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My trusty generic mouse recently beat it, and I didn't really worry about replacing it immediately. I don't need any fancy cordless action or scrolling or any of that nonsense. I just want a simple optical 3-button mouse. They've been around for ages. Its not like a product that the unix geeks of the world are comfortable with will just disappear of the face of the Earth, right? Right?


I've looked everywhere. Frys, Amazon, Froogle... nothing. As far as my amateur shopping eyes can see, they don't bloody exist. And so, here I am, pulling the last source I can think of. Do any of you know of (or have and are willing to part with), a mouse that:

  • Is optical.
  • Has a real middle button. (I don't like the fake "you can push on the scrollwheel" nonsense. My ideal mouse doesn't have one of those annoying things).
  • Is cheaper than this: http://www.contourdesign.com/pmo/

Update: Apparently, I'm not the only one who has this problem: http://www.scarydevil.com/~peter/io/mice.html
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Date:October 25th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
I smell a startup!
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Date:October 25th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
How do you use keyhole (or to a lesser extent, maps) without a scroll wheel? I mean, I use the scroll wheel in firefox a lot, but I understand how others might not, but I just can't even imagine keyhole without it. There's probably also a game or two where it has minor use, like civ 4.

I'm used to surfing the web with my finger over the scroll wheel anyway, and the only thing I use middle-click for is "open in new tab", so clicking the wheel works well for me.
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Date:October 25th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
How do you use keyhole (or to a lesser extent, maps) without a scroll wheel?

I don't use keyhole / sketch-up on the Linux machine, so I woudn't know. For maps/documents/games, I click and drag even if I have a scrollwheel (or pgup/pgdn). Grabbing and moving something is much more intuitive to my muscle memory than trying to fiddle with the wheel thing.

Also, being on essentially a stripped down debian, I'm using a lot of old school applications that rely on middle click.

(On my laptop, strangely enough, I'm perfectly happy with the touchpad. I am trying to break my click/drag habit by using touchpag scrolling, which is at least a little nicer than the wheel).
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Date:October 26th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
I'm afraid the only three-button mouse I have has a ball. (I'm pretty sure I had a spare 3-button optical, but I'm afraid it stayed behind at a previous move.)
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Date:October 27th, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
Thanks anyway :-)

(It turns out that you can get the HP one for around $20 (instead of >$100 like some sites claim), so i've got 3 on the way now!)
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