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Remember how they first made a steampunk keyboard, then they did a monitor... then they did a mouse? Well someone has made another component to add to the list. A "Steam Punk" Mac Mini! They are just missing a mouse... I know I wouldn't be able to live without one. Perhaps they should make an etched brass looking Mighty Mouse next?

I just had to have at least one picture of the computer here:



It looks like they mostly customized it using stickers and painted some of the aluminum a brass color. I was tempted to send a link to it to a couple of friends but I know they are most likely in bed right now. I found out about it from looking at 123macmini.com I sometimes check that site out to see other people's Mac Mini\other (iMac, AppleTV) setups.

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Remember how they first made a steampunk keyboard, then they did a monitor... then they did a mouse? Well someone has made another component to add to the list. A "Steam Punk" Mac Mini! They are just missing a mouse... I know I wouldn't be able to live without one. Perhaps they should make an etched brass looking Mighty Mouse next?

I just had to have at least one picture of the computer here:



It looks like they mostly customized it using stickers and painted some of the aluminum a brass color. I was tempted to send a link to it to a couple of friends but I know they are most likely in bed right now. I found out about it from looking at 123macmini.com I sometimes check that site out to see other people's Mac Mini\other (iMac, AppleTV) setups.

[Link to the original web page]
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Remember how they first made a steampunk keyboard, then they did a monitor... then they did a mouse? Well someone has made another component to add to the list. A "Steam Punk" Mac Mini! They are just missing a mouse... I know I wouldn't be able to live without one. Perhaps they should make an etched brass looking Mighty Mouse next?

I just had to have at least one picture of the computer here:



It looks like they mostly customized it using stickers and painted some of the aluminum a brass color. I was tempted to send a link to it to a couple of friends but I know they are most likely in bed right now. I found out about it from looking at 123macmini.com I sometimes check that site out to see other people's Mac Mini\other (iMac, AppleTV) setups.

[Link to the original web page]
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[Article]

It looks like if Steve totally had his way we wouldn't even have the arrow keys on our keyboards or number pads for that matter (I never owned an original Mac.. I just used them at school). It is true that sometimes less is more and simpler looks better. I actually agree with it to a degree... like I do with the iPhone and other things (see below). But sometimes it's counter intuitive and counter productive.... there's such a thing as too much of a good thing or taking things too far.

The spirit of simplicity extends even to Apple retail stores. The elevator in Apple's popular Tokyo store, for instance, has no floor buttons. It stops on every floor of the four-story building


What the? It sounds like if you are on the second floor and you want to get to the first floor you have to wait or go all the way to the top floor stopping at each floor and then again coming down. =P But I do like how the Mac Mini is designed the only thing you see from the front is an aluminium box with a slot for the disc and a white power light. The power button is on the back and I hope if they update the Mac Mini they never put it on the front. There are no other lines or breaks to the front of it unlike most computers. I like how the Apple cinema display has no buttons on the front frame and instead has them on a shiny portion on the sides. I like how the PowerMac G5\Mac Pro has mostly a unified front grill with holes cut out for the optical drives.

On a related note It's not true though at least anymore that Apple's computers are for the less technically savvy. They have plenty of features.. more than a lot of people make use of. It's also not true that their mice have one button anymore.. but the way they handle having multiple buttons on their own hardware (Mighty Mouse) leaves something to be desired... although on the other hand it is nice looking. Any mouse works just as well on OS X as it does on windows.. right click and all. The same right click menus that you'd expect to be there are there. They just need to make the sensors on the Mighty Mouse more intelligent so if you left click and keep your finger resting on it and then you right click it'll still work. Right now you have to lift up your left finger before right clicking. In other words it should be pressure sensitive.

But I'm glad that they did relent a bit and stopped making mice that absolutely only have one button even if the new ones are virtual.
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[Article]

It looks like if Steve totally had his way we wouldn't even have the arrow keys on our keyboards or number pads for that matter (I never owned an original Mac.. I just used them at school). It is true that sometimes less is more and simpler looks better. I actually agree with it to a degree... like I do with the iPhone and other things (see below). But sometimes it's counter intuitive and counter productive.... there's such a thing as too much of a good thing or taking things too far.

The spirit of simplicity extends even to Apple retail stores. The elevator in Apple's popular Tokyo store, for instance, has no floor buttons. It stops on every floor of the four-story building


What the? It sounds like if you are on the second floor and you want to get to the first floor you have to wait or go all the way to the top floor stopping at each floor and then again coming down. =P But I do like how the Mac Mini is designed the only thing you see from the front is an aluminium box with a slot for the disc and a white power light. The power button is on the back and I hope if they update the Mac Mini they never put it on the front. There are no other lines or breaks to the front of it unlike most computers. I like how the Apple cinema display has no buttons on the front frame and instead has them on a shiny portion on the sides. I like how the PowerMac G5\Mac Pro has mostly a unified front grill with holes cut out for the optical drives.

On a related note It's not true though at least anymore that Apple's computers are for the less technically savvy. They have plenty of features.. more than a lot of people make use of. It's also not true that their mice have one button anymore.. but the way they handle having multiple buttons on their own hardware (Mighty Mouse) leaves something to be desired... although on the other hand it is nice looking. Any mouse works just as well on OS X as it does on windows.. right click and all. The same right click menus that you'd expect to be there are there. They just need to make the sensors on the Mighty Mouse more intelligent so if you left click and keep your finger resting on it and then you right click it'll still work. Right now you have to lift up your left finger before right clicking. In other words it should be pressure sensitive.

But I'm glad that they did relent a bit and stopped making mice that absolutely only have one button even if the new ones are virtual.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
[Article]

It looks like if Steve totally had his way we wouldn't even have the arrow keys on our keyboards or number pads for that matter (I never owned an original Mac.. I just used them at school). It is true that sometimes less is more and simpler looks better. I actually agree with it to a degree... like I do with the iPhone and other things (see below). But sometimes it's counter intuitive and counter productive.... there's such a thing as too much of a good thing or taking things too far.

The spirit of simplicity extends even to Apple retail stores. The elevator in Apple's popular Tokyo store, for instance, has no floor buttons. It stops on every floor of the four-story building


What the? It sounds like if you are on the second floor and you want to get to the first floor you have to wait or go all the way to the top floor stopping at each floor and then again coming down. =P But I do like how the Mac Mini is designed the only thing you see from the front is an aluminium box with a slot for the disc and a white power light. The power button is on the back and I hope if they update the Mac Mini they never put it on the front. There are no other lines or breaks to the front of it unlike most computers. I like how the Apple cinema display has no buttons on the front frame and instead has them on a shiny portion on the sides. I like how the PowerMac G5\Mac Pro has mostly a unified front grill with holes cut out for the optical drives.

On a related note It's not true though at least anymore that Apple's computers are for the less technically savvy. They have plenty of features.. more than a lot of people make use of. It's also not true that their mice have one button anymore.. but the way they handle having multiple buttons on their own hardware (Mighty Mouse) leaves something to be desired... although on the other hand it is nice looking. Any mouse works just as well on OS X as it does on windows.. right click and all. The same right click menus that you'd expect to be there are there. They just need to make the sensors on the Mighty Mouse more intelligent so if you left click and keep your finger resting on it and then you right click it'll still work. Right now you have to lift up your left finger before right clicking. In other words it should be pressure sensitive.

But I'm glad that they did relent a bit and stopped making mice that absolutely only have one button even if the new ones are virtual.
smoketetsuo: (Punk Anime)
You know how the iPhone has a multi-touch screen? Well Apple seems to be looking into making a computer mouse based on sort of the same idea. The idea is that the mouse will have a shell with sensors inside that detect where your fingers are on the mouse. Some people have already likened it to how when you put your finger on a plasma ball and the electricity jumps to your finger but it I think it kind of seems like the same way the microsoft touch table works only in a mouse. That table had cameras as sensors under the screen to detect where your hands\fingers are on the table. I have been sort of against this sort of thing in the past before the iPhone and the Microsoft table but if it works as well as those things it might be nice. My opinion is that it better be able to sense pressure so you aren't accidently setting it off by lightly touching it with your hand. Also it better be able to do that so if you are left clicking and then you want to right click you don't have to pick up your left finger since it'll detect that you are putting more pressure on the right side so then it registers as a right click and vice versa. So it should be intelligent as to how you have your fingers\hand on it. But I'm still a little skeptical about it because of the Mighty Mouse which doesn't work exactly how I want it to. So I'll have to try it out before I make a final judgement.. if they go ahead and make one.
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You know how the iPhone has a multi-touch screen? Well Apple seems to be looking into making a computer mouse based on sort of the same idea. The idea is that the mouse will have a shell with sensors inside that detect where your fingers are on the mouse. Some people have already likened it to how when you put your finger on a plasma ball and the electricity jumps to your finger but it I think it kind of seems like the same way the microsoft touch table works only in a mouse. That table had cameras as sensors under the screen to detect where your hands\fingers are on the table. I have been sort of against this sort of thing in the past before the iPhone and the Microsoft table but if it works as well as those things it might be nice. My opinion is that it better be able to sense pressure so you aren't accidently setting it off by lightly touching it with your hand. Also it better be able to do that so if you are left clicking and then you want to right click you don't have to pick up your left finger since it'll detect that you are putting more pressure on the right side so then it registers as a right click and vice versa. So it should be intelligent as to how you have your fingers\hand on it. But I'm still a little skeptical about it because of the Mighty Mouse which doesn't work exactly how I want it to. So I'll have to try it out before I make a final judgement.. if they go ahead and make one.
smoketetsuo: (Punk Anime)
You know how the iPhone has a multi-touch screen? Well Apple seems to be looking into making a computer mouse based on sort of the same idea. The idea is that the mouse will have a shell with sensors inside that detect where your fingers are on the mouse. Some people have already likened it to how when you put your finger on a plasma ball and the electricity jumps to your finger but it I think it kind of seems like the same way the microsoft touch table works only in a mouse. That table had cameras as sensors under the screen to detect where your hands\fingers are on the table. I have been sort of against this sort of thing in the past before the iPhone and the Microsoft table but if it works as well as those things it might be nice. My opinion is that it better be able to sense pressure so you aren't accidently setting it off by lightly touching it with your hand. Also it better be able to do that so if you are left clicking and then you want to right click you don't have to pick up your left finger since it'll detect that you are putting more pressure on the right side so then it registers as a right click and vice versa. So it should be intelligent as to how you have your fingers\hand on it. But I'm still a little skeptical about it because of the Mighty Mouse which doesn't work exactly how I want it to. So I'll have to try it out before I make a final judgement.. if they go ahead and make one.
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I played recently a game called Tasty Planet and it is interesting to me. I completed the demo levels and it makes me feel like registering so I can play the rest of the levels. The game is pretty simple you are some kind of amoeba devouring everything that is smaller than you and becoming bigger and bigger (sort of makes me think of Akira =P) The musiec in the levels is also amusing. The game controls well with either mouse or gamepad. I played the game using the analog stick on my gamepad although I imagine it's very easy to control with the mouse too like moving your cursor around the screen. Despite how simple the graphics look they do look better when you turn up the resolution. I was playing it on my 14 inch laptop and I ran it at its native resolution 1024x768 and it looked good. The game is deceptively simple. Most of the levels in the demo I barely made it before time ran out.
Check out the trailer.
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I played recently a game called Tasty Planet and it is interesting to me. I completed the demo levels and it makes me feel like registering so I can play the rest of the levels. The game is pretty simple you are some kind of amoeba devouring everything that is smaller than you and becoming bigger and bigger (sort of makes me think of Akira =P) The musiec in the levels is also amusing. The game controls well with either mouse or gamepad. I played the game using the analog stick on my gamepad although I imagine it's very easy to control with the mouse too like moving your cursor around the screen. Despite how simple the graphics look they do look better when you turn up the resolution. I was playing it on my 14 inch laptop and I ran it at its native resolution 1024x768 and it looked good. The game is deceptively simple. Most of the levels in the demo I barely made it before time ran out.
Check out the trailer.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
Is going to get rid of the "nipple" scrollball and go with touch sensors for scrolling. I'm not sure that sounds like a good idea. Having touch sensors for buttons already makes using the mouse as a two button mouse not so great in my opinion and they are just going to extend this further to scrolling. I am already imagining accidently scrolling or other things when you didn't mean to. Sure it might look nice and smooth and minimal but I probably will still prefer my MacMice Mouse.

Someone commenting here said the pictures reminded them of "second base". =P
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
Is going to get rid of the "nipple" scrollball and go with touch sensors for scrolling. I'm not sure that sounds like a good idea. Having touch sensors for buttons already makes using the mouse as a two button mouse not so great in my opinion and they are just going to extend this further to scrolling. I am already imagining accidently scrolling or other things when you didn't mean to. Sure it might look nice and smooth and minimal but I probably will still prefer my MacMice Mouse.

Someone commenting here said the pictures reminded them of "second base". =P
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
And it is as pretty as I would have wanted it to be. It looks like a mac mouse.. it feels like a mac mouse.. but it has 2 buttons and a scrollwheel that work as good as I would want them to be. Even the box looks like it belongs with a Mac. It'd be almost a shame to throw away the box since it looks so good.


Better scan than before.. still doesn't do 100% justice but it's ok.


If I had a digital camera I'd do a whole unbox thing like the gadget sites do. The only thing that doesn't totally match on top of my desk now is my monitor although it has a silver frame. =P I might say different after the honeymoon is over but for now I would say it was worth the 20 bucks I spent on it (plus shipping) and it is less cumbersome than the Mighty Mouse. It's scrollwheel "scrolls like butter" as Steve Jobs would say and it clicks good too. The only thing that would be better is a wireless one but you can't get a wireless mouse for twenty dollars especially not one like this.

Here's a link to the company I bought it from in in case you need to see it again.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
And it is as pretty as I would have wanted it to be. It looks like a mac mouse.. it feels like a mac mouse.. but it has 2 buttons and a scrollwheel that work as good as I would want them to be. Even the box looks like it belongs with a Mac. It'd be almost a shame to throw away the box since it looks so good.


Better scan than before.. still doesn't do 100% justice but it's ok.


If I had a digital camera I'd do a whole unbox thing like the gadget sites do. The only thing that doesn't totally match on top of my desk now is my monitor although it has a silver frame. =P I might say different after the honeymoon is over but for now I would say it was worth the 20 bucks I spent on it (plus shipping) and it is less cumbersome than the Mighty Mouse. It's scrollwheel "scrolls like butter" as Steve Jobs would say and it clicks good too. The only thing that would be better is a wireless one but you can't get a wireless mouse for twenty dollars especially not one like this.

Here's a link to the company I bought it from in in case you need to see it again.

I've found

Apr. 1st, 2007 02:07 am
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
It's MacMice "The Mouse AL".. which is like an apple mouse but with two actual buttons and a scrollwheel. This one is being sold for only 20 dollars which is a real good price for a matching Mac mouse. I'm a little conflicted as to whether I want to get this mouse or... a Keyspan RF Remote for Front Row which adds that kind of remote to any Mac... I have programs that I would like to use it with like coversutra, iTheater or even just installing Front Row so I can use it on my G4 Mac Mini which didn't include either it or the Apple remote.

I've found

Apr. 1st, 2007 02:07 am
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
It's MacMice "The Mouse AL".. which is like an apple mouse but with two actual buttons and a scrollwheel. This one is being sold for only 20 dollars which is a real good price for a matching Mac mouse. I'm a little conflicted as to whether I want to get this mouse or... a Keyspan RF Remote for Front Row which adds that kind of remote to any Mac... I have programs that I would like to use it with like coversutra, iTheater or even just installing Front Row so I can use it on my G4 Mac Mini which didn't include either it or the Apple remote.
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When it comes to first person shooters a lot of people fall into two camps when it comes to controller preferences. On one side you have the diehard Keyboard and Mouse people like me. We like Keyboard and mouse because using a mouse aiming in a FPS is as easy as point and click. Then there is the camp who prefers a gamepad for games in general. The benefit they get from that is they get analog control for moving forward, backward and strafing side to side which you can't get on a keyboard but aiming isn't as good using the other thumbstick.

But.... there is another way and I have been playing with this method this afternoon with surprising results. What method did I experiment with? Well, instead of Keyboard and Mouse I used Thumbstick and Mouse. Thumbstick and Mouse you ask? Yes.. you read it correctly. This is actually something I experimented with a bit before but didn't quite get the hang of it in the few seconds I tried it but now that I sat down and actually played through a few games this way it's actually a pretty cool way to control a FPS.

For example the way I have it setup in the doomsday engine is as follows:

Thumbstick: moves you forward, backward, strafe left, strafe right
Shoulder Buttons on the same side as thumbstick: Jump and Duck

Mouse: Aiming
Left Mouse Click: Shooting
Right Mouse Click: Use Key
Scroll Wheel: Cycle through weapons

If you have a multi button mouse like 5 or more buttons you can assign more functions to the mouse and you have an excuse to now. Other games like Prey don't have a use key so for those games you can leave the right mouse button to do what it does by default.

Looks like a company had the same sort of idea that I had:

Image inside )

Only thing is it's for PS2, I wonder if you hooked it up to a computer via an adaptor if the mouse would work like a real mouse because usually devices like that emulate a thumbstick on the console so they don't work like real mouse. How is that do you ask? Well a thumbstick has only a finite range of movement\speed a mouse working as a proper mouse doesn't. So when a mouse is emulating a thumbstick it's limited to the range of movement\speed of a thumbstick. So you don't get the full benefit of the mouse and companies like the one making the peripheral I put a picture of put in a few on the fly sensitivity adjustment things to combat that. But anyway it makes me wonder if you hooked that up to a computer if it works like a regular mouse. Perhaps they should come out with a computer version for use with PC\Mac.

BTW, unlike with aiming the reason why an analog stick is good for running and strafing is because you have a finite speed you can do either at and unlike with aiming if you tried using a second mouse to do it you would run out of space fast and it would be a pain. Way back in the day they used to bind move forward and back to the up and down axis on the mouse and so people tried it and at first thought the mouse wasn't good for games but it just had the wrong function assigned to it.

So this way could be considered one example of a best of both worlds method. It took me a while to get used to it but I quickly started making use of the analog control for moving while having great aiming with the mouse.
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When it comes to first person shooters a lot of people fall into two camps when it comes to controller preferences. On one side you have the diehard Keyboard and Mouse people like me. We like Keyboard and mouse because using a mouse aiming in a FPS is as easy as point and click. Then there is the camp who prefers a gamepad for games in general. The benefit they get from that is they get analog control for moving forward, backward and strafing side to side which you can't get on a keyboard but aiming isn't as good using the other thumbstick.

But.... there is another way and I have been playing with this method this afternoon with surprising results. What method did I experiment with? Well, instead of Keyboard and Mouse I used Thumbstick and Mouse. Thumbstick and Mouse you ask? Yes.. you read it correctly. This is actually something I experimented with a bit before but didn't quite get the hang of it in the few seconds I tried it but now that I sat down and actually played through a few games this way it's actually a pretty cool way to control a FPS.

For example the way I have it setup in the doomsday engine is as follows:

Thumbstick: moves you forward, backward, strafe left, strafe right
Shoulder Buttons on the same side as thumbstick: Jump and Duck

Mouse: Aiming
Left Mouse Click: Shooting
Right Mouse Click: Use Key
Scroll Wheel: Cycle through weapons

If you have a multi button mouse like 5 or more buttons you can assign more functions to the mouse and you have an excuse to now. Other games like Prey don't have a use key so for those games you can leave the right mouse button to do what it does by default.

Looks like a company had the same sort of idea that I had:

Image inside )

Only thing is it's for PS2, I wonder if you hooked it up to a computer via an adaptor if the mouse would work like a real mouse because usually devices like that emulate a thumbstick on the console so they don't work like real mouse. How is that do you ask? Well a thumbstick has only a finite range of movement\speed a mouse working as a proper mouse doesn't. So when a mouse is emulating a thumbstick it's limited to the range of movement\speed of a thumbstick. So you don't get the full benefit of the mouse and companies like the one making the peripheral I put a picture of put in a few on the fly sensitivity adjustment things to combat that. But anyway it makes me wonder if you hooked that up to a computer if it works like a regular mouse. Perhaps they should come out with a computer version for use with PC\Mac.

BTW, unlike with aiming the reason why an analog stick is good for running and strafing is because you have a finite speed you can do either at and unlike with aiming if you tried using a second mouse to do it you would run out of space fast and it would be a pain. Way back in the day they used to bind move forward and back to the up and down axis on the mouse and so people tried it and at first thought the mouse wasn't good for games but it just had the wrong function assigned to it.

So this way could be considered one example of a best of both worlds method. It took me a while to get used to it but I quickly started making use of the analog control for moving while having great aiming with the mouse.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
I am thinking of sometime getting a new mouse to replace my Philip Starck Mouse which is getting it's silver paint worn off especially on the right mouse button. These look nice but I'm dubious about their hand warming function. These look nice too but people always say in the comments in gadget sites that the person who owns the company is not to be trusted and the mice\mouses\meese feel cheap. This one doesn't look bad. I already know I don't care much for the mighty mouse because of the scroll ball and how the buttons (or lack of them) work. I could get a standard funky multi-buttoned monstrosity but I'd rather get something stylish which looks good with a Mac.

Here's another intersting looking one. I'd want to remove the logo though. link

But look at this.. I got this as a result for "stylish mouse" on google looking around:



o_O;

Reminds me of the hockey puck mouse for the G3 iMac and Tower that almost everyone hated! It's like a parody of the hockey puck mouse. "Ok, to open the file you move the little hamburger on your desk.. NO DON'T EAT IT! PUT IT DOWN!!"

Another hockey puck mouse Haven't they learned anything? x_x;

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