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Friday, June 29, 2007

Clean Mighty Mouse's Scroll Ball

I love mighty mouse for the fact that it's simplistically beautiful and highly functional. But i guess there's no such thing as perfect. The drawback of mighty mouse is the scroll ball traps dirt and grease easily and after sometime it doesn't work at all when you scroll downward. I was trying to clean the dirt and stuff that was trapped inside the mouse by following official instruction from Apple but it didn't work at all. I've googled and found out that many people have the same problem. Some said the official instruction worked, some took a step further by applying alcohol to the ball, and other went to the extreme by disassembling it. Well, I've tried them all except the last option. I left it unused for months now and thought well I don't do anything about it I won't be able to use it anyways so I rather get it fixed or chuck it in the bin. I was in dilemma because if I was to take it apart then it had to break it because it has a ring that keep top part and second part of the mouse together and Apple attaches the ring to the mouse by gluing. If it used clips or things like that I would have done it ages ago. Yeah, finally it disassembled it and found out there were big chunks of dirt and lint on the wheels driven by the scroll ball and I was amazed by the simplicity of the design and yet it works like magic. But i had to glued them back together and it is the worst thing :( Ok, I have a question. Why don't they use clips (I wouldn't want screws though) instead of glue? Or do they encourage us to buy a new one every now and then?

The top part, the bottom part and the ring

The scroll ball compartment (there are 4 other wheels in it)

The wheels attached the compartment

The wheels driven by the scroll ball

Put them back after cleaning

It works now :)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Baby Snail

I just picked this lil' guy (see another photo with my fingers so you can tell how small it is) from downstairs for a photo shoot.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Starry Starry Night

I was fixing my pc and suddenly the electricity was out. I thought I must have done something wrong with the power plug but then I looked out the window everywhere is so dark. The electricity was cut off again (by again I mean this is not the first time. ) but i don't know it was just this area (northcote) or the whole North Shore city. Then I walked out of the apartment and looked up the sky and I could see the stars so clearly. So I thought it would be a good time to shoot the sky hehe. Well, I did. I swapped my camera lens to 50mm 1.8f because of all my lenses this one is the fastest one (means can take more light thus works well in low light condition), set the shutter speed to 30 sec, put the camera to self-timer mode and put the camera face up on the bench (I can't afford a tripod yet). It didn't turn out nice after all :(

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Green On Red

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Monday, June 18, 2007


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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Daily Word On Desktop

Mac + GeekTool + www.urbandictionary.com + ruby
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Friday, June 01, 2007

Sparkling Earrings

This another photo taken with my studio.
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