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Logitech Ships 500 Millionth Mouse

CowboyNeal posted more than 10 years ago | from the rodents-who-squeak-lightly dept.

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ipxodi writes "Logitech marks the milestone of 500 million shipped mice. Mice first widely appeared in consumer form on the original Macintosh, but have appeared in various forms back through time to 1964 when they were invented by Doug Englebart. My favorite mouse is also my current mouse, a Logitech Optical Wheel mouse. I also remember some oddities beyond the old bar-of-soap shaped mice of the mid 80's, like one with a crosshair attachment for clicking on specific points of a blueprintfor CAD input. What's your favorite current or past mouse?" My first mouse was back in 1987, for my Apple //c. It cost $50, and came with a double-sided floppy that contained an interactive instructional program on side one, and MousePaint (a port of MacPaint) on side two. Memories!

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559 comments

My favorite mouse eats batteries, but hey... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936878)

This [amazon.com] innovative mouse combines advanced cordless and optical technologies. You can use it on any surface, and there's no cord to wrestle with or ball to clean. The Logitech Cordless MouseMan Optical works in a six-foot range without being pointed at the computer. Thanks to Logitech's advanced digital radio technology, it performs even on desks crowded with cups, books, and piles of paper. The wheel provides easy scrolling and quick access to your favorite Web sites. Logitech's smart power management allows the mouse to work beyond two months on the included AA batteries. The low-battery indicator gives plenty of warning before batteries die.

Re:My favorite mouse eats batteries, but hey... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936935)

I prefer this cordless electronic device [jlist.com] to the Logitech Cordless Mousman! Doesn't do much for navigating the computer, though.

Re:My favorite mouse eats batteries, but hey... (1)

FaasNat (522755) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936948)

I guess all the need to do now to this mouse is incorporate a Li-Ion battery with an intuitive charging setup and you'd be set.

Re:My favorite mouse eats batteries, but hey... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936951)

You're my new favorite troll. The Amazon product review cut-n-paste troll.

Please post logged in next time so I can add you to my friends list.

Re:My favorite mouse eats batteries, but hey... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936981)

Already did by accident. Not always first post, though (dang it GNAA)...so happy hunting.

Re:My favorite mouse eats batteries, but hey... (1)

netsharc (195805) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936954)

I wonder if they have thought about using Lithium ion batteries. Well I know of at least one Logitech mouse that you place on the receiver/recharger unit when you're done for the day, I guess that one needed a lot of juice. Mine eats AAAs like crazy, but luckily I have rechargable batteries. My Logitech keyboard is another story though, it can last 4 months on a set of AAs, I guess that shows I don't use it that much.

Goatse serves 500 millionth visitor (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936884)

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500 millionth (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936889)

Anonymous user posts 500 millionth first post.

Wuss (2, Insightful)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936892)

My favorite mouse is also my current mouse, a Logitech Optical Wheel mouse

Any real geek could have a Dual Optical Mouse [logitech.com] . Also available at Thinkgeek [thinkgeek.com] . That is definately my favorite mouse.

Re:Wuss (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936949)

OT, but you almost have a godhead user number. ;-D

Re:Wuss (1)

AssClown2520 (695423) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936968)

The dual optical is a kick-ass mouse. I remember the first time I upgraded from a ball mouse to an optical mouse, I liked everything except the movement in half-life. I don't know if spinning the ball was giving me more movement, but I just struggled with the optical mouse. And then I upgraded to the dual optical. Great precision, great tracking, etc.

Re:Wuss (0)

Mikeydude750 (607965) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936983)

Got it already...has served me well for over a year and a half now...

Re:Wuss (1)

403Forbidden (610018) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937002)

That's what I use, and thus far it is my favorite. Though I have my eye on a MX500 or MX700.

I do wish that Logitech would attach the slider feet better though... like three have fallen off.

Re:Wuss (1)

uberhund2 (683907) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937090)

The dual optical is already old school. Now it's all about Logitech's "MX Optical Engine", which is in a number of their mice, including the MX500 I have at work (right-handed super-ergo), and the MX310 I just got for home (handedness-agnostic super-ergo). It's also in the MX700 cordless and the MX300.

I like the MX310 best. Feels great, and tracks beautifully on a desk that has completely confused other optical mice.

Best Mice Ever. Period. (".") (4, Funny)

Lally Singh (3427) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936893)

For the PowerBook G4: Logitech MX500.
For the PowerMac G4: Logitech MX700.

I bought the 500 first, loved it so much, that I had to pick up a 700 for home. Now I await:

- A bluetooth 15" Powerbook
- A bluetooth Logitech MXx00 mouse
- Income to pay for it.

Re:Best Mice Ever. Period. (".") (1)

TiMac (621390) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936977)

I second this! I sit here using my MX500 on my PowerBook G4. I may never want a wireless mouse...changing batteries stinks.

Hurray for MX series!

Re:Best Mice Ever. Period. (".") (1)

CrowScape (659629) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937050)

Gotta love the MX700, the best mouse I've ever come across. Why haven't more manufacturers started including charging cradles?

Ah, the Apple //c mouse. (2, Interesting)

dosius (230542) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936894)

Hardly any software even supported it, but hey, those that did were 1337. Beagle Graphics and MousePaint. I still have them, and I still use them (with EMU][).

-uso.

Re:Ah, the Apple //c mouse. (1)

bhtooefr (649901) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937058)

I had an AppleMouse // (compatible with the //c) that shipped with MousePaint. Jane (a GUI-based office suite) and PublishIt also used the mouse (although PI was only 1337 on an Apple IIGS - 128K RAM wasn't QUITE enough to play with and do anything useful...)

I remember my first mouse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936897)

It was a Genius Mouse... hooked it up to the 286 and I was clicking away. It came with some software called Dr. Halo for drawing. It was very exciting.

Re:I remember my first mouse (1)

The Unabageler (669502) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937073)

Dr. Halo!! Boy does that bring back some memories...it came with our logitech handheld b&w scanner :)

crosshairs? (4, Informative)

ender_wiggins (81600) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936900)

The crosshairs were on a puck. Connected to a digitiser pad, not a mouse. mice have balls, digipads dont.

Re:crosshairs? (1)

rusty0101 (565565) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936967)

If I were discriminatory, I might say something like "Male mice have balls, female mice work with light."

Personally I happen to like my GE Optical wheel mouse. Every once in a while I have to check to see if the lense has dust on it, otherwise no cleaning needs to be done.

-Rusty

Re:crosshairs?...Balls? (-1, Offtopic)

ProfessionalCookie (673314) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937008)

Most mammals have balls.

Ok so maybe I never took zoology.

Re:crosshairs? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6937036)

Just because I am an artist and I use a digipad doesn't mean that you can call me gay!

How dare you question my sexuality, you silly goose!

Logitech Marble Mouse (3, Interesting)

codefool (189025) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936901)

Got hooked on these when I got into FPS gaming. But since I travel(ed) alot, it turned out to be way cool on airplanes. Small footprint, and doesn't require any 'room' to move around. Just sits in place with my hand on it, and the pointer goes where I want. Saves the arm too.

Re:Logitech Marble Mouse (5, Interesting)

Vargasan (610063) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937051)

I have an old Trackman Marble and two Cordless Optical Marbles.
Best "mouse" I've ever owned. Who needs mousepads?!

best...mouse...ever (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936902)

A Logitech WingMan Gaming mouse. Unfortunately, they never upgraded that mouse shape with a scrollwheel or optical ability, so, c'est la vie. I'd kill for a optical scrollwheel version of that mouse. *sigh*

Re:best...mouse...ever (1)

Hamster Of Death (413544) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937034)

I'll second that, I have 2 of these 'foot mice' as I have heard them referred to and I wish they had a model that was optical and had a wheel on it.

Re:best...mouse...ever (1)

Osty (16825) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937038)

You should try to find a Razer Boomslang [razerzone.com] . Best gaming mouse EVAR! Plus, it has a scroll wheel (not optical, but with proper cleaning of the ball, that's not an issue).

Re:best...mouse...ever (1)

Darth Troll (576144) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937048)

I have two of them but one was cannibalized for parts after I broke it. I loved that mouse and there was also a version shipped by Dell for a few years as their 3-button mouse. I finally gave it up for the Dual-Optical one this year and I have to admit the responsiveness is nice. I did, though, love the Wingman...my hand felt good on it and the middle-button toggling for cut-n-paste was a breeze.

Doug Engelbart (5, Informative)

VAXGeek (3443) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936905)

Doug also invented the GUI and Smalltalk (www.squeak.org). Most of you are familiar with the GUI, but you really should give Squeak a look. It's a pretty cool development enviornment.

PARC? (2, Informative)

s20451 (410424) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937027)

I always thought Xerox PARC, that place that made money for everybody except Xerox, invented the mouse [wikipedia.org] . Is that just common misconception?

Not a mouse per se (4, Interesting)

BWJones (18351) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936913)

What's your favorite current or past mouse?"

My favorite input device is my Kensington Turbo Mouse. It's a trackball, but I have been using them for years going back to the original 1.0. They are great in reducing RSI and allow precise control which is important for digital imagery work and image forensics.

Re:Not a mouse per se (1)

FaasNat (522755) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936996)

I like the Kensington Turbo trackballs as well. However, I do find that a lot of dust/dirt/crap/whatever gets stuck underneath the trackball by the rollers and what not. I may not have the cleanest workspace, but I do try to keep it clean (I wipe things down and what not). Looking forward to when Kensington moves from those rollers to optical sensors for their trackballs.

ARRRRRRGGGGHHH (-1, Offtopic)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936914)

What's your favorite current or past mouse?

FUCK OFF!

Ok, that was mean

But who else pictured some annoying little keener intent on making small talk?

BTW, the Koala pad for the C64 kicked ass. It wasn't no mouse. We didn't want nor need no stinkin mouse.

Logitech 3 button mouse, no wheel! (1)

puzzled (12525) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936921)

The logitech 3 button mouse without that stinky wheel is the *only* mouse for use with BSD derivatives. Yes, I am a tad biased :-)

My faivoraite mouse (0, Interesting)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936925)

my far the dual scroll ami mouse by Logitech, has served me well over the last year. Although it has a relatively low dpi, it's nice and smooth, and who needs over 500 dpi anyway?

8-way scroller (0)

SigNuZX728 (635311) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936926)

CompUSA used to sell a mouse with an 8-way scroller on the thumb (not unlike Microsoft's new idea to scroll up & down and side to side, but this one went diagonally too). It was only $12, but it also only lasted a year. Both of them only lasted a year. I thought the scroller was cool though.

Logitec Ifeel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936929)

I loved getting response from the mouse when I did something. That and the if it ever became popular it would have been really cool to have interactive games. "Black and White" did have support and certain quests were unlocked if you had this mouse.

Logitech optical mice... (1)

anonymous coword (615639) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936933)

I have two of them! Work well in Linux too. I bought them after going through three wheel mice in just two years. The USB interface is good, as i can plug it into the usb ports on my keyboard so I can move it around more easily!

Re:Logitech optical mice... (0)

WellAren'tYouJustThe (705433) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937015)

Well aren't you just the master linux mouse installation.

Days gone by. (4, Funny)

ProfessionalCookie (673314) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936941)

I dunno about you guys but it makes me nothing but upset when Logitech goes out of their way to fill the world with mice. You should see my garden, half eaten roots and stems. 500 Million. 500 MILLION. Corporations now days thing they can just walk all over us.

I remember the good ole days before the mice took over. Never again.

I have the Logitech optical too (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936942)

It's quite spooky when it's in-between optical marks, it sits there flashing. Quite spooky in a dark room.

Probably one of the better wheel mechanisms, my Microsoft wheel mouse's wheel nearly seized up, even with lubrication.

I somehow don't think the mouse will be replaced anytime soon. Tablets require too much movement compared to a mouse and people are lazy.

Re:I have the Logitech optical too (4, Interesting)

pla (258480) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937019)

I somehow don't think the mouse will be replaced anytime soon.

Probably not, but I'd like to see them vanish.

For delicate work, such as purely digital drawing, mice force the user to use the whole wrist and arm, rather than far more dextrous fingers. For coarse work like web browsing, mice far exceed the precision needed.

I'd like a wireless optical thimble, myself - A sort of finger-cap that tracks the surface you place it on, and you can tap your finger to click. Far better for art, and far lighter and less encumbering for "normal" work. Alas, I don't think such a devce exists. :-(

Re:I have the Logitech optical too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6937085)

I'd like a wireless optical thimble, myself - A sort of finger-cap that tracks the surface you place it on, and you can tap your finger to click.

Sounds like a touch pad. (I know, you have to touch the pad to move, but still).

My first mouse (1)

W32.Klez.A (656478) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936946)

I had some no-name serial mouse for the family's Canon computer. It came bundled with a drawing program for DOS called Dr. Halo. It wasn't too bad. My computer only had CGA color, but my friend's had EGA, so we'd use the program to make animations at his place, usually involving stick figures killing eachother. Fuck Flash. Dr. Halo is where it's at.

(we were 12, so sue us)

Logitech makes a hell of a mouse... (2)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936947)

$5 says that the first one is probably still functional...

Re:Logitech makes a hell of a mouse... (1)

x136 (513282) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937068)

I have one or two old Apple ADB mice (the old square kind, after the original/Plus style but before the teardrop) that were made by Logitech. Still a damn fine mouse. Beyond that, all of my old serial and PS/2 Logitech mice and trackballs are still hanging around in working condition, and my current mouse is a 2-3 year old optical Logitech.

In other words, if the first Logitech mouse could be found, I think you'd get that $5. :)

I have one of the original mice (5, Funny)

Hayzeus (596826) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936956)

It's one of the first mice produced by Engelbart. Powered by coal, and made almost entirely of cast iron and oak, it weighs nearly 1400 pounds. A true marvel of engineering for its day!

Mod up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6937043)

It's funny because it's true.

Atari ST Mouse (2)

oh2 (520684) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936964)

My favourite mouse all categories is the Atari ST mouse. The distinct click and stylish design was very hot when the standard seriel mouse looked like...a bar of dirty soap.

Ah.. Memories.. (1)

PopeAlien (164869) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936966)

I had a solbourne portable workstation in the early nineties.. It had an optical mouse but required a specific reflective mousepad covered in tiny dots to work.. I've tried tablets, trackballs and other types of input devices, and I still come back to the mouse for daily use.

reminds me of the infamouse "mouse balls memo" [monster-island.org]

Logitech TrackMan Marble Wheel (5, Interesting)

kworthington (678559) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936971)

My favorite is actually a trackball. No un-necessary wrist movement avoids carpal-tunnel nicely. My preference is the Logitech TrackMan Marble Wheel, which has a scroll button as a third button. It's sort of the older version of this [logitech.com] . Mine is a bit 'wider' left to right, and is white rather than silver/gray.

Where are they made ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936972)

Who is making those logitech mice and where ? Better be made in the good ol us of A.

Fuck those foreign bastards that are stealing American jobs. My mouse says microsoft and it's ... Assembled in CHina!

Fuck the evil god damn american corporations that are shipping jobs to the four corners of the globe!

Do any of your american neigbors have jobs making mice ? Didn't think so.

Damn it.

This pisses me off.

Microsoft Mouse 1.0 (1)

shepd (155729) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936973)

That little tiny thing (with the big ball) was the best mouse I've ever owned. It still works, too.

However, if we're talking any pointing device, nothing beats my logitech TrackMan Marble+. Oh yeah...

Oh Yeah!? (1)

NetNinja (469346) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936979)

Well I bought and still have a mouse for my C64 back in 1986

I HATE YOU ALL FOR POSTING THIS ARTICLE (-1, Troll)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936985)

Seriously.

It doesn't get any more pathetic than a bunch of nimrods discussing mouse balls.

Re:I HATE YOU ALL FOR POSTING THIS ARTICLE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6937080)

Q: Why do mice have such tiny balls?

A: Because they don't like to dance.

Thanks! Be here all week!

Someone please kill me.

Logitech Mouseman Dual Optical (1)

Mr. Flibble (12943) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936986)

Not the most complex mouse, but I love it for deathmatch. Sure, it does not have as many buttons as other mice, but I find the tracking on it to be excellent.*

You can still get these mice here [thinkgeek.com] . A good review can be found here [virtual-hideout.net] .

* (Unless you get it on a surface that contains something white and glossy - then because of the dual optical cameras, the cursor can fly randomly about.)

ABC800 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936987)

My favorite mouse was for the Swedish computer ABC800 The mouse was a half sphear of aluminium with micro switches for buttons on the front. This computer also had the best keyb EVER! BS keyb make out of a slab of aluminium with a LEATHER wrist support. Mmmm.... leather. Not cheap but sweet!

My favorite mouse (1)

Uncle Gropey (542219) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936988)

My favorite mouse ever is the one that's in front of me now: an optical cordless Logitech MouseMan.

Logitech MX 700 (1)

Remik (412425) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936990)

I've been using the cordless optical for almost a year, and it's amazing. I initially thought I might lose some sensativity, but it turns out I can snipe just as well as with a corded mouse in FPSs and there's one less thing to clutter my desk.

I have no complaints regarding this mouse. It is truly spectacular. If you can afford it, buy it.

-R

Best... Mouse... Ever... (4, Interesting)

Chmarr (18662) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936991)

The clearly the best mouse ever was the hemispherical, red-clown-nose mouse that came with the AT&T/Teletype 5620 [bell-labs.com] terminal. What a buzz using that thing was :)

Re:Best... Mouse... Ever... (1)

Chmarr (18662) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937074)

Replying to my own post... how crass...

There's a better picture of the mouse on this brochure [bell-labs.com] for the successor, the 5630.

IBM mouse with TrackPoint (1)

teeker (623861) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936992)

Defintely my favorite mouse ever. No silly wheel, yet scrolls. Very cool, but hard to come by.

A second choice would be one of the early Amiga mice. Simple 2 button job, but shaped well and felt real solid.

I always hated the Sun-3(Sun-4? Can't remember..) optical mice. They felt real cheap....but they were kind of cool because they were optical. But they needed that damn stupid mousepad or they didn't work :(

Trackman Marble+ (1)

Empty_One (90408) | more than 10 years ago | (#6936993)

This [firstpr.com.au] is the best mouse I have ever used. Once you get used to it, nothing will ever be the same.

I just hope to god it never breaks, because the new design they have for it sucks.

Worst mouse? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6936995)

Worst mouse award has to go to the awful original iMac mouse - talk about annoying. Cos it was round, half the time you had problems figuring out which way you were actually pushing it.

For the PC, the worse have to be those old Logitech wedge-shaped ones that came in funny colours like 'marble', 'beech' and 'granite'. They were nice to look at, but handcramp usually set in after 15 minutes or so. Not good.

The original Amiga mice weren't too bad, but I remember the buttons had those metal bubble switches under them which gave a really annoying 'twaanggg!' when you released them.

Now we're all optical, and mice manufacturers have sussed that mice work best if they fit in your hand, I guess the days of trial and error designs are over - unless you still pine for a water-filled mouse with Scooby Doo on a surfboard inside it...

Re:Worst mouse? (1)

blakespot (213991) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937084)

I find the new Mac mouse to be worse. It looks nicer but the button action is bizarre. The mouse that came with my fairly recently purchased Amiga 1200 (not the original A1200 mouse when C= sold it, nor really oldschool, larger Amiga mouse) feels about as cheap as it gets.

blakespot

Atari ST Mouse (1)

sunspot42 (455706) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937001)

My first mouse came with my old Atari 520ST back in '86. I believe Atari was the first company to ship mice with little Teflon pads on the bottom, instead of plastic stumps like the Mac's mouse had. Atari's mouse felt a lot smoother than more expensive models from other manufacturers as a result, although I never thought it looked as nice as the Mac's mouse, and the buttons felt a bit cheap. Had two of 'em though, which was another advantage over the Mac's.

Today most computer mice come with little Teflon pads on the bottom.

I don't use a mouse, you insensitive clod! (3, Interesting)

rhetland (259464) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937005)

Oh, wait, this isn't a poll.

But the truth is that I don't use a mouse anymore. I use a touchstream keyboard from Fingerworks [fingerworks.com] that lets me move the arrow and cursor and type on the same interface. This is very nice.

Anyone who has even a bit of RSI can identify with my hatred, or at least ambivilance toward mice. My tendons ache at the thought of so many mice in the world..

Gyration (1)

krray (605395) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937006)

By far the Gyration has won me over. Charges on the dock which was the primary reason -- at the time Logitech only has battery replacable mice.

I use it as a TV remote on the Mac all the time from the lazy boy. Right click is mute, scrolling is channel change, wheel click is full screen toggle, scroll clicked is volume adjustment. So on and so forth...

You should see the look on the wife's face when I play Quake and I'm just waiving my hand around in the air. :)

http://www.gyration.com/ultragt.htm

The Old and The New (1)

frostyboy (221222) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937011)

Ah yes, I too have the fond memories of old Apple mice, although my first was on an Apple IIE it did also come with "mousepaint" which -- looking back -- couldn't have been much fun on my 13" television screen and Epson MX-80 dot matrix printer.

As for right now, both at work and at home, I use the Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman [logitech.com] . It has neat "forward" and "back" buttons for web browsing that even work fine in Linux. But of course I've always been a bit of a trackball fan. Several [sciencedaily.com] case [homestead.com] studies [techconnections.org] claim that trackballs may be slightly more ergonomic because of "hand fit" issues and "reduced arm movement." I wonder what everyone else thinks about the whole trackball vs. conventional issue?

world's oldest currently operating college webcam [mitwebcam.com]

Microsoft mice rock (4, Insightful)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937012)

I swear, Microsoft mice and keyboards are the exact opposite of their OS and Office software; cheap, tough, worthwhile and available without too much fluff. I'd rank MS hardware up to Logitech's level of quality. Too bad I can't say the same for their software department...

Re:Microsoft mice rock (1)

thebatlab (468898) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937063)

I've actually run into complications with both of my Microsoft mice. I got the Intellimouse Explorer Optical and I loved it. Until it started messing up :) If the cord isn't placed in the proper position, it won't work. It's like the power gets severed to it. Oddly enough, the way to get it to work is to make the cord run back along the side of the mouse out to my tower which is beside me. So the cord needs to be kinked to unkink the internals :S

And then I got the wireless one. I loved the design of the mouse and figured I just got a bum mouse. Now my optical one sometimes doesn't respond to movement until I physically bang it against my desk. Then it seems to smarten up.

As for the cord on my first one, a friend informed me that a friend of theirs also had the same problem and was able to send it back and get a new one to replace the defective one for free. So support is good although it seems to be a recurring issue with that set of mice.

Put it on the left (2, Interesting)

MhzJnky (443677) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937013)

I'm not sure how many people have tried this, but you really should put your mouse on the left, that's where it belongs.

The number pad on the right of most keyboards puts the mouse to far over to be realy comfortable.

Plus, for you FPS fans, it's very handy to have your right hand on the number pad and the left on the mouse. If you re-map the keys you never have to move to any other section of the keyboard.

I allways laughed at those special keypads for playing games... you've alread got one, just move your mouse over 18 inches.

(for full discloser I am left handed, but it was a righty that showed me the light)

My favourite (1)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937016)

I'll probably get modded down as a troll for this, but my favourite mouse is from Microsoft - an optical wheel mouse.

They are much better at making mice than at making operating systemts.

My mice... (2, Interesting)

Sylver Dragon (445237) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937017)

Well, one of the first mice I ever used was one of those screwy Pen-Mice. It was an attempt to make the mouse similar to a known technology, a pen; but it failed miserably. You had to hold it just so, the buttons were annoying to work with, and the cord (which came out the top) was forever in the way. It was an interesting concept, but just wasn't right.
My current "mouse" is a Logitech Marble FX trackball. It has got to be the most comfortable pointing device I have ever used, and I like the ability to simply pull my fingers away, and the cursor doesn't move, even when I click the buttons. I could never get that from a mouse, clicking always caused me to move a bit this way or that.

MS is king of mice, period (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6937018)

You can rant and rave and hate the mighty megolith that is MS, but the mice they produce are far superior than anything else out there. The fit and action of the keys, as well as the drivers, are all just hands down the best.

Logitech is particularly awful; the scroll wheels ALWAYS move jerkily and haphazardly compared to MS mice.

-rt

Apple ADB Mouse (2, Interesting)

BandwidthHog (257320) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937022)

The old square one, with the front two thirds sloped down. I used those almost exclusively from '88 till I could afford a big, honking Kensington trackball. (yes, that's actually a billiard ball in those things.) Best tracking mouse I've ever used, although I wouldn't trade the wheel and seven buttons of my Logitech MX-500 for anything. Well, I'd trade 'em for $100, 'cause I can get another one for less than that. But you get the point.

Black IBM 3 button mouse with STICK! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6937023)

No wheels here! My IBM optical 3 button mouse is black, has a kick ass blue light (no cheezy red like those underperforming Microsoft and Logitech mice) and instead of a dumb "wheel" that you have to keep spinning, it uses a far more advanced stick that simply detects pressure against it. With 3 buttons, I don't have to rely on "clicking" a stupid wheel to work properly in X windows. This is the mouse all other mice wish they were. And I have one. Am I great or what?

500 Million Mice, and I know where most are... (4, Funny)

swb (14022) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937029)

...in a box in the back room where we keep the unused equipment.

And somehow they have violated entropy and managed to tie the cables of *all* of them together, on their own.

Favorite "mouse" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6937031)

My current Logitech optical mouse is my favorite, but I do have some nostalgia for my "first mouse". It was actually a grey and black pistol-grip one-button joystick for my Commodore 64.

I learned about pointing, clicking, dragging, text highlighting, cutting/pasting, etc. with this setup and GEOS. Amazing what they could squeeze into so little memory back then. Not to mention the single-sided 176K floppies!

I'll shut up before I start sounding like a grumpy old man. OK, too late.

Consequently,... (1)

maximum_high (412689) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937041)

Logitech Ships 500 Millionth Lint Collectors

My First Mouse (1)

Grooby (655732) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937044)

My first mouse was back in 1985. It has a 10cm range if it stays in one place. It has internal heating so it keeps your hand warm during winter time. If you do not feed it, it'll stop working. When I don't use it, I keep it in a metal case.

Wireless anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6937052)

I'm not stuck on any specific model but wireless mouses have made me a much more sane person. No more mis aims in UT2003 because the stupid cord got caught in between my desk and my monitor.



Mouse (1)

annielaurie (257735) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937053)

As a recent convert, I'm perfectly happy with the single-button Apple mouse that came with my G-4.

My first mouse was an optical mouse of some sort that I bought to go with the copy of Windows I had started running in the late 80's. It had a special reflective pad marked off with hash marks, and you had to run it on that. Windows certainly looked handsome on that amber monitor!

I preferred the Microsoft "bar of soap" style for years because my hands are small, and the larger gunboat styles are miserable for me to operate. There must be other people around with that problem.

Anne

Mouse designed by famouse Anime artist - nice... (2, Interesting)

blakespot (213991) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937054)

Check out this anime-styled mouse [insanefine.com] designed by the creator of the "Ghost In The Shell" series. I have on on order.

Link to my not-quite-ready-yet site - maybe 7 days premature but whatever, it's been a long day at the office.

Cheers.


blakespot

Ode to the true Three Button Mouse (2, Funny)

RigMonkey (700122) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937056)

Oh how I love thee, modern "three button" mouse. Let me count the ways. One. Twone... twroolllll... twslip-er -roll-er... twthree... dangit!!!! Three. -Unnamed poet of the twenty-first century ____________________________________________ Fight for the survival of REAL thee-button mice!!!

telnet port 80? (1)

scovetta (632629) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937059)

Real geeks don't use GUIs. I'm telnetted into port 80 on slashdot.org right now. I don't even have PF-keys. Just wires that I touch together to send an impulse right into my AT-keyboard slot on my 286.

My favorite memory... (1)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937060)


My favorite memory is all the mouse ball jokes.

I almost peed my pants reading about manages giving instructions to take your balls in your hand. Then roll them gently while inspecting them to make sure they are clean and free of debris. I don't know what happened to all of them. But I bet I could find some with a quick internet search.

Well, I'm off to google to relive my childhood...

Why Microsoft, why? (2, Insightful)

Zakabog (603757) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937061)

Last week, Microsoft Corp. announced a computer mouse with horizontal scrolling capabilities and even a mouse outfitted in leather.

I know "why" isn't a great question to ask on slashdot but now I really mean it. I think horizontal scrolling would be VERY nice, especially when looking at a large picture and you don't feel like moving to the bottom and scrolling, and you can't use the arrow keys to move because you only have one han... ok I'll stop right their.

Anyway, why fit a mouse with leather? Your hand gets very warm and sweaty from playing games and sometimes just doing regular work on the computer so why would you want a leather covered mouse? I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun having your hand stick to your mouse when it's too hot. And wouldn't the sweat really wear down the leather and like ruin it? Won't whatever dye they use bleed onto your hand? I dunno it just doesn't seem like a good idea.

trackballs rule! (1)

Xtifr (1323) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937066)

At least, nice solid ones do. And that's all I have to say about that! :)

Yea, they eat batteries though... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6937067)

As I type this, I'm working with a wireless Logitech keyboard and wireless Logitech mouse that all communicate with a single receiver. The only shortcoming of wireless technologies is the possibility for a militant 3rd party to allegedly "sniff" the keystrokes and mouse movements of my wireless Logitech peripherals; this leads to password-theft. Nobody will suspect the 24hour dohnut delivery truck...mua-HA-ha-Ha-hA!

Favourite mice (1)

damieng (230610) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937070)

My first ever mouse was for my Sinclair Spectrum (Timex) back in 84ish and not surprisingly it only worked with a couple of art programs. It also was impossible to draw with because one of the rollers would stop going at certain angles leaving horizontal or vertical lines instead of the lovely curve you were trying for.

Mice were pretty dull affairs apart from a brief stint with an Amiga optical one that required a special mousemat that was alas prone to scratching and subsequent accuracy problems.

Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer was my fave for a while mostly because I could get my whole hand on it rather than a few digits but then the Logitech Dual Optical took over (now on my PowerBook G4) then the MX500 (no rubbing your thumb as it moves) took pride of place on desktop machine.

I briefly experimented with wireless mice but they weren't fast enough for gaming - and that Wacom Graphire with tablet + mouse was awful.

There were rumours that Apple were going to be coming out with some sort of squigy mouse that could be programmed for all sorts of squeezes and taps but alas that was some time back. Anything is better than the one buttoned puck that shipped with the iMac.

There again even that puck is better than the IBM 'nipple' or a touchpad...

I say a little prayer to Logitech everyday (1)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937072)

each time I put my hand on my TrackMan MarbleFX. It's the best trackball ever made : optical trackball, heavy ball, flawless sliding, 4 buttons, great shape for the hand ... I've had mine for 4 years and it still works like new, although it doesn't look like new.

That trackball has been discontinued, but I like it so much I bough 5 of them in an auction, to be sure I never ever run out of them as long as PS/2 ports are around. But at the rate my current one gets used, I might still have the spares at the beginning of the next century.

Thank you Logitech! And yeah, you guys suck pond water for discontinuing great products :-)

I would say Mickey ... (1)

BabyDave (575083) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937076)

... but I'd probably get sued by Disney(TM) for breach of copyright :)

favorite mouse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6937087)

My favorite mouse is also my current mouse

How odd is that.

I went all out... (1)

MoeMoe (659154) | more than 10 years ago | (#6937091)

I have the Logitech MX700. Wireless, IR, and best of all it's rechargeable through base! The only thing I don't like about it is that the extra scrolling buttons and thumb curve are on the left side which would make this a "righty" mouse.... I'M A "LEFTY" YOU INSENSITIVE CLODS! Seriously though, it tells you when the batteries are running low by blinking a dinky red LED and a green one when you are charging. The scroll wheel is nice, rubbery soft, and has just enough feedback to satisfy my needs... I had to make a few adjustments to Quake 3 since this mouse is MUCH more sensitive then my old soap bar, but hey.... Who am I to complain?
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