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late evening ramblings....

Anyone trackball users around?  

I've used a Kensington Orbit for years, but it's giving up the ghost.  I have literally worn out the underside of the plastic on the left click button so it's got a habit of getting stuck down.

I decided to treat myself and upgrade the ball size, and a few people suggested the elecom HUGE, so I thought I'd give it a try.  So far I've had it for a few days, and I'm still having trouble getting used to working the scroll wheel with my thumb.   I'm missing the ring around the ball the Orbit had.

  Also, I can't seem to manage to download the software I need to customize the extra buttons, the website keeps going down.....

However, I'm loving the tactile feel of the 52 mm ball

Trying to talk myself into sending it back and paying the extra $25 for a Kensington Expert.......  Wondering if anyone has any experience with it

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2 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

Looking over randomness, I am sort of surprised there isn’t a perpetual ”what I was painting today” thread...

 

I for one would definitely contribute to such a thread, hobby butterfly that I am.

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27 minutes ago, Cygnwulf said:

late evening ramblings....

Anyone trackball users around?  

I've used a Kensington Orbit for years, but it's giving up the ghost.  I have literally worn out the underside of the plastic on the left click button so it's got a habit of getting stuck down.

I decided to treat myself and upgrade the ball size, and a few people suggested the elecom HUGE, so I thought I'd give it a try.  So far I've had it for a few days, and I'm still having trouble getting used to working the scroll wheel with my thumb.   I'm missing the ring around the ball the Orbit had.

  Also, I can't seem to manage to download the software I need to customize the extra buttons, the website keeps going down.....

However, I'm loving the tactile feel of the 52 mm ball

Trying to talk myself into sending it back and paying the extra $25 for a Kensington Expert.......  Wondering if anyone has any experience with it

I'm currently using a Logitec, can't remember what model it is and the area under my palm is worn down to the base plastic so, no help there.

The larger size ball intrigues me, if I could get a Missile Command size ball in a desktop package I think that would be just peachy keen. [Yes, I know I'm dating myself but, read the bit above my avatar.]

I've been looking at the one you just bought as my next possible pointing device to try.  The Kensington, while a quality product, has just never generated any excitement for me.

If you do like the Kensington you might try a rehab by building up the worn down bit with either a 3-d pen or some J-B Weld from the hardware store.  If you've never used J-B Weld it's a metal containing two part epoxy that is easy to cut or file to a desired shape but has reasonable wearing qualities when used in an environment where it is replacing a worn down plastic part.

GEM

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On 1/7/2020 at 3:45 PM, Citrine said:

Local hospital managed to drain me of one unit (0.5 L) of blood.   The guy that did it was a real pro, got it on the first try.  Just letting the dizziness fade, before I go home and eat. 

Got my second unit drained today,  same guy,  he got it on the first try thud time as well.   Now I need to wait 2 months, then check my iron levels again to see I'd more draining is needed.   Felt a bit more dizzy this time,  took about 20 minutes to feel normal, instead of 10.  But yay, success!!!

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22 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

I'm currently using a Logitec, can't remember what model it is and the area under my palm is worn down to the base plastic so, no help there.

The larger size ball intrigues me, if I could get a Missile Command size ball in a desktop package I think that would be just peachy keen. [Yes, I know I'm dating myself but, read the bit above my avatar.]

Fortunately, I've played a fair bit of missile command. This is close to that, but not quite as big as I remember.

 

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I've been looking at the one you just bought as my next possible pointing device to try.  The Kensington, while a quality product, has just never generated any excitement for me.

If you do like the Kensington you might try a rehab by building up the worn down bit with either a 3-d pen or some J-B Weld from the hardware store.  If you've never used J-B Weld it's a metal containing two part epoxy that is easy to cut or file to a desired shape but has reasonable wearing qualities when used in an environment where it is replacing a worn down plastic part.

GEM

I did something similar once before with a bit of brass and some 5 minute epoxy, it held up for the better part of a year, and I could probably do it again, I suppose.

Think i'm pretty much decided on sending this one back, I've been spending an extended time on this tonight and the motion to work the scroll wheel just isn't being kind to my thumb, so it's at least going back 

14 minutes ago, Citrine said:

Got my second unit drained today,  same guy,  he got it on the first try thud time as well.   Now I need to wait 2 months, then check my iron levels again to see I'd more draining is needed.   Felt a bit more dizzy this time,  took about 20 minutes to feel normal, instead of 10.  But yay, success!!!

A good phlebotomist is worth their weight in gold.  My MIL has to get regular bloodwork and infusions done and doesn't have the best veins, she's had times before where she had to go home and try again in a few days because they couldn't get a good stick.  She finally gave up about a year ago and got her doctor to agree to put in a portacath in and has had a much better time of it.

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5 minutes ago, Cygnwulf said:

Fortunately, I've played a fair bit of missile command. This is close to that, but not quite as big as I remember.

 

I did something similar once before with a bit of brass and some 5 minute epoxy, it held up for the better part of a year, and I could probably do it again, I suppose.

Think i'm pretty much decided on sending this one back, I've been spending an extended time on this tonight and the motion to work the scroll wheel just isn't being kind to my thumb, so it's at least going back 

There was a time I could have just wandered out to the workshop and stuck a caliper on one.  Those were the days my friends, I was in the coin-op business and business was good.  Not any more.

Taking my handy dandy desk caliper I'm estimating 65mm for the ball.  The one you are using is probably more like Centipede size,  about the same size as a pool ball, 2.25 inches [57.2mm], which is still good.

GEM

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I currently use a HUGE trackball; I like it.

I'm also the only one in my group who uses a gaming trackball... ^^;

 

My only gripe is that some of the buttons are in odd places and it's difficult to click them quickly while working the ball. This might not be an issue for someone who can work the ball with their middle and ring fingers, but my hand doesn't have quite that much spread. 

 

And that, ladles and jellyspoons, is probably why most people use gaming /mice/, rather than trackballs. <.<

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2 hours ago, Kuroneko said:
4 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

Looking over randomness, I am sort of surprised there isn’t a perpetual ”what I was painting today” thread...

 

I for one would definitely contribute to such a thread, hobby butterfly that I am.

 

That sounds kool. But it sorta defies the suggested practice of individual Work-In-Progress threads....? Maybe if there were no pictures. IDK.

 

There is this thread: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/89679-2019-is-dead-long-live-2020jan-hobbly-goals/

That could maybe be ^ pressed into service.

 

 

2 hours ago, Cygnwulf said:

late evening ramblings....

Anyone trackball users around?  

I've used a Kensington Orbit for years, but it's giving up the ghost.  I have literally worn out the underside of the plastic on the left click button so it's got a habit of getting stuck down.

I decided to treat myself and upgrade the ball size, and a few people suggested the elecom HUGE, so I thought I'd give it a try.  So far I've had it for a few days, and I'm still having trouble getting used to working the scroll wheel with my thumb.   I'm missing the ring around the ball the Orbit had.

  Also, I can't seem to manage to download the software I need to customize the extra buttons, the website keeps going down.....

However, I'm loving the tactile feel of the 52 mm ball

Trying to talk myself into sending it back and paying the extra $25 for a Kensington Expert.......  Wondering if anyone has any experience with it

 

I once had a couple of Logitech trackball mice. The thumb operated the sphere.

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13 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:

Congratulations!!  Glad you survived.

 

Now finish work so you can celebrate!

 

Thanks.

More steps are needed before I will truly celebrate.

  • Passing the Sales Contract with the Notary for the house we buy.
  • Having our buyer get her mortgage approved.
  • Passing the Sales Contract with the Notary for the house we sell.
  • Move
  • Having all the necessary insurances and stuff in place.

 

So far so good..

I will be very happy when all this is behind us and we can finally move in.

Having sold our house ( when officially transferred) will mean our mortgage will go down immediately by € 100 a month for the next 20 years!

We will use the profit to get that down.

 

I still have a cold, and it's getting worse.

Took painkillers against the headache, It's actually a comfortable 21 C here in the office, but I feel like it's below zero.

Stupid virus.

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Kuroneko said:
8 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

Looking over randomness, I am sort of surprised there isn’t a perpetual ”what I was painting today” thread...

 

I for one would definitely contribute to such a thread, hobby butterfly that I am.

 

It would have to be picture-less I think, which I feel would kinda render it pointless.

 

(The old ongoing painting threads people had in the WIP section were killed off because it became too hard for the Mods to monitor them for nudity and stuff.)

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4 hours ago, TGP said:

 

That sounds kool. But it sorta defies the suggested practice of individual Work-In-Progress threads....? Maybe if there were no pictures. IDK.

 

There is this thread: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/89679-2019-is-dead-long-live-2020jan-hobbly-goals/

That could maybe be ^ pressed into service.

 

 

9 minutes ago, aku-chan said:

 

It would have to be picture-less I think, which I feel would kinda render it pointless.

 

(The old ongoing painting threads people had in the WIP section were killed off because it became too hard for the Mods to monitor them for nudity and stuff.)


I’ll have to go back and reread the WIP guidance info.  Unlike the usual, though, I wasn’t expecting it to be a call for help, and it wouldn’t necessarily be show off since things might not usually be completed.

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8 hours ago, Kuroneko said:

 

All, in all, a successful trip :winkthumbs:

 

Glad to hear it!

 

1 hour ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

Thanks.

More steps are needed before I will truly celebrate.

  • Passing the Sales Contract with the Notary for the house we buy.
  • Having our buyer get her mortgage approved.
  • Passing the Sales Contract with the Notary for the house we sell.
  • Move
  • Having all the necessary insurances and stuff in place.

 

So far so good..

I will be very happy when all this is behind us and we can finally move in.

Having sold our house ( when officially transferred) will mean our mortgage will go down immediately by € 100 a month for the next 20 years!

We will use the profit to get that down.

 

I still have a cold, and it's getting worse.

Took painkillers against the headache, It's actually a comfortable 21 C here in the office, but I feel like it's below zero.

Stupid virus.

 

 

 

Liked for the good stuff.

I hope you get over the cold soon!

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Thing I learned today :

 

Griffonage: a careless scrawl or illegible handwriting.

 

I feel compelled to work this into every day conversation.  Wonder if I have a prescription to fill sometime soon.

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