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Working with a Computer Mouse

Updated on December 26, 2014

A Great Tool

Have you ever wished for the ideal servant, That is something you need not talk to or instruct. It is not necessarily a zombie that is programmed mentally to do what you ask but rather a tiny assistant that is something many people cannot now do without. Even a small child quickly learns its value and the pleasure it provides.

Most of my time is spent writing and, as with most authors these days, that is done using a computer. But that is just a machine with a lot of keys and technical stuff that most would never understand, It works when it is plugged in and the power is on but there it sits unless something about 4 nches long by 2 inches wide is brought into play. Then everything comes alive. It's called a mouse and mine has a long tail. This little boy obviously thinks it quite magical as well..

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My little computer shopper helper
My little computer shopper helper

Computer Mouse Servant

My little mouse with a long tail rests under my hand for hours during the day and often into the night as I work on my computer. It points the way to things on the screen and helps me target specific positions that I might otherwise find difficult to get to. It's not handsome to look at and rarely needs a wash but it is always clean and sparkling ready for action.

The tail of my mouse is important to me as I work in my comfortable recliner chair and it has a habit of running away and hiding somewhere, particularly on the floor. Also my cats are often knocking it down making it necessary to retrieve it. That's where the tail is important as it enables me to pull it back to its rightful place.

In the centre of the mouse is a wheel which works wonders when I want to scroll up and down things. That is not to confuse it with a toy mouse with a wheel or key that needs winding to make it run.

My pet mouse also has a light underneath so I always know when it's working. Its shape is exactly right for my hand and you will notice it tapers in near the center. That is where my fingers reach over the sides and are comfortably placed when working. It never gets hot or uncomfortable and mostly its presence is hardly noticed in my hand.

The other really beaut thing about it is it works equally as well in either hand. That is a big help as when one of my arms gets tired I can swap it around and keep working.

What do you use?

Do you use a separate mouse or the mouse pad?

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Computer pointers

There are many types of omputer pointers. They are used by mainly professional people for board meetings, lectures or committees. But sometimes they can be used for other things as well. Here are a few that are currently available.

How Annoying

Mouse Convenience

My pet mouse is a great little helper. It's always there when I need it and easy to find as it blinks and waves at me with its little red light glowing. Sometimes it will do errands when I go searching for information over the Internet. That saves me heaps of time by not needing to go to libraries or scroll through my books and records.

At other times I can send it shopping to search out the bargains when something is needed. All I have to do is guide it to the right place. We have a lot of fun together doing things like that. When I see something important to download a click on the back of its sleek body brings it on board.

But the most important function of my little pet mouse is helping me to type. My laptop has an inbuilt mouse pad but that is confusing. When I have to use that I can rarely find the pointer on the screen and it takes me ages to do things. With my handy mouse tool in my hand it is much easier. Speed is important when writing and time wasting improvisations is not part of my happy schedule.

This is the greatest tool in my arsenal of weapons for a good life. It provides me with a way to amuse myself when creating stories and seeking out great pictures to download. It takes me over the Internet to find things that might otherwise take weeks, months or even years to find. It is always there and it never complaints, even when the cats are around. Occasionally it also helps bring in an income.

This little friend requires nothing from me in return for all the service it gives. It does not eat or drink, never goes on strike and is always ready, willing and able when needed. It works hard and never raises a sweat. Occasionally other of my computer mice have died and needed replacing and this one will go as well one day. But there are always plenty available and newer models are able to be used without cords connecting them. They would not be much good to me, however, as without the long tail my day would comprise a lot of exercise chasing it around the floor or my desk were it not able to be retrieved easily.

Mouseless Trickery

What was Your First Mouse?

Did it run on a ball underneath?

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Possibly the Best Up Market Mouse Available

For those who use a computer for long periods the comfort of the mouse is extremely important. The problem for many users is that they develop RSI in the thumb or other part of the hand or wrist. This often happens making the comfort of using the mouse extremely important. With this device the design is all about comfort. Designed for PC's and Macs the diamond eye optical technology offers smooth and precise curser movement. The implementation of a scroll ring around the central ball elevates a lot of hand movement by putting the scrolling function at your fingertips. Aside from being far more comfortable already it comes with its own write support. It offers exceptional control and ease of use and is the answer to many a computer buff's prayer.

Kensington Expert Trackball Mouse (K64325)
Kensington Expert Trackball Mouse (K64325)

This is the latest design in computer mice and will benefit all computer users. It is sleek, easy to use and the price is outweighed by the health and other benefits it provides.

 
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Picture from site

History of the Computer Mouse

According to this site The first computer mouse was square (see picture) and much larger than today's versions. It had a small button (top right hand corner) to make it function. It was invented by Douglas Englebart in the 1960s and was patented in the latter part of 1970. It was not a success.

The first common mouse was that of the Apple Lisa produced by Steve Job, That mouse ran on a ball positioned underneath that one had to remove and clean so that dirt and dust accumulations that hindered performance could be removed. This was done with alcohol and it was embarrassing asking the chemist for that substance whenever my own supply ran out. Fortunately he knew I was not going to drink it.

This little gadget acquired the name 'mouse' because it's developer thought it looked like a mouse with a tail. It is also very silent as it sneaks across the desk before it lands on a target. Of course it is not interested in cheese and it does not run away from my cats. I am the only thing that appears to frighten it enough that it wants to hide. But gradually it is learning that it's not a good idea as it will get its tail pulled.

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