Posted by : Deepak Vasudevan Saturday, July 19, 2008

My Frequent Date with the Mouse

Currently, these days of computing with GUI like MAC OS/X and Windows Vista, using a computer without a mouse would be like summing 1 and 2 and expecting 4 as a reply. Most of the applications that get developed these days expect the user to be comfortable with this point-and-click hardware more than keyboard and other accessories.

I have two little encounters (or experiences) or in romantic terms (date) with this point-and-click hardware. I had little problems with the mouse, which fell down and got damaged from the first floor about a month back. I had to allot some time to go to a computer shop and purchase one afresh.

Today I had another experience. For some reason, the workplace computer had divorced its mouse. When I unlocked my system, I found the mouse not working. It was actually detacted because someone seems to have pressed its tail hardly. I had to take some help from some one (since it was like a novel model) and get my system convinced for another healthy relationship with the mouse. Things work fine now. The voyage through Windows is now steering clear with the Captain Mouse.

There is another salient learning from these incidents. We should, as developers, ensure that our applications are geared to support the user with no point-and-click hardware. Most of the things are achievable with keyboard accelerators and touch-screen hardware right?

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