Mice 2, electric boogaloo

So, today’s trivia question comes about precisely because I stumbled across an old mouse that still has the internal ball to track movements. That is what you are looking at in the photo, with the slightly blurred three button mouse it came out of as a background.

But the trivia is super interesting. I can’t vouch for the veracity of this theory, but it makes a whole lot of sense. As the story goes, Minesweeper and Solitaire were added to Windows to teach users mouse skills without them realizing that is what they were doing. Solitaire built the drag and drop skills, while Minesweeper drilled left and right click and precision control. I’m sure we all know the pain of slightly missing the box we meant to click and setting off the mines!

Photo tip. If you exercise your mouse skills and right click on the picture you can choose to open the image in a new window, where you can see it full size in all its linty glory.

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