Apple decided to copy a feature from the PC world and unveiled a mouse with multiple buttons and a scroll wheel… pardon me: scroll ball.
Since the introduction of the first Macintosh in 1984 Apple has been using single button computer mice. This is nothing short of a revolution.
The new Mighty Mouse now also offers shortcut buttons on the left and right side of the device: press the button together with the scroll ball and OS X Tiger will start up an application - the users picks which one.
The Apple mouse still looks a lot prettier than your average ergonomic Microsoft model. You can't even see that it has a left and right click option.
But looks aren't everything. In today's age of carpal tunnel syndrome, users suffering from this handicap have cursed Apple's mouse design for being unpractical.
I personally used to have a Microsoft Natural keyboard with my iMac. It worked fined until an Apple update broke the multimedia keys. Apple had never heard of the problem before, and even though their software update caused the problem, they didn't consider it their problem. When I called the support line, the amazed helpdesk technician could only stutter: "But… why would you want to use a Microsoft keyboard?"
Ergonomics, buddy. The Microsoft model might not look as nice, it doesn't make my fingers hurt after a day's work.
On to call Microsoft. They didn't whine about why I used a Mac (winning them a lot of sympathy points), understood my problem and promised to call me back within 5 days.
Three days later Apple issued patch that fixed the problem and as promised Microsoft called to check in on the problem. I'll vow for my Microsoft keyboard and mouse any time.
Photo courtesy of Apple
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