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How long do your computer mice last?

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Less than a year
  484 votes / 1%
1-2 years
  2229 votes / 7%
2-3 years
  3334 votes / 11%
3-4 years
  3444 votes / 11%
4-5 years
  2832 votes / 9%
5+ years
  13748 votes / 47%
Until the day after warranty expires
  955 votes / 3%
I only use trackpads, you insensitive clod!
  1980 votes / 6%
29006 total votes.
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How long do your computer mice last?

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  • by UnknowingFool (672806) on Wednesday December 11, 2013 @03:16PM (#45662767)
    This memo [snopes.com] was supposedly from IBM on how to replace and clean mouse balls. It is not clear whether it was serious or in jest.

    Mouse balls are now available as FRU. Therefore, if a mouse fails to operate or should it perform erratically, it may need a ball replacement. Because of the delicate nature of this procedure, replacement of mouse balls should only be attempted by properly trained personnel.

    Before proceeding, determine the type of mouse balls by examining the underside of the mouse. Domestic balls will be larger and harder than foreign balls. Ball removal procedures differ depending upon manufacturer of the mouse. Foreign balls can be replaced using the pop-off method. Domestic balls are replaced using the twist-off method. Mouse balls are not usually static sensitive. However, excessive handling can result in sudden discharge. Upon completion of ball replacement, the mouse may be used immediately.

    It is recommended that each replacer have a pair of spare balls for maintaining optimum customer satisfaction, and that any customer missing his balls should suspect local personnel of removing these necessary items.

    To re-order, specify one of the following:

    P/N 33F8462 - Domestic Mouse Balls
    P/N 33F8461 - Foreign Mouse Balls

  • by sqorbit (3387991) on Wednesday December 11, 2013 @03:49PM (#45663071)
    Wouldn't that require the mouse to cross it's own timeline? I thought that was very very bad.
  • Microsoft? (Score:5, Funny)

    by xlsior (524145) on Wednesday December 11, 2013 @10:23PM (#45667041) Homepage
    Microsoft Wheelmouse Optical -- the only virtually flawless product Microsoft ever made, so of course they discontinued them.

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