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"There is a program that will turn off the metal look (in almost everything). Besides, Apple has a rationale of sorts behind it: metal apps interface with foreign devices, pinstripe apps for everything else."
I'll have to look for that proggy then. I wouldn't mind if the interface was completely brushed metal or completely pinstripped but the mixing is just not on in my opinion.
"System Preferences > Keyboard > Full Keyboard Access settings. Tweak as desired. "
Did that. Menus are still not accessable with the keyboard. Mouse required.
"I would suggest getting a mouse. That's what I would do anyway. I never liked trackpads (and those damn IBM clit mice less so)."
I do actually. But when I'm on the road I leave everything I can at home. Mouse stays home.
"Get a Dock replacement. versiontracker.com lists lots of software for this kind of thing."
Cool. Another thing I'll have to hunt down.
"http://www.usboverdrive.com. that may fix the problem (it did for me and my weird, obscure game pad)"
Thanks! I'll see if that works.