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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:49 pm 
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I banged out a line of text half a dozen times only to look up each time and see a near-blank.

Cause: my thumb or palm or some such alien being was touching the touchpad and I didn't even notice. The software then interpreted that in some arcane way that resulted in text going to the bit bucket.

It's not broken, although perhaps it's overly sensitive. It's just easy to have diagnosed the problem as a fault of the word processor or a conspiracy of glitches from Alpha Centauri that happened to pick on me.

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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:14 pm 
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With respect to accuracy and productivity, using a touchpad is analagous to typing on a keyboard with gloves on. <g> Because of that I only recommend laptops with TrackPoint pointing devices: http://www.pc.ibm.com/ww/healthycomputing/trkpnt.html

If there is no TrackPoint, then I'd use a mouse. Logitech makes some nice ones for laptop use: http://tinyurl.com/2qhowo

For example, I could use their Bluetooth wireless model since my laptop has integrated Bluetooth, which would also mean that I don't need to carry or attach an external transciever: http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_ ... vices/3287

I feel that touchpads should only be used on an emergency basis, such as if no other pointing device is available. In fact I go so far as to set the touchpads on my laptops to be completely disabled in order to prevent the kinds of problems you describe. Scott.


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As usual, I agree with Scott on this one. Then again, I agree with Scott on "most" things.

I now work for an IT distributor here in Australia and those Logitech bluetooth mice are very popular and nice to use. In fact, those mice are reason enough to buy a laptop with bluetooth even if you don't intend on using the bluetooth for any other reason.

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 Post Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 7:22 pm 
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I'm practicing with the track stick. It performs better: no surprise stops where the cursor suddenly operates something I thought I was going past. Maybe I'll nail a 2x4 of oak over the touch pad or invite a tarantula to reside on it and feast on wayward thumbs, and then I'll learn. Except then the tarantula would be operating the touch pad -- scratch that.

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