Sliding towards insanity

The life (or lack thereof) of a UMD Computer Engineering major graduate
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Not terribly much to report. Went to work, wrote/fixed some code, came home, process repeats as necessary.

I picked up an Apple Mighty Mouse to go with my Mac mini and have to say I am not impressed. It's Apple's first attempt at a multi-button mouse, something they've largely ignored for over a decade. To appease the diehard one-button users the mouse is built like their previous Pro series: the entire mouse is one big button you press down on. Sensors in the body of the mouse then detect if you're pressing on the left or right side and report that as a right or left click. It sounds awkward, and it is. In practice, a lot of my right-clicks seems to be translated into left-clicks, especially when I tried to play Starcraft. I don't know if it's the way I'm holding the mouse or what, but I consider the defect. I plopped down my $50 expecting a mouse that would operate reliably, and the Mighty Mouse doesn't deliver. I have to admit it has a cool look to it, and the scroll ball works really well, but if the mouse says no it's gots to go. We'll see if the Apple Store in Montgomery Mall agrees with me on the mouse being technically defective when I try to return it (the difference being the 10% restocking fee).

thankfully the $20 HP White USB Mouse I found at CompUSA does almost everything I wanted from the Mighty Mouse for less than half the cost. It's reliable, has a sleek white look that goes with my mini, and the extra buttons open Expose and Dashboard (which is pretty much what I wanted them to do. I have yet to try it out with Quake3, but the tracking seems good enough for Starcraft. If there are any PC users who are used to right-clicking heavily and are considering the Mighty Mouse check the 5-button HP out.

I finally broke down and bought a set of Tact-Tiles last week. I'd been thinking about getting a set for a while now but the price had always gotten to me (my Chessex Battlemat had always worked week enough). Our last Mark of Heroes session saw a lot of erasing though, which can get messy with the wet-erase markers you use for a battlemat. I didn't have a chance to try it out this week, but hopefully I'll be playing in a Legacy of the Green Regent session next week and we'll give it a go. Dry-erase cleanup would be about ten times better than the current wet paper towel method.

That's about it for the moment. Two weeks of work left and two and a half weeks until the Fall semester starts at UMD. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be coming back to my current employer after I graduate, but what happens in these last two weeks can carry a lot of weight.

Until next time...


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