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Optimal mouse for using LabVIEW?


@Bob_Schor wrote:

@Tim_McClung wrote:

I am a fan of the Logitech M570: 

 


... and I'm another fan!  Especially for laptops (track-pads drive me crazy, and who wants to leave greasy fingerprints on your screen?).

 

Bob Schor


I once saw someone who was actually proficient at using a trackpad with LabVIEW.  It was breathtaking.  😄

 

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@Hooovahh wrote:

 

Also I don't think I like wireless.  It is one more thing to worry about when a normal mouse just plugs in and works.  Am I too much of an old man?  I get that I can just place it in a cradle but what if I throw it in my bag and go off site forgetting the charger?

 


This is one of the features of the logitech unifying mice.  Most run well over a year on a single AA.  I have no idea how they are that efficient.  I've been using the same M570 at work for 3 years and I've replaced the single AA once.  The App will tell you too how much battery time you've got left. (attached is the current status of my trackball)

 

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@Hooovahh wrote:

Also I don't think I like wireless.  It is one more thing to worry about when a normal mouse just plugs in and works.  Am I too much of an old man?  I get that I can just place it in a cradle but what if I throw it in my bag and go off site forgetting the charger?


Well, this is about to be a thing...  wireless charging on a wireless mouse!

 

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@BowenM wrote:

@Hooovahh wrote:

Also I don't think I like wireless.  It is one more thing to worry about when a normal mouse just plugs in and works.  Am I too much of an old man?  I get that I can just place it in a cradle but what if I throw it in my bag and go off site forgetting the charger?


Well, this is about to be a thing...  wireless charging on a wireless mouse!

 


That is cool.  

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@billko wrote:


I once saw someone who was actually proficient at using a trackpad with LabVIEW.  It was breathtaking.  😄 


Oh you just reminded me.  I was at a movie theater for the LabVIEW 2012 premiere showing, and a guy had his phone out and remoted into a PC, and then was programming in LabVIEW with the touch screen on his phone.  It was painfully slow to watch but after a few minutes he had a VI that was written and running.

 

Just put in a request for the Logitech MX Performance.  Here's to faster, and more comfortable programming.

 

Also on the subject of ergonomics, I've been using a split keyboard for a while now and enjoy it.  It is the Kinesis Freestyle2, with VIP3 adapter.  Basically the two halves of the keyboard can be 10 inches apart, with a wrist rest, and lifting on one edge.  It throws other people for a loop trying to use it but I like being able to have my hands more separated.  That being said it is pretty expensive for a non-mechanical keyboard.

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I have been using a Kensington Expert Track ball for more than 18 years.

 

 

I may be on number 3 or 4 at this point. The new version does not use the mechanical wheel coupled to an encoder and has been lasting a good long time.

 

The only trackball/mouse/pointing device that I ever used that was better was the built-in trackball that was part of the "AN-SPS 58A radar console" which was a massive steel ball. The big trackballs have inertia so a quick flick of a finger can "throw" the cursor across the screen.

 

Another nice feature is that once I lift my fingers off of the ball the mouse does not move and I can right or left click without disturbing the mouse location. That eases part of the carpel tunnel since I do not have to hold the mouse still at the same time I am clicking something.

 

Re:Carpel tunnel

Two things have helped me.

1) Wear wrist braces any time I touch a mouse ( mouse mind you, not the track ball. They are evil creatures that will crawl inside my wrists and chew on my nerves).

2) Gardening and running a shovel on a regular basis. Digging dirt regularly has built up the muscles in my forearms and I can often develop without using the wrist braces.

 

Just my 2 cents,

 

Ben 

 

Retired Senior Automation Systems Architect with Data Science Automation LabVIEW Champion Knight of NI and Prepper LinkedIn Profile YouTube Channel
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@Ben wrote:

2) Gardening and running a shovel on a regular basis. Digging dirt regularly has built up the muscles in my forearms and I can often develop without using the wrist braces.

 


 

Hmm... there has to be an argument in there somewhere of "I need to go home early and work on my yard for health reasons"

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@BowenM wrote:

@Ben wrote:

2) Gardening and running a shovel on a regular basis. Digging dirt regularly has built up the muscles in my forearms and I can often develop without using the wrist braces.

 


 

Hmm... there has to be an argument in there somewhere of "I need to go home early and work on my yard for health reasons"


Yes that sounds like a good reason but here in Texas, after I get home, I would soon realize (almost instantly) that it is too hot to work outside and would resort to relaxing indoors, most likely on my computer....with a mouse.  Smiley Very Happy

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@aputman wrote:

@BowenM wrote:

@Ben wrote:

2) Gardening and running a shovel on a regular basis. Digging dirt regularly has built up the muscles in my forearms and I can often develop without using the wrist braces.

 


 

Hmm... there has to be an argument in there somewhere of "I need to go home early and work on my yard for health reasons"


Yes that sounds like a good reason but here in Texas, after I get home, I would soon realize (almost instantly) that it is too hot to work outside and would resort to relaxing indoors, most likely on my computer....with a mouse.  Smiley Very Happy


Sounds like it is time for you to follow Daddy Kirbs on YouTube.

 

Spoiler

 

He uses cats to control his mice and rats.

 

I have been trying to watch all of his videos since he covers most of my areas of interest including bee keeping. He is located in Texas and finds a way to stick with it after work.

 

 

 

Ben

Retired Senior Automation Systems Architect with Data Science Automation LabVIEW Champion Knight of NI and Prepper LinkedIn Profile YouTube Channel
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@Hooovahh wrote:

@billko wrote:


I once saw someone who was actually proficient at using a trackpad with LabVIEW.  It was breathtaking.  😄 


Oh you just reminded me.  I was at a movie theater for the LabVIEW 2012 premiere showing, and a guy had his phone out and remoted into a PC, and then was programming in LabVIEW with the touch screen on his phone.  It was painfully slow to watch but after a few minutes he had a VI that was written and running.

 

Just put in a request for the Logitech MX Performance.  Here's to faster, and more comfortable programming.

 

Also on the subject of ergonomics, I've been using a split keyboard for a while now and enjoy it.  It is the Kinesis Freestyle2, with VIP3 adapter.  Basically the two halves of the keyboard can be 10 inches apart, with a wrist rest, and lifting on one edge.  It throws other people for a loop trying to use it but I like being able to have my hands more separated.  That being said it is pretty expensive for a non-mechanical keyboard.


You may have convinced my to buy this keyboard...

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