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Missing the nipple

When I solicited feedback on laptops and subsequently settled for the Thinkpad X40 [0]_, I was still a little sceptical about that little thing sticking out the middle of the keyboard which serves as a mouse.

I don't use the mouse much, but now, switching to a new desktop machine after my laptop has served as primary workstation for the past 4 months, I find I miss the nipple. After all, the nipple is the only intuitive interface. After that, it's all nurture.

.. [0] a choice which I've never regretted, except maybe because of the flakey : Hitachi 4K60 drive IBM ships -- I've had 2 replacements already).