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Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

Dave!I really needed a good night's sleep so I could be fully functional this morning. So last night I did something I rarely do: take a couple of sleeping pills. Unfortunately, a pack of barking dogs decided to set up shop under my window at 2am, so my slumber was rudely interrupted. I did manage to get back to sleep, but now I feel like a zombie... sluggish and unable to concentrate.

I don't usually start into the Coke with Lime until much later, but I am hopeful that drinking a couple of caffeine-laden cans at 7am will sufficiently drive the sleeping drugs from my system. Until then, I thought that I would wander around the internet for a while and see what's new.

Still in a narcoleptic state, I read the news that Apple has FINALLY released a two-button mouse. Needless to say, I thought I must be delusional. Especially when I see that they have named it "Mighty Mouse." But, alas, it's real...

Mighty Mouse

Sure it still looks like a one-button mouse but, you know Apple, they can't ever do things the easy way... they had to go and use touch-sensors instead of unsightly buttons. On top of that, they decided to one-up the scroll wheel with a "360° scroll ball" and add couple of squeezable sensors on the sides as well. Sounds nifty-keen.

Of course, I simply had to have one, so there goes $50 I probably didn't need to be spending. Such is the price for being an Apple whore.

Movie Quotable of the Day: "She's safe, just like I promised. She's all set to marry Norrington, just like she promised. And you get to die for her, just like you promised. So we're all men of our word really. Except for Elizabeth who is, in fact, a woman."
Yesterday's Answer: Akira (1988) by Katsuhiro Otomo.

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  1. Kevin says:

    Pirates of the Caribbean.

    I wonder how much money Apple had to dish out to obtain those naming rights? That would have to be trademarked, wouldn’t it?

    Pretty cool mouse. Definitely an aesthetic beauty. Wonder how well it works. And I’m also wondering about the point of the 360 ball. Why would you need to scroll sideways? The point of the Windows scroll wheel was to line up and line down. How often can you possibly ever have to “scroll sideways”?

    Hmmm… that just made me remember the line from Funny Farm about “flash sideways.”

  2. mrjerz says:

    The sideways scrolling will be great for applications like Illustrator, Photoshop, or otehr design ones where you might want a really large window open and need to scroll all around.

    Dave, I expect a full review of this thing. It looks awesome, and the touch sensor thing on the side seems to address the biggest issue I have with Dashboard – that I have to hit a key to get it. I’d love a mouse click(touch) to bring it up. Go figure, Apple takes an old, stagnant idea and improves on it while people are banging them for never having the old one to begin with. I love this company.

  3. karla says:

    I am currently at my parents’ house, and my Dad is a Macophile. Just thought you might enjoy knowing that for this week, I will be using a new G5 with a 20 inch screeen and an Airport Extreme that looks like a little flying saucer with feet. This whole new Mac set up of Dad’s is SWEET. Mom even got a new laptop….Mac of course. I am contemplating stealing it…ok not really. well maybe. My dad has his Mac store guy on speed dial, and they have lunch together whenever Dad is in town.
    Maybe I can get Dad t hat new mouse for his birthday…is it out his week?

  4. xtine says:

    took me a moment then I channeled my inner depp/keith richards. great quote.

  5. Neil T. says:

    No wireless? 🙁

    After a couple of months with a wireless mouse and keyboard I’m surprised I put up with cables as long as I did. As a home user I’m not totally sold on the need for 360° scrolling but I can imagine professionals using Photoshop and the like would like it. £35 isn’t too bad considering the nice design but my wireless keyboard and mouse together cost the same.

    Still, it must really be starting to get cold in hell now that Apple is selling 2-button mice. What next, they port OS X to the x86 architecture? Oh, wait…

  6. Dave2 says:

    I had a wireless mouse/keyboard, but got tired of replacing batteries and went back to wired. I’m sure Apple will be releasing a wireless version eventually, but I’m not sure I’d upgrade.

    I am most looking forward to the 360° ball, as it will be really helpful in my work. Kind of similar to Apple’s scrolling trackpad in functionality (which I truly wish I could add to my aging PowerBook).

    Oh… and Karla… steal! STEAL LIKE THE WIND! They’re your parents, it’s not like they will call the police. 🙂

  7. kazza says:

    I just had a go of one. The left and right buttons, while invisible, work fine. The scrolly ball feels ok, although a little small after using a bit wheel. It didn’t work sideways on my pc, I guess I might need a driver to do that. The squeeze button on the left side worked ok as a back button, although I like my Microsoft mouse back (and forward) buttons much more betterer.

    Enjoy 🙂

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