Sunday, 15 January 2017

History of the World in Apple Objects (1) : M0100 Macintosh Mouse

This new series is inspired by the "History of the world in 100 objects" and similar. Though will not actually explore the history of the world, instead it will look at some of the Apple items in my collection. Not just actual Macs but peripherals too. I'll be sticking to the classic era (when everything was beige or grey) before MacOSX and everything went transparent and then shiny.

Starting with the icon (ahem) that is the Apple Mouse. M0100 was the first Macintosh Mouse which shipped with the original Macintosh back in 1984. The Macintosh Mouse was actually just a modified version of the Lisa Mouse and they are interchangeable.
My M0100

The mouse is a pleasing block shape. I'm not sure how good this would be to use all day but it seems to be nice to hold. The single (of course) mouse button has a nice click to it even after all these years.

The Macintosh Mouse (like the Lisa one) uses a DE-9 connector. Then quite a standard connector for peripherals.
How do i connect this to my Macbook Pro?

Well the Apple Macintosh changed the world, or at least showed a different way in computing though it was a number of years before people were clicking icons instead of typing in commands on their personal computers. Without the Mac it may well have happened anyway but it is likely that Apple's stimulus bought about the mouse driven computer world just that little bit sooner.