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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
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Sunday, 21 October 2018

MAN AND MOUSE.

A couple of weeks ago the scroll wheel on my mouse started acting the fool. It is an old mouse and the rubber covering had worn through.  I gave it a clean, I treated it to a squirt of brake cleaner but alas it was all to no avail. I started looking at mice on PCWorld and Amazon. Hundreds of the wretched things so I decided to choose on size and price. Big and cheap.
Here it is and it works fine. The instructions are written on a sheet of A4 and a bit paper which is folded up to fag packet size; they are in about half a dozen languages and I wouldn't normally bother deciphering such things. I stuffed the USB bit into the laptop, loaded a couple of batteries and then noticed it has a couple of buttons on the side and one on the top behind the scroll wheel. I tried to read the instructions but the writing was far too small. I found my magnifying glass and learnt that the one on the top is for adjusting CPI. What in the name of all rodents has the consumer price index got to do with my mouse? As it turns out absolutely nothing, It means Counts per Inch and is a measure of sensitivity. I can now set it very high and click on the wrong thing faster than ever before. Well not worth the £13.40p delivered for that feature alone. I will have to take a macro shot of the words and music to make sense of the other two buttons. Maybe I'll just forget them. If I'm really lucky one will do Ctrl Z and the other something else useful like disabling Caps Lock. The latter is a button I regularly hit in error and then spend five minutes wondering why shortcuts don't work as expected, if at all.
I am still interested in the alcove but have started again as I can't get the render time down to less than a couple of minutes a frame, That's without a bit of Halloween mist swirling about. I have now devised a much cleaner mesh and will learn how to bake materials. If you are really lucky I'll do a bit of video showing howIdunit.
Have a good week.
PS. The forward button seems to lock the scroll wheel for fast scanning and the aft one is a perv button; it gets rid of the porn screen quick sticks and pops things back to the browser screen. Wonderful. I suspect it works on screens other than porn. I'll experiment if enough folk are interested.

6 comments:

  1. It looks the business Adrian. My new one also has two side buttons. Only just got round to experimenting with them. They seem to move back and forth between sites when a browser tab has been used to open several sites in series. Saves having to move the mouse pointer to the back / forward arrows in the browser.

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    1. John, yes it certainly seems to do a lot for the money.

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  2. Had a look at this mouse, Adrian, and it looks great - unless you're a southpaw like me! It specifically says it's ergonomically designed for right-handed use. I take consolation in the fact that all those buttons are probably a bit OTT for me - I don't even bother to use the scrolling wheel although, prompted by this post from you, I might give that wheel a go!

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    1. Richard, there are dozens to choose from. This is fine but no use to you. I can't imagine being without the scroll wheel.

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  3. Are the ibuprofen for you or the mouse, Adrian?

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    1. Me Frances I used to have Dihydrocodeine but they are too strong.

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