nudone, did you try using different USB ports?
Ha! Just kidding...don't you hate that??
I'm also souring on a lot of this touch stuff. I've now spent considerable time with every tablet on the market, tried the latest smartphones, I have a Wacom, etc. Touch technology is simply mediocre. It's convenient for certain applications, even preferable, especially for simple things like browsing the web at a coffee shop, or simple applications that require just a handful of controls (ereaders, reading in general). But as a general interface, it's just mediocre.
The mechanical precision and ease of the mouse is still the best, it's that perfect balance of digital and mechanical. We all know how much better it feels to plug in a mouse to your laptop. It's always, "ah! much better!".
This reminds me also of the degradation of audio quality now that cellphones are the predominant communication tool. Back when phones were landlines, the audio quality through that copper connection was excellent. i remember being a teenager and being able to whisper quietly in the phone, and every breath, every little sound was crystal clear. Now, we have to yell through our shitty plastic earpieces, or through our fancy screen phones with awful mics, and who knows how much quality is in those wireless transmissions. All that technology, and in the end, the very basic use of the phone (talking) can be viewed at having gone backwards, quality-wise. I have to concentrate so much more now with cell phones just to be able to listen and hear things properly. I hate it. I don't even like talking that much anymore because of that specifically.
I'm never one to hold onto old-fashioned technology for nostalgia's sake, but these last few years, I am becoming that way it seems. Maybe it's just me, but I respond much better to mechanical technology that digital. I like gears, metal parts, levers, buttons...mechanical devices feel much more human. There's something very unsatisfying about touchscreens, wireless anythings. If you remove the convenience they offer and just think about how it feels to you, you'll feel how unsatisfying it is.
Bobby Fischer's last words were:
"Nothing is as healing as the human touch."
I would agree. The more we move away from that with our technology, the less satisfying it will be to use. I'm sure things will be much more convenient and progressive, but we're going to lose that feel-goodedness about it.