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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-30 23:40
Subject: Cranky hardware
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Tags:computer hardware
Today, I finally gave up on my old mouse. It's done me well - a 5 button (counting the scroll wheel, which I don't use as a button) USB optical mouse. A Microsoft IntelliMouse™ Optical. But it'd been getting very cranky recently - the mouse pointer kept disappearing, and the LED inside was not staying on. Tesco have mice - even MS ones, but not proper ones with the right number of buttons. I tried the local computer shop, but they'd just sold the last 4-button mouse.

So, Cambridge. No way that I was going anywhere near Newmarket Road while the sales are on, but there's a place in Chesterton that I use on occasion. So, I arrive there, walk in the door, and say "Hi, I want a 4-button optical mouse, USB, preferably not wireless."

And the assistant turns to a bin behind him, and picks out a mouse wrapped in a plastic bag.

Yay! It's the identical model, but it works without the LED giving up, and the left button isn't half broken, and OMG, I'd forgotten how much difference a proper working mouse makes with some things. So, no driver disc (hey, Windows seems to recognise it), no armoured packaging, but it works. And it was a fair bit cheaper than it would have been a few years ago when it came with full packaging.
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Plastic Bertrand Russell
User: burkesworks
Date: 2006-12-31 01:00 (UTC)
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Even as a Mac user of long standing, I have to concede that Uncle Bill does make rather fine rodents. I have the same model attached to my G4 and it's just about the finest mouse I've ever used. Dare I say it puts away Apple's own high-concept model good and proper?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-31 01:11 (UTC)
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My opinion was always that Microsoft were wasted as a software vendor - their hardware is so much better. Up at least to the point that the XBox appeared.

(Note to self - look for proper MS Natural keyboard.)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-12-31 01:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Note from self - oh, my.
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