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Exterminating Mouse Problems

Techstination feature for Tuesday, May 23, 2000

How could you get angry at an innocent little mouse? Well, if it's the kind that attaches to your computer, it's pretty easy. That little ball on the underside can pick up lots of dust and dirt and before you know it, the cursor on your screen is jumping from one side to the other completely out of control. YOU WANT TO JUST... .calm down now... all it really needs is a cleaning. Unscrew the ring that holds the ball in, take it out, clean it, dry it and put it back together. Well, there is a better way. Microsoft is expanding its line of mice and trackballs using what it calls IntelliEye optical technology. That dirty little ball is gone. It uses an optical sensor to track the movement of the mouse or trackball...

"So really it's a digital camera inside there that's tracking the moves as you go across your desktop at a rate of 15 hundred frames per second."

Product manager Christine Kerr. The latest version is the IntelliMouse Optical and if you've got a southpaw in the house...

"This particular mouse is ambidextrous so it's good for right or left-handed people.

But the best part is... that glowing light on the bottom means there are no moving parts to get dirty and cause all of that frustration. You can plug it into a USB port, that's the little rectangular Universal Serial Bus port.. on a PC or Mac. Once you've got everything clicking right, click on us on the Web at Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS News.