Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Nub vs. Trackball

I have been receiving a horde of emails tonight about my use of the word nub when describing the Sidekick 3 navigation system. Allow me to explain: To those of you who were fortunate enough to play video games in the 1980's, you might have played games like Missile Command or Marble Madness (pictured at left) or even Centipede. If you are younger, maybe you have seen the golf game Golden Tee? Well each of those games has a trackball, which is a ball that moves with a socket. It rolls in any direction and spins freely within that socket. The Sidekick 3 nub is like this but on a smaller scale, though it feels like it only imitates this functionality which is why I called it a navigation knob in my review from early April. It feels much like the mouse-knob that sits in the middle of many laptop keyboards, except you don't really "push it" directionally, it responds to you sliding your finger over it with a slippery sensitivity. Some people will like it, some won't. It will definitely open up some possiblities for gaming though and it will allow for more PC-like navigation longer term on the web browser. It's different, it acts in a unique way. That is why I call it a nub or a navi-knob.

Wikipedia on "Trackball" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trackball



42 Comments:

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous pissed off said...

hmmm first again i love rss!!

yeah i think i will like this track ball/ nub idea that there goin for


Question what can u do with that usb any one know??

Have A Nice Day!!

 
At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do you get an rss feed for this blog?

 
At 8:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lots of updates today...and drama

 
At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This loser actually went all the way back to april and changed the wording in his post when he talked about it having a "nub". It now says something different.

good going, dumbass. doesnt change the fact that you dont know shit.

BTW it would be ridiculous for an electronic device to have a touch-sensitive "knob" on it with such a small screen. It would be useless and innacurate. It can only be a trackball, IF that.

ah well...when the unit comes out this guy is toast anyways. may as well laugh now :)

stop the lies, BSD

 
At 8:41 PM, Anonymous pissed off said...

i have firefox and sage reader it automaticly updates with the new stories



Have A Nice Day!!

 
At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo BSD i think you should be locked up for impersonating someone who knows anything...YOU ARE A FRAUD!!.......from day one everythhing you said was fishy..from the review onward...
you are a loser....(the CATGIRL hasn't come up with the pics yet?..or are you waiting for another website...i mean one of your spies to post something!)

 
At 11:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if everything is fraud, why are you here LOL.

 
At 4:32 AM, Blogger LinuxGold said...

Yah, I recall those old devices. I think trackball didn't exist until Logitech introduced them later on. Boy, sure do I miss these old electronic games.


Back In The Old Days

Recollecting the memoirs of the past,
Where our youthful days could'nt last,
Enjoying the talents of our dreams,
In glory, future horizon, brightly gleams,
Where care nor concern befall us all,
So intense doth youth gladdened us all,
With energies so full of sun rays,
Back in the old days,

In everyday lives where we've been through,
Aging as our joys became a few,
With hardships we've faced with dispute,
As we constantly nurse our dying fruit,
As our next beloved generations came along,
Doth we realize in past, we no longer belong,
Forever doth we desirously ponder in all ways,
Back in the old days.

 
At 4:50 AM, Blogger ht3 said...

No you dumbass.

It *is* a trackball. It's a tiny ball that sits in a socket and rolls like those old games do.

This is why I sent ht3.com the pics and not you, because you're full of crap.

It's not touch-sensitive.

It's not a "mouse-nipple".

IT'S A FUCKING TRACKBALL!

 
At 4:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, BSD proves he's a tard.

 
At 5:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha BSD you dumbass.

 
At 5:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow....how useless

 
At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edward F. Hunsinger,

We understand that in your 'world' the F words represents something cool and powerfull as does arm and ear piercing but in the big world of adults, sorry to say these F words only represents inmaturity and lack of self confidience.

The fact that you have to back your own statements up with 2-3 posts each time (containing the same type of language again) is just another proof of this matter.

Is it true the teach such language at the Denison University? Or is the Bachelor's Degree just another 'lie'? ;)

 
At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"ht3 said...

This is why I sent ht3.com the pics and not you, because you're full of crap."

Edward, when you have so many aliases that you can't keep track which is used for what, maybe its time to stop playing around with all the aliases ;)

Maybe your site navelsex.com needs some attention? Got any 'news' for that site? :)

 
At 7:46 AM, Blogger ht3 said...

Dude, I'm not edward. Get over it.

 
At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get soo sick of listening to all you chump ass bitches complaining about how BSD is this and BSD is that. If you don't like what he's got to say, then get the fuck out. Why do you waste your time? Don't all you haters got some 12 years to go lurk on? Faggots.....

 
At 8:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Dude, I'm not edward. Get over it."

Well then you are not the owner of the Hiptop3 site as you indicated yesterday :) all these lies... ;)

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger ht3 said...

I never said I was the owner. I said I took the pics.

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger ht3 said...

Looking back over all my comments, not once did I say I was the owner. So where are you getting it from I don't know.

Probably the same place BSD get's his news... thin air.

 
At 8:07 AM, Anonymous macserv said...

"The Sidekick 3 nub does not [spin freely in its socket]..."

I'm thinkin' it does, since I use a similar setup every day. It's Apple's Mighty Mouse (http://www.apple.com/mightymouse/), and it features a tiny trackball where the mouse wheel would normally be.

At first, I thought the Mighty Mouse bal didn't really rotate freely, either. Then I drew a dot on it, and watched it roll around. Definitely a ball. Looking at the bezel surrounding the ball in the previously-posted photos, I have to say it definitely looks like a ball... making it work like a nub would be complicated.

Add that there's no reason for Danger/Sharp to build some kind of complex nub when a tiny ball is cheap and readily available on the market. Using a spherical ball would also make lighting the apparatus evenly (without shadows or reflections) a lot simpler.

 
At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct it is just an oldschool mouse upside down sort of ;)

 
At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"ht3 said...
Looking back over all my comments, not once did I say I was the owner."

Why would you have to look back over that? LOL!

Good to check what you DID say huh?

P.S. You dont have to 'say' everything, your vocabulary reveals who you are...oh sorry thats a difficult word I know so here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocabulary

 
At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A mouse is ingeniously simple really here is a borrowed picutre from www.blowaway.org just two wheels or axles if you wish that 'register' the X and Y movement of the ball and 'translates' that into electronic signals as seen at the other end (IR LED)

http://www.blowaway.org/brandnew_old/kevin/log/images/mouse_details.jpg

 
At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Ed said...

ht3 is not me. If it was, and I had taken the pictures, I would have said so when I posted them. If you want to keep posting my personal information, go ahead. I've got nothing to hide. I realize that my history is on the internet, for the most part I'm responsible for putting it there. Would you like to know what it was like to live at the Homestead? Maybe you'd like to hear about the programming competitions I was in when I was getting my Bachelors in Comp Sci?

 
At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edward F.

This is a blog about SIDEKICK3 not a blog about your personal habits and life, that you can keep at your site: http://www.navelsex.com/

 
At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny we have hiptop3 owner more here than on his own site :D

 
At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny we have hiptop3 owner more here than on his own site :D

 
At 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahahaha @ BSD, you loser.

 
At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In order to have a 'loser' there would have to be a game or contest now wouldn't there?

Not sure what the game or contest it is you are playing or refering to?

Now if you are refering to the slang term I believe the correct term is 'luser' that is a different word all together and for thos who didn't go to college and learn the English language here is some help:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luser

 
At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know considering BSD's amazing googling skills, you'd think he could make a real website, instead of having to use Blogger.

 
At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edward,

This is a question about the English language no need to Google (or as in this case Wikipedia) terms if you are familiar with them.

Maybe you should read up a little about Webblogs (or Blogs as they are called) if you have a blog you don't really need a website as such as they are two totally different things.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weblog

P.S. BSD isn't online right now.

 
At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edward,

Yeah I see your point there are good reasons to run websites.

http://skinky.navelsex.com/

http://hiplog.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=14062

Good to know who has a 'gift' for making up things for/about the Hiptop devices ;)

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger ht3 said...

For someone throwing around wiki links and "big words", you sure still like to hide behind "anonymous" like a 5yr old.

 
At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 year old, hmm how would a 5 year old be anonymous? Would he not be with his mommy or/and daddy?

As for big words Edward, I'm sorry let me know if you need help on any of the ones that or longer than 4 letters and dont start with F. They aren't that big really just normal words in the English language.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger ht3 said...

*sigh*...

How many times do I have to tell you. I...AM...NOT...EDWARD. Or Ed. Or Eddie. Or whoever you want to pretend.

ht3 != Edward

 
At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone mentioned lately that appletech is an ass? yeah just wanted to throw that out there.

 
At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"ht3 Or whoever you want to pretend."

Ok whatever you say 'Mr HT3' :)

"Has anyone mentioned lately that appletech is an ass?"

What about SHAUN DOMINICK ORTOLANO is you don't like?

 
At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appletech is a huge ass...that guy needs to get a life. Hiptop forums suck now because of him.

 
At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Technicly the hiptop forums always sucked.

 
At 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the sk2 is no longer being made and they are all sold out. If I accidentally loose my sk2 that has insurance, can I upgrade to the sk3 for the 110.00 insurance deductable...

 
At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the sk2 is no longer being made and they are all sold out. If I accidentally loose my sk2 that has insurance, can I upgrade to the sk3 for the 110.00 insurance deductable...

Not only are you an idiot, but you are a fucking idiot.

 
At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all need to get grip on how meaningless your diatribes are.


PS. Its listed as "Trackball" in the SK3 menu system.

 

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