In late 2006, i started to study geography at the University of Bonn, and i had to pick two subsidiary subjects. I chose geology and urban planning. At some point, i had contact with “Computer Aided Design”, also known as CAD, and i decided to buy a digital graphic drawing tablet because of this. In February 2007, i got a Wacom Intuos 3 Tablet, and i still use it today. It’s more natural and much faster than a regular mouse. Years before, around 2002, i already had a 12000U Tablet by Aiptek Hyperpen, but it wasn’t practical.
Shortly after i got my first “real” computer by IBM in August 1998, i stopped using traditional pointing devices anyway, because of the Logitech Marble Trackball, which is more precise and takes less space. I even played “Counter-Strike Source” with a setup like this for a while. My first “junior” computer was a JC100/01 for children from 3 years, intended for playing and learning, made by Hartung Spiele Berlin, for a price of 179 Deutsche Mark. According to the packaging, one set of batteries lasts for around 200 hours, but i never got that far.
At the moment, i have three input devices on my “Alex desk” table from Ikea, a Wacom Intuos Tablet, a Cherry Strait Keyboard, and a Logitech T650 Touchpad. I’m left-handed, and that’s why it’s arranged that way. I do not draw a lot on the computer anymore, but i still edit photos and create graphics sometimes, while i sit on my “Markus Swivel” chair by Ikea. FYI, in January 2003, i got my first SETI@home certificate for completing 100 workunits, and in July the same year, my second for 250.