r_a_feldman at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 2 16:44:05 CST 2006
The best mouse/trackball I had was an Atari video arcade trackball that I
got from Happ Controls and wired to the guts of a cheap PC serial mouse
(optical sensors on the track ball, electronics from the mouse). This
trackball measures about 6" x 6" x 2.5" and I had it in a foamcore box. Used
1" diameter arcade buttons to replace the mouse buttons. I made it as a
prototype for a dozen or so that I wired up for use in exhibits at the Field
Museum of Natural History in Chicago with the computer games I wrote. I used
the track ball for more than 10 years before I even needed to clean it.
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 13:31:24 -0600
From: Doc Shipley <doc at mdrconsult.com>
Subject: Re: IBM RS/6000
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Teo Zenios wrote:
>I have one of those Logitech marbles, they work well enough. In general I
>like using Microsoft optical on anything they will pug into. The other day
>replaced my older belkin KVM with a newer version that does serial to PS2
>mouse conversion so that my MS optical USB with PS2 adapter is connected to
>the KVM and my old 486/133 DOS/Windows 3.1 machine (using the old MS mouse
>driver disk) connected to the KVM with a serial cable works with it. There
>is just nothing smoother then an optical mouse in my opinion, and no balls
>that need cleaned (or mousepads full of cheet-os to dust off).
You're right about the optical smoothness, which is why I like the
Marble. It does need cleaning every couple of months, but it's worth it
to avoid the wrist movement of a normal mouse.
And it works perfectly with RS/6000s, SGIs, NeXTstations, SPARC (with
adapter), AXP, Mac, and even PeeCees!
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