I have bragged about my Internet savvy mouse in my series, Web Browser Guide for Bloggers, in Web Browser Guide: Button, Keyboard, and Mouse Shortcuts, and now I’m trying to function without my mouse and I’m going crazy.
I’ve been traveling a lot recently, switching between cars, houses, hotels, two trailers, and a motor home, and I’ve lost my mouse.
Actually, I have my mouse. It’s the Bluetooth USB device that’s missing.
I use the Logitech Revolution series mouse, a wireless, rechargeable unit with powerful finger and thumb buttons and a multi-speed scrolling wheel and button. It moves like silk under my hand and in an instant I can control what I click, when I click, and how I select. I’m in love.
It has a small rechargeable base and connects to my laptop via the Bluetooth USB device. I lost it, found it, and then put it somewhere safe, and now I can’t find that safe place as I’ve shifted from location to location.
I can’t get the darn thing to work with my two other Bluetooth adapters yet, so it must be a proprietary connection. ARGH!
But that’s not the point. It will turn up, sooner or later. The point is how dependent I am upon a good browsing and blogging mouse.
I’m using a small portable laptop mouse from Targus, which I bought for use on airplanes since I have to turn off all wireless devices in flight on US airlines (not on some international flights, though). It connects via wire to a USB connection so I have to learn to struggle with a string off my mouse again.
While optical, it isn’t very sensitive. I will click my Write Post editor and instead of setting the cursor in place, it will select a whole word, two words, or parts of words, or the whole damn sentence. If I’m not fast enough to catch it, I will start typing, deleting the selecting words instead of inserting my text in between them. ARGH!
I’ll click a link to copy it and then move to paste it into my post to find that the selection jumped and instead of the link, I’ll paste in some words from the post I want to link to. I have to remove those and then go back and do it again.
Without a back and forward thumb button, I’m constantly swinging my arm around as I move to the back and forward buttons on the browser. The scroll wheel is a ball and it scrolls one line at a time, making speed scrolling impossible. I then have to hunt for the narrow scroll bars on the browser to move up and down a web page. ARGH!
I use the scroll wheel button (center button) to open links in new tabs as I read through referring articles. The scroll ball is so flaky, it moves as I click and who knows what I’m opening or clicking on when I use it. I’ve opened up some weird stuff, or thought the click had worked to find out later that it didn’t. ARGH!
My fingers hurt and are cramped from the tiny size. My wrist and elbow hurt from the added work and exertion. And it takes 5 times longer to do anything that it would if I had my damn mouse.
Have you become dependent upon your mouse? Or do you even have a web savvy power mouse to help you blog? If you don’t, you don’t know what joy you are missing!
Having the right tool for the right job is critical to doing the job well. And if you are blogging without a good web-friendly mouse, you might not be doing your job as well and efficiently as you think.
Updated: I found the little sucker, the small USB Bluetooth thing. I swear I’m going to clip a mouse trap to it. But at least I’m back to my power mouse browsing after two weeks of agony.
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