As I write this, the world’s a pretty scary place. And I have to admit, it’s making me reconsider some of my earlier rants. I mean, were some of these things really as bad as I said, back then?
My sworn enemy: Bluetooth
I remember writing this article in 2015. Back then I was using a Dell all-in-one with a known issue with Bluetooth. The Bluetooth mouse would just sorta, stop working sometimes. Dell’s own keyboard and mouse, based on Logitech’s wireless technology, weren’t a problem, but those devices were uncomfortable to use for a long period of time. It seemed back then the best mice were Bluetooth ones, and there was the source of my annoyance.
I remember the routine of turning the mouse on and off six times a day just to be able to get something done. It sure was a pain.
Bluetooth “might have” gotten better
Actually, I doubt that it has, at least from the Bluetooth point of view. My latest computer uses a generic Bluetooth driver so at least I can continue to update it. Plus, I finally found a brand of mouse I prefer to use, one that doesn’t rely on Logitech’s wonky software or Microsoft’s baked-in weirdness.
The latest mice use Bluetooth LE so they won’t work from across the house but they will go several months on a set of batteries. That’s a plus by itself because I did realize that anything less than a perfect battery creates problems with a Bluetooth mouse.
But then again…
if you’re reading this and you’re using a Bluetooth mouse at work, you’re probably pretty glad to be working at all. I know I am. So I think we can take a few minutes and realize that there are a few things in life worse than a Bluetooth mouse that turns off a few times a day.
We’re going to get through all of this, at some point, it’s going to happen. The world is going to open up again. And, it’s going to get to a point where the only worry we have in the world is a mouse that gets on our nerves. That’s for certain. Sounds great right about now, right?