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Little light humour for ya.........

Got this one in an email from a friend the other day

How To Replace Mouse Balls

I don't know how they wrote this with a straight face.

This was a real memo sent out by a computer company

(IBM) to its employees in all seriousness. It went to all

field engineers about a computer peripheral problem.

The author of this memo was quite genuine.

The engineers rolled on the floor!

Especially note the last couple of sentences.


Re: Replacement of Mouse Balls.

If a mouse fails to operate or should it perform

erratically, it may need a ball replacement.

Mouse balls are now available

as FRU (Field Replacement Units).

Because of the delicate nature of this

procedure, replacement of mouse balls

should only be attempted

by properly trained personnel.

Before proceeding, determine the type of

mouse balls by examining the underside of

the mouse. Domestic balls will be larger

and harder than foreign balls. Ball removal

procedures differ depending upon the

manufacturer of the mouse.

Foreign balls can be replaced using

the pop-off method. Domestic balls are

replaced by using the twist-off method.

Mouse balls are not usually static sensitive.

However, excessive handling can result in sudden

discharge. Upon completion of ball replacement,

the mouse may be used immediately.

It is recommended that each person have a pair

of spare balls for maintaining optimum customer

satisfaction. Any customer missing his balls

should contact the local personnel in

charge of removing and replacing these

necessary items. Please keep in mind that a

customer without properly

working balls is an unhappy customer.

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