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BTW everyone...
I've been using trackballs longer than pretty much anyone I know. I have two TrackMan Marble+ trackballs on my desk at work, one for each box. I don't use one at home simply because I use my laptop with the touchpad and. I have a couple more for my other systems if I ever put them back online. I bought I bunch of these before they went and revised their shape several years ago - the newer shape doesn't fit my hand as nicely. Some of the ones I have are old enough to be pure PS/2, some are USB with the adapters. I've been a trackball advocate for a long time.

So thanks to everyone who has suggested using a trackball in response to my carpal post, but I've got that covered. :-) I probably won't be typing as much the next week in Vegas, so that may help. And if not, I'll look into the brace.

I am: crappy crappy
Current Media: The Cure: Hot Hot Hot!!!

reddragdiva From: reddragdiva Date: December 29th, 2004 01:41 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
How are touchpads, though? My mousing hand likes them lots better than any trackball ever.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: December 29th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I used to *hate* touchpads - with a passion. I wouldn't consider a laptop with one, I'd go for the 'trackpoint' aka 'clit mouse'. (I once made the mistake of calling it a clit mouse at work in conversation...) But in the past few years the tech seems to have greatly improved. I find using the one on my HP notebook to be second nature. And they included scroll areas with texture to make it easy to do scrolling too.
reddragdiva From: reddragdiva Date: December 29th, 2004 01:47 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
GODDAMN I hate scroll areas. I disable them first.

But yeah, I started using a touchpad with my 2001 work laptop and it was REALLY NICE. I have one on my 2004 work laptop (this one) and, er, it's defective and I'll need it repaired ;-) There's nothing quite as annoying as trying to operate a graphical browser with a random mouse cursor ...
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: December 29th, 2004 01:56 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
That's what I like abou this one - the scroll areas are basically 'outside' the touch pad. It is a row of ridges to you have tactile feedback of scrolling, like the clicks of a mouse wheel. And the touchback it bigger, and not as recessed as most I've seen.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: December 29th, 2004 01:57 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
'touchback it bigger'? Man, this headache has me fucked up... 'touchpad is bigger'
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: December 29th, 2004 02:21 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I meant to apologize for starting off a stream of people saying you needed a trackball. I can't even use one anymore, so the irony was profound.