View Full Version : Hack a Day tried to crush my server :-0

January 7th, 2012, 06:40 PM
I have a domain with a hosted server that gets fairly light traffic - a few hits an hour at best, mostly related to the PCjr or my mTCP project. Besides those pages I have some other technical content and animal pictures. Nothing big ...

So today I looked at Google Analytics and saw this:


Wow. That's a serious spike.

It turns out that somebody at Hack-a-Day linked to a page I have describing how old Mouse Systems optical mice work ...

That was it. My 15 minutes of geekdom fame has come and gone. ;-0


January 7th, 2012, 07:56 PM

Here is the link to the HaD article for those who are interested: http://hackaday.com/2012/01/07/ancient-mouse-teardown-and-repair/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+hackaday%2FLgoM+%28Hack+a+Day %29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

January 7th, 2012, 10:26 PM
Your page is dated November 24 2011. I remember looking into the exact same mouse but with an IRIS interface back in March 2009. I used this PDF file (http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.carr-engineering.com%2FMousepad150.pdf&session_token=UE6g7EbdYIDwei1FYaox6lh_vNB8MTMyNjA5 MzI0MUAxMzI2MDA2ODQx) which contains nothing but pixel noise you can achieve the exact same result if we had used your grid pattern mousepad. I also found out it worked well with laser printer transparency sheets.

January 8th, 2012, 05:34 AM
I wrote the page recently but I created the mouse pad years ago. (Recently I sold a similar mouse to somebody who was having problems getting it working, so instead of just giving him directions on how to create the pad I did the entire write-up on how it works.)

I looked at the PDF file you reference while I was writing the page but my initial thought was 'there is now way that can work'. The ancient Mouse Systems mice *always* came with a grid patterned pad, not that funky 'pixel noise' pad. My mouse has very simple horizontal and vertical movement detection mechanisms - it's basically a matter of breaking the beam of light. I decided to stick with the grid pattern rather than try that PDF out.


January 8th, 2012, 10:03 AM
kool had no idea now i want one lol