2005-08-03

OK, I want one

The truth is I haven't ever been entirely happy with the Kensington StudioMouse, and have always preferred the weighting and feeling of recent Apple mice. Now that they're buttonful, I don't think I can resist.

Unfortunately, the programmable features only function with Tiger, which is a deal breaker for me since I'm stuck on Panther until the IT people at school get around to releasing a version of the VPN software they use that's Tiger compatible.

UPDATE: Ars has a review.

4 Comments:

Blogger Zev said...

I am glad a fellow Mac-man can appreciate the full greatness of this new uber-toy.

03 August, 2005 11:48  
Blogger ginsbu said...

Don't think that I don't have my concerns. As much as I like two-button mice, usability on the Mac would suffer if programmers started to rely on contextual menus to access features of their programs. As it is now, they can't assume most users have two-button mice, and that provides some incentive to follow Apple's Human Interface Guidelines. In general, because contextual menus give no clue what features are available through them prior to clicking, usability is enhanced when contextual menus are used only as a supplemental way of accessing features that are already accessible through more visible menus and buttons. The database I have to use at my current job is egregious in this regard: almost everything is done through contextual menus and it is a tremendous PITA to use because of it; I find myself right-clicking around looking for the menu I need — argh!

04 August, 2005 02:28  
Anonymous Foritsu said...

JG,

In case you haven't noticed, VPN for Tiger is up on the CUNY website. This solves some of my many problems.

--Foritsu

http://inside.gc.cuny.edu/informationresources/vpn/default.htm

22 September, 2005 08:51  
Blogger ginsbu said...

Foritsu-
No, I didn't know they had posted it... but, on the other hand, I've been using it since I wrote Information Resources to complain and they sent me a version to test. It's been working fine for me so far, although others have had problems with this version. There are newer, and supposedly better, versions available form Cisco — I'm not sure why CUNY isn't using them. Glad they got around to it in any case.

22 September, 2005 12:27  

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