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I grabbed an arc mouse touch[^] this week to replace my old la and ptop mouse that was faded and worn. I usually love Microsoft mice and will make a point of mocking the Apple equivalents for their lack of second button and incredibly short life span.
Having purchased an apple Magic Mouse and, to my shame, loving it Above All Mice, I was really hoping that Microsoft's history of great mice would produce something wonderful. Or even magical. Unless Magical has been trademarked by apple and usurped to mean "by Apple, but not actually magical. Just thinner".
My conclusions on the arc mouse touch: don't bother.
It needs a dongle which is attached to the mouse, when travelling, magnetically. You will lose it, almost immediately you put it in a bag.
It's small - but not in a neat compact small, but in a "my fingers won't fit" small, and the buttons are levered in such a way that your fingers naturally come to rest on exactly the spot where pressing down on the buttons does nothing. You have to shift your grip forwards to click, but since the mouse slides so easily on hard surfaces, you and up moving the mouse and clicking on the wrong spot. I'm actually getting hand cramps trying to click the thing.
The "touch" part of the touch mouse comes from it eschewing a wheel in favour of a metallic area that you slide your finger over. There's feedback in the form of simulated clicks that make you feel you've spun a wheel, but the lag in the response leaves you feeling out of sync. It's also up/down only - no sideways.
My biggest issue is one of ergonomics of the arc mice: there's simply not enough to hold on to when moving and clicking so you find the mouse squirming under your hand as you try and use it.
I'm (almost) inseparable from my Logitech VX Nano.
+ It's very ergonomic for such a small device.
+ The spinnable wheel is brilliant.
+ The USB adapter is small enough to leave plugged in all the time, but if you really want to unplug it there's a proper storage compartment inside the mouse.
+ The batteries last for months of everyday use.
I have no connection with Logitech, other than being a happy user. (I also use an MX Revolution with my desktop PC - it's like the VX Nano's big brother.)
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I was never quite sure about the wheel-that's-not-a-wheel. The biggest problem for me is that to middle-click, you have to double-tap the sliding area. Since I middle-click all. the. time. in VC, browsers, and the Win 7 taskbar, I know that design change would annoy me quickly.
The touch mouse has the same slider, which is a shame because aside from that, it looks pretty neat.
I've got a 1 TB backup drive that I used to backup my laptop to before reformatting the laptops hard drive because it's gotten so slow I'm tired of it. So I used the Windows backup feature and saved that to this external hard drive. Now I can't access any files on it! It is seen in the Disk Management and it says it is Not Initialized. I've downloaded software claiming to be free (it is free until you want to use it for what you need it for) to help recover the MBR and they show the data is still there. Isn't there a way to fix an MBR on an external HDD without using this third-party software? I'm on Win XP but have access to Vista and Win7 computers.
Can I create a new MBR and still access all the data? I know creating a new partition will wipe out everything...or at least make it so I can't access it...
Or do I need to just spend the $40USD and buy software to help recover my data? I've been at this for the last 2 days and just want my data back!!
Probably there is no normal file system on it anymore (just like windows server backup erases the file system and replaces it with something specific just for backup). Your backup should still be on it though, but you can restore it with the windows tools only (you can't browse it in explorer).
Lovely. Yea I can't get Explorer to show anything and I can't just DOS prompt a "cd e:\" or whatever drive letter because it doesn't have a drive letter. I'll never use the Windows backup again. These software packages I downloaded show all the files are there. I just can't access them.
The partition table describes where on disk the partition is. MBR (master boot record) is a piece of executable code that (IIRC) lives in that same disk sector and allows you to boot from the drive. DOS (or Linux) fdisk (among other tools) will create a partition table and allow you to create partitions. Fixmbr exists to recreate the boot record, and it may recreate an empty partition table along the way if it sees you don't have one. All you need is a partition table. An MBR isn't needed, but won't hurt either. You can (in theory) recreate the partition table without altering the data in the partition.. which is what you need to do.
Perhaps use fdisk from a Linux live CD to create a new partition table and add a partition that includes the entire disk? Then perhaps use fsck in a non-destrucive mode to validate that the file system isn't corrupt and that you got the partition settings right?
Good luck.. whatever trashed the partition table may have trashed the partition data too.
Went for a job interview today after the basic question on .net Framework he asked some question on memory management. I answered the question like GC and others…Then he went on to ask “How does .net framework allocate memory” and my answer was…
If I wanted to know that I would have learned C or C++ and not C# and If I remember correctly I am here for C# interview and .NET framework does the memory management for me(Well most of the time).
You could have said "I don't give a flying ****, so long as it ain't broken", and it would have got you the job, because it's honest, and shows, in a minor way, that you are not so likely to waste time on things that don't need time spent on them.
But it's a bad idea to give someone an "I'm smarter than you!" answer, especially if you don't get their reasons for asking the question -- i.e. they probably wanted to weed out candidates who would give an "I'm smarter than you!" answer, because they're looking for a team player.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!