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A lesson learned, never forgotten

You never know when some old esoteric piece of knowledge is going to come in handy.

Lately, the optical mouse for my laptop has been getting clunky. It's just not as responsive as it used to be has this tendency to 'stick' a little. Since this is actually the replacement mouse, after the first one inexplicably broke down around half a year ago (though luckily still within the warranty period) I just assumed it was the fact that Logitech makes useless crap.

I happened to be on facebook the other day and saw a notice that a bunch of friends had joined a group about old Nintendo games. It got me thinking about why in the world we had to always blow on those damn games to make them work in the first place. How could a little bit of microscopic dust really screw up the connection? You don't see people today blowing on their DS games or blowing on their USB cables. I happened to look down at my mouse and a shrugging sort of a lightbulb lit up. I turned it upside down and blew a few times into the optical hole. It now works perfectly again.

Go figure.

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runninggirl
Jan. 24th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I remember that magic move and I wonder about its origin. Did some engineer start the trend or did some butthead do it and it just caught on?
henwy
Jan. 25th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
My personal theory is it's a a patience stick. Blowing on it clearly doesn't work after the first blow. After that, it's just whether you get lucky and the piece of crap actually connects just right. Telling people to blow on it between every attempt makes them think they're actually making things better and they're willing to do it for longer. It's like betting on heads or tails of a coin clip, except you tell people to rub a lucky 4-leaf clover in between flips and it'll make them luckier.
cmariewt
Jan. 24th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
You are hilarious.

You are friends with runninggirl AND tshell.

How in the holy hot hell have I NOT friended you yet?

I will remedy that by friending you right now.
henwy
Jan. 25th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
And for only a small subscription fee, you will receive all the middling content your heart desires!
socarefully
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
I always thought that was a bit odd....but it did work well.

Glad your mouse still works.
henwy
Jan. 25th, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
It's really pretty spiffy. My first impulse when something electronic breaks down is to bang on it. I think somewhere deep inside I've come to the erroneous conclusion that inanimate objects can feel pain if I'm pissed off enough.
socarefully
Jan. 25th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
A lot of people bang on broken electronic things ~ me included.

I think generally once it is broken you may as well bang it to bits.
cmariewt
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Haha I am also in that "I had to blow in my video games to get them to work" group on facebook.
henwy
Jan. 25th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
It's really sort of sad. I've got more video games than I know what to do with and I'm 99% sure I'll never get around to even playing half of them. If I were still 12 (and back in the 80's) I'd be the happiest kid on earth probably.
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