This is how old I am in internet years.
@StephanieRose I used to hate that chore
@StephanieRose don't do me like this.
@mxsiege I’m old enough to remember getting paid to do it as my college job...
@StephanieRose i fucking loved doing this and would do it to all the school computer mice too it was so satisfyinggggg
@StephanieRose my dad tried this once but he mistook the built-up dust for a worn out felt pad. He had scraped it clean and was gluing a new piece of felt to the roller when my brother came in and asked what the hell he was doing. My family ever since refers to attempting computer maintenance when you don't know what you're doing as "re-felting the mouse"
@StephanieRose boy i'm sure glad i don't have to do that annoying task anymore
*picks hairs out of his optical mouse*
@StephanieRose optical mice still get dirty, they're just harder to clean
@StephanieRose i remember getting my first laser mouse (it would randomly track to a corner for no reason sometimes) in like 2003ish
@StephanieRose mouse spa day never went away for us
the ball just moved from the bottom to the top
@StephanieRose hahaha. This reminds me of when we'd take the mouse balls out in the school computer labs and wreak havoc. 😂😈🖱
@StephanieRose I read an account at one point of someone stealing balls from mice at the computer store and then taking the mice from the trash and putting the balls back in and selling them, but I can't remember where that story's from
you don't need to buy an expensive mouse pad
@StephanieRose SO MUCH HAND GUNK
@StephanieRose I use trackball mice (where you move the ball with your thumb and the mouse stays still). This activity lives on - it's just a bit easier and you don't need to do it as often.
@StephanieRose oh god i remember that 😱
@StephanieRose alternatively, just hoy the trackball across the classroom at someone.
@StephanieRose I used to steal these when I was in school.
@StephanieRose Ich hasse diese Mäuse xD
@StephanieRose I'm old enough in Internet years to have seen us loop back around to reinvent the light pen with hookers and blackjack (as a stylus on resistive touchscreens) and then forget the whole thing with capacitive touchscreens and phones you can plug mice into.
@StephanieRose I use a trackball so pretty much still the same today.
@StephanieRose me too
Ah yes, the cat fur collector.
@StephanieRose I used to just scrape the cruft off the rollers my mechanical pencil.
Mmmh, what if I use a trackball on my main machine ?
And of course, I have a bunch of old machines with ball mouse