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Logitech Makes 1 Billionth Mouse

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the so-much-carpal-tunnel dept.

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Smivs writes "Logitech has hailed as a major landmark the production of their one billionth computer mouse. The news comes at a time when analysts claim the days of the mouse are numbered. 'It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company,' said Logitech's general manager Rory Dooley. 'Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone.' The computer mouse will achieve a milestone of its own next week when it turns 40. It was 9 December 1968 when Douglas C. Engelbart and his group of researchers at Stanford University put the first mouse through its paces."

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Do their software drivers (1, Troll)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974349)

...still come packaged with that WildTanget spyware mess?

Re:Do their software drivers (3, Interesting)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974405)

Oh, I hope so! It'll go great with the CDs from my last 3 malfunctioning Logitech mice.

Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (4, Insightful)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974351)

McDonalds anyone?

Sheesh...

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (3, Insightful)

junglee_iitk (651040) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974373)

What about pencil/ballpoint pen companies?

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (2, Insightful)

Cpt Redbeard (1403219) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974409)

My thoughts exactly. I bet we could think of plenty of companies who have shipped far more than a billion of something.

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974453)

Companies? I can name a few ex-girlfriends...

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (2, Informative)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974435)

Coca-Cola? Pepsi? They've probably sold a billion+ of a variety of their individual product lines (i.e. over 1 billion bottles of Mountain Dew AND over 1 billion bottles of Pepsi Cola), as opposed to Logitech who sold a billion from a category of products that encompasses multiple products.

Same for Budweiser - I wouldn't be surprised if they've hit 10 billion units or more.

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974569)

Wow nerds are lame when they try to be funny and clever.

I never RTFAs but I'm sure a mouse is quite a bit more complicated than a 1/4 pounder with cheese and a super sized coca-cola. Has any company that makes electronic/mechanical (complex) devices shipped 1B of anything?

I know that with all the wasteful bureaucratic spending here in the US that 1B seems like a trivial number, but to put things in perspective does anyone have a clue what was happening 1B seconds ago?

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (3, Funny)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974661)

Well, I have only indirect evidence of this, but roughly 1 billion seconds ago my parents were getting busy.

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (2, Informative)

portscan (140282) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974727)

see comment below about ARM shipping 1 billion processors last quarter

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (5, Interesting)

Smelly Jeffrey (583520) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974817)

does anyone have a clue what was happening 1B seconds ago?

The Tenerife disaster [wikipedia.org] occurred on March 27 [wikipedia.org] , 1977 [wikipedia.org] , which is about 1 billion seconds, or 31 years [google.com] and 251 days [google.com] , ago.

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (2, Informative)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974635)

I'm pretty sure I read that ARM ship a billion or so of their chips every year. Of course that may not count as they licence their designs to other companies who actually make the things.

Talking of Coca Cola, if everyone in the world bought a bottle of Coke on average once every 5 years, they would ship a billion bottles a year. I'm pretty sure the figures are much higher than that.

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (2, Interesting)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974731)

I wouldn't be surprised if Budweiser ships (far in excess of?) 1 billion units a year (that's only 20 beers for 50 million people, or 50 beers for 20 million people, I'm not real sure how many people are low brow enough to drink Bud, but that seems pretty reasonable).

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974925)

Toothpicks...

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (1)

tikram (1262046) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974485)

Cigarettes? Tampons?

I bet there are gazillions of other examples. Strange how short-sighted this statement is.

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (1)

shortbusridr (1422511) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974597)

McDonald's does not actually SHIP anything. I don't know about pens/pencils, considering the abundance of brands who are all a similar price. However, Logitech can have online orders as well, and has a reputation.

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974875)

humm one brand that would out do them

BiC

Re:Any othetr industry?? neve happened? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974709)

Yeah, you need a lot of mice to make a big mac.

You'd need fewer mice if they were built to last (2, Informative)

glennrrr (592457) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974367)

A colleague called me to his office the other day. His PowerMac was "locking up" not responsive to clicks. And when he'd reboot the optical drive would eject. Turns out his Logitech USB mouse was stuck in the left click position. (Macs eject their optical disk on restart if the mouse button is clicked.)

Re:You'd need fewer mice if they were built to las (5, Funny)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974469)

That's weird. Why on earth would a Mac user not simply use the supplied Apple brand mouse? Oh, right.

Speaking to your criticism directly, I have about half a dozen Logitech mice, spanning a decade, that all work flawlessly. The only reason I have bought more since the first one 11 years ago has been to keep pace with technology (optical, wireless, 2d scroll wheel, laser, etc.)

Then again, it's not like I use mine for grueling tasks like ejecting CDs.

Re:You'd need fewer mice if they were built to las (5, Informative)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974603)

I too am a big fan of Logitech mice. My main computer rig actually sports a Razer Diamondback these days, but my laptop mouse is Logitech, as are the mice on my workstation and server rack's KVM at work. Over the years I've had countless ones. Like you, I mostly have upgraded to keep pace with technology: moving to one with a scroll wheel, moving to an optical, moving to USB, getting a mouse with more buttons, etc.

Like all heavy use devices I've had a few failures (I've had 2 Logitech mice wear out on me), but overall compared with other mice I've still noticed them to be of a pretty high quality. When I used to work as a tech at a college many years ago, I can't count how many Microsoft Intellimouses had a scroll wheel that was jammed where it couldn't be moved anymore.

Re:You'd need fewer mice if they were built to las (2, Informative)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974649)

Because Steve Jobs only recently relented and allowed a second button on them. Before the mighty mouse, Apple mice were pretty useless creatures.

Re:You'd need fewer mice if they were built to las (1)

ThinkingInBinary (899485) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974819)

Because Steve Jobs only recently relented and allowed a second button on them. Before the mighty mouse, Apple mice were pretty useless creatures.

He still hasn't relented with the Mighty Mouse. It's only got one button. Sure, there's a capacitative sensor that checks to see which finger is on the mouse, but if you're resting both fingers on the mouse, you can't right-click by pressing the right side of the mouse.

Re:You'd need fewer mice if they were built to las (1)

Sechr Nibw (1278786) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974945)

That's not actually how the mighty mouse works. It's a single piece of plastic for the two buttons, yes, but there are two independent buttons inside that register the clicks. I've had to take mine apart to clean off the scroll ball.

Re:You'd need fewer mice if they were built to las (2, Informative)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974665)

Much as I'm loath to admit it, the best mouse I've ever owned was manufactured by Microsoft.

Logitech however does place a close second. Followed even more closely by virtually every other mouse I've ever owned by any company, I mean, it's a mouse, there's not all that much you can do to set it apart from the rest of the pack. If it moves the pointer around smoothly, has at least 3 buttons and a scroll wheel, and doesn't stick it's as good as at least 90% of the mice (is that even the right term?) out there.

My logitech does more (2, Interesting)

Layth (1090489) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974987)

Got a new logitech mouse recently. New to me anyway, it's a G5

Has 2 buttons on it to increase or decrease the mouse sensitivity in real time. I don't play many games these days, but I could see that being very useful for first person shooters.. zoom in with a sniper rifle.. decrease mouse sensitivity at the press of a button ..etc

Also the mouse has a weight cartridge with adjustable weight, so each user can adjust the physical feel of the mouse to their liking.

Plus it's laser and my old optical one sucked.

Re:You'd need fewer mice if they were built to las (1)

stewbacca (1033764) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974689)

Wow. That was a bit over-the-top in the Snark division. I don't think the guy was WANTING to use the left-mouse button-eject function, since the mouse button was stuck. But yeah, I like the Logitech mice too.

But seriously...posts like yours, as aggrivatingly snarky as they are, are what keep me coming back. It's fun to become agitated AND I learned an OSX function I never new about ;-)

Re:You'd need fewer mice if they were built to las (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 5 years ago | (#25975023)

I love their wired mice/keyboards. The mx518 is one of the most useful I/O devices I've ever had short of a keyboard.

However, I've had horrible luck with their wireless products, usually only lasting about a year to a year and a half if they've been very carefully taken care of.

I abuse the wired products to no end, and they JUST WON'T DIE. Put them in backpacks, toss them around, leave them somewhere in storage where stuff falls/sits on them. I've not tried hydrous immersion yet, but I don't think they'd survive that.

Wait, my mom killed a keyboard on the computer I built for her a while ago. It took three cans of Pepsi and two cups of coffee over the course of 6 months.

So, yeah, I like Logitech's wired stuff.

Re:You'd need fewer mice if they were built to las (1)

Hemlock Stones (636570) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974741)

I have a Logitech C7 that still works, although it did need one ball transplant.

Re:You'd need fewer mice if they were built to las (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974767)

I had an Macintosh Apple once. Tried to get the optical disk in and all it managed to do was slice the apple in half. It was much less messy just plugging the mouse in.

One billionth? Ha, that's nothing (3, Interesting)

necro81 (917438) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974393)

"It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company," said Logitech's general manager Rory Dooley. "Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone."

I think McDonald's would disagree with you.

Mice? (4, Funny)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974857)

Whoever makes cockroaches passed the billion mark a long time ago. And using a model with very few variations, too.

Re:One billionth? Ha, that's nothing (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974927)

A single counter-example doesn't contest his statement about rarity at all.

Re:One billionth? Ha, that's nothing (1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974999)

"A single counter-example doesn't contest his statement about rarity at all."

Ok, how about Coke? Pepsi? Two quick ones just off the top of my head.

1 billion is not uncommon for some things (4, Insightful)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974395)

Large manufacturers of small parts like screws can easily reach the billion mark in a decade.

The same goes for "categories" of parts like mice, computers, microprocessors, phones, etc.

I wonder how many CPUs Intel has shipped? I wonder how many phones the pre-1983-breakup version of AT&T shipped. I wonder how many screws and fasteners a large screw-making company ships in 10 years?

No, a billion may be a milestone but it's not huge, not when you put it in context.

Re:1 billion is not uncommon for some things (1)

GeneralSense (1410793) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974527)

I remember an old-time newspaper add back in the day of the Acme Elevator Button Company breaking a billions buttons. Isn't this essentially the same?

Re:1 billion is not uncommon for some things (4, Informative)

seanellis (302682) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974549)

Don't know about Intel, but ARM shipped 1 billion processors last quarter, according to their Q3 results statement [arm.com] .

Other things that must ship in the billions: screws, nails, paper clips, thumbtacks, staples, sweets (candy), baked beans, soda, LEDs (actually almost any discrete electronic component), copier paper, post-it notes, coins, pens, pencils, bin liners ... it's too easy.

Re:1 billion is not uncommon for some things (1)

enemorales (1172133) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974667)

Indeed, considering that each of those mice are connected to a computer...

Re:1 billion is not uncommon for some things (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974659)

Screws and Pepsis are very simple products, while a mouse is much more complex. I would agree with the comment that "it's very rare for one company to ship 1 billion of anything", where "anything" is qualified as a complex product.

Re:1 billion is not uncommon for some things (1)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974685)

Intel shipped their billionth chip a few years back. It was reported on /. at the time. ARM sell massively more chips than Intel.

Re:1 billion is not uncommon for some things (1)

sloth jr (88200) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974787)

or ironically, the components used to make those mice.

What about Microsoft? (1, Insightful)

Chaos Incarnate (772793) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974403)

I'm curious to know how many mice Microsoft has shipped; theirs seem to be more plentiful than Logitech's in the wild. I know that I've got four or five MS mice sitting in the closet, plus two active ones, but the only Logitech mouse I have is the one at work.

One mouse for every six people seems a bit steep for what is—in my limited personal experience—a minority player in the market.

Re:What about Microsoft? (3, Funny)

purpledinoz (573045) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974489)

A /. reader admitted to using an MS product! He must have no fear!

Re:What about Microsoft? (1)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974695)

It's OK to use Microsoft Mouse. It's the one thing they are good at.

Re:What about Microsoft? (1)

sunami (751539) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974779)

Yea, I used one Microsoft mouse for almost 10 years, until I discovered they don't make them good enough to survive being smashed against the wall.

Re:What about Microsoft? (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974965)

No, the one thing they were good at was their joysticks for flight simulators. Their mice are sub-par compared to Logitech in my experience.

Unfortunately, they've kept making mice and quit making joysticks.

Re:What about Microsoft? (1)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974843)

MS makes excellent products, so long as you're not talking about software of any kind, and you can overlook the odd RRoD on the XBox360. Also depends on how generous you consider "making" something to be, as quite a bit of what comes out of MS is just a rebanded product they bought from someone else (well, they bought the company anyway, which is more or less the same thing).

Re:What about Microsoft? (4, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974509)

Logitech have been shipping mice since 1981, giving them almost a two decade head start on Microsoft. Their early mice used balls and so needed replacing after a few years. Over the last 26 years, they have made mice that have been rebranded and shipped by numerous OEMs, including Apple, HP and Dell. For most of the '80s and '90s, any serious computer user had a logitech mouse (and less serious ones often had a cheap Logitech mouse with their computer maker's brand on it). Calling them a minority player is like calling Microsoft a minority player in the desktop OS market.

Re:What about Microsoft? (1)

Dysson (457249) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974651)

Amen. I've been using Logitech mice since I had my 8088 back in 1987. I'm not biased towards Logitech. I mean, Microsoft DOES make some nice mice.

That being said...I agree, Logitech is pretty far from being a minority player in th hardware market.

Re:What about Microsoft? (1)

Chaos Incarnate (772793) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974675)

The only obviously-rebranded mouse I've seen, from Dell, was a rebranded Microsoft one (and I think it even said "Dell by Microsoft"). I wasn't aware that they were so widespread. Thanks for the correction. :)

Re:What about Microsoft? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974845)

The Logitech ones were not obviously rebranded. I saw quite a few shipped by a smallish manufacturer (Evesham, I think), which were just white with their logo on a sticker on top. The only way you could tell they were by Logitech was some very small writing on the underside saying 'Logitechâ'.

Re:What about Microsoft? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974523)

All I've owned is Logitech mice, and all I buy for work is Logitech too. I rarely see Microsoft mice my way.

Re:What about Microsoft? (3, Funny)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974543)

I'm curious to know how many mice Microsoft has shipped; theirs seem to be more plentiful than Logitech's in the wild.

That's because they pull their own cords and escape to the woods. They're a lot less house-trained than their Logitech counterparts.

Re:What about Microsoft? (1)

SemiSpook (1382311) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974587)

You all seem to forget that Logitech has (and probably continues to in some capacity) make mice for MS, even though the underlying technology is still Logitech's.

Re:What about Microsoft? (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974657)

As others have mentioned, if you turn over most of the OEM branded mice the come with a computer, you'll see a Logitech logo on it. As far as straight retail, I still tend to see Logitech mice in far greater numbers than Microsoft (Logitech used to dominate the keyboard market as well, and they're still a strong presence there but I notice more Microsoft keyboards that Logitech these days).

They're far from a minority player. I'd even go so far as to say in the general consumer interface market, Logitech is probably the biggest player out there.

Good Job Logitech! (3, Informative)

purpledinoz (573045) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974417)

I've pretty much used Logitech mice exclusively since I've stared using a computer. They've consistently provided high-quality, low-priced products. My mouse I use at home is a simple $12 Logitech optical mouse, and it works perfectly. Unfortunately, I'm using a MS mouse at work. I think I will buy another Logitech mouse to replace this one.

Re:Good Job Logitech! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974559)

wow. talk about branding and fanboism. it's disgusting that this got modded as anything but troll.

Re:Good Job Logitech! (1)

stewbacca (1033764) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974761)

You know, it is quite OK to be consistently pleased by one company's products and then voice such pleasure in public forums. That hardly qualifies as fanboism (the most over used term on the Internet). I like my BMW. I would recommend it to others. I would go on a discussion board and tell other people about its qualities. What's the problem?

Re:Good Job Logitech! (1)

ShadoxPrime (1398957) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974985)

Because you're saying you want to replace your Microsoft mouse solely on the grounds that it is not a Logitech mouse.

Re:Good Job Logitech! (2, Insightful)

hcmtnbiker (925661) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974595)

Unfortunately, I'm using a MS mouse at work. I think I will buy another Logitech mouse to replace this one.

MS Mice are almost exclusively Logitech OEMs. Why would you replace it with a duplicate?

Re:Good Job Logitech! (1)

stewbacca (1033764) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974895)

MS Mice are almost exclusively Logitech OEMs. Why would you replace it with a duplicate?

So as not to have to deal with the horribly invasive drivers provided by Microsoft?

Re:Good Job Logitech! (1)

jmyers (208878) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974905)

"I've pretty much used Logitech mice exclusively since I've stared using a computer."

You spoiled young whipper snapper. we didn't have mice when I started using a computer. We had to use the H J K and L keys, and we liked it!

I wonder how many keyboards they have shipped, it seems like they would have produced more keyboards than mice, since mice are optional, or they used to be.

Days numbered? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974425)

The news comes at a time when analysts claim the days of the mouse are numbered.

[citation needed]

No seriously, where is there a mainstream commentator predicting the demise of the mouse, and backing it up with hard data and logic?

Any Other industry?? (1)

SL1200MKII (1263800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974427)

What about producers of nuts, bolts, screws, nails? They makes those by the billion every year.

Re:Any Other industry?? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974611)

They makes those by the billion every year^H^H^H^H^H week.

Fix'd.

Re:Any Other industry?? (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974803)

Are a computer mouse and a nail comparable products?

Marketshare ? (0)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974431)

Statistically this means that there are at least 1 Billion logitech mice out there.

N.

Re:Marketshare ? (2, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974535)

How do you figure that? If they have shipped a billion mice then that means that there are at most a billion Logitech mice out there. Considering that a lot of their early ball mice are almost certainly no longer in working order, the real number is likely a lot less.

How much of everything (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974437)

Quite a lot of mice are logitech mice. I wonder how many PC's have ever been built, and how many mice in total, to compare logitech with the other mouse brands.

how can it be rare when there is an abundance? (4, Funny)

jonas_sten (1330435) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974439)

ball bearing balls? bottlecaps? shoes? Bolts? Lesbians!

Quite impressive numbers (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974441)

One billion units in under 40 years is remarkable. Especially when considering that they weren't mass produced until the 80s!

Toothpicks? (2, Interesting)

IceCreamGuy (904648) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974459)

"It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company," said Logitech's general manager Rory Dooley. "Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone."

Gum? Pencils? Paper? Soft drink? Bag of chips? Stick of RAM? Screwdriver? Television set? Surely some of these items have been sold more than a billion times by a single company...

razor blades (3, Interesting)

tcyun (80828) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974461)

i believe that the razor blade manufacturers hit their billionth mark within a decade of beginning production. yes, few companies ship billions- but logitech hit billion from multiple models. razor companies from the same model blade.

Bus mouse (4, Funny)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974463)

Remember when the "bus mouse" was the cool upgrade over a crappy serial-port mouse, and you had that extra 8-bit ISA card with the funny port on it? IRQs ? I/O ports ? That was back before teenage girls took over the Internet.

Re:Bus mouse (2, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974579)

God damn it I need another 25 pin to 9 pin adaptor, AND I need a gender bender! I wish those manufacturers would standardize... oh wait

      Yeah I remember playing with jumpers and dip switches to avoid IRQ conflicts. Damn I am too old. Funnily enough, cyberspace was a lot quieter back then. The punks couldn't afford it. Looking at the present economy, they won't be able to afford it again soon.

One billion what? (1)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974465)

Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone.

I know it's rah-rah time at Logitech, but come on, talk about stretching the truth : industries routinely ships billions of stuff, if said stuff is small/ubiquitous enough. Remington and other manufacturers has produced and shipped countless billions of firearm cartridges, ball bearing manufacturers have probably stopped counting a long time ago, and McDonald's is even proud to have served a billion obese-making meals.

Re:One billion what? (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974697)

if said stuff is small/ubiquitous enough

Nice qualifier there. Now what about products as complex or more complex than a mouse? How many of those have been shipped 1 billion?

And still no bluetooth trackballs! (4, Interesting)

danaris (525051) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974483)

Come on, you can make, and sell, 1 billion mice; how hard can it be to make a minor variant of the Cordless Optical TrackMan that uses Bluetooth instead of an RF dongle???

I can't imagine the market is smaller than for some of the weird niche mice I've seen out there...

Dan Aris

Wrong, sir. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974545)

Bluetooth IS just as much RF as any other way to get signals from the mouse wirelessly. You may want to do some checking on your logic.

Re:Wrong, sir. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974847)

Way to completely misread the post. The RF is not the problem. The problem is that he wants to avoid having a dongle sticking out of his USB port, waiting to be broken off by accident.

Re:Wrong, sir. (1)

Bwian_of_Nazareth (827437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974917)

But danaris was refering to the RF dongle where dongle is the important part, not RF. So it is not logic but reading skills that seem to be lacking these days.

Re:Wrong, sir. (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 5 years ago | (#25975003)

But a Bluetooth mouse is universally compatible with other Bluetooth devices whereas the RF dongle version requires a dongle and a device that is compatible with that dongle.

Re:And still no bluetooth trackballs! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974855)

maybe bluetooth has bad latency..

Re:And still no bluetooth trackballs! (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 5 years ago | (#25975015)

... which is why both Nintendo and Sony use it for their game controllers? Bluetooth has excellent latency, it just requires chipsets that cost more than generic RF controllers.

Re:And still no bluetooth trackballs! (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#25975013)

I think you'll find a alot of people on slashdot have blue balls.

Douglas Engelbart 1968 mouse demo video (3, Interesting)

mj01nir (153067) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974501)

Obligatory Douglas Engelbart mouse demo video link:
http://sloan.stanford.edu/mousesite/1968Demo.html [slashdot.org]

You are our one billionth customer! (5, Funny)

nameendingwith (1272536) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974503)

I wonder if when they ship this one billionth mouse to a customer, they will include in the box a flashing ad telling him that he is the one billionth customer and should click here to claim his prize.

Coming Soon (1)

Spencerian (465343) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974521)

...the Logitech Limited Edition Pied Piper.

A billion failures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974529)

says a lot for the quality of their mice.

Yes it is true. Very rare (5, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974533)

It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company,"

Yes, a billionth of most things are microscopic in size. So shipping it is quite difficult. Great job logitec.

Reciprocal mice (1)

IanCal (1243022) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974599)

"It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company,"

I doubt that, a billionth is *tiny*.

I know, it's been beat to death but... (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974653)

"It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company," said Logitech's general manager Rory Dooley. "Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone."

The people at Coca Cola and Anheuser Bush are pissing themselves out of laughter right about now. Coca Cola is likely to do that in a day.

Just in time (1)

mariuszbi (1113049) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974691)

One billionth mouse just in time for the Diablo III launch. Maybe Logitech is stacking up ...

like grains of sand (1)

m0llusk (789903) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974717)

but toxic

I don't like logitech mice. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25974745)

Or logitech products in general. Seen way too many fail. and don't even get me started on their joysticks and gamepads.. pure crap.

I like my super generic MOUSE from walmart over anything else i've found. it costed $5. throwaway. high dpi. good shape.

where the logitech throwaway mice are at least 25-30 dollars.

I like my cheap plastic crap to be cheap in price as well as quality.

Congratulations, now get to work (1)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974821)

Congratulations, now get to work on delivering a better Trackball.

My Microsoft Trackball Explorer is ten years old, and in that time I haven't once found a suitable replacement from Logitec. There are a couple really odd ones, but nothing that comes close to the natural feel of the explorer.

I hate mice.

Death of the Mouse?! (5, Informative)

Androclese (627848) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974871)

FTFA:

But sounding the death knell for the device is Gartner analyst Steve Prentice who said "the mouse will no longer be mainstream in three to five years."

Yeah... right... it won't be mainstream in 3-5 years... sorry, but I call BS.

Touchscreens and facial recognition software will not replace the mouse in an office environment. It won't replace it for gaming. Hell, it won't replace it period.

Take gaming as a simple example. When I'm playing WoW, I'm often looking elsewhere, eating a snack, drinking a beer, or talking to my wife who is sitting on the other side of the room... the last thing I'm going to want to do is stare at the screen and make funny faces at it to move the mouse. Sorry, ain't gonna happen.

Don't get me wrong here; touch screens are a huge boon and will have a place in specialized industries; auto interfaces, shared spaces, Cell Phones, etc.

But making the claim that it will no longer be mainstream and large companies, lets say HR Block, will drop the mouse and replace everything with a touch screen and facial recognition software is the biggest load of crap I've heard in quote a long time.

I knew that. (2, Informative)

Samschnooks (1415697) | more than 5 years ago | (#25974907)

Go to any landfill and you'll see plenty of mice.

I hope there will be a headline where computer equipment manufacturers are recycling this shit.

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