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Microsoft Arc Mouse Review

I chose my Microsoft Arc Mouse red.  Red represents vigor, strength and for Chinese, good fortune.  When I looked at it initially, it was the shape of the mouse that captivated my eyes.  If you look from the top, the Arc Mouse looks like a mantis shrimp or a small lobster.

Microsoft Arc Mouse

After a quick unwrapping of the mouse, I got it to work on my laptop.  Here’s what I like about it:

  1. It’s lightweight
  2. Comes with 2 ‘AAA’ batteries and a nice velvet pouch
  3. Saves battery by folding the ‘tail’ to deactivate the mouse
  4. Small transceiver that is not obstructive when plugged into USB port
  5. Transceiver is magnetically attached to the bottom of the mouse when not in use
  6. Mouse is workable at distancesof 20 feet (yes, I tried this and Microsoft claims up to 30 feet)
  7. Sensitive and works better than optical mouse

Having used this mouse for a 2 weeks period, I dislike the fact that the below the arc, it is empty space.  My 4th and 5th (ring and pinky) fingers have no support at the ‘sides’ of the mouse; a feeling that I am accustomed after years of using ‘normal’ mice. Other than this minor discomfort, I do not have any dislikes for this mouse.


Enhancing Office Workstations Using CPU Dollys

I am currently in the midst of a project where a brand new office is being setup in Jakarta. The office is situated right smack in the middle of Jakarta’s Central Business District; also where traffic is the heaviest (based on my experience).

Though my scope of work is quite limited to information technology consultancy, I was drawn to their interior designer’s proposed office layout perspective. Call me curious or call me a busybody but one thing stood out like a sore thumb — the computers are to be placed on top of the workstation desks right next to the LCD monitors.

I tried minding my own business but eventually, I had to inform the owner that a simple device like the CPU dolly can easily help enhance the overall office aesthetics especially when the office is located in the CBD and corporate image is important. I’m glad that my client was open to such comments and immediately got her interior designers to include the cheap apparatus into their designs.

A little investment goes a long way.


The Dawn of Robots

Electrolux TriolitOne of the common things that humans hate to do besides bungy-jumping is housework. The thought of cleaning the house will simply cause the average Joe to looks for even the darnest excuse to avoid it. It is because of this that the people behind Elextrolux vacuum cleaners invented the Tribolit.

The idea behind the invention is not only to relieve your home chores but also to free up your time for more quality time. Comparing the Trobolit to the traditional Elextrolux vacuum cleaners, this invention is both revolutionary and evolutionary.  The dawn of robotics have arrived for mankind but the price tag is something that the average Joe can ill-afford.

As in any market, competition is good; for the consumers that is. More companies are coming up with their version of robotic vacuum cleaners; examples being the iRobot, KoolVac and RoboMaid. With more players in the market, it certainly will push prices down for robotic vacuum cleaners.

Don’t be fooled by some manufacturers that claim that their robots will be able to suck dirt off your floor.  Unlike the makers of Elextrolux vacuum cleaners, where the Tribolit is able to scan your floor space and remember the areas that have not been cleaned.  It can also charge itself if its battery runs low.  Some manufacturers so-called robotic vacuum cleaners merely bumps itself of walls and swirls around like a toy.
Robotics vacuum cleaner is certainly a must-have for families where both the spouses work or if you own a large home. I believe that in the near future, more robots will be introduced into our homes so that we can lead quality lives.


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