Apple’s “new MacBooks, which are a baby step below the MacBook Pro line, are actually pretty sweet,” Molly Wood blogs for CNET. “But I still can’t buy one… [even though] Apple has removed almost every single barrier there is to switching to a Mac laptop. It looks good, it’s decently fast, it’s inexpensive, and if I wanted to, I could run nothing but Windows all the livelong day. What’s the problem here? Call me unreasonable if you will, but the problem is as tiny as a mouse. Neither the MacBook nor the MacBook Pro comes with–even as an option–a second mouse button. At this point, when Apple itself has made a weak nod toward those who want to right-click by releasing the Mighty Mouse, the lack of a second mouse button on these laptops is patently ridiculous.”
“Control-clicking is awkward and unnecessary. Contextual menus are handy and powerful, they’re the standard in third-party applications and Apple’s own operating system, and, frankly, they can help prevent RSI-inducing multiple-menu mousing and clicking. Gamers flat out need more than one button. And I, personally, won’t switch until I get one,” Wood blogs.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rico” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Molly, you’re unreasonable. Wood’s article is an excellent lesson: do your homework before writing lest you look like an idiot. Apple’s MacBooks and 17-inch MacBook Pro models offer secondary click (right click) without resorting to physically chopping the click button into two: just place two fingers anywhere on the trackpad and click the button to secondary click. Easy, huh? Users can turn this option on in the Keyboard & Mouse Trackpad section of System Preferences. A typically elegant solution from Apple and it works very well. Please buy your MacBook using our link below, Molly.
MacDailyNews Note: Many MacDailyNews readers have reported success with iScroll2 which is a modified trackpad driver that adds two-finger scrolling and other trackpad capabilities (right-click) to supported pre-2005 PowerBooks and iBooks on OS X 10.3. Supported models include aluminum PowerBooks introduced from 2003 to 2004 as well as all G4 iBooks. Also, the US$15 shareware SideTrack has worked well for us in the past.
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