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Logitech Makes 1 Billionth Mouse 456

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the so-much-carpal-tunnel dept.
Smivs writes "Logitech has hailed as a major landmark the production of their one billionth computer mouse. The news comes at a time when analysts claim the days of the mouse are numbered. 'It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company,' said Logitech's general manager Rory Dooley. 'Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone.' The computer mouse will achieve a milestone of its own next week when it turns 40. It was 9 December 1968 when Douglas C. Engelbart and his group of researchers at Stanford University put the first mouse through its paces."
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Logitech Makes 1 Billionth Mouse

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  • by way2trivial (601132) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:00AM (#25974351) Homepage Journal

    McDonalds anyone?

    Sheesh...

  • by glennrrr (592457) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:02AM (#25974367)
    A colleague called me to his office the other day. His PowerMac was "locking up" not responsive to clicks. And when he'd reboot the optical drive would eject. Turns out his Logitech USB mouse was stuck in the left click position. (Macs eject their optical disk on restart if the mouse button is clicked.)
    • by jeffmeden (135043) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:08AM (#25974469) Homepage Journal

      That's weird. Why on earth would a Mac user not simply use the supplied Apple brand mouse? Oh, right.

      Speaking to your criticism directly, I have about half a dozen Logitech mice, spanning a decade, that all work flawlessly. The only reason I have bought more since the first one 11 years ago has been to keep pace with technology (optical, wireless, 2d scroll wheel, laser, etc.)

      Then again, it's not like I use mine for grueling tasks like ejecting CDs.

      • by MBGMorden (803437) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:19AM (#25974603)

        I too am a big fan of Logitech mice. My main computer rig actually sports a Razer Diamondback these days, but my laptop mouse is Logitech, as are the mice on my workstation and server rack's KVM at work. Over the years I've had countless ones. Like you, I mostly have upgraded to keep pace with technology: moving to one with a scroll wheel, moving to an optical, moving to USB, getting a mouse with more buttons, etc.

        Like all heavy use devices I've had a few failures (I've had 2 Logitech mice wear out on me), but overall compared with other mice I've still noticed them to be of a pretty high quality. When I used to work as a tech at a college many years ago, I can't count how many Microsoft Intellimouses had a scroll wheel that was jammed where it couldn't be moved anymore.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by jonbryce (703250)

        Because Steve Jobs only recently relented and allowed a second button on them. Before the mighty mouse, Apple mice were pretty useless creatures.

        • Because Steve Jobs only recently relented and allowed a second button on them. Before the mighty mouse, Apple mice were pretty useless creatures.

          He still hasn't relented with the Mighty Mouse. It's only got one button. Sure, there's a capacitative sensor that checks to see which finger is on the mouse, but if you're resting both fingers on the mouse, you can't right-click by pressing the right side of the mouse.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by orclevegam (940336)
        Much as I'm loath to admit it, the best mouse I've ever owned was manufactured by Microsoft.

        Logitech however does place a close second. Followed even more closely by virtually every other mouse I've ever owned by any company, I mean, it's a mouse, there's not all that much you can do to set it apart from the rest of the pack. If it moves the pointer around smoothly, has at least 3 buttons and a scroll wheel, and doesn't stick it's as good as at least 90% of the mice (is that even the right term?) out ther
        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by ShadowBlasko (597519)

          Much as I'm loath to admit it, the best mouse I've ever owned was manufactured by Microsoft. Logitech however does place a close second. Followed even more closely by virtually every other mouse I've ever owned by any company, I mean, it's a mouse, there's not all that much you can do to set it apart from the rest of the pack. If it moves the pointer around smoothly, has at least 3 buttons and a scroll wheel, and doesn't stick it's as good as at least 90% of the mice (is that even the right term?) out there.

          I bought my Microsoft Trackball optical when logitech stopped making the trackball i liked, and I have never looked back. The software was great (programmable "program dependant" buttons with macros) (If you stuck to the version 4.1) I even bought 5 of them from Microcenter when I learned they were being discontinued.
          I still have 4 new in the box, and I see they are going for about $150 on ebay now.

          The one I am using right now is... 4 years old I think.

      • Wow. That was a bit over-the-top in the Snark division. I don't think the guy was WANTING to use the left-mouse button-eject function, since the mouse button was stuck. But yeah, I like the Logitech mice too.

        But seriously...posts like yours, as aggrivatingly snarky as they are, are what keep me coming back. It's fun to become agitated AND I learned an OSX function I never new about ;-)

  • by necro81 (917438) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:03AM (#25974393) Journal

    "It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company," said Logitech's general manager Rory Dooley. "Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone."

    I think McDonald's would disagree with you.

  • by davidwr (791652) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:03AM (#25974395) Homepage Journal

    Large manufacturers of small parts like screws can easily reach the billion mark in a decade.

    The same goes for "categories" of parts like mice, computers, microprocessors, phones, etc.

    I wonder how many CPUs Intel has shipped? I wonder how many phones the pre-1983-breakup version of AT&T shipped. I wonder how many screws and fasteners a large screw-making company ships in 10 years?

    No, a billion may be a milestone but it's not huge, not when you put it in context.

    • by seanellis (302682) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:16AM (#25974549) Homepage Journal

      Don't know about Intel, but ARM shipped 1 billion processors last quarter, according to their Q3 results statement [arm.com].

      Other things that must ship in the billions: screws, nails, paper clips, thumbtacks, staples, sweets (candy), baked beans, soda, LEDs (actually almost any discrete electronic component), copier paper, post-it notes, coins, pens, pencils, bin liners ... it's too easy.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        Other things that must ship in the billions: screws, nails, paper clips, thumbtacks, staples, sweets (candy), baked beans, soda, LEDs (actually almost any discrete electronic component), copier paper, post-it notes, coins, pens, pencils, bin liners ...

        ... posts nitpicking that quote...

    • by fbjon (692006)
      Screws and Pepsis are very simple products, while a mouse is much more complex. I would agree with the comment that "it's very rare for one company to ship 1 billion of anything", where "anything" is qualified as a complex product.
    • by jonbryce (703250)

      Intel shipped their billionth chip a few years back. It was reported on /. at the time. ARM sell massively more chips than Intel.

    • by sloth jr (88200)

      or ironically, the components used to make those mice.

  • I'm curious to know how many mice Microsoft has shipped; theirs seem to be more plentiful than Logitech's in the wild. I know that I've got four or five MS mice sitting in the closet, plus two active ones, but the only Logitech mouse I have is the one at work.

    One mouse for every six people seems a bit steep for what is—in my limited personal experience—a minority player in the market.

    • by purpledinoz (573045) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:11AM (#25974489)
      A /. reader admitted to using an MS product! He must have no fear!
    • by TheRaven64 (641858) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:12AM (#25974509) Journal
      Logitech have been shipping mice since 1981, giving them almost a two decade head start on Microsoft. Their early mice used balls and so needed replacing after a few years. Over the last 26 years, they have made mice that have been rebranded and shipped by numerous OEMs, including Apple, HP and Dell. For most of the '80s and '90s, any serious computer user had a logitech mouse (and less serious ones often had a cheap Logitech mouse with their computer maker's brand on it). Calling them a minority player is like calling Microsoft a minority player in the desktop OS market.
      • The only obviously-rebranded mouse I've seen, from Dell, was a rebranded Microsoft one (and I think it even said "Dell by Microsoft"). I wasn't aware that they were so widespread. Thanks for the correction. :)
        • The Logitech ones were not obviously rebranded. I saw quite a few shipped by a smallish manufacturer (Evesham, I think), which were just white with their logo on a sticker on top. The only way you could tell they were by Logitech was some very small writing on the underside saying 'Logitechâ'.
    • by Roland Piquepaille (780675) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:16AM (#25974543)

      I'm curious to know how many mice Microsoft has shipped; theirs seem to be more plentiful than Logitech's in the wild.

      That's because they pull their own cords and escape to the woods. They're a lot less house-trained than their Logitech counterparts.

    • by MBGMorden (803437)

      As others have mentioned, if you turn over most of the OEM branded mice the come with a computer, you'll see a Logitech logo on it. As far as straight retail, I still tend to see Logitech mice in far greater numbers than Microsoft (Logitech used to dominate the keyboard market as well, and they're still a strong presence there but I notice more Microsoft keyboards that Logitech these days).

      They're far from a minority player. I'd even go so far as to say in the general consumer interface market, Logitech i

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by R_Kulio (1265846)

        As others have mentioned, if you turn over most of the OEM branded mice the come with a computer, you'll see a Logitech logo on it.

        Thanks, I just turned over my lenovo mouse to check, and blinded myself with the laser

  • Good Job Logitech! (Score:4, Informative)

    by purpledinoz (573045) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:05AM (#25974417)
    I've pretty much used Logitech mice exclusively since I've stared using a computer. They've consistently provided high-quality, low-priced products. My mouse I use at home is a simple $12 Logitech optical mouse, and it works perfectly. Unfortunately, I'm using a MS mouse at work. I think I will buy another Logitech mouse to replace this one.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by hcmtnbiker (925661)
      Unfortunately, I'm using a MS mouse at work. I think I will buy another Logitech mouse to replace this one.

      MS Mice are almost exclusively Logitech OEMs. Why would you replace it with a duplicate?
  • Days numbered? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:05AM (#25974425)

    The news comes at a time when analysts claim the days of the mouse are numbered.

    [citation needed]

    No seriously, where is there a mainstream commentator predicting the demise of the mouse, and backing it up with hard data and logic?

  • Quite a lot of mice are logitech mice. I wonder how many PC's have ever been built, and how many mice in total, to compare logitech with the other mouse brands.
  • by jonas_sten (1330435) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:06AM (#25974439)
    ball bearing balls? bottlecaps? shoes? Bolts? Lesbians!
  • One billion units in under 40 years is remarkable. Especially when considering that they weren't mass produced until the 80s!
  • Toothpicks? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by IceCreamGuy (904648) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:08AM (#25974459) Homepage

    "It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company," said Logitech's general manager Rory Dooley. "Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone."

    Gum? Pencils? Paper? Soft drink? Bag of chips? Stick of RAM? Screwdriver? Television set? Surely some of these items have been sold more than a billion times by a single company...

  • razor blades (Score:4, Interesting)

    by tcyun (80828) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:08AM (#25974461) Journal

    i believe that the razor blade manufacturers hit their billionth mark within a decade of beginning production. yes, few companies ship billions- but logitech hit billion from multiple models. razor companies from the same model blade.

  • Bus mouse (Score:4, Funny)

    by Gothmolly (148874) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:08AM (#25974463)

    Remember when the "bus mouse" was the cool upgrade over a crappy serial-port mouse, and you had that extra 8-bit ISA card with the funny port on it? IRQs ? I/O ports ? That was back before teenage girls took over the Internet.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Dunbal (464142)

      God damn it I need another 25 pin to 9 pin adaptor, AND I need a gender bender! I wish those manufacturers would standardize... oh wait

            Yeah I remember playing with jumpers and dip switches to avoid IRQ conflicts. Damn I am too old. Funnily enough, cyberspace was a lot quieter back then. The punks couldn't afford it. Looking at the present economy, they won't be able to afford it again soon.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by powerlord (28156)

        Not to mention the wonderful years of playing with your config.sys and autoexec.bat file so you could make sure all your drivers loaded right (or the bastardized add-on sound card I got for my first laptop that plugged into the parallel port with a pass-through for the printer, but drivers that needed to be loaded in DOS which squeezed the precious memory even more).

        I think it gave an inherent understanding of the hardware to people who grew up with them (and used them).

        I feel like the people who grew up re

  • Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone.

    I know it's rah-rah time at Logitech, but come on, talk about stretching the truth : industries routinely ships billions of stuff, if said stuff is small/ubiquitous enough. Remington and other manufacturers has produced and shipped countless billions of firearm cartridges, ball bearing manufacturers have probably stopped counting a long time ago, and McDonald's is even proud to have served a billion obese-making meals.

    • by fbjon (692006)

      if said stuff is small/ubiquitous enough

      Nice qualifier there. Now what about products as complex or more complex than a mouse? How many of those have been shipped 1 billion?

  • by danaris (525051) <danaris @ m ac.com> on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:11AM (#25974483) Homepage

    Come on, you can make, and sell, 1 billion mice; how hard can it be to make a minor variant of the Cordless Optical TrackMan that uses Bluetooth instead of an RF dongle???

    I can't imagine the market is smaller than for some of the weird niche mice I've seen out there...

    Dan Aris

  • by mj01nir (153067) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:12AM (#25974501)
    Obligatory Douglas Engelbart mouse demo video link:
    http://sloan.stanford.edu/mousesite/1968Demo.html [slashdot.org]
  • by nameendingwith (1272536) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:12AM (#25974503)

    I wonder if when they ship this one billionth mouse to a customer, they will include in the box a flashing ad telling him that he is the one billionth customer and should click here to claim his prize.

  • ...the Logitech Limited Edition Pied Piper.

  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:15AM (#25974533) Journal
    It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company,"

    Yes, a billionth of most things are microscopic in size. So shipping it is quite difficult. Great job logitec.

  • "It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company," said Logitech's general manager Rory Dooley. "Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone."

    The people at Coca Cola and Anheuser Bush are pissing themselves out of laughter right about now. Coca Cola is likely to do that in a day.
  • but toxic
  • Congratulations, now get to work on delivering a better Trackball.

    My Microsoft Trackball Explorer is ten years old, and in that time I haven't once found a suitable replacement from Logitec. There are a couple really odd ones, but nothing that comes close to the natural feel of the explorer.

    I hate mice.

  • Death of the Mouse?! (Score:5, Informative)

    by Androclese (627848) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:41AM (#25974871)
    FTFA:

    But sounding the death knell for the device is Gartner analyst Steve Prentice who said "the mouse will no longer be mainstream in three to five years."

    Yeah... right... it won't be mainstream in 3-5 years... sorry, but I call BS.

    Touchscreens and facial recognition software will not replace the mouse in an office environment. It won't replace it for gaming. Hell, it won't replace it period.

    Take gaming as a simple example. When I'm playing WoW, I'm often looking elsewhere, eating a snack, drinking a beer, or talking to my wife who is sitting on the other side of the room... the last thing I'm going to want to do is stare at the screen and make funny faces at it to move the mouse. Sorry, ain't gonna happen.

    Don't get me wrong here; touch screens are a huge boon and will have a place in specialized industries; auto interfaces, shared spaces, Cell Phones, etc.

    But making the claim that it will no longer be mainstream and large companies, lets say HR Block, will drop the mouse and replace everything with a touch screen and facial recognition software is the biggest load of crap I've heard in quote a long time.

  • who cares... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by nimbius (983462) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @09:56AM (#25975073) Homepage
    back in my day when we advertised a product like logitech(c) brand mice we used banners.
  • by Stiletto (12066) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @10:18AM (#25975375)

    I wouldn't call this an event worthy of celebration. These billion mice (along with the billions of other plastic mass-produced products out there) will one day end up in a landfill somewhere, and will take hundreds of years to break down. The major consequence of mass-production is mass-consumption, and the drawback of mass-consumption is mass-disposal.

    I find it a bit sad that a device which, essentially, hasn't changed in 20 years isn't re-used more often. I have 10 year old keyboards and mice I still use.

    I guess it's just part of our "throw away, buy a new one" culture that seems to ignore what happens to things once they're in the bin. Out of sight, out of mind.

    • by molo (94384) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @11:28AM (#25976291) Journal

      While I do agree that mass-disposal is wasteful, the mouse has changed significantly in the last 20 years:

      1. computer interface: RS-232, PS/2, USB
      2. number of buttons
      3. scroll wheel
      4. mechanism: ball mouse with moving parts that wear out, optical mouse with special grid mousepad, modern optical mouse
      5. wireless mice: IR, RF, Bluetooth

      So its not like there hasn't been reasons to upgrade.

      -molo

  • by hcdejong (561314) <hobbes&xmsnet,nl> on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @11:03AM (#25975937)

    Same thing we do very night, Pinky: try to take over the world! You see, I have commissioned a company by the name of Logitech to deliver ONE BILLION mice, an army large enough to overwhelm any defence system known to man.
    [ding dong]
    Ah, that will be my delivery. Soon, Pinky, the world will be ours for the taking.

    ...

    Crikey, Brain, these mice are kind of odd. Why are their tails so long, and what is this hard shell [toc] all around them?

  • by Bayoudegradeable (1003768) on Wednesday December 03, 2008 @11:16AM (#25976137)
    Why the Milliard (sic) Fillmore tag? What does the 13th president have to do with this. Sorry for my noob question...

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