Give me back my mouse
By SHELBA NIVENS / Community Columnist
My husband Ken won’t touch the computer. He takes literally words like mouse and web. To him, a “mouse pad” is where a mouse lives, a “hard drive” is a long road trip, a “cursor” is someone who curses.
One Christmas, when a granddaughter said, “I want a mouse with lots of buttons on it, he glued buttons on a cat’s stuffed mouse toy and wrapped it. It made for a lot of fun at family gift-opening on Christmas morning.
I recently read an e-story that said the end of the computer mouse is “nigh.”
According to Keith Wagstaff, contributing writer to Tech Page One (02/25/2013), “the first commercially available mouse (a two-button device,) hit the market,” in 1981, first wireless mouse three years later, first laser mouse 20 years after that.
Now, people are using multi-touch track pads for both laptops and PCs and touch screens on phones and other devices. I watched a toddler great-grandson touch my computer screen trying to change the channel.
The overall trend is clear,” said Wagstaff’s article, “the mouse is disappearing.”
But many of his 100-plus responders are ready to cry with me, “Give me back my mouse.”
“Please, please give me my desktop computer with my 24-inch screen and my wireless mouse,” said one.
One responder said he thinks it would be annoying to type and use the weird pointer-thing.
“I need a large laptop with mouse and a small mobile device as a backup,” said another. He likened this to “buying a bicycle or scooter to compliment the family automobile.”
“Anyone who tries to take my mouse away should be prepared to lose a finger or two,” one man wrote.
My agent said she uses a portable computer with a mouse when she goes to conferences because she finds touch pads frustrating.
Since my desktop crashed last fall, I’ve been trying to do sheets of text with photos on a laptop, using a multi-touch pad. I’m about ready to say with some Wagstaff’s readers, “I’ll give up my mouse when it’s pried from my cold, dead hands.”
Carolyn Niven, center, with her children, from left, Gary Niven, Lori Niven King, Mark Niven, Carl Niven. (contributed) By SHELBA... read more