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thenzero Page Icon Posted 2023-10-18 3:37 AM
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Question is....will that mouse work with a sigmarion 3? :-D
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AximUser Page Icon Posted 2023-10-18 2:50 PM
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stingraze - 2023-10-16 2:51 PM

I really like those tiny ball mouse. They used to be on older computers in a science museum in Yokohama long time ago, I think. With those Black and green display.

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We had some retro laptops with the trackball like an AT&T (can't recall the OEM maker). Smaller trackballs seemed clunky and not great for tracking but some were better than others; they all seemed to require frequent disassembly & cleaning.

Microsoft Ballpoint Mouse was a bigger external unit that one clamped to the side of a laptop in the early 1990s; that was pretty good. Kensington sold a huge desktop track ball c.2000; that was great but all but ergonomics.

We also had some old IBM & Toshiba laptops with the pointing stick. I always liked this idea. However, usage required some concentration, particularly for moving the cursor a long way. IMHO, it didn't seem great for RSI.
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thenzero Page Icon Posted 2023-10-18 3:13 PM
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I have a Toshiba Satellite 2595CDS that has one of the little nubs in the middle of the keyboard. I really like that thing for general navigation, especially on the go. Only real drawback is the drift it sometimes experiences. Of course it doesn't work well for games, but you can just plug in a USB mouse. I've never had a trackball mouse but I love the concept.
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2023-10-19 1:33 AM
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AximUser - 2023-10-18 11:50 PM


Microsoft Ballpoint Mouse was a bigger external unit that one clamped to the side of a laptop in the early 1990s; that was pretty good. Kensington sold a huge desktop track ball c.2000; that was great but all but ergonomics.

I never seen a Microsoft Ballpoint Mouse before. It really gets conneted to the expansion port. Very interesting!
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2023-10-19 1:35 AM
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thenzero - 2023-10-19 12:13 AM


I have a Toshiba Satellite 2595CDS that has one of the little nubs in the middle of the keyboard. I really like that thing for general navigation, especially on the go. Only real drawback is the drift it sometimes experiences. Of course it doesn't work well for games, but you can just plug in a USB mouse. I've never had a trackball mouse but I love the concept.

I used to have a Toshiba Portege 650CT I bought in Akihabara for 6000 JPY used. I used to run an Apache web server on it. I remember it being accessed and you could tell it was being used because of the HDD noise.

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AximUser Page Icon Posted 2023-10-19 3:25 PM
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2023-10-20 4:06 PM
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This post on Stack Exchange is interesting too.

Which pointing devices were used by early laptop computers?
https://retrocomputing.stackexchange.com/questions/4861/which-pointi...
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thenzero Page Icon Posted 2023-10-22 9:16 PM
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stingraze - 2023-10-19 8:35 PM


thenzero - 2023-10-19 12:13 AM


I have a Toshiba Satellite 2595CDS that has one of the little nubs in the middle of the keyboard. I really like that thing for general navigation, especially on the go. Only real drawback is the drift it sometimes experiences. Of course it doesn't work well for games, but you can just plug in a USB mouse. I've never had a trackball mouse but I love the concept.

I used to have a Toshiba Portege 650CT I bought in Akihabara for 6000 JPY used. I used to run an Apache web server on it. I remember it being accessed and you could tell it was being used because of the HDD noise.


Haha I remember those days. That is a cool laptop- has a very similar design aesthetic to the Satellite I have.
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2023-12-29 9:42 AM
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Here's something I found looking through Google Image search.

https://github.com/brickbots/HandiPi

"Handheld RPI4 based computer with 36-key tactile keyboard and display"

Picture from GitHub by brickbots.

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