Housekeeping: The Beat was down a bit over the weekend when my web host moved it to a faster, more up to date server. I also got one of those new fangled Time Warner modems that offers five times faster internet speed. So we’re TURBO here!
At the same time, the mouse I’ve been using for about five years went belly up. The coffee spill that happened a few weeks ago may have contributed but the autopsy results aren’t in yet. I immediately went to Staples and bought a $10 mouse as a stopgap, and upon getting it home it did not work. PERIOD. MELONFARMER. NEVER BUY CHEAP TECH. However, luckily later in the day I was walking by a pile of discarded computer equipment and was able to obtain a Mighty Mouse from the pile.
I haven’t used the Mighty Mouse in a while but upon touching it, I was reminded that Puny Mouse would have been a better name, as this is the worst designed mouse I have ever used. Basically right click happens at the most random times, it feels weird and I hate it. Not as much as I hate Staples, but it’s close.
It’s also a reminder that Apple products are rarely extensively tested in the human world after some engineer/designer says “It looks great!” and this is a huge flaw of the company. Despite the fast that I’m ApplefLife, i can see how this might contribute to the Apple-phobia some people have. Since all the new iPhones were announced, it seems the iWatch hasn’t been setting the world on fire, and I’m wondering it this Dick Tracy dream device fell into the same design trap.
But we’re persevering, and carrying on, crap mouse or no.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.