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What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:58 am

I have 2 mouses and I hate them both. One is a Microsoft Comfort Mouse 4500. I hate it because it has a button on the right side of the mouse that that you can use it like a back button. It is in a bad spot because my finger keeps hitting it.

The other mouse I have is a Mirosoft Comfort Mouse 6000. It's a ok mouse, the only thing I don't like about it is the scroll wheel. It has a Detent scroll wheel (I like the free scrolling kind). And the scroll wheel has a 2 second delay.

What kind of mouse do you guys use? I am thinking of getting a third mouse, what would you reccomend?
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:28 am

Hi!

On this computer I use a (very) old Microsoft white rollerball mouse. Works just fine except you have to clean the rollers inside every now and then. I also use a CRT monitor!

I don't think you can buy rollerball mice anymore but if I was to go for a new one I would go probably for a Microsoft basic optical one. With mice I think simpler is better (and cheaper). The more complicated they get the more of a headache they become.

Good luck with your purchase.

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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:40 am

After quite a number of mice through the years I've switched to an Apple Magic Trackpad which is effectively an even larger version of the trackpads in the MacBooks and I'm happier with that one than with any of the mice before.

http://images.apple.com/magictrackpad/images/hero_1_20100727.png

For me it's basically the equivalent of a mouse with 8 buttons (as currently configured), plus two scroll wheels, minus the wrist strain (among other reasons because it is much flatter than any of the mice and it never needs to be picked up and moved while using it).

(I use BetterTouchTool for custom gesture support beyond the standard ones.)
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:08 am

I changed to using a trackball (Logitech, iirc), because I was getting a lot of wrist pain from traditional mouse use. Fixed me right up.
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:36 am

Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500. Love it. My mouse at work has that nasty back button. I hate it.
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:02 am

Logitech G500 gaming mouse. Can adjust weight of the mouse and also adjust sensitivity on the fly.
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:57 am

Logitech trackball

The only problems I have with them are the need to regularly remove the ball and clean the contacts, and the need to nail them down to stop the staff taking them for a walk. All the users here agree that a trackball mouse is far easier to use and far more accurate than a convential type.
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:03 am

I still use a Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 4.0 (wired) and wouldn't want to use any other. I've always liked the shape since it fits my hand well.
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:01 am

I've still got a Logitech MX Laser 1000 sitting around, for very occasional use with my old desktop PC. Back in early 2009, when I got an Apple laptop with a multi-touch trackpad, I thought that I was going to miss that mouse - but I never have, not for a single day.
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:13 pm

I use a trackpoint on my laptop (can't stand pads). On my desktop I use a Razer krait gaming mouse, not that I'm such a gamer, but I like it. I've got gel thingies for my wrists, but in practice I often use the mouse on my lap, that Razer can work on any surface without trouble. It's a gaming mouse but it has only two (large) buttons and the wheel, so no trouble with side buttons.
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:44 pm

Quoting sccutler (Reply 3):
I changed to using a trackball (Logitech, iirc), because I was getting a lot of wrist pain from traditional mouse use. Fixed me right up.
Quoting Acheron (Reply 5):
Logitech trackball

I too use a Logitech Trackball. The Logitech Cordless Optical TrackMan. Nine function buttons that make my life immensely easier.



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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:47 pm

I use, and have used for seven years already, the Logitech MX510



I use the “back”-button for the ’all windows‘-function; the front scroll button for the ’show desktop‘-function; the scroll wheel click for the ’dashboard‘-function; and the rearmost button on top for the ’activate spaces‘-function. It is a neat addition to the usual keyboard shortcuts I use – I still might purchase the Apple Magic Trackpad which Klaus has, because it might “help” me get rid of my biceps cramps I occasionally have got.
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:26 pm

Quoting Aesma (Reply 9):
I use a trackpoint on my laptop (can't stand pads).

That depends primarily on the quality of the trackpad in my experience. I've come to prefer it even on the desktop (see above, also see Aloges' post), but it's a far better implementation than I've seen on any PC notebook so far, both in hardware and software.
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:45 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 12):
I've come to prefer it even on the desktop (see above, also see Aloges' post), but it's a far better implementation than I've seen on any PC notebook so far, both in hardware and software.

Klaus, if you take a look at how I use my Logitech-Mäuschen, then you probably know what I “need” from a mouse – would the trackpad fulfil my needs?   

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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:52 pm

Quoting aero145 (Reply 13):
Klaus, if you take a look at how I use my Logitech-Mäuschen, then you probably know what I “need” from a mouse – would the trackpad fulfil my needs?

Depends on what you need it for, of course.

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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:41 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 14):
Depends on what you need it for, of course.

Aldää, I wrote it here above already!   Here you go: Spaces, show all windows, show desktop, dashboard.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 14):
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:47 pm

Quoting aero145 (Reply 15):
ldää, I wrote it here above already!   Here you go: Spaces, show all windows, show desktop, dashboard.

It should handle all of those.
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:56 pm

Quoting aero145 (Reply 15):
Aldää, I wrote it here above already!   Here you go: Spaces, show all windows, show desktop, dashboard.

Even the standard control panel provides those already.

And you can have more with additional tools (such as tip-tap gestures and more in all kinds of combinations).

The pad effectively has more "buttons" than any mouse I've ever had, even though I don't actually use its actual, physical button (I use tap-to-click instead).

That's one of the things I like about it. Mice never had enough buttons for me (and some are still awkward to use), but with the trackpad I simply define more if I want them.  
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:05 pm

I use the Apple Magic Mouse and love it . Never have any issues with it at all.

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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:03 pm

How long do batteries on a cordless mouse last? I never thought of getting a cordless mouse because I always thought the batteries wouldn't last long and I would have to keep re charging them or getting new ones.
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:07 pm

Quoting dragon-wings (Reply 19):
How long do batteries on a cordless mouse last? I never thought of getting a cordless mouse because I always thought the batteries wouldn't last long and I would have to keep re charging them or getting new ones.

They last me about 3 to 4 months easily with daily use at work (i.e. using it all the time). It uses two AA's.

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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:51 pm

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 7):
I still use a Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 4.0 (wired) and wouldn't want to use any other. I've always liked the shape since it fits my hand well.

Me too. Simple and brilliant. In fact mine might even be an Intellimouse 3!
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:04 am

On my desktop, I use the Razer Naga Epic. I bought it for gaming, but the buttons are also very handy for browsing as well. (Opening links in a new tab, scrolling through tabs, closing a tab, back, forward, scroll to top of page, etc.)



On my laptop, I either use the built in trackpad, or the Microsoft Arc Touch. It's not the best mouse for ergonomics, but it has a very convenient form factor.

 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:42 am

I use a Logitech M515 for my laptop and a Logitech G1 for my desktop. I got the M515 for a great deal- Staples was selling it at $14.50 plus tax=$16.38, which retails for over $40~50. I got the G1 as a bulk version, so I paid about $15 for it. I've had it for about three years, and there haven't been any problems. As for the M515, the speed-scrolling function is awesome!
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:36 am

At home, I have the Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 3000 - sounds like an older one than the two you have, but it has neither of your two problems and I like it.

At work I have had a Dynex, then Logitech wireless mouse, but both are crap with buttons going and the batteries (2x AAA) lasting little time. In fact, my current one the buttons dont work so I use the mouse to move around then the buttons on my laptop to click... I need to get to Best Buy !
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:27 am

I still use the Microsoft Intellimouse Trackball Explorer (USB) on my Windows machine -- I like the soft touch buttons and general feel/ergonomics and then either a Logitech Marble Mouse (Trackball/USB) or Logitech TrackMan Wheel (Trackball/USB) on my Linux and other machines. Same quality ergonomics and good button feel.

The Apple Magic Trackpad works extremely well with my Macs.

The Trackball pointers are extremely precise, and I almost prefer them to the Apple tablet/pad -- I remember using the old WACOM mechical Pen/Light-Pen and Touch tablets for CAD on SUN and SGI Workstations, way back when, for minute detail-pixel level work.

All in all, I prefer the trackball type pointing devices to traditional mice any day. I guess that it is just personal preference, but in my many decades of experience with mice, I have found that if you take the time to adjust the acceleration thresholds, etc. etc. just right, trackball devices are a lot more accurate than mice and even some tablets, when it comes to doing (some) pixel-level work.

Oh yes, for games (well, the only "games" that I play are Flight Simulators), but nothing beats the Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback with gyroscopic motion-sensing controls (the vibratiors even jolt the stick when stalling, flying through turbulence, etc.)., and also the Microsoft SideWinder Dual Strike.

Hope that this helps.

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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:01 pm

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 16):
It should handle all of those.

Cool!

Quoting Klaus (Reply 17):
Even the standard control panel provides those already.

I dislike using Fn+F11 and the two other buttons (located inside F3 and F4) to activate my preferences, because it means I cannot use the mouse.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 17):
I use tap-to-click

And I thought that that was the only way to click – one of the reasons I kinda don’t want the trackpad. But with a physical click button it might be more interesting! I had bad experiences with the automatic click because it often was activated despite my not wanting it. A physical click button eliminates that but......a relative’s MacBook gave me wrist ache because of its physical click button.

I guess I have to visit Gravis to decide for myself.   I simply must know the device completely before wasting/giving out 70€ for something I might despise.
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:37 pm

Quoting aero145 (Reply 26):
Quoting Klaus (Reply 17):
Even the standard control panel provides those already.

I dislike using Fn+F11 and the two other buttons (located inside F3 and F4) to activate my preferences, because it means I cannot use the mouse.

I must say I don't understand what kind of problem you're having.

Quoting aero145 (Reply 26):
Quoting Klaus (Reply 17):
I use tap-to-click

And I thought that that was the only way to click – one of the reasons I kinda don’t want the trackpad. But with a physical click button it might be more interesting!

Its front feet are actually physical buttons which register a click when you depress the upper surface.

Quoting aero145 (Reply 26):
I had bad experiences with the automatic click because it often was activated despite my not wanting it. A physical click button eliminates that but......a relative’s MacBook gave me wrist ache because of its physical click button.

Tap-to-click is of course relatively sensitive. I was reluctant to use it at first, but I've come to prefer it after a while. The good thing is that it's your own choice.

Quoting aero145 (Reply 26):
I guess I have to visit Gravis to decide for myself.   I simply must know the device completely before wasting/giving out 70€ for something I might despise.

That's certainly a good idea for haptic user interface device.
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:23 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 27):
I must say I don't understand what kind of problem you're having.

Well, these shortcuts are available in the mouse thus I don’t need to use the keyboard for them. Of course they’re not life-saving, but definitely nice to have.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 27):
Its front feet are actually physical buttons which register a click when you depress the upper surface.

If it’s not as stiff as in the MacBook, I might start to like it.  
Quoting Klaus (Reply 27):
I was reluctant to use it at first, but I've come to prefer it after a while. The good thing is that it's your own choice.

So we share the reluctance, but maybe I’ll like it, too.

...

Nachricht angekommen?
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:33 pm

Quoting aero145 (Reply 28):
Well, these shortcuts are available in the mouse thus I don’t need to use the keyboard for them. Of course they’re not life-saving, but definitely nice to have.

That's where BetterTouchTool comes in: You can assign customized keyboard shortcuts to touchpad gestures with it (among many other things) – including the function keys and their system control functions.

Quoting aero145 (Reply 28):
Nachricht angekommen?

Yep. I may take a bit for the response, however.

[Edited 2012-07-12 13:41:11]
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:49 pm

Mine is;



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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:57 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 29):
That's where BetterTouchTool comes in: You can assign customized keyboard shortcuts to touchpad gestures with it (among many other things) – including the function keys and their system control functions.

I have only one word: AWESOME! That might be the turning point…that is, my definitely wanting to purchase the trackpad.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 29):
Yep. I may take a bit for the response, however.

If you won’t take nine months for it like I did, no problem whatsoever! 
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:11 pm

Quoting aero145 (Reply 31):
If you won’t take nine months for it like I did, no problem whatsoever!

The gestation period for my responses is usually a bit below that…   
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:46 pm

Quoting Acheron (Reply 5):
Logitech G500 gaming mouse. Can adjust weight of the mouse and also adjust sensitivity on the fly.

Same here. I'm pretty loyal to Logitech because I love Setpoint, the software that controls their mice. My mouse takes a beating too, yet never have any problems with it.
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:24 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 32):
The gestation period for my responses is usually a bit below that…

   a good one 
 
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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:43 am

It's funny that you asked that question just today ! As Klaus is aware, I bought a new iMac 2 or 3 months ago, (which has a blue tooth mouse and a blue tooth keyboard ). Due to the press of being very busy with other endeavors, the new iMac has remained in the box, un-opened, until today; finally, just this afternoon I got around to opening the box, removing all of the protective plastic film from the display, and got the thing up and running.............sort of; as I had just recently bought a new Mac keyboard, (with a USB cable to the computer), and as the mouse I have been using for the last 8 or 9 months was already laying there by the keyboard, (and as I hate having to changing batteries every week (or two) on blue-tooth keyboards and mice, I'm still using the old mouse, a Logitec M-100, (which cost all of about $8.95 at Wal-Mart; the "advantage" of this mouse is............it was cheap, it works great, and the little scroll wheel doesn't have any "delay"...........plus. I just like it ! Not to mention, it was just "there"............so I'm using it.

Klaus..........if you happen to read this...........you were right, the 27 inch display is very nice, but there are sure a lot of things about this new iMac I have yet to "figure out".............such as...........how to start the damned thing up ! (It has no power button ) ! ( I haven't tried to shut it down yet, so no doubt I'll just have to pull the plug to get it to power down ?)

Also, inasmuch as I have yet to "get around" to installing the two 4 GB RAM modules I bought several months ago, it still has only 4 GB of memory right now; (and that just reminded me); is it necessary to use an anti-static bracelet to plug in the RAM modules ? If so, I'm unable to find the one I bought a year ago. I'm thinking that shortly I'll be removing the two 2 GB modules installed at the factory and buying 2 more four GB ones to give me the full 16 GB of memory; I say this because I plan to start using a photo editing app which uses all of the "horse power" it can get; a fellow I know reports that he went to a hex-core processor Mac Pro, and that with a meter on his power cord, the machine draws almost 3 times as much power while that app is "crunching numbers"; (and I don't have a hex-core chip, I "only" have a quad-core, and it's not the fastest one, but the 2nd fastest; so I'm thinking 16 GB of memory will be better than the 12 I'll have when I plug these two I have, in.

Also, now that I have finally gotten around to getting the thing going, I just noticed that "Lion" is about to be replaced by "Mountain Lion" ! What's next ?

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Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:43 am



Quoting geezer (Reply 35):
Klaus..........if you happen to read this...........you were right, the 27 inch display is very nice,

I had thought you would appreciate it for what you're doing. Big grin
Quoting geezer (Reply 35):
but there are sure a lot of things about this new iMac I have yet to "figure out".............such as...........how to start the damned thing up ! (It has no power button ) ! ( I haven't tried to shut it down yet, so no doubt I'll just have to pull the plug to get it to power down ?)

It does, actually, but it is so unobtrusive that you won't notice it right away (unless you were one of the rare people who actually read the manual ).

When you're reaching around the lower left corner of the machine to its back with your fingertips, you will feel a very slight, round contour. Just tap it to boot the machine.

When it's running, you can shut it down from the Apple menu, with a key combination or by tapping the power button again.

In the very rare case that this should actually be necessary, keeping the power button pressed for a few seconds will force a hard shutdown. But you may never need this and should avoid doing it unless absolutely necessary.

A few relevant key combinations:
shutdown without asking: CTRL+ALT+CMD+EJECT
reboot without asking: CTRL+CMD+EJECT
sleep: ALT+CMD+EJECT
sleep just the display: SHIFT+CTRL+EJECT

Quoting geezer (Reply 35):
Also, inasmuch as I have yet to "get around" to installing the two 4 GB RAM modules I bought several months ago, it still has only 4 GB of memory right now; (and that just reminded me); is it necessary to use an anti-static bracelet to plug in the RAM modules ?

Not necessarily. The important thing is that you equalize electrostatic potential between the machine, the memory package and the tool(s) you're using and that you avoid creating new charges. Touching the aluminium chassis of the computer with one hand and the other objects with the other for a few seconds should do it.

And you must keep away from carpets or textiles which can build up charges (you know the ones which will zap you). This is also true for any blanket or other sheet you might use to cushion the screen while working on the memory door on the bottom edge.

Being aware of static potentials and always defusing them properly is more critical than having the nominally correct tools but potentially using them improperly.

Never touch the exposed contacts in the computer or the naked memory modules without prior equalizing of static potentialy.

I don't even own an antistatic strap, but I'm diligent about equalizing all components before assembling something.

Quoting geezer (Reply 35):
so I'm thinking 16 GB of memory will be better than the 12 I'll have when I plug these two I have, in.

For working with a lot of pictures (particularly larger photos or synthetic graphics) in multiple windows and multiple programs, more RAM will certainly not hurt at all.

Quoting geezer (Reply 35):
Also, now that I have finally gotten around to getting the thing going, I just noticed that "Lion" is about to be replaced by "Mountain Lion" ! What's next ?

Well, they've pretty much exhausted all the "interesting" big cats by now, so I guess 10.9 will just be 10.9.  Wink

Even that one should have no problem running on your new machine, however.

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RE: What Kind Of Computer Mouse Do You Use?

Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:03 pm

I have a Microsoft Touch Mouse, When I first got it I was unsure what I would think of it but 100% is the best mouse I have ever owned.

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