-thin MacBook Air and think "hmm, those are nice, maybe I should get one of those sometime."

Then I notice (again) that there's only one "mouse" button. I use three all the time (in Linux the middle button is a quick Paste of whatever's highlighted, and also opens links in a new tab). I could even get by with two buttons. But not one. And adding an external mouse kind of misses the point of ultra-portability.

Maybe someday there'll at least be a way to retrofit another button or two in there. Until then, sadly, no Macbook for me.
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posted by [identity profile] stega.livejournal.com at 07:50pm on 16/01/2008
I've used all sorts of laptops over the years and when I stop to think about it, I'm so keyboard focused that the number of buttons isn't even an issue. If/when I need a right click, I just use the standard modifier key and wa-la.
 
posted by [identity profile] tesinth.livejournal.com at 12:33am on 17/01/2008
I tend to be one of those "the more buttons, the better" guys. I highly prefer a thumb operated trackball, but have gotten use to using a regular mouse again at work. Got a new system there a couple of months ago and the mouse has all sorts of buttons: right/left click (of course), scroll wheel that (center) clicks and moves left and right (the wheel on my trackball at home doesn't move left/right so it gets a bit frustrating moving between the two), and also back and forward buttons on the right side where your thumb is, which creates all sorts of amusement in our web-based procurement/HR systems. Granted, there is something awesome about the single button on Mac mice, sorta like the old Atari controllers, "Yeah, we only give you one button, but its the only button you'll ever need!"

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