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Holy dust bunny!


This I just had to share. A little background though: I hate optical mice - the comouter mouse kind, I'm not defaming blind rodents - because they tend to jump all over the place whenever you try to do some precision work in Photoshop, Premiere or similar applications.

That said, I know and accept the fact that I have to deal with lint buildup in the ball-bowels of my trusty old Microsoft mouse. I usually clean it out whenever the pointer gets the least bit erratic. Today the left button on said mouse has decided to semi-fail on me. I have to almost use a sledge hammer to click, so I decided to check the button and opened the ball-compartment because I couldn't see any screws on the bottom... Here's a picture of what fell out - and mind you: the mouse worked perfectly and precise it was just the button failing!

I included the USB plug for size reference...


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 17th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Gives you a can of compressed air. :)
Dec. 18th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
coughs and sneezes - thanks! ;P
Dec. 18th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
aww du hast einen Lurchi gefangen
Dec. 18th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Oh! Stehen die unter Naturschutz?!? Hoffentlich nicht ;P
Dec. 19th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
naja in freier Wildbahn sind sie fast ausgestorben. Man findet sie kaum mehr in ihrer natürlichen Umgebung (Serverräume). Aber sie haben sich der Zeit angepasst und leben nun ein glückliches Leben im Heimcomputer und unter der Couch, wo sie in Symbiose mit Kakerlaken leben.
Dec. 19th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... Chip einsetzen und im Reservat freilassen? ;P
Dec. 19th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, that brings back memories. When I was a kid and didn't know better it never occurred to me why the mouse was losing so much sensitivity and struggled by with it for a long time. When I finally thought to open up the tracking ball slot there was probably more dust wedged in there than ball. As for optical mice, I can't say I ever had a problem with them. I was using one for ten years until recently, when the buttons finally gave out. You're sure you're using them on a high contrast surface? My fake wood grain desk works fine, but when I try to use optical mice on mostly white surfaces I get the jumping problem with them.
Dec. 19th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
The worst mouse I have ever seen was during my years of tech-support: it actually moved like the ball had notches (like the scroll wheel does on some mouses today) - move the mouse and it went "tac-tac-tac-tac" jumping around equaly erratic... To this day none of my co-workers understands how anybody could work with such a mouse: the call came in for network problems :)

As for the surface: I use a mouse pad that has a faux ocelot fur pattern/texture. While I do understand the contrast problem, It didn't manifest that intense when I was using an optical mouse at home. It's just that with the ball mouse I can do reliable pixel-accurate movements - the optical ones tend to jump two pixels from time to time even on the best surfaces. Nothing to worry when you are browsing the web or controlling your e-mail client, but pretty annoying when working with creative tools like Photoshop. Oh and another thing: ball mice have built in force-feedback technology ;)
Dec. 19th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid to ask why mice with force feed technology deserve a shady wink. As for your mouse pad, having the texture of fur must make it hard to move your mouse around, and no wonder you get lint in the ball slot. What sort of pattern does the fur of a faux ocelot have anyway? Is it like a domestic cat with an identity crisis that painted crude rosettes on itself?

I'm kidding obviously, it just struck me as a really funny way to phrase it.
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