Mouse envy!

I have used the same mouse since the day I first bought my computer. For the most part it has been a trusty companion, but today having de-fluffed it yet again… it seems that the roller ball sensors have finally had it!

So my next move was to ask for advice from a techy mate, Jim. He said my old mouse was a dinosaur. When I looked dismayed, he laughingly said I’d be better off with an optical mouse and then I’d never have to clean  a mouse ever again.


Jim could see that I was not amused and kindly offered me his laptop to help me search for a new mouse. So, like a cyber Sherlock Holmes I was online within moments investigating my options.

Wow, I was taken aback at the options available – some of them looked like space-age gadgets.  Many had very useful functions: some mice are programmable, allowing the user to assign a specified button, for example, to act as the ‘back’ on a web browser. However, they tended to fall into two main categories: optical or wireless optical.

An optical mouse  uses an infared-red sensor instead of a track ball to sense movement and connects to your computer via a USB. Wireless optical mice are much the same, but  they use a wireless signal that is sent to a dongle, giving you greater freedom of movement.

Armed with my newly gained expert knowledge I decided to take a punt on a wireless optical mouse.

I chose a Kensington Ci65 (see picture above right) for two main reasons. Firstly, because it has a neat auto power-off mode when it’s not being used and secondly, it’s small and looks really cool! This will make Jim so jealous…

A few fun facts about the mouse:

1. The first computer mouse prototype was invented by Dr Douglas C Engelbart of Stanford Research Institute in 1963.

2. The original Engelbart mouse was made of wood with metal wheels with only one button, and was called the bug.

3. In the patent application filed on 21 June 1967, the device was referred to as “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System”.

4. The mouse took off with the introduction of the Apple Macintosh in 1984.

5. The device is also called “mouse” in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian and other languages.

Mouse Envy was written by Sam.  Thanks Sam!

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