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Ghost in the machine. I want to touch my MacBook Pro.

Must touch the screen. I must!

Must touch the screen. I must!

It happened again.

An alert went off on my computer and my hand reflexively reached up towards the screen to silence it.

I stopped myself, as I realized that my MacBook Pro does not have a touch screen.

While I avoided adding another smudged fingerprint to my collection of errant touch-my-screen attempts, my aborted impulse revealed a long standing desire – for a touch screen MacBook.

Mind you, this is a brand new machine.

I got it less than a month ago, but it’s got no touch screen.

When I heard that the Pixel, the new Chromebook by Google had one, I was miffed.

The Pixel has a touchscreen

The Pixel has me hating on my MacBook Pro. Damn Chromebooks!





The thought was incomprehensible.

Pangs of jealously racked me.

The sensation was unbearable.

Another alert went off on my laptop.

In my blind rage, I jammed my finger into the screen – again.

Will I never learn?

My rage gave pause to a temporary moment of reflection.

How is it that the greatest tech company in the world doesn’t have a touch screen laptop?

But upstart new jack entrants to the game and booty throwaway device manufacturers do?

Sure, there are other Windows based touchscreen laptops.

But who wants some third party laptop by Lenovo or a Dell?

Yeah, the Surface is like a touch screen laptop.

But it’s an inelegant and clunky Windows tablet (with a keyboard).

Surface Pro

The Surface Pro has me hating my MacBook Pro. Damn Surface!

And who the hell wants that buggy piece of crap (aka not-a-Mac)?

No one, that’s who.

The fact that lesser device makers have touchscreen laptops in the market never seemed to bother me before.

But an Android notebook running Chrome and Google’s suite of integrated apps?

That’s gotten under my skin.

I mean reeeaaally Apple?

What’s so hard about adding a touch screen to your line of laptops?

If an old school NEC POS machine can have a keyboard and a touch screen, why can’t I?

C'mon Apple! Even dinosaurs have touch screens.

C’mon Apple! Even dinosaurs have touch screens.

If Acer can make a touch screen laptop – ACER! – why can’t you?

And I know I’m not the only one with this desire.

I’ve seen mad other people stupidly jamming fingers into screens desperately trying to depress untouchable icons.

In this new fangled world of smartphones and tablets, touch and gesturing has become a norm.

People are used to touching screens.

Everywhere you turn, there are touchable screens: MTA, Redbox, ATM machines (and the aforementioned booty throwaway machines).

Why then, are our MacBooks still stuck in the stone ages?

Free our screens, damn it!

I demand it!

Apple, don’t let Steve Jobs’ stubborn shortsightedness rule you from beyond the grave.

Tim Cook, grow some cojones and stop living in a dead man’s shadow.

Think for yourself!

Know ye this: I shall not buy another MacBook unless and until said MacBook includes a touchscreen.

There. I said it.

Now make it so!


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Gesturing vs Stylus: Getting the most out of your iPad (aka My Journey From Darkness)

Your finger isn't the only game in town!

I’ve been rocking the iPad for just over a year now and it’s definitely become my ‘go-to’ device.

Having put my iPhone through its paces for several years now, stepping up to the iPad was a welcome respite to the limited form factor of the smaller (and more restrictive) iPhone.

Anyone who uses touch screen smartphones, is familiar with using gestures to manipulate the device and access features.

Pointing, pinching and swiping are all but second-nature to most.

On the iPhone, your fat fingers sometimes prevent you from executing the exact operation you were attempting.

But on the iPad, you’re far less prone to shoot off an email, when you were simply trying to add another address.

By and large, gesturing on the iPad is an effective and efficient means of getting things done.

So it was with benign curiosity that I approached using a stylus.

One of my good friends (and technology sensei) was the first person I saw using a stylus with their iPad.

Mind you, dude was pecking furiously, tap-tap-tapping away, and I was struck by how intimately focused he was on what he was doing.

I was more transfixed by how fluidly he moved from thing to thing.

And his fingers never touched the screen.

It was all about the stylus.

Seeing me mesmerized (I think I may have been drooling) he paused, and turned his attention to me.

You alright, B?

I was drooling.

When I finally came to, we talked at length, about our respective experiences with gesturing, and he shared with me his perspective on the differences between gesturing and utilizing a stylus.

What made the greatest difference for him, was the precision that using a stylus afforded over finger-based gesturing.

We both agreed that although you’ve got more room on the iPad, and the layout and location of buttons are a significant step up from the iPhone, there are still times when the fat-finger syndrome stymies your attempts to perform one task or another.

The more he talked, the more convinced I became that using my fingers on the iPad was the equivalent of a caveman trying to chisel rock with a bone.

Right then and there, I knew I had to cop one.

And as if he read my mind, my boy reached over into his drawer, and handed me my first stylus…(I have chills thinking about this)…a black Targus.

I felt like I had been knighted.

And from that day on, I was hooked.


The combination pen/stylus Kensington.

I’ve run through maaaaddd styli (or is it styluses?) since that day, trying out several brands before settling on (what I consider to be) the standard, the Kensington (a stylus and pen combo).

Even though there are certain things you can’t do with a stylus, that can only be accomplished through gesturing, like five-finger swiping to switch between screens, the trade-off is definitely worth it.

I’ve turned several folks on to adding a stylus to their repertoire, and they are grateful for the hook-up.

If you’re up on styli, and have already adopted it’s regular use into your steelo, excuse my enthusiasm.

But I’m a strong advocate for helping folks to increase the utility of their mobile/computing devices and enhancing their overall efficiency.

So what about you? Gesturing or stylus? I’d love to get your feedback.

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