I think I broke my mouse. More correctly, I think I wore my mouse out. How did that happen?
This revelation isn’t as dramatic as you think. It didn’t just stop working. It works, but it just doesn’t work as well. It seems to double click when I am pretty sure I single clicked. It also seems to have trouble highlighting text. It highlights some parts, but not all. Every time I try to drag and highlight, I usually end up with pieces of my text all over the place.
When I first noticed the problem, I followed the natural progression. I changed the batteries. I cleaned the optical part. I turned it off and on again. I shook it back and forth. I even did the old Atari trick and checked the USB dongle for dust. It still doesn’t work well.
I decided to ask my millennial/post millennial students their opinions. They live with computers, so they might have some knowledge that I don’t. For sure they have knowledge that I don’t. Lucky for me, I hold the English knowledge that they crave or I wouldn’t have any cards at all.
They explained to me that the mouse has a finite number of clicks (they mentioned the number 1 million, but I think they were just picking a number that they think is big) and that I probably went past that. It sounded ludicrous, but I started to think that buttons only work for a certain amount of time till the contacts are worn out. If you can wear out the microwave popcorn button, you can probably wear out a mouse button.
It’s a little frustrating, but it is also a testament to how long I have had the thing. I have probably had the mouse for more than ten years. Add to that, that I’ve probably changed the batteries fewer than 5 times. That’s a pretty good track record.
So, now I have a few options. I could buy a new wireless mouse. I could salvage one of the old wired mice that is in the electronic graveyard of my house waiting for E-waste day, or I could learn to use the touchpad on my computer.
Which of these three options do you think I will choose? Please leave your vote in the comments section.