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Apple v. Windows: Touchpad division

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The Apple touchpad requires a firm push to click, whereas the Windows touchpad can “click” with a tap. Advantage: Windows. Or so I thought at first. But now, using again a Windows laptop with a touchpad, I realize that the touchpad responds not only to taps but also to a finger or thumb accidentally brushing the surface, which generally sends the cursor to some remote location on the screen. There is some program available to curtail this sensitivity—and for all I know, one can adjust a setting in Windows. But right now I see the advantages of the Apple approach.

BTW, even if I should get a MacBook Pro, I would still keep the Windows desktop. As Steve points out, there are many programs (e.g., OneNote) simply not available on the Mac.

Written by Leisureguy

15 October 2010 at 5:53 am

Posted in Technology

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  1. Yeah, but I also said it was a horrible idea!

    Works very poorly and slows everything down to a pathetic and frustrating speed. For extreme emergencies only when you must use a certain program only a couple of times per month.

    Personally I can’t wait to never use Parallels again, once Outlook finally becomes available in Apple OSX in two weeks!

    A friend just showed me his new top-of-the-line Dell 17 in. Win 7 machine. Very impressive and beautiful screen. Half the cost of an equivalent MacBook Pro.



    15 October 2010 at 4:24 pm

  2. Apple’s touchpad does have tap-to-click. I think that it may not be on by default, but one can turn it on easily if one wants it.

    Having primarily been a Mac user for many years, I find the tap-to-click on Windows laptops annoying in the extreme, often triggering it without meaning to.

    Also, the right-click is available on Apple’s trackpad; one simply needs to turn it on if desired. Of course, Apple’s OS (and most apps, as it’s written into Apple’s human interface guidelines for developers) rarely needs a right click. A software function should never primarily (or only!) be available through a contextual menu triggered by a right-click. When contextual menu functions are available, they should be repeats of functions available in the standard interface of labeled menus and buttons. Think about it. Contextual menus are inherently hidden, with no indication that there may be functionality within. There is no visual cue to their existence. Since Apple largely avoids this trap with their OS and in many of the applications available on the platform, the need for right-clicking is reduced to simple matters of convenience: it’s a shorter trip to right click something than to traverse a large screen to get to the Edit menu, for example. Windows users, accustomed to interfaces with hidden functionality, cannot imagine how we Mac users get along without right-clicks. But there you have it.

    Note: I always activate the right click on my trackpad and I do in fact use a two button mouse on my Mac. It’s for convenience, not necessity.



    17 October 2010 at 10:00 am

  3. I also discovered a simple true Delete (rather than Backspace—that is, delete to the right) on the Apple. It’s one of the keys + backspace. I don’t know which key by symbol, but I believe it’s the leftmost key on TYD’s laptop. I stumbled on it, then used it regularly. No problem.



    17 October 2010 at 12:57 pm

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