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by Jason on January 29th, 2007

It’s rare I’m not at home without being somewhere close to an internet connection. Typically I’m working on the couch with my trusty IBM R52 on my lap.

A friend of mine came over and wanted to check his mail and needed a network connection. His Dell was easily configured for my wireless and he was online. But after a few moments he took out a mouse and plugged it into his laptop and started mousing on the arm of the chair.

Is the track pad broke? Nah – I just hate dragging my fingers around…

So I showed him the UltraNav setup I have on my ThinkPad (graciously provided by my employer) and he was hooked. It’s really hard to describe, but even harder to use a laptop without one.

I don’t think there have been many hardware breakthroughs in the last decade that I would consider on par with the effect the UltraNav has brought. Sure chips have gotten faster, batteries more powerful, and pixels smaller and more populace – but to reinvent the human interface of a portable computer so successfully, well… it’s up on the top of my list.

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