Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Jul 2004 08:45 UTC
Editorial This article describes some of my annoyances in computing. If you had any problems reading this article, then skip this one. It will only be a waste of your time. There are a lot of annoying things in the wonderful world of computing. Of course, nothing is perfect, but that doesn't mean we are not allowed to complain and scream and throw our keyboards at our monitors when yet another irritation pops up.
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trackballs
by seaslug on Tue 13th Jul 2004 03:43 UTC

Apparently I wasn't clear enough in my first post.
Trackballs are *demonstrably* inefficient in comparison to mice. This means hard empirical evidence. The constants in fitt's law are higher given a trackball than with a mouse. It takes longer to point accurately using a trackball. Period. Science has put its foot down on this question. Trackballs are only out there to satisfy the few nutjobs who have got it in their brains that they are somehow superior.
Granted, mice aren't perfect, but given the technology we have, they are the best indicators.
One day we will have monitors that display horizontally and diagonally, and on that day we'll use a pen for input and it will be much faster and more accurate than a mouse could hope for. Until then, there is no question.
cf http://www.asktog.com/readerMail/2001-03ReaderMail.html
"Many people like trackballs, too, although you can easily prove, objectively, that the trackball is far less productive than the mouse." -Bruce Tognazzini, designer of the macintosh interface