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Socoder -> Hardware and Technology -> Of Mouses and Mats

Posted : Friday, 20 August 2021, 03:26
spinal
Does anyone else remember early optical mice requiring weird hologram mousemats?

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Posted : Friday, 20 August 2021, 03:26
Jayenkai
Either that or a grid of dots. Yeah, they required specific patterns to follow, so they knew wtf was going on!

I haven't owned a mousemat in decades!! Once "proper" Optical Mouses turned up, it was time to ditch the mousemat for good, and trawl the mouse over my woodgrain desk.

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Posted : Friday, 20 August 2021, 11:26
steve_ancell
I remember some sort of patterned mats needed to be used with optical mouses.
Posted : Friday, 20 August 2021, 13:07
ProHiScore
I vaguely remember those mats but I was also more of a trackball user, even when optical started to come around. I used the top trackball type for years. Prefer it really.



Eventually, I have come around to using optical of course and they're not bad, a little glitchy at times, depending on the surface being used on.
Posted : Friday, 20 August 2021, 15:19
steve_ancell
Bah!, I never got on with trackballs. I don't get on with mousepads either, my mum's the same and she uses an external mouse on her laptop.
Posted : Friday, 20 August 2021, 23:24
ProHiScore
I'm using an external mouse for my laptop right now, haha
Posted : Saturday, 21 August 2021, 00:39
Jayenkai
I've not used a mouse since 2012!
Posted : Saturday, 21 August 2021, 02:13
rockford
Wireless mouse on a well worn mat for me. I can't stand touchpads on laptops - I turn them off immediately..
Posted : Saturday, 21 August 2021, 02:39
Jayenkai
Boooo, Hisss!!!!!
Posted : Saturday, 21 August 2021, 06:07
spinal
I'm fine with mice, trackballs and laptop trackpads. The only things I don't like is the little joystick nub thingys on thinkpads. They're just stupid.

My current device is one of these microsoft thingys... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Surface-Arc-Bluetooth-Mouse/dp/B0748H383V
I like it.

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Posted : Saturday, 21 August 2021, 08:40
steve_ancell
I'm fine with mice

It's mouses, mice are rodents, you wouldn't call a row of houses hice. Plus mouses somehow sounds better than mice.
Posted : Saturday, 21 August 2021, 09:39
steve_ancell
Just to think though, when I was a kid we had to use cursor keys to navigate.
Posted : Saturday, 21 August 2021, 09:56
spinal
When I was a kid, our cursor keys were shifted modes of the same keys, Down = Down, Shift + Down = Up, Right = Right, Shift + Right = Left.

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Posted : Saturday, 21 August 2021, 09:58
Jayenkai
LOL! I forgot about those!

I had a proper Amstrad keyboard.

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Posted : Saturday, 21 August 2021, 11:43
steve_ancell
@spinal: Was that on the Commodore 64 by any chance?

@Jay: Same here, Amstrad 464.
Posted : Saturday, 21 August 2021, 13:14
spinal
Steve - yeah.
Posted : Sunday, 22 August 2021, 01:47
rockford
I've had soooooo many consoles over the years (you name it, I've probably still got it or thrown it out!) but I started with an Acetronic (similar to an Atari 800) BITD.

My first computer was an Amstrad CPC 464 (started with a green screen, but the monitor borked, so we got a full refund and upgraded to colour), then Amiga A600.
Posted : Sunday, 22 August 2021, 02:30
steve_ancell
I've still got my PS2 Slim that I've had since 2004, and I have my dad's old XBox Classic Crystal and his old (still in box) NES. I've had so many people trying to blag the XBox and NES from me but I just keep telling them to suck shit.
Posted : Monday, 13 September 2021, 06:40
Jayenkai

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