The scroll wheel on my wireless mouse stopped working months ago. Eventually I decided it was time to replace the mouse, but right about then Apple announced its new trackpad, and I decided to try one of those instead. My plan was to buy one in Minneapolis when we went there to pick up Andrew at the airport. I'd see if I liked it, and if not, I could return it.
So we stopped at Best Buy on the way to the airport.
Out of stock.
The clerk told me they had received two.
Think about that. Two.
He also said he thought that the Apple store in the Mall of America — which I had hoped to avoid because it would take far more time to get in and out of the megamall — was even less likely to have them in stock. Apparently BB has more pull with Apple because they sell more stuff.
Think about that, too.
So I gave up and ordered one directly from Apple.
The verdict: I like it just fine, maybe not quite as much as a really good mouse with eleventy-seven buttons, but just fine. It cost about the same as a mouse like that and takes up slightly less space on the desk than the mouse pad (and it matches my keyboard, although it is not comfortable to line them up with each other like the Apple ads show them) so I'll keep it.
And that's the news from Chez Kat™ today.