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Linux Magazine: Attack of the Redmond Rodent [MS IntelliMouse with IntelliEye]

Jul 08, 2000, 16:06 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)


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"Microsoft's newest mice, based on its IntelliEye technology, attempt to abolish this kind of do-it-yourself rodent surgery [for cleaning]. IntelliEye replaces the ball-and-roller mechanism with an optical sensor and a red LED that take 1,500 snapshots per second of whatever's beneath the mouse. A DSP (digital signal processor) chip compares the images to discern mouse movement."

"...you can plug this mouse into your system and configure it as you would a mechanical IntelliMouse. The fact that IntelliMouse is a Microsoft product and does not officially support Linux turnsout to be a nonissue, as you can do all the configuration you need with Linux's own mouse-configuration tools."

"If you're sick of cleaning your mouse and losing your mouse pad under desk debris, consider one of Microsoft's racy rodents. They're not the cheapest mice available, but for people who use their computer systems heavily, they're one Redmond product that's worth the price."

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