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  • laptopleon commented on Peter Balch's instructable A Wheeled Steampunk Mouse4 weeks ago
    A Wheeled Steampunk Mouse

    I get it: You wanted it to be steampunk, hence the choice for 'mechanical', despite the bluetooth connection.I own an Apple wireless mouse, a Wacom tablet that can be used wireless and I've worked with several wireless mice on Windows laptops / PC's and I can assure you the usually work quite stable. Often, it takes a few seconds and a 'wake up click' or two to re-activate them after a certain time of inactivity though. Obviously, sooner or later you have to replace/recharge the batteries (once in a few months with the Apple mice). Although I'm quite a fan of hightech, all in all I don't see a real advantage in the wireless part. I now use a plain simple old Apple USB mouse on one machine.I've been using a quite old Wacom Intuos 2 tablet with a dedicated wireless (even battery-less!) th...see more »I get it: You wanted it to be steampunk, hence the choice for 'mechanical', despite the bluetooth connection.I own an Apple wireless mouse, a Wacom tablet that can be used wireless and I've worked with several wireless mice on Windows laptops / PC's and I can assure you the usually work quite stable. Often, it takes a few seconds and a 'wake up click' or two to re-activate them after a certain time of inactivity though. Obviously, sooner or later you have to replace/recharge the batteries (once in a few months with the Apple mice). Although I'm quite a fan of hightech, all in all I don't see a real advantage in the wireless part. I now use a plain simple old Apple USB mouse on one machine.I've been using a quite old Wacom Intuos 2 tablet with a dedicated wireless (even battery-less!) three-button-mouse on another Mac. The middle button is also a scrollwheel. It's perfect! Have used it for ± 14 years or so now. The silvery paint of the tablet is worn off, but who cares?Unfortunately, Wacom doesn't support this tablet's drivers any more for OS X 10.10 and up… So sooner or later the Mac Pro computer I use it with will stop working and then I'll have to trash the tablet and mouse too :(Yes, Wacom has a similar mouse still for my new tablet but it's still a waste and I also think ± € / $ 75 for such a dedicated (will only work with certain Wacom tablets) mouse is ridiculously expensive. I'd rather buy a fine, non-Wacom dependent mouse – wireless or not – for a lot less.

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  • laptopleon commented on Peter Balch's instructable A Wheeled Steampunk Mouse4 weeks ago
    A Wheeled Steampunk Mouse

    I assumed you wanted to use it for a Mac since you used an Apple or Power Computing (Apple clone) USB-mouse for this – looking at step two, first picture – that's why. Regular BT mice work fine with Apple hardware, out of the box, AFAIK, so I assumed it'd be the same the other way around.The advantage of BlueTooth mice is that they usually have LED-based tracking so you don't have to (re)build most of the 'ball tracking' mechanics, just transplant the scrollwheel. This makes this project a lot less daunting ;·) You can buy a brand new BT mouse with a (dedicated?) micro USB 3 dongle for under € / $ 10, so I suppose it should be possible to find a used BT mouse in a recycle shop for a few euros / dollars.

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  • laptopleon commented on Peter Balch's instructable A Wheeled Steampunk Mouse1 month ago
    A Wheeled Steampunk Mouse

    You might want to check first, what the reputation of the mouse is. For example, the wireless Apple mice last quite long with a set of AA's, specially the later models. Also: Kudos for this job. It must have been quite a few hours you put in.

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  • laptopleon commented on El Rey's instructable The $1 Waterbrush / Ink Brushpen1 year ago
    The $1 Waterbrush / Ink Brushpen

    Yes, those prices are included worldwide postage… :)

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