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Don't Know Much about Physics Either, It Seems [Apr. 30th, 2008|09:13 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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You know how I was just saying that I don't know much about history? Well, apparently I don't know much about physics either.

So I bought miniMax0r back when Leopard first came out and have enjoyed every second of my Mac experience. I've especially enjoyed the Mighty Mouse's ability to scroll not just up and down without stops (like PC mice) but in 360 degrees. Although the Mighty Mouse takes some getting used to, it's a nice mouse. The only problem with it is that the little scroll ball. Sometimes it gets dirty and it won't scroll down because the little furry guy wants some lovin' and wants to be cleaned from time to time.

Wait, that's just the first problem. The other problem is that you can't use the mouse with any kind of grease, dirt, sweat or other substance on you hands. The scroll ball doesn't like that either and won't scroll.

But it was the former problem that has become my problem.

You see, my Might Mouse had not wanted to scroll down a couple of weeks ago, so I cleaned it with a bit of alcohol. That worked only after the alcohol had evaporated. I helped the process along by supplying heat from a cigarette lighter. Happy mouse, happy Professor Tom. Except that catch that was now sometimes in the scroll ball.

Last night my mouse didn't want to scroll down again. So I cleaned the mouse by turning it upside down and rolling it on my pants. But this did not work. So I rolled it on top of the desk, but this would not work. I rolled it on top of paper (no NOT like a joint) but that didn't work either. So I went to grab the isopropyl alcohol. This cleaned the mouse, but it still didn't want to scroll down.

I watched YouTube videos on how to take the mouse apart and clean it, but apparently this is a new model of the mouse as mine didn't come apart that way. So I used more alcohol. To no avail. I then decided to evaporate the alcohol by holding the mouse a fair distance away from but directly over the flame.

Now the shell of the mouse is made of plastic and the scroll ball is rubber. Did you know that both of these materials melt given enough heat is present? I'm now out $62 to New Egg trying to get a new Mighty Mouse here this weekend. I'm currently using my old Logitech MX 300 which isn't a bad mouse, but unfortunately the Mac experience just isn't the same without the Mighty Mouse. OS X was made with 360 degree scrolling in mind.

My name is Tomas, I'm 23 years old and I'm a recovering dumbass.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-05-01 01:24 pm (UTC)
Recovering? Let's not get illusions of grandeur, k?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-05-01 01:25 pm (UTC)
I'm recovering from my latest blunder.
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[User Picture]From: jaceman
2008-05-02 09:45 pm (UTC)
Had I read your comment BEFORE posting I wouldn't have needed to make one at all.

-2LumpsOSugar
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[User Picture]From: wardlejew
2008-05-01 03:26 pm (UTC)
$62 for a new mouse! I can't justify that price on a mouse considering its ROI. I'm not sure which is the dumber move. Ruining the old or buying a new one to reproduce the original problem. =)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-05-01 03:38 pm (UTC)
$62 for a new mouse!
$12 of that was for the expedited shipping.

I can't justify that price on a mouse considering its ROI.
I couldn't either. Until I couldn't make life easy by scrolling sideways.

I'm not sure which is the dumber move. Ruining the old or buying a new one to reproduce the original problem. =)
My name is Tomas, I'm 23 years old and I'm a recovering dumbass.
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[User Picture]From: wardlejew
2008-05-01 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good laugh.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-05-01 04:02 pm (UTC)
I was hoping that more people would laugh at me, but this appears to not be the case. It'll be our little secret, k?
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[User Picture]From: jaceman
2008-05-02 09:44 pm (UTC)
I then decided to evaporate the alcohol by holding the mouse a fair distance away from but directly over the flame.

Now the shell of the mouse is made of plastic and the scroll ball is rubber. Did you know that both of these materials melt given enough heat is present?

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My name is Tomas, I'm 23 years old and I'm a recovering dumbass.


We have reached the conclusion that the path to recovery has only VERY RECENTLY begun.

-2LumpsOSugar
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