A mouse is nice, but not like touch. Go ahead and laugh, but in 10 years, I'll be the one mocking everyone else for their stubbornness and shortsightedness.
Coke, just a question.... how do you right-click with your finger?
I mean, I don't want a link as an answer. I want you to actualy type the answer here and realize how long it is to do such basic task without a mouse.
Eventualy the mouse will disapear but it won't be because of bulky touch screens which are by essence as unprecise as the diameter of your smallest finger. Whereas the mouse has practicaly a by-the-pixel definition.
Hopachi, just to have to carry the tower, and plug it where there are monitor, mouse and keyboard and everything, is not that difficult. It's the accessories which are boring. Same problem with laptop. Carrying an external HDD is already much more a hassel.
Lee It's interresting to note that despite the universal use of the mouse, keyboard shortcuts didn't disapear neither. They are much faster to use when you are typing because your fingers are already on the keyboard. It takes some memory space to function, I mean memory in your brain to remember them, but that's another story. I even copy text using only keyboard sometimes.
That means that even if touch become universaly adopted as mouse replacement, and easier for some tasks, mice may still used for other tasks. I see touch rather an supplemental input deice rather than a replacemental one.
As to using the keyboard. When in Linux (as I am now) there are some mouse features that for some reason just don't work (will not go into them at this point), so the keyboard navigation features are a must. But, when in Windows, or OS X there is really not to many times that keyboard short cuts are needed. The must obivous ones for me are CMD/Windows keys plus "E" for File Explorer, "R" for Run, and a few "Control key" functions (cut, copy, paste, etc.). The key for me is it depends on what program is running at the time as to whether the keyboard or the mouse come into play.
Remember when keyboard didn't have a numeric keypad. . .now you can hardly find one without a keypad other then Mac's.
In fact, keyboard shortcuts are not much in use because poeple are too lazy or not enough curious to learn them. Alsmost every windows software has much of their menus accessible through shortcuts and if you use these menus often is much faster on a shortcut than searching them with the mouse through the menus.
For some of us who started using computers (not personal) back in 70's and 80,s knowing keyboard short cuts were a must. But in today's computing world there is really no reason. People find moving their right/ left hand six to eight inches is just as easy as attempting to remember several dozen or more keyboard shorts. I printed out the short cuts for win 8 and was shocked at the number there were (122 at last count). Again, things change over time.
I was familiar with XP pro. I bought a laptop with Vista Home Premium and wanted to return it within an hour of having it. I forced myself to try it for three days. 15 minutes later I plugged Wacom in. The popout appeared to set up handwriting recognition, I read the details about it and clicked OK. That forced me to keep Vista until Windows 7 came out. Then I learn to press the Winkey and a letter(s) to make programs appear on start menu without navigating through folders.
Then Windows 7 seemed fine. No problem.
I tried Windows 8 and got hooked. Liked the big tiles on the start screen. Spend some time customizing it by removing apps I did not want and pinning programs I did want on the start screen because I use them regularly. Made some smaller. Pinned some to the taskbar. A few toolbars.
Even the tile size in all apps is OK.
Why would somebody not want to use Metro Internet Explorer for online banking, a new shopping facebook etc. If it's safer than the desktop Internet Explorer?
You can automatically Paste highlighted text, using the Mouse Wheel button.
Dragging and Dropping using the Mouse Wheel button brings up an options menu.
If you really want to be safe use a Live Linux CD/DVD (assuming you have checked it for rogue items).
Nothing is going to get (permanently) written to the OS if you use a CD/DVD ROM.
"Nasties" could get into your RAM though.
Obviously you shouldn't surf the Internet before you visit the Bank.
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I guess Windows 8 is buried somewhere in 'Other'.