Re: Linux stifles innovation...

From: Michael H. Warfield (
Date: Sun Feb 18 2001 - 11:42:30 EST

On Sat, Feb 17, 2001 at 09:15:08PM -0800, Ben Ford wrote:
> >
> > On the other hand, they make excellent mice. The mouse wheel and
> > the new optical mice are truly innovative and Microsoft should be
> > commended for them.
> >
> The wheel was a nifty idea, but I've seen workstations 15 years old with
> optical mice. It wasn't MS's idea.

        I think their "innovation" was not requiring the optical cross
grid mouse pad common on Sun workstations over the years. The Microsoft
optical mouse uses variations in the surface characteristics of whatever
it's on to perform it's function. The old optical mice just used two
different colors of LED's (red and IR) and a special pad. This would
actually have to scan and track the surface below it. Don't know that
I've seen anyone do that before.

> -b


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