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 07-13-2002, 21:17 Post: 40339
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 Optical Mice

I just bought my first optical mouse a "logitech Mouseman Dual Optical" mouse. Sounds impressive, got the wired mouse, did not think the cordless thing was for me don't want to be bogged down with batteries stopping my mouse activities when I am traveling with a dead receiver, and it weighs more too.

Well my MS mouse was skipping all over the place regardless of how I cleaned out the roller ball cavity. So it was time for a change.

But what baffled me was I did not read the small print on the optical box that said that the mouse would not work on shiny or glass surfaces, and since I was using it on a flat black formica top I would not have thought it mattered anyway.

So when I installed the software and the mouse did not move I went into debug mode. I confess I installed it and rebooted three times before I realized what was going on.

Then I finally saw the note onn the box and put a sheet of heavy drawing paper on the desk and "bada bim bada ba" it works great. I should have picked up on this because a decade ago when I was working on Sun hardware they had optical mice but they required a grid mouse pad. I thought things had advanced so that you did not need a grided surface, I guess they have progressed but just not that far that any surface can be used.

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Like I posted before I guess the Xerox patent expired. The vintage Xerox Alto had the optical mouse 25 years old. The grid pad was used.
One of the banes of my exsistance has been the stupid MS mouse. I guess I don't keep a clean surface as I seemed to always be cleaning them. I had a data tablet for CAD work, but moved to the Logitech track ball and then optical track ball for a home CAD work.






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