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Mouse Jiggling

By ITgirli ·
I'm sure most of us have done it once or twice in our lives, or if you are like me, many times a day. We sit there staring at our screen, waiting for whatever it is to download, install, open, close, or just perform some sort of action. It's either taking too long or it looks like it hangs and we reach out and give the mouse a little jiggle.
I've always been an avid mouse jiggler and I know many other mouse jigglers in the IT world; however, when I went back to school for a more in depth look at IT, the instructors swore that mouse jiggling did nothing. It seems to do something for me, even if to just get a little frustration out in a jiggle.
What I want to know is where the TR members stand on the facts and myths of mouse jiggling. Do you jiggle, or do you not?

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equitable stuff

by jck In reply to I'm Old-School

Wouldn't seemingly broken flipping the toggles on the old vacuum models be equivalent to the modern mouse jiggle to making things go faster?? readers...the stuff of childhood memories :)

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Card readers

by M_a_r_k In reply to equitable stuff

Yeah that brings back memories. Mostly bad memories. It was **** if you had a 12-inch thick stack of punch cards sequentially and neatly and carefully arranged in a box and you dropped the box on the way to the card reader. Took a monumental effort to put Humpty-Dumpty back together without your IF statements turning into infinite loops and your function calls diving deep into the OS and crashing the whole damn mainframe.

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I cheated

by Jaqui In reply to Card readers

just in case of accidents.
I sequentially numbered the cards on the top left corner of the backs.

after the first time I dropped a stack of 2500 cards on my way to get them read into the system.

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Numbered cards

by M_a_r_k In reply to I cheated

I couldn't number my cards b/c my code was wrought with bugs and unintentional trojan horses. So I'd always have to insert or delete many, many cards (lines nowadays; thank goodness for text editors). My friends and I used to watch the computer whizzes haul their boxes of punch cards to the reader, and we'd hope and pray that just once one of them would drop the box and cover the floor with their cards.

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by Jaqui In reply to I cheated

that's what that bottle of oil under the card reader was for.
did you think it was to oil the mechanism inside the reader?
no it was to create slippery spots to get the whizzes to fall on thier a$$es just like the rest of us. :)

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by ozi Eagle In reply to I cheated

Just ruled a diagonal line across the edges of a stack of cards. Out of sequence ones stood out like the proverbial.

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I numbered the backs and

by Surflover In reply to I cheated

used a decimal system for inserts... when we got a newer punch (I forget the model), it had a function which would re-punch the deck (it had a reader attached), and number the new deck at the same time... saved lot of tedious re numbering by hand, but killed a lot of trees...

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Many years ago,

by maecuff In reply to I'm Old-School

I worked for a company that did their data entry on DEC writers (green bar paper instead of a monitor. And when we converted our software, we took the old DEC writers and demolished them with hammers. It was satisfying.

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Ah, memories....

by cp7212 In reply to I'm Old-School

When I was in seventh-grade, our school had a terminal that connected to the mainframe across town. It printed on that recycled-mash paper that cost about .50 a roll. We didn't have the punch cards to save things, we had the paper tape and a lot of thick rubber bands. God help you if you tore one edge of that tape, never mind that the edge was about two millimeters thick.

Back then I thought that was the greatest thing since sliced bread....having a "computer" to play with. lol

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I don't jiggle

by M_a_r_k In reply to Mouse Jiggling

I move the mouse around but I don't jiggle. If I started to jiggle, that would be a good indication to me that I am in dire need of more exercise and less food. However, it is good when women jiggle. As long as they jiggle in the right places. I have never seen a mouse jiggle. I have only seen them sitting plaintively in a corner staring at me with their beady little eyes.

Now, as for your comment about your instructors swearing that mouse jiggling doesn't do anything. First of all, it is not polite to swear. Damn, I hate impolite people. Second of all, are you referring to trying to make the puter finish what's it's chomping on faster by jiggling your mouse? Nope that won't do anything to get things moving faster or unlock a locked program. Totally separate line of processing in the computer. (I hope this post doesn't qualify as an IT-related thread for me. I need to keep my streak of 240+ non-IT posts going).

BTW, yes I do jiggle the mouse while waiting for something such as a download or program to start.

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