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8/3/2005
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David  DeJean
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Apple's admission that computer users have more than one finger and therefore can push more than one mouse button is a major break with the company's "I'd rather be right than popular" attitude. It's also another sign that Steve Jobs really is getting serious about going after a bigger share of the PC market. At least that's what I hope. I'd love to see some real competition between Apple and Microsoft for the de

Apple's admission that computer users have more than one finger and therefore can push more than one mouse button is a major break with the company's "I'd rather be right than popular" attitude.

It's also another sign that Steve Jobs really is getting serious about going after a bigger share of the PC market. At least that's what I hope. I'd love to see some real competition between Apple and Microsoft for the desktop OS marketplace. And silly as it sounds, that one-button mouse on every Mac has probably been a stumbling block to success for Apple.I know that right-clicking is second nature for me. When I sit down at a Mac and try to do something as simple as browse the Web it takes a few minutes for me to reeducate my neurons to work with one button.(A personal computer guru of mine, Len Milo, once demonstrated the perfect solution: He sat down at a Mac, took a rubber band out of his pocket and wrapped it around his first and second fingers. Voila. No right-button, no right-button finger, no problem.)

It's a little bit sad that Apple has decided it can't survive by being different so it has become better at being the same. OS X has certainly shown that's possible. The adoption of Intel chips will remove some more hurdles (although I'm not sure why that was ever a big deal). And now a two-button mouse. Look out Microsoft. Apple is smokin'.

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