One in the hand is worth two on the Net

Let’s face it, the computer isn’t going to type itself. I know some of you believe that it has a mind of its own sometimes but at some point you’re going to want to tell the computer to do something. We geeky type call this “utilizing an input device.” Now don’t try saying that to the next tech support guy or the help desk dude at the office. He’ll just look at you funny then go back to his office an laugh at you. When I say “we geeky types call it” I mean we’d never say it out loud (we don’t like being laughed at either).

Here’s the take away. There are lots of ways to get what’s on your mind into the digital realms. The keyboard and mouse are the most recognizable input devices. It used to be that you could start up a computer without at least a keyboard, but this is the 21th century and we’ve got lots of options now. So here’s the noninclusive, abridged and appreciated, short list of input devices:

This probably wasn’t a brain stretching concept but my hope is that you’ll start to broaden you view of computing. Put another way, this should not have been an a-ha but a Ahhhh…
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