Looks like this topic generated a lot more interest than I expected. And
the comments bring clearly to mind the old phrase about different strokes.
Iâ€™m not sure that I can quantify my reasons for liking the cordless desktop.
At least, not in a way that would make sense to anybody else. But the fewer
cords I have to deal with, the better I like it. Don't have to worry how to
snake them around the desk and other furniture, and track down which is
which when something goes wrong...with me under the desk...in the dark.
Heck, since I finally bought a router last year, even my new printer is
wireless! And, of course, my netbook is wireless, too.
Since you don't fuss (anymore) about my using WLM, I'll not try to sell you
on a wireless mouse. OK? ;<)
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3538.0513) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1
"Ken Blake" wrote in message
Congratulations on solving the mystery! And thanks for the feedback here.
I've used several versions of wireless desktop sets over the years. An
earlier version used a corded transceiver that had to sit on a bookcase
shelf about 5 feet from my desk. My current set (Microsoft Wireless Laser
Desktop 6000, v. 3.0) uses a 2.4 GHz transceiver that looks like a small
thumb drive and plugs into a USB 2.0 port. It does not require line of
sight, but placement can still get tricky.
When the transceiver is plugged into a USB port on the back of the
my keyboard sometimes skips - or suffers narcolepsy. Goes to sleep right
the middle of my typing a word! :>( I solved that by moving the plug to
4-port hub that I could put on my desk - but that's clumsy and unsightly
just not much fun. Now, a short (12") USB cable runs from the mainboard
port on the back of the computer case up to lie on top of the case. With
the transceiver plugged in there I seldom have problems with either the
keyboard or mouse reception.
It takes some juggling to get it all working together sometimes. But it's
better than fighting cords. ;<)
I've asked this question of others before, but I'll ask you now, since
I greatly respect your opinion (except about Windows Live Mail <vbg>):
What do you see as the advantage of a wireless keyboards and a
wireless mouse? Both of mine are wired. The keyboard sits unmoved in a
single place and I certainly don't fight the cord--I don't even see
it. I can see the mouse cord, but when I move the mouse, the cord
moves without a problem over the very small distance it needs to.
I know many people prefer either or both to be wireless, but
personally I've never seen any advantage to it. If I'm missing
something, please straighten me out.