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?
Answer by Compucore · Feb 20, 2012 at 05:35 PM
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.
Answer by lasaboy · Feb 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
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)
Answer by PCLinux7 · Feb 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM
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.
Answer by Razor512 · Feb 21, 2012 at 07:26 AM
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.
Answer by nickjuly4 · Feb 26, 2012 at 09:37 PM
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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