Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2012 19:24 UTC
Windows One tiny thing I wanted to mention about Windows 8: ever noticed how context menus in Metro appear above the mouse cursor instead of underneath? I'm assuming this is done because of finger input (by opening above, your finger and hand doesn't cover the menu), but with a mouse, it's just plain weird. Fun little detail though - shows you how much thought has gone into the touch aspect of Windows 8.
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by ssokolow on Thu 7th Jun 2012 16:11 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: ..."
ssokolow
Member since:
2010-01-21

Personally I'm more tired of how failure-prone a typical mouse cable is (I don't think anything else ever broke in any of my mouses; each of them eventually disabled by cable failure, at least temporarily, before repairs).


Interesting. In the lifetime of my computer use, I've had one mouse die to left-button failure, one to optical sensor failure, and one IBM TouchPoint wear out... and I've been using computers for 6+ hours per day since the early '90s.

I've never used wireless mice because I hate having to recharge and eventually replace batteries.

Of course, I also don't let pets near my machines, so that could be the difference.

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by zima on Thu 7th Jun 2012 18:38 in reply to "RE[7]: ..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

For what it's worth, with cables that's a bit less of a "personal anecdote" - few buddies of mine have similar observations
(but, one possibly influencing factor: we're really using computer mouses generally since the late '90s - our earlier computers were either mouse-less, or mouse didn't see that much use outside of North & South or Lemmings on the Amiga; many quirks of internal components were probably worked out in the meantime)

And it's hard for a cable in IBM clit to wear out ;p

I didn't really count animals into this - the cable failures I have in mind are distinct, usually "hidden" and happening in / close to the point where the cable exits mouse; presumably where there are biggest localised movements of it, biggest strain in usage. And where it's hard to repair.
Animal-related stuff is easy, usually closer to the middle (like my rat did; or like the cat which I have now - make of it what you want ;) - tried several times; how do you "don't let a cat near anything" BTW? ;p )

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by ssokolow on Thu 7th Jun 2012 19:12 in reply to "RE[8]: ..."
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

we're really using computer mouses generally since the late '90s - our earlier computers were either mouse-less, or mouse didn't see that much use outside of North & South or Lemmings on the Amiga;


I spent much of the earlier half of the 90s on a black-and-white Mac SE with a lot of mouse-driven games.

And it's hard for a cable in IBM clit to wear out ;p


Point. Though they did used to make a niche product which put one on the end of a cable for presenters. I just wish I could find a store or eBay seller that still has one.

how do you "don't let a cat near anything" BTW? ;p )


Keep the computer in a room with a closed door and get good at scaring cats out from under the bed via precision kicking-off of sandals.

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