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    One button mouse theory
    back before microsoft and Macitosh got big. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs made a bet that Steve Jobs could build a company with only one mouse button.

    what do you think?

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    I thought they stuck with the one mouse button because they believed a good user would only require one.

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    Screw the one button & give us an ipod scroll wheel feature on a bluetooth mouse complete with a rechargable dock.

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    Articles from Jef Raskin (creator of the Macintosh project) about the history of the Macintosh

    While I was the first PARC-savvy person at Apple, Larry Tesler was the first PARC employee to join the company. At first he was strongly opposed to the Mac's easier-to-use mouse methods, and I eventually wrote a memo that showed, point by point, that the one-button mouse could do everything that PARCs three-button mouse could do and with the same number or fewer user actions. It was faster and more efficient, and much easier to learn and remember how to use. I had observed that people (including myself) at PARC often made wrong-button errors in using the mouse, which was part of my impetus for doing better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacAddikt
    Amen. :mac:

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    i must say that since i switched about 4 months ago the one button is the only thing that does bother me.the only thing i dont find better

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    I wouldn't have even purchased a Mac if it didn't support the scroll wheel. I'm glad the Powerbooks finally support the scroll feature. You don't really need 2 mouse buttons in OS X, but a scroll wheel will make you much more efficient.
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    I'm a mega one button fan. The last mouse I used (other than on my mac) had FIVE buttons on it! I clicked around for, like, twenty min. trying to figure out what some of them did. I eventually gave up and did my work...but it is nice to see a scroll wheel, i've always liked that little thing.

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    The single button mouse is the biggest minus that I see with the Mac. With the stock Apple mouse I feel like I'm missing a finger (no second button) and I hate not having a scroll wheel. Seeing as just about anyone can adapt to a two button mouse with scroll wheel among PC users the arguments about becoming confused or that a single button is better are pretty silly. I don't know anyone inept enough not to be able to figure out a standard PC mouse in a few minutes. And seeing as all the standard functions of the two buttons are mimiced by ctrl- or command- clicks how can you even say it's a problem?

    The single button mouse is the first thing I'll replace.

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    I find this thread rather silly. Does is matter? I've used a Mac mouse from the late 80's until now and that is what I am confortable with. I'm sure if I used a 2 button mouse for that long, I'd feel just as confortable. I'd never attempt to convince any of my 2 button mouse user friends to use a 1 button mouse. It would be like telling them to wear my shoes even if it hurts their feet. Sure, I could say, you'll get use to it but why should they.

    Use whatever the heck you want.

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    it realy does not bug me at all, i use a Mac at work and a PC(hopefully going to change soon)at home and i work between them fine. it is all a mind state for me, i know that i am on a mac so i need to hit control and vice versa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Underbelly
    I find this thread rather silly. Does is matter? I've used a Mac mouse from the late 80's until now and that is what I am confortable with. I'm sure if I used a 2 button mouse for that long, I'd feel just as confortable. I'd never attempt to convince any of my 2 button mouse user friends to use a 1 button mouse. It would be like telling them to wear my shoes even if it hurts their feet. Sure, I could say, you'll get use to it but why should they.

    Use whatever the heck you want.
    Actually I'm in agreement. I just wanted to chime in with my own valuable opinion for the enlightenment of others . Obviously it's a preference thing, but arguing that two or more buttons is confusing is just silly. I mean I use a five button thumb trackball with a scroll wheel out of preference and feel incredibly confined by the little clear plastic mouse that ships with new Macs, but to each his own.

    And actually, I've heard Apple has stuck with the single button mouse, even though OSX works fine with multi-button mice, because it forces developers not to go overboard with the context menus (as is know to happen with windows apps).

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    Holy crap, did anyone look at that The Mouse BT link? It's bootiful. I'm so tempted by it.
    'cause when it rains, you know it pours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stillimation
    it realy does not bug me at all, i use a Mac at work and a PC(hopefully going to change soon)at home and i work between them fine. it is all a mind state for me, i know that i am on a mac so i need to hit control and vice versa.
    Ditto, I use other nix's at work with 3 button mice, PCs with 2 button & two button plus scroller and at home PCs and Macs with everything from one button to 7 button trackerball with button scroller. I don't particularly find any of them easier to use although Final Cut with the trackerball is sublime.

    Amen-Moses

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