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Finally using a decent mouse-surface

I’ve been using Apple Magic Mouse for some time. I love it. I’ve used loads of optical mice before it. The one thing that annoys me, even with this mouse, is that it’s accuracy depends very much on finding a decent surface.

I tried loads and loads of surfaces. More or less any surface (except transparent) will do for short stints. But for my workstation, my most used have been the cover of a hard back note-book (such as the Black n’ Red Casebound Hardback A4 Book), glossy magazine covers, other cardboard rectangles (e.g. the back of a note pad) taped to the desk. All of these surfaces tend to suffer the following problems:

  • They wear out
  • They move across the desk unless taped down
  • They are abrasive t the mouse – the tracks on my magic mouse are looking a little worn
  • They get grubby
  • They they turn to mush if coffee is spilled on them
  • Eventually the only relationship of the screen pointer to the mouse is that it moved

Now I think I’ve finally found a surface that will not wear down my mouse rails any further, so far yields extremely accurate results and will stand up to a tea spillage. Unfortunately costs a few quid, but that’s better than trying to accommodate a pointer with a mind of it’s own when on a deadline. The Razer Vespula Gaming Mat.

saying no to FACT

I have no intention of turning this blog into a campaign site, but feel the need to doff-my-cap to the FACTOFF site. Irritating as it is, the FACT impact on the consumer is dwarfed in my opinion by the potential for corporate abuse of DRM and software patents.

There are of course more important issues out there such as… Protect the human

About time

It’s about time! My first blog.

Expect to find here occasional postings prompted by problems and hopefully solutions in my work with the flash platform and ActionScript in particular.

ActionScript 2 and Flash 8 are my starting spec as far as contributions to this blog are concerned. Looking forward to involvement in Flex 2, ActionScript 3, Flash Media Server and beyond. Also taking a keen interest in OpenSource developments around Flash.

My corporate site (creative-cognition ltd) currently shows minimal flash and demonstrates my background in server-side coding, XHTML, CSS standards compliance and accessibility. Looking forward to being able to add more Rich Media projects without losing touch with accessibility issues.