The Unclear Impact

i've noticed that sometimes my mouse-clicks don't register. and it's only just occurred to me that maybe it's not a windows update, or a chrome update, or something. maybe the tact switch in my mouse is wearing out? is that believable? i've never experienced it before. either way i'm going to blame microsoft since they made the mouse

@jk Yeah, that happens. Usually with mine it's the middle mouse button that goes first.

@jk For some reason, I always wear out the microswitch of my middle mouse button first, maybe they don’t expect that I open everything in a new tab. Then it stays in the infuriating state where I have to remind myself to Ctrl+click instead of middle click or it’s about a 50% chance of not registering the click until I get bothered enough to replace the mouse. But yeah, wearing out the switches can absolutely happen.

@kristof now i wonder if any operating systems keep a count of how many mouse clicks in total i've ever done. actually i suspect buttons and interface hardware for aerospace & military industries might do this for maintenance reasons

@kristof @jk Yessss someone else feels my pain!!

@welshpixie @jk Middle mouse button destroying gang unite! blobfoxcheer

@jk For a desktop computer, displaying that information in a status bar would be completely superfluous. I love it!

(Very interesting point about areospace/military hardware. I imagine they’d rather be rated for just a specific mission time based on an average number of presses/time, but the critical systems I work with have no buttons the user could press, so I have no real idea.)


@jk Clicky switches have gotten worse in the past decade or so, that's true, so it's possible

@ifixcoinops maybe i should just replace the switch. but i think this mouse is ultrasonically welded together or something

@jk Bad mice might be a symptom of too much breakbeat:

@kristof @jk I've had a problem where the mouse would register an extra release and extra press. A click would sometimes get registered as a double click; a drag would sometimes get registered as two shorter drags.

@kristof @jk Middle click opens new tabs? 🤯

@lonnon @kristof welcome to your new life!!

@jk @kristof I'm going to destroy so many mice now! Thank you!

@jk how long have you had the mouse for?

@cadence just checked the email receipt: since october 2015, apparently. it cost £6.64! pretty good considering