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I was wondering who still uses a ball mouse anymore because I recently went to a Best Buy and they STILL sell ball mouses (in the clearance bin). Do you use a ball mouse or know anyone who still uses one?

asked Feb 20 '12 at 13:02

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DJ Scooby Doo

Lots of businesses who couldn't care less about their resources as long as they get the job done. xD

answered Feb 20 '12 at 21:03

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I used to a long time ago when I had my first computer which had only a d25 or a db9 connection in the back of the computer for the XT's and 80286 computers. For now I prefer my mouses to have the laser on the bottom and the PS/2 connections on them. Since I am using 2 KVM's boxes for my 6 computers over here. Until they can make a 6-8KVM boxes that have USB connection for the keyboard and mouse I'm sticking with that. I'm fortunate enough that I can still get the PS/2 keyboards through the distribution centers over here or my PS/2 mouses as well for low prices.

answered Feb 20 '12 at 15:35

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I keep one as a spare "just in case" as it takes a sledge hammer and a couple of bricks to break them, while the latest tech tends to fall down at a whim, it always pays to be prepared (good grief I sound like a boyscout)

answered Feb 20 '12 at 20:48

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No kidding it sounds like the boy scouts. (Just kidding there. ) Always be prepared. No wonder my clients are always asking me if I had a spare this or that. thing. Or if they can rent a spare computer when theirs is in the shop for something else entirely different.

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I still have four of them... great when I need to work on people's computers. My mom still uses one on her desktop PC when her wireless one doesn't want to cooperate. I can't stand using them anymore. I prefer the Magic Trackpad.

answered Feb 20 '12 at 21:17

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I have one as a backup for when the batteries in my wireless mouse decide to crap out in the middle of the day.

answered Feb 20 '12 at 21:25

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still have a few also, no need to throw them away if they still work, and they are great when fixing multiple computers. I have a set of old cheap mice and keyboards which I use when fixing multiple computers.Depending on how many I am working on, I can have like 5 in the basement hooked up to some old cheap monitors, and then work on them without having to worry about swapping a set of mice and keyboards between them.

It is good to keep old components even if they are broken, eg I used a old motherboard that went to an old AMD k6 system, to fix a new core i5 system from dell (the old board still had good capacitors and were the same kind used on the dell system (at least they looked the same and had the same specs written on them)

So I soldered in a replacement 3 to replace the 3 swollen ones on the dell system and it worked fine.

answered Feb 21 '12 at 05:26

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I still use them. Lasermouses always spazz out on my favourite mousepad. Which is a shame, and lasermouses don't work all that great on non-flat surfaces.

answered Feb 21 '12 at 05:41

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I remember back when I had my first computer I had to use those horrible trackball mice. It was soo annoying when they'd get a little dirty and stop working properly and I'd have to swipe and back and forth on the mouse pad just to get it to work again. The day I went to laser/optical mice I never went back, though I still have the old Microsoft trackball mouse my dad bought to replace the one he broke that came with our Windows ME computer in a drawer.

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answered Feb 26 '12 at 19:37

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I have a few. They are rather crappy.

answered Mar 05 '12 at 10:18

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