June 23, 2005


So, Microsoft are clearly in league with battery manufacturers. You think I’m not going to tell you why? You’re wrong.
I have a wireless optical mouse, which takes two AA batteries. A couple of weeks back, a message popped up on screen saying “Your batteries are nearly dead. Replace them.” or words to that effect.
So I went out and bought some batteries, and put them somewhere close to hand.
A little while later, the message popped up again. I was about to replace the batteries, but then figured that I might as well try to squeeze every last drop available out of them, so I wouldn’t replace them until the red light actually went out.
It’s still on.
Most annoying of all, is that periodically this low-battery warning message pops up, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to turn it off. They clearly don’t want to accept the possibility that I don’t trust their frankly rather poor battery level detection apparatus.
I think that I’m going to consider writing a strongly worded letter, but naturally not actually bother doing it, because I’m too lazy.