How to: Clean Apple Mighty Mouse
I am a big fan of the AppleMighty Mouse. It feels right in my hand.
Unluckily the little ball attracts grime and stops working. There have been multiple posts on how to fix them.
The problem is just like any other mouse. Grease from fingers gets on the ball which attracts dust. The dust gets rolled into the mechanism clogging it up. Canned does not get this gunk out as it’s like glue. WD-40 does a bit but can damage parts inside the mouse, or the rubber of the ball itself. Plus it leaves a thin film that merely makes the problem worse. Taking the mouse completely apart tends to break them. Rubbing the mouse ball upside down against your hand merely gets out loose pieces.
The best, longest lasting method I’ve found is to use a wire twist tie. Push the mouse ball down and run one end of the wire tie along the groove. You’ll be able to physically see the gunk under the lip holding the ball in. Remove everything that you can physically see.
Step 2 is a variation on other fixes. Pour some rubbing alcohol on a lint free rag. Turn the mouse upside down and rub the ball with the rubbing alcohol. This will clean the rubber ball itself and help remove any smaller pieces of gunk that the wire tire removed. Keep doing this for longer then you think you’ll need.
Follow these steps and you should see a noticeable difference in how the mouse ball moves. It’ll be like getting a new Mighty Mouse, but cheaper.
For long term cleanliness wash your hands before using the mouse. This will help keep the build up to a minimum.
MSMAPI32.DLL is missing, corrupted or broken
Upon Launching Outlook in Windows, this error message comes up: Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. MAPI32.DLL is corrupt or the wrong version.
iTunes for Windows can give a similiar error message by the way. As can the MSN toolbar although both tend to say: The original 49 could not be located in the dynamic link library MAPI32.dll
The first problem seems to be caused by having Office 2007 installed, then retrograding back to Office 2003. Perhaps because of the costs or maybe because of compatibility issues.
Uninstalling Office 2007 does not remove or replace MSMAPI32.ddl. Instead you need to go to c:Program
FilesCommon FilesSystemMSMAPI1033MSMAPI32.DLL and delete or rename the file. Once that is done, launch Outlook . Reconfigure your mail settings and everything should be good to go.
The file may also be located in c:winntsystem32. There may be a backed up version of it that you can restore.
Do not under any circumstances download this file from the Internet, restore it from another machine or your original Windows Disks. This is most likely a virus.
Both remakes… but oh my… what awesome remakes.
Willy Wonka and the Charlie Factory. Tim Burton once again pulls an awesome movie out of his ass. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the great movies of the 70’s. It’s one of Gene Wilder’s best performances ever. Walk down the street and start singing any of the Oompa Loompa songs and you’ll have others doing the same.
At first – I loathed Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. He was condescending to the children which was annoying as hell. But… slowly I started seeing that it worked. He just didn’t know how to deal with children/family at all. Brilliant! Much closer to the book methinks, although I can’t be sure seeing as it’s been about twenty years since I read the books.
Dukes of Hazzard. Oh my god… this movie was hilarious. The best part was the guys from Super Troopers doing their little spiel from the begining of the movie was one of the funniest things ever. Lots of cussing in the movie, but well worth the money to see it in the theater. Willie Nelson as Uncle Jesse – didn’t work quite right. Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke wasn’t bad, but there are other cuter women who are better actors. Over all, lots of laughs, a little light on the action compared to the TV series, but over all I think it was quite the good movie.
The indisputable kings of German Punk, maybe even Punk music in general is a great group called Rammstein.
But they’re more then just a bunch of guys shouting as loud as they can and playing their instruments way too loud like most every body down at the Paris on Friday Nights. But musically they’re technically perfect on par with a major Symphony. They music has emotion to it. Most people are familiar with Feuer Frei from the Triple X Sound Track. But Du Hast effects one far more to the point of anger in many cases.
On the other end of the scale they have Sonne, Engel, and their newest single, Amerika all of which are (relatively) gentle ballads. Listening to the beat and the words you feel more sad then angry. Of course unless you understand German you have no clue what these guys are singing about. Which I feel is part of their charm. Many people spend hours trying to figure out what exactly is said.
Rammstein are also the kings of imagery. Sonne starts out innocently enough. The entire band is dressed up as mountain climbers. They stop at a stream, drink water and immediatly you’re thinking “what is going on?” as each member gives an almost pitying look to the lead singer. The video proceeds to them actually climbing the mountian before the lead singer falls and gets obviously hurt. The rest of the band pulls him to the top, but that night they all exchange looks and know he’s going to die. They bury him at the top of the mountain. But rewind to the first part of the video and you begin to think everyone KNOWS he went there to die.
The translated lyrics lose something of course. But the above song (lyrics at http://www.lyrics007.com/Rammstein%20Lyrics/Sonne%20(English)%20Lyrics.html ) lyrics don’t seem to have anything about death or destiny. On the surface. But like They Might Be Giants the more you listen to their music, the more meanings you start to get out of the lyrics.
All in all – this is one group I’m going to see in concert as soon as I can. Their live shows are supposed to be just awesome.
I’m finally watching this new Sci-Fi channel series. And all I can say is “WOW”
The acting is amazingly good for a crap load of unknown actors. The special effects are quite nice for a TV show. I like how they really changed the technology. The Galatica looks pretty dang cool. The new Vipers are pretty nice, although I like how they brought back the old ones as museum pieces and then had to use ’em.
I’m not sure how much I like having Starbuck and Boomer be female. They were two important characters in the orginial series. But at least they won’t have the episode where all the male Viper Pilots come down sick and they have to train shuttle pilots how to fly them.
The new Cylons look pretty cool – very deadly. Although I’m still trying to figure out if I like that female one or not. Even if she did pretty much single handedly destroy humanity. Oh – and the museum was pretty cool – played homage to the old series with the old Cylon, the old Vipers, and even at one point the old theme song playing in the background.