When I was a student a car ran over my only optical mouse (don't ask). I made this cobbled together mess from the pieces and used it for quite some time afterwards because I couldn't afford a new one at the time
Mein Papa hatte früher so 'ne Dose für seine Fisherman's im Auto!
@lastfuture What a sad story but a wonderful hack. 🙌
@macst3r I should do more upcycling
@lastfuture That’s like 50% ghetto and 50% awesome.
@email@example.com awesome, wow.
@lastfuture Looks like it was one of those MS ones to me.
@lastfuture are the bent up metal tabs the clickers :O
@lastfuture i'm so sorry this happened to you
@monorail aww, no need to be sorry, that was a while ago and I'm much better off now. I really did miss the scroll wheel though
@lastfuture I love how the hole in the bottom makes it look like the laser is an ember that melted its way through. The red tinting on the edges of the hole add to it
@lastfuture ergonomic :O
@lastfuture But seriously, that's an awesome mouse!
@Steinar It wasn't so bad to use either, but I couldn't salvage the scroll wheel, so that was uncomfortable
Fantastic example of that old phrase "necessity is the mother of invention." Way to make use of what you had at hand
@lastfuture this is art.
@lastfuture this is a thing of beauty!
@bouncinglime thank you!
@lastfuture this is amazing
@lastfuture it's beautiful. Please tell me you saved it.
@Anarkat thank you. It's in the basement in a box now
@lastfuture you should frame it. Suspend it in a lexan box from the cord.
@lastfuture That's actually pretty clever
@lastfuture this is unspeakably beautiful
@lastfuture This is the best fucking mouse in the fucking universe
@lastfuture Love it. 👍 Take this collage to Twitte, caption it "Prototype of first Microsoft optical mouse, 1997" and see what happens. 🙈
@lastfuture It's not really Cyberpunk unless there's altoids tins.
😄 AWE! SOME!
Problem is that now i'm looking at mine, wondering if it could drop "accidentally" from second floor.
@lastfuture what the fuck
@leapfrog it was about 20 years ago, optical mice were mostly made by name brands like Microsoft and Logitech and they cost over 20 bucks a piece over here. That was the time when there was one LED backlit keyboard, the LEDs were white only and it was a 150 bucks import from the US
@lastfuture Okay that's awesome
@lastfuture It sucks you had to do that, but it looks super cool!
@lastfuture Whoa, wait, it doesn't have a wheel.
@sk313t0n yeah I had to grab scroll bars with my cursor like a caveman
@lastfuture Why I just got in 2 $10 Logitech wired mice as spares. All Logitech wired mice use the same 4 pin connector inside so if a cable wears out you can easily replace it.
@Klaatu because about 20 years ago when this happened optical mice were comparably expensive and not easily repairable. We're talking about PS/2 connector days here
@lastfuture Yeah I still have mine from then. The Microsoft optical mouse was surprisingly well made. Today you'd be tempted to use UV cured plastic glue to repair that broken case or 3D print a new one. You're lucky it didn't break the circuit board.
@Klaatu it broke the sensor for the scroll wheel though which was why I had to grab scroll bars with my cursor. It was terrible
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