Hein (fub) wrote,

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An optical mouse can be lethal!

I bought a corded optical mouse to go with the EEEPC -- I dislike touchpads. And since the EEEPC uses the keyboard as a heatsink, the touchpad gets pretty warm too. So, a mouse it is, and since I didn't want to spend a lot for 'just' a mouse, I bought a Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse.

This comes with an instruction booklet in various languages. Just what do you have to explain about a mouse? "Plug it in and use it", one would think. Well, Microsoft manages to write eleven pages of instructions and warnings!

It starts out pleasantly enough: "Failure to take the following precautions can result in serious injury or death from electric shock or fire[...]"! Just how a USB-powered device (5V and a maximum of 500mA) could electrocute you is left unexplained... No wonder the TSA is authorised to confiscate laptops: in combination with an optical mouse from Microsoft, a terrorist could easily eletrocute everyone on board of an airplane!
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