are there any notebooks with mouse-sticks?
kline at thought.org
Thu Sep 10 23:07:11 UTC 2009
On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 10:51:29AM -0600, Chad Perrin wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 10:29:25AM +0200, Polytropon wrote:
> > On Wed, 9 Sep 2009 14:08:36 -0700, Gary Kline <kline at thought.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > I'm looking for a small computer, 7-10" screen that has a ThinkPad-like stick
> > > to act as the mouse.
> > This "stick" is called a TrackPoint, as far as I remember. It has been
> > common in portable computers built by IB and Toshiba.
> I assume that IB was meant to be IBM. Lenovo bought IBM's PC division a
> few years ago, and now produces ThinkPads -- which come with trackpoints.
> > > Pref'ly, no touch-pad.
> > Sadly, you will find mostly that (crap) in "modern" devices...
> I just turn off the touchpad in my ThinkPad's BIOS/CMOS settings. That's
> pretty much the *first* thing I do with a new ThinkPad, before I even
> install a halfway decent operating system on it. I have a tendency to
> accidentaly move the mouse around while typing, otherwise.
BIOS. That's what i couldn't remember. so you still *can*
toggle the laptop pointer on/off. in my long-defunt 600E
i could plug in an external mouse and off the t'point. good to
know you can turn off the pad and still use the other pointing
> > > The ASUS and just about every other
> > > notebook-size device has this kind of scratch-n-sniff pad; [...]
> > Nice name. Other names: Fingerprint sensor and coffee cup warmer. :-)
> Yeah . . . how warm the touchpad gets is a pretty good heuristic measure
> of how hot the laptop is running, at least on my ThinkPad.
> > > Any clues?
> > Look for IBM / Lenovo, maybe they still employ this fantastic and
> > easy to use pointing device. Allthough it would completely make sense
> > to use a Trackpoint for netbook class computers (litte real estate
> > consumption, minimal moving from "hand in typing position" to "hand
> > in pointing position"), it seems that the worst solution always
> > prevails. I haven't seen Trackpoints on "modern" stuff yet, and I'm
> > quite about thinking that it doesn't exist anymore.
> Unfortunately, the OP was asking about netbook-sized computers, and last
> I checked the only netbooks offered by Lenovo are IdeaPads -- which are
> exactly like ThinkPads, except the construction is a little cheaper and
> the pointing device is always a touchpad.
hm. if i can go into the bios of this ideapad and disable the
t'pad; then use a wireless mouse, that would work. my plans are
to build a text-to-speech computer. kde has a bunch of tools
that are very useable. vi has -- or used to have -- the ability
to store abbrv that would expand as typed. you type "tht"; vi
> Otherwise, however, I second the motion: ThinkPads are generally held to
> a higher standard of quality than the rest of the laptops in the PC
> world, tend to be well-supported by open source operating systems, and
> come with trackpoints.
> Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
> Quoth Philip Machanick: "caution: if you write code like this,
> immediately after you are fired the person assigned to maintaining your
> code after you leave will resign"
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