Ditch the Darth Vader Mouse

Here’s a tip for you. If you are one of those people who constantly call the Excel guru over to your desk to help with a problem, ditch the Darth Vader mouse. I can’t tell you the level of annoyed I reach when I have to sit down and use a mouse designed for an alien. What is the fascination with novelty mice?

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Here’s a notice to you nerds: If your mouse looks like any one of these, don’t call me over to your desk.

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The Track Ball

I refer to this as the “Darth Vader” mouse. As soon as I see one of these I know I’m in for some really interesting conversation. Unless you have spider fingers, it takes 16 strokes of the ball to get from one end of the screen to the other.  Believe me when I say that if most of these weren’t wireless, there would be more workplace strangulations.

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The Free-handed Mouse

Does anything say “I don’t do squat at work” better than lounging back in your chair and using a free-hand mouse?  My god man, how relaxed can you be? When I see these, I know there is a Workforce Reduction list somewhere with this douche’s name on it. When I have to sit down and help one of these guys, I always feel like I’m running a slideshow presentation.

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The Mini-Me
This typically belongs to some jack-ass Mckenzie consultant who thinks it’s cool to have a travel mouse.  I call it Carpel Tunnel  To-Go.  One thirty-minutes session with this bastard really does wonders for the arthiritis.  Unless you’re an oompa-loompa with interesting stories about chocolate making, keep this thing out of my face.

MiniMouse

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The Joystick Mouse
This one is reserved for only the most tooliest of tools. Here’s some breaking news – pretending to play Atari is not going to make your crappy job any more fun. It’s definitely not going to get me to come over and fix your formulas.

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The Glamour Mouse

You typically find the glamour mouse in a cubicle full of Beanie-Babies and plants. This mouse typically belongs to the matriarch who’s been with the company for years, but still seems to get confused by technology. They often say things like “I really should invest more time learning the computer.”

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The Booby-Mouse

I removed the booby-mouse because it was a bit too creepy.

14 thoughts on “Ditch the Darth Vader Mouse

  1. jim cone

    Hi,
    Have you tried one of the new wireless optical versions that are claimed to work on glass table tops?
    Have you got an opinion/recommendation on them?

  2. Arlyn

    I have to agree on the joy-stick and the track balls. Can’t stand either of them. Then there is the “ergonomically shaped” ones. Even if you can get past the creepy “why does if feeling like I am fondling something” feeling and actually start using it, your hand starts locking up after a few minutes.

    Give me a traditional optical mouse any day.

  3. Mathias

    I have been using a “Darth Vader” mouse for a while now and I love it. Never had shoulder or wrist problems ever again. And because you don’t need a surface to slide them on, you can use your mouse anywhere. That being said, Jon’s point is valid – they are not ambidextrous, which is too bad, because switching is one of the best ways to avoid repetitive stress problems… and I also always have a classic mouse available for the occasional guest!

  4. Marc

    I work with DataPig. It gives me immense satisfaction to know how annoyed he is by my Darth Vader mouse! In fact, I’ll start asking for help even more now that I understand the full depth of his irritation.

  5. The.Q

    jeff weir said: “hard to explain without the use of graphs.”

    Is that what you meant, datapig, when you said “As soon as I see one of these I know I’m in for some really interesting conversation.”

    Also, as a lefty, I must agree with Jon Peltier, those ergonomic mouses/mice suck, they’re not ergonomic for me.

  6. Joey

    Once you track, you’ll never go back! I was forced to go to the dark side after hurting my shoulder in a previous job. When you’re used to a trackball, they’re just amazing and I find them way better than any other mouse I’ve used in the past (and that includes for FPS gaming). There’s this little thing called mouse sensitivity that you can adjust for that 16 strokes problem 😉 there are also still some Logitech trackballs that are the old style where they’re ambidextrous so you can still swap mousing hands.

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