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So I needed a new wireless mouse and bought a Lenovo from NewEgg. I figured they're a big company (Lenovo) with a reputation to uphold.
So, it arrives and I didn't put it to immediate use - but when I did I found two annoying things. One was how long it took to get a driver* (needed to download by Win7). OK - after quite a few minutes the driver was found and loaded. Turn on mouse: red led flickers on, then off. Motion sensitive? No, the damn piece of junk had, as usual, had not the least bit of QC. The on/off switch is the problem.
Even before opening it (a single screw) I observed the poor solder joint to one of the battery contacts (+). Considering what it costs, return shipping to replace with even more junk, I will eat this burn and have a very long memory of it (and will not, as with this email, hesitate to share my experience as a warning to others.
* This is my "dirty" PC - so if the driver's Chinese spyware they get nothing as I log into nothing on it.
No company has a reputation to uphold they are all just trying not to perish first in the face of a dying market and wildly stiff competition to stay afloat. This problem extends beyond the lowly mouse all the way up to the automobile and household appliances.
Coders alone will not prop up the pc marketplace and make obsolete notion of quality come back. It's gone.
I have been using MS Money for personal accounting for longer than I can remember, and I was quite sad when MS stopped it as a product.
What would have been really, really great, is that they would put the legacy code in open source so that old farts like me could go on with the updates. I wonder whether it is worth asking for it.