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With its big rolypoly ball and huge hand rest, the venerable trackball mouse looks like a holdover from 1996. Or maybe 1946—that’s the first time a trackball was used as an input device in a computer. Its popularity has waned since the introduction of the mouse and then the trackpad. And for good reason. Those devices take up way less space! But here’s the thing: The trackball is still good. Not just good—the trackball is great. So great that Logitech is introducing its first trackball in many years is a cause for celebration—even if I have some issues with my new favorite input device.
Fire up your Start menu or Dock and think carefully for a moment: Out of all your aging desktop apps, how many do you really rely on these days—or even better, how many of them don’t already have very capable web app alternatives you could use instead? Unless you’re a film editor or a graphic designer, it’s probably time to let those old-fashioned, clunky desktop apps go.
Oblique strategies is a set of cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt used to break deadlocks in creative situations.
Each card contains a (sometimes cryptic) remark that can help you resolve a creative dilemma.
Whenever you’re stuck you draw a card and ponder how it applies to your situation. You may draw as many cards as you wish.
This website is an online version of the deck, containing many cards from the printed editions.
For more information see Oblique Strategies on Wikipedia