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I once slipped up and used the informal name in mixed company at work. It was years ago. Fortunately, the people I was talking to either didn't notice, or didn't care.

I used to really prefer these, because early touch pads totally sucked. I also hated how they tended to be recessed into a hole in the case, which never felt right to me. But I actually like the newer designs. The only on this HP laptop is flush with the bezel, not recessed, which I like. It is also larger very smooth, which is nice. And it has something the pointer never had - scroll. There is a bar on the right that works like a scroll wheel. And I've seen even newer pads with another one across the bottom for left/right scrolling. The one thing I miss on the laptop is a dedicated middle button. (Yeah, I know I can hit both to emulate it, but it is lame.)

Random factoid about me - I despise mice. I don't mean the furry things, I mean computer mice. I own a number of Logitech Trackman Marble+ trackballs that I use when I have a desktop machine. I managed to acquire several before they changed their design - the old design fits my hand better.

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rbarclay From: rbarclay Date: April 2nd, 2007 08:11 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
But the hug-me-love-me-pat-me-touchy-feely thing on new HP laptops still generates left-click events at absolutely non-deterministic points. My conclusion that this system is complete&utter crap and defective by design still stands.
etherial From: etherial Date: April 2nd, 2007 11:31 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

re: touchy-feely thing

I hate that. If there was a way to turn my trackpad off without spilling coffee on it, I'd be all over it.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 2nd, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Huh - I haven't experienced that. Come to think of it, I don't think I can *make* it left click when I try. Maybe it is something I disabled, or my laptop just doesn't support clicking by tapping on the pad.
stormcrow42 From: stormcrow42 Date: April 2nd, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
There is a setting to disable clicking by just tapping. I always disable it on laptops I use, it drives me nuts if I leave it on.
roninspoon From: roninspoon Date: April 2nd, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I love the trackpad on my MacBook. Drag with two fingers, either vertically or horizontally, and it scrolls. Tap with both fingers and you get a right click. It's so intuitive that I miss it on my other laptops.
rhysara From: rhysara Date: April 2nd, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Informally, we call those trackballs "rats".