Apple’s Mighty Mouse- Mixed Results [Updated]

Like any Mac devotee, I rushed out and bought me a Mighty Mouse as soon as possible. My first impression was good, then I installed Apple’s Mighty Mouse drivers and was met with horror as my System Preferences went haywire. They still switch on me at every restart. [Update] Apparently, this is a widespread problem.

Then my mouse started sticking when I would click. I thought it was me, but I’ve returned the mouse and am sitting here with a new one- I definitely had a defective Mighty Mouse the first time.

I still can’t program the scroll wheel to do a cmd+W. Hopefully, Apple will add more ability to program the mouse *exactly* like you want it, instead of how they want you to use it.

Overall, the mouse performance is fine for my needs- as long as I can add cmd+W- and is light as a feather. It’s just like using the original one-button apple pro mouse, but with the ability to right click. If you’ve got the spare cash, pick one up- just avoid the Apple Mighty Mouse Driver.

Update

Mighty Mouse number two has died. The scroll wheel stopped working last night… It’s going back to the Apple store tomorrow and I’m getting my money back.

Plus, my hand actually hurts from using this mouse. It is incredibly non-ergonmic. I’ve seen other people mention wrist and hand problems after extensive use of this mouse- I can coo-berate those claims. The Mighty Mouse has to be one of the worst releases from Apple in ages.

Apple’s Mighty Mouse- Mixed Results [Updated]

Like any Mac devotee, I rushed out and bought me a Mighty Mouse as soon as possible. My first impression was good, then I installed Apple’s Mighty Mouse drivers and was met with horror as my System Preferences went haywire. They still switch on me at every restart. [Update] Apparently, this is a widespread problem.

Then my mouse started sticking when I would click. I thought it was me, but I’ve returned the mouse and am sitting here with a new one- I definitely had a defective Mighty Mouse the first time.

I still can’t program the scroll wheel to do a cmd+W. Hopefully, Apple will add more ability to program the mouse *exactly* like you want it, instead of how they want you to use it.

Overall, the mouse performance is fine for my needs- as long as I can add cmd+W- and is light as a feather. It’s just like using the original one-button apple pro mouse, but with the ability to right click. If you’ve got the spare cash, pick one up- just avoid the Apple Mighty Mouse Driver.

Update

Mighty Mouse number two has died. The scroll wheel stopped working last night… It’s going back to the Apple store tomorrow and I’m getting my money back.

Plus, my hand actually hurts from using this mouse. It is incredibly non-ergonmic. I’ve seen other people mention wrist and hand problems after extensive use of this mouse- I can coo-berate those claims. The Mighty Mouse has to be one of the worst releases from Apple in ages.

Apple’s New iPod Mini

I was very impressed my Apple’s iPod Mini announcements yesterday. Mainly two things:

1. $199 price point

2. 18 HOURS OF BATTERY LIFE

Wow. I love my mini- it goes with me everywhere. The size is perfect and the aluminum finish still looks great after almost 1 yr. The only gripe to date has been battery life. I’ve been caught half way between London and Oxford when the battery would die several times…

Now with 18 hours and 6GB of storage, the mini has become a monster….Go Apple!

At least I don’t feel completely out of date though- had Apple introduced color screens also for the mini I might be singing a different tune though.

Apple’s New iPod Mini

I was very impressed my Apple’s iPod Mini announcements yesterday. Mainly two things:

1. $199 price point

2. 18 HOURS OF BATTERY LIFE

Wow. I love my mini- it goes with me everywhere. The size is perfect and the aluminum finish still looks great after almost 1 yr. The only gripe to date has been battery life. I’ve been caught half way between London and Oxford when the battery would die several times…

Now with 18 hours and 6GB of storage, the mini has become a monster….Go Apple!

At least I don’t feel completely out of date though- had Apple introduced color screens also for the mini I might be singing a different tune though.

Apple’s London Store

I finally caught Steve Job’s Macworld 2005 Keynote. Of course the highlight was “Looks like there’s a bug there. That’s why we have backups”. Other honorable mention goes to the London store stats:

1. The London Store is the largest Apple store in the world (in terms of sq ft)
2. The London Store ranks number two store in terms of global retail sales

Perhaps statisics like those show that Apple might be waking up to the reality that there are many, many people who live outside of the US and they should be catered to. Also, Steve might have realized there are also, many, many expats living in London. 😮

Apple’s London Store

I finally caught Steve Job’s Macworld 2005 Keynote. Of course the highlight was “Looks like there’s a bug there. That’s why we have backups”. Other honorable mention goes to the London store stats:

1. The London Store is the largest Apple store in the world (in terms of sq ft)
2. The London Store ranks number two store in terms of global retail sales

Perhaps statisics like those show that Apple might be waking up to the reality that there are many, many people who live outside of the US and they should be catered to. Also, Steve might have realized there are also, many, many expats living in London. 😮

The Next “Killer App” Will Be Developed on Apple’s OS X

There’s good reason to suspect that the net’s next ‘killer app’ will be developed on Apple’s OS X operating system. Among many computer developers, there is a strong movement from Linux to OS X.

Why? First, OS X combines a open-source Unix core with the world’s best GUI and best-of-breed applications like iTunes and iPhoto. Rumors also indicate that Apple is going to be ‘integrating’ Linux with OS X in their 10.4 revision.

OS X has relatively short application development times because it is heavily object-oriented. The OS is also improving very rapidly. Longhorn is going to be out in 2006 (maybe); meanwhile OS X has a major upgrade yearly and already includes components such as tight video card integration that Windows won’t have until Longhorn.

Developers spend a lot of time with their computers and they want a pretty one. Apple makes the only computers that could be defined as stylish.

These developers will naturally develop their apps on OS X first. The world’s first web browser was implemented by Tim Berners-Lee on NeXTStep, a direct ancestor of OS X. The seminal video game Doom was also developed on NeXTStep.

If VoIP and Video-oIP are the next killer apps on the net, Apple already includes truly turnkey VoIP and Video-oIP in OS 10.3. They will sell you the hardware (an iSight plug-and-play auto-focus video camera) that integrates Video-oIP directly into AOL Instant Messanger’s namespace. Watch for them to extend it to the PC platform like they did with the iPod.

(Via Weekly Read :: Here.)

The Next “Killer App” Will Be Developed on Apple’s OS X

There’s good reason to suspect that the net’s next ‘killer app’ will be developed on Apple’s OS X operating system. Among many computer developers, there is a strong movement from Linux to OS X.

Why? First, OS X combines a open-source Unix core with the world’s best GUI and best-of-breed applications like iTunes and iPhoto. Rumors also indicate that Apple is going to be ‘integrating’ Linux with OS X in their 10.4 revision.

OS X has relatively short application development times because it is heavily object-oriented. The OS is also improving very rapidly. Longhorn is going to be out in 2006 (maybe); meanwhile OS X has a major upgrade yearly and already includes components such as tight video card integration that Windows won’t have until Longhorn.

Developers spend a lot of time with their computers and they want a pretty one. Apple makes the only computers that could be defined as stylish.

These developers will naturally develop their apps on OS X first. The world’s first web browser was implemented by Tim Berners-Lee on NeXTStep, a direct ancestor of OS X. The seminal video game Doom was also developed on NeXTStep.

If VoIP and Video-oIP are the next killer apps on the net, Apple already includes truly turnkey VoIP and Video-oIP in OS 10.3. They will sell you the hardware (an iSight plug-and-play auto-focus video camera) that integrates Video-oIP directly into AOL Instant Messanger’s namespace. Watch for them to extend it to the PC platform like they did with the iPod.

(Via Weekly Read :: Here.)