I saw one of these as a clearance item at MicroCenter yesterday, so I picked one up to try it out. In the tiny bit of time I’ve used it so far, the only annoyance (and a minor one at that) is turning the mouse on and off. I find it challenging to move the slider on the bottom of the mouse without clicking the mouse body a few times. I like the little trackball on the top for 360 degree scrolling (though I don’t find myself scrolling sideways much with a 24″ monitor). I haven’t played with the configuration tool much yet, but it appears to give you a wide variety of ways to customize the mouse’s behavior. We’ll see how the battery life is.
For the first time in a number of years, I had a professional do my taxes. I’d been a TurboTax Online user for the past 6 years, but got a referral from a friend and figured I’d try them out. The parking situation wasn’t ideal, and the wait to be seen was long (over 3 hours for me), but the size of the refund I got back made it worthwhile. If you don’t mind a wait (or the fact that they’re cash-only), visit Newby Tax Service at 6315 Windsor Mill Rd, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207.
Rates are $150 for single filers, $300 for businesses. The charge for e-filing is an additional $80.
I didn’t know about this C# 2.0 operator (??) until ReSharper suggested it as a replacement for a particular use of arithmetic if (?:) that I’d added to some code recently. I already prefer C# to VB.NET because of its terse syntax and stricter compiler, so this discovery tipped the scales just that much more.