[SunRescue] Postscript mousepad found!
Hatle, Steven J.
shatle at vue.com
Wed Mar 22 09:05:05 CST 2000
I totally understand- I've put together my own set of hacks and wire-up jobs
in my day. Hacking an iOpener is cool. Putting an LX in your car-trunk to be
an on-board MP3 jukebox is cool, and so forth.
But, at least for me, trying to build a not-much-better mousepad is not my
idea of fun <grin>. As you said, maybe in 10 years this will be a more
burning issue, though I'll bet we or someone like us will be able to
produce a whole basement-full at the appropriate time! I know of someone who
wallpapered one wall of his office with 'em- kind of a neat disco-mirror
effect. . .
What I'm really waiting for is when the supply of computer power cords is
artificially constricted by OCEC (Organization of Cord Exporting Countries)
so that the boxes, drawers, shelves of power cords I have rocket up in value
and I can make a killing and retire to the Carribbean! <grin>
>You know, by the time I'd found the right medium, after running around town
>or surfing the web, experimenting by running things through my laser
>(which would probably get gummed up, weird crap stuck in it, or
>nicked/ruined drum) laminated it to a base with either a clear or some
>covering. . .
>I'd just rather order one from Sun, or pick up a pile at a swap meet. My
>time is worth the $15.00 they cost to order.
Understandable, but here's the geek factor. "This *might* work, lets try
The "Geek Factor", also known as the "Hack Factor" makes it possible for the
PS file to exist in the first place. Then makes it possible for the file to
be altered and changed to accomodate type 4 and 5 mice.
It's the same factor that drives people like Bill, Gregory, and myself to
buy an I-Opener and add things like ethernet, hard drives, real keyboards,
and real mice. These are exercises in self-fulfillment, haveing limited
basis in the realm of "worthwhile activities". But they give a sense of
satisfaction - like that time I successfully deassembled, then reassembled,
an Apple //e something like 15 years ago. There wasn't anything wrong with
it, I just wanted to do it.
Without a doubt, I have to agree with you estimation of time/cost. However,
to me, it's worth my time to explore this avenue - what happens in ten years
when there aren't any Sun branded type 4 mouse pads around anymore? Now
that's a stretch, but if I can spend a few hours playing and excersising my
brain... Well, it makes a nice diversion from my regular routine anyway.
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