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Vinz:

--- Quote from: slifox;6621 ---As a side note--I'm interested in a comfortable device for constant slow scrolling through pages (because keeping my hand on the mouse or keyboard for those times, while reclining, gets uncomfortable). I was thinking of repurposing an old mouse scroll wheel. Anyone know of any existing solutions?
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Rethink the way you scroll. If you use Firefox, try the Scrollbar Anywhere extension, available at http://pagesperso-orange.fr/marc.boullet/ext/extensions-en.html . It basically allows you to hold a mouse button and then move the mouse to scroll. I use that with an Anir Vertical Mouse (known as a 3M Vertical Mouse these days) and just hold the middle mouse button while moving the mouse. Downside to this method is that it only works in your browser and you'll continually want to scroll like this in other programs too.

graywolf:

--- Quote from: Vinz;7565 ---Rethink the way you scroll. If you use Firefox, try the Scrollbar Anywhere extension, available at http://pagesperso-orange.fr/marc.boullet/ext/extensions-en.html . It basically allows you to hold a mouse button and then move the mouse to scroll. I use that with an Anir Vertical Mouse (known as a 3M Vertical Mouse these days) and just hold the middle mouse button while moving the mouse. Downside to this method is that it only works in your browser and you'll continually want to scroll like this in other programs too.
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I hate that technique. Constant pressure on a mouse button leaved my hands aching after only about five minutes. Come to think of it I actually hate mice, I only use them because they are convenient and everything is set up to use them.

Vinz:
How much of an issue that constant pressure is depends very much on your mouse, which is why I posted my choice of mouse with it. I use my index, middle and ring finger to depress the middle button on the vertical mouse, and that feels quite natural, as if I'm grabbing the page and moving it.

graywolf:

--- Quote from: Vinz;7573 ---How much of an issue that constant pressure is depends very much on your mouse, which is why I posted my choice of mouse with it. I use my index, middle and ring finger to depress the middle button on the vertical mouse, and that feels quite natural, as if I'm grabbing the page and moving it.
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No, it depends more on my arthritis.

CX23882:
My two biggest gripes about the Cordless Optical Trackman are:
- The little balls/studs that support the ball get crudded-up very quickly, no matter how clean your hands or the ball are.
- Default alignment is about 30 off (i.e. moving cursor "right" doesn't move it across the screen).  Installing Logitechs driver allows this to be compensated for.
I would suspect I'm at fault, but I never had either of these problems with the more basic (and probably more comfy) Marble Mouse.  The Marble Mouse lacks a scroll wheel though.  Other than that, the Cordless Optical Trackman is a fine trackball, and the batteries last for months.

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