Category Archives: Technostalgia

The most perfect mouse for modeling

I’ve found an optical three-button mouse that is just a dream to use when modeling! I never liked Logitech mice except for the Dual Optical (for gaming), but this little one is perfect. It’s a quite ordinary, $12 mouse for any computer with a PS/2 jack, the Logitech OEM Optical Wheel Mouse.
Logitech OEM Optical Wheel Mouse
What’s so good about it? Well, it’s not a bloated blob like the trendy mice of today, it’s not too small like laptop mice, it’s not flat and long like Microsoft Intellimice. It fits inside a normal palm, so it’s easy to pick up and reposition. The buttons are the best on any of the 30 or so mice I’ve tried. Responsive, clicky, a good solid feel.

My best pad combo is to buy an ordinary plastic desktop writing pad with a grainy surface. It works great. You find menus quickly and stop dead on them. I suppose it would be great for point and click games like Warcraft, too. Just enable (god forbid!!) mouse acceleration (“Enhance Pointer Precision”), up the sensitivity a notch, and you can keep all the action within the range of your wrist instead of gliding over the pad. It has relieved tension on my shoulder muscles.

I’m buying another one to bring to school.


Speed-modeling and Japanese tech gems

Ahhh, another summer over. Got a tan and shaved my beard. Back to school with new energy. Me and my friend Patrik’s 3D game got finished in time for 10 extra uni credits. Sold unwanted stuff and bought some collectible stuff on eBay, as well as a telescope which will come in handy on the dark (and cold) nordic nights. As soon as the moon shows its pesky (yes, pesky!) face…

Collectibles? Well, if you’re not nerd enough, Japanese wristwatches with built-in games from the late seventies / early eighties won’t turn you on. But they were one-of-a-kind and unlike vintage LED watches very little information can be found about them on the internet.

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The Sunny Seventies

Seventies wallpaper
Yesterday I went for a trip to the big city. Big compared to my little broadband-connected village of 800 people, anyway. The Z88 came with (see ‘Technostalgia Defined‘) and travel time disappeared as I wrote yesterday’s blog on it.

The purpose of the trip was to go to my favorite electronics store, but it turned into a full day of exploring what the city had to offer. First I got some goodies for my Z88 and my soldering bench. There were shelves and shelves full of useful electronics stuff and tools, so it was hard not to go on a spree. Clas Ohlson stores are called the ‘Kindergarten of Husbands’, and there’s a reason why. Continue reading