RIP Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0, 2002-2007.
Finally picked up a new mouse for the computer today, because the old one had seen better days, and needed to be put to pasture. All of those hours of Diablo, Diablo 2, Warcraft 3, and World of Warcraft had finally done him in. His left-click just wasn't what it used to be, registering single clicks as doubles, not scrolling properly, etc. In its place, I picked up a Microsoft Comfort Optical 3000, roughly the same design, lacking one button, but having a horizontal scroll.
Unfortunately its starting to look like my keyboard is about ready to go on its way also. Its still "working" fine, but I just haven't been typing as much as I used to in college, so some of the keys get stuck from lack of use. And its getting grimey...
I've been trying to revive Ericka's sister's ebayed Gateway laptop, and I'm having zero success. Her entire problem began when her laptop "mysteriously" restarted on her. When I asked what she had been doing, her reply was "I'm pretty sure I know which one of the two files I downloaded and ran from my email did it...". Great...
So somehow I crashed the harddrive when I went to format it and reload Windows, so we ordered a new hard drive. After more than a few weeks of fiddling, I've finally gotten the new harddrive all squared, with Windows XP Home installed (and it even boots into Windows XP while slaved to my desktop). So I throw the harddrive in the laptop, and get greated with a nice and wonderful "Operating System Not Detected" after it runs through the BIOS. So I delve deeper, check that the BIOS sees the harddrive, check the boot order, everything seems fine, yet still the "Operating System Not Detected". Right now, I'm basically out of options, and ready to pitch her second-hand $300 laptop to the curb.
But, there is an upside to all of this. While installing Windows XP on the new harddrive, I took some time to clean up the office. I've still got a lot of purging left to do, like all the drawers that have not been opened since...forever... And the yarn needs organizing. Arcylics need to come out of the cedar chest, non-acrylics (AKA: shit moths would possibly eat) need to go in. We've got an awful lot of CD cases that had their CDs thrown out either back in Japan, or in the last house that need to go, which would open up room for actual stuff to be put into the drawers. Statements and bills need to make it to the filling system. And after all that, maybe, just maybe, this room will look alright. And maybe that "alright-ness" will spread to the other rooms? Who knows.