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Cutting edge technology… from the 70’s

Monday, March 12th, 2007...6:23 am

Cutting edge technology… from the 70’s


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So my Logitech wireless mouse has been slowly dying and today it’s finally decided to throw in the towel.

My fallback has always been an old Microsoft optical mouse, but it’s decided it doesn’t want to work either.

So I ended up digging through some dusty old boxes in the garage, and I finally found something I can use for the next few days.

I’d like to introduce you to the Trekker.

Technology so old cavemen would feel stupid using it.

9 Comments

  • Hehe. Yeah, I definitely don’t have one of those.

    I’ve got 3… they’re all wireless laser. The only thing I hate about wireless is the damn recharging. As as learned the hard way, “Always recharge your mouse before the morning on an important presentation demo to your boss + client”. Damn! Stupid me.

  • Yeh I’ve had the same problem with batteries on the wireless. That was actually the problem I had with the Logitech mouse, the battery just stopped holding a charge.

  • I’ve always wonder why people call them laser mice? I thought there wasn’t a laser in them and it was an optical sensor that would pick up the red light from an LED. If it was a laser there would be warnings on the packaging and the device (like in barcode scanners). Ok that was a rant, from my retail days!

    I love it when I goto a friends house to fix a computer and they have a non-scrollwheel mouse. It drives me nuts wondering why I cannot for the life of me scroll down the page with the mouse ;) Going back to a non-scrollwheel mouse is hard to do! I’d die if I couldn’t ever find another if my mouse died.

  • Tyler I am going nuts without the wheel. I use that thing so much in Firefox. I’m missing the forward/back thumb buttons too. This thing is so innacurate too, and the mouse ball constantly drags across the surface of my desk. I need to buy a new mouse asap.

    And also I think some of the more high end models out there actually use an infrared laser instead of an LED. :)

  • Ugh…how ARE you surviving without the wheel?? I’d go nuts!

  • I can hardly get anything done with it but I’ve got no alternative. :)

  • I would happily welcome the Trekker! Being left handed, I love symmetrical, although “caveman” like, mouse’s (Mice?).

  • It might look cute but it’s a pain to use. I’m not going to complain though because without it I’d be crippled.

  • I recently discovered that the touchpad on my girlfriend’s old laptop was broken (she had the bad habit of slamming it with her fist during spyware attacks.)

    A search for an old junk mouse to hook up was fruitless. I found one the next day, on the ground, in the alley behind my house.

    Hooked it up, worked fine.

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