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Apple Magic Trackpad Review


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Apple’s Magic Trackpad is definitely magical. It made some money disappear from my wallet faster than you can count it out. If you’ve been used to the way Apple does their trackpads, then you’ll be familiar with this device. There’s no real moving parts so to speak. It does have a large surface, and looks sort of like one of Apple’s keyboards – minus the keys. It works well so far, even if it doesn’t recognize gestures and swipes from my chin or nose.

One thing that is notable about the packaging is that on the back you will find everything you could possibly do with the Magic Trackpad. You don’t have to read the instruction manual to find out how to zoom, right-click and more. It’s very intuitive and very helpful.

The whole surface of the Trackpad is a big button. This lets you click or double-click anywhere on its surface. The Magic Trackpad also supports a full set of gestures, such as two-finger scrolling, pinch to zoom, rotate with fingertips, three-finger swipes and switchingg btween applications with four fingers.

Even though it doesn’t recognize other body parts very well when I use them on the surface, I’m still pretty happy with my new Magick Trackpad. Have you used one of these yet? What are your thoughts?

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Is a Virtual Friend a Real Friend?

Recently, I asked you whether you had met anyone in “real” life who you had become friends with online. Today, I read a heart-wrenching post on Geeks. One of our long-time community members unexpectedly lost his mom two days ago. The poster talks about how he lives several hundred miles from his family. While waiting to travel home, he turned to his friends in our community for support.

The support was instant and unconditional. This reinforces the fact that you don’t have to necessarily meet someone face-to-face in order to form a true and lasting bond. Many deep friendships are made online, only to have the involved persons never lay eyes on each other (beyond webcams and photos). I see it happen every day. I witness the bonds that many of our regular community members share.

This is why I do what I do, folks… YOU. I love the community… the bonds that are formed… the lasting relationships that withstand time and distance. The community we have is why Kat loves her job so much, as well. She’s said it many times, and seeing the post from this community member just proves her point. In the twelve or so years she has been managing communities online, she has been fortunate to form friendships with people from all around the world. These people laugh with each other, cry with each other… get angry together and then become happy again together. They go through life’s experiences together… and that is such an amazing thing to witness.

What are your thoughts? Have you experienced the real power of friendship through a virtual friend? How has someone(s) you may only know online touched or changed your life? Feel free to share your own thoughts on one of our community sites. There are a lot of good things being posted on a daily basis by all of you!

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Do You Want a Tablet for Your PC or Mac?


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What’s your favorite input device? Maybe your favorite is your mouse or a track pad. Have you thought about trying something different – maybe a tablet surface, in conjunction with a stylus and a mouse? As long as your computer has a USB port, you can control it using either the stylus or the mouse!

The Genius MousePen Graphics Tablet is likely one of the coolest new gadgets you’ll find. The 6-Inch x 8-Inch working area with the cordless pen and mouse is great for Windows and MAC users to write, draw, sketch or sign emails. Just click the pen on any of the 29 programmable shortcut keys for instant access to Office and Internet functions.

You can use it to enter text in some kind of application on your computer. You can use it to edit photos, or even paint! It’s a pressure-sensitive device – up to 1024 levels, which is a tad tricky to get used to. I did my best trying to demonstrate it!

It’s not only a fantastic media tool for designers, a fun input device for a computer. Improve your hand-eye coordination while using the coolest and hottest new input device.

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The Problem with Trackpads

Fellow geek Psorakis Yannis has an issue with cursor control:

I was wondering what’s your best pointing device excluding the mouse. I am totally annoyed by the fact that all laptop companies focus on trackpads. Touch surfaces are not accurate, they are very dependant on the pointing distance, they won’t work if your fingers are sweaty, and they have accidental clicks all the time, especially when you use the keyboard because you wrist often touches them.

I find IBM’s “pointing stick” (the little red dot) as the best mouse alternative. It is accurate, it is has infinite pointing distance, it minimizes the transition time between writing on the keyboard and pointing, and uses a very small portion of the laptop surface. I used it on my old Toshiba with excellent results, even to the point of playing games if I didn’t have a mouse available.

I don’t understand why the laptop manufacturers do not adopt that technology. Maybe because it appears “old fashioned”? Dunno. What’s your opinion? Which do you think is the best mouse alternative for laptops?

Honestly, I used to hate trackpads / touchpads, but quickly got used to them when I was given the choice between them on one particular notebook computer (one of the last IBM-branded ThinkPads). The nub actually caused undue strain on my inner wrist, whereas the trackpad was virtually frictionless. You can always adjust the sensitivity on ’em, too. I do carry a portable USB mouse with me when I travel, but seldom use it.

Everybody seems to have a different favorite; there is no “one size fits all” for input or output devices. The best alternative is the one that you like. I’ve taken heat for being in love with Apple’s Mighty Mouse – it fits my hand, the omnidirectional scroller is a dream come true, and I don’t need much more in a mouse than what it offers. I also love multitouch touchpads on notebooks – to the point where if I use a device that doesn’t have one, I feel limited and frustrated.

What alternative would my friends recommend?

Why a Mac Does not Need a Second Mouse Button

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I get so tired of people saying that you cannot right click or scroll with a Mac. That is absolutely false, and I’m going to show you how to enable these functions.

On your Mac, open your System Preferences. This is basically the same thing as the Windows Control Panel. Once in System Preferences, open Keyboard and Mouse area. Click on the “Trackpad” tab.

Once in the Trackpad tab, look down under “Gestures”. Wow… what do you know? You can place a check in the box next to “use two fingers to scroll”, as well as next to “tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click”. That is your right click function. I don’t know why they called it a ‘secondary click’, but it’s the basic right click.

You can, of course, hold down Control and click the trackpad, but why would you do that? It’s so fast, easy and convenient to use two fingers to tap. Once you do, I promise you’ll never think twice about it again.

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