Programming.TrackBall History

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August 13, 2014, at 09:58 AM by MichaelPaulukonis -
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(:description That's no mouse:)
!! A mouse is mobile
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I was given a trackball about 10 years ago, but gave it away to someone with a laptop.
I got one again about 4 years ago, and fell in love with it for the desktop experience AND mobile laptop use (which I now do/have). It was a [[http://www.amazon.com/Kensington-64213-Expert-Pro-Mouse/dp/B000052WM4/ref=sr_1_34?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1366031677&sr=1-34|Kensington 64213 Expert Pro Mouse]]. I don't really use all of the extra buttons and things. Perhaps I should.
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(I note that a coworker is aghast that I do '''not''' use a thumb-ball trackball. Hunh.)

I was given a trackball around 2002, but gave it away to someone with a laptop.
I got one again in 2010
, and fell in love with it for the desktop experience AND mobile laptop use (which I now do/have). It was a [[http://www.amazon.com/Kensington-64213-Expert-Pro-Mouse/dp/B000052WM4/ref=sr_1_34?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1366031677&sr=1-34|Kensington 64213 Expert Pro Mouse]]. I don't really use all of the extra buttons and things. Perhaps I should.
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!! Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring
I got one at a former job.
The Scroll Ring stopped working after 3 months.
Plus, no middle-click drove me ''crazy''.


!! Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball (''without scroll ring'')
Got at work.
UGH! No scrolling! See below...


!! Scrolling with scrollwheel or @@X-buttons@@
After the first two buttons, the others are apparently @@X-buttons@@, and a number of AutoHotKey scripts and apps allow for scrolling with the use of those buttons.

WHICH YOU MAY NOT HAVE.

I'm on Windows7 and using the Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball ''without scrollring'' - it's a two-button trackball, without the X-buttons required by most of the AHK scripts and applications pointed out by others.

However, [[http://www.mouseimp.com/|MouseImp]] is working for me on Windows7. It's configurable, but I have it set up for @@right-click + roll@@ to get me a screen of scrolling. It's more like a drag, so the pointer moves, and you've only got one screen at a time...

At the same time, Kensington's [[http://www.kensington.com/us/us/3693/software-drivers#.U-ttQ2P5fyU|TrackballWorks]] has been configured to give me a page-down scroll on @@left-click + right-click@@. Unfortunately it can't then scroll back up a page at a time (one or the other).


Adapted from my notes @ [[http://superuser.com/a/796451/972|my SuperUser answer]]
 
 
April 15, 2013, at 09:41 AM by OtherMichael -
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[[Wikipedia:Trackball]]
A stationary "replacement" (?) for the mouse.

I would probably recommend a trackball with the ball in the center operated by fingers, as opposed to left-offset for the thumb.
I haven't used such a mouse, but I remain dubious.

I was given a trackball about 10 years ago, but gave it away to someone with a laptop.
I got one again about 4 years ago, and fell in love with it for the desktop experience AND mobile laptop use (which I now do/have). It was a [[http://www.amazon.com/Kensington-64213-Expert-Pro-Mouse/dp/B000052WM4/ref=sr_1_34?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1366031677&sr=1-34|Kensington 64213 Expert Pro Mouse]]. I don't really use all of the extra buttons and things. Perhaps I should.

Mini:KensingtonMouse.jpg



!! See Also
[[Keyboard]]
[[StringCanPhone.Keyboard]]