Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse

Why am I writing a post about a gaming mouse on an editing blog?
Two words: programmable buttons.

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The Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse has twelve programmable buttons right under your thumb. It also has three other extra buttons, but two of those are best used for “G-shift” and “mode”. The G-shift button works the same way as shift on your keyboard to double the number of programming options. The mode button lets you switch between three different modes, bringing the total possibilities for those twelve buttons to seventy-two! And if you can find a use for all those possibilities AND remember them, you have my undying admiration.

If you do somehow manage to use up all the buttons, you can also program different profiles, which makes the possibilities virtually limitless.

So what can you do with those extra buttons? Just about anything.

  • Single keys for convenience: How about a delete or enter key you don’t have to move your hand to the keyboard to use?
  • Keyboard shortcuts: Copy, cut, and paste are obvious choices here.
  • Strings of text: Things like email addresses or signatures that you type often.
  • You can also record macros, so basically, anything you can do with the keyboard can be assigned to a single button press.

The downside—you knew it was coming, didn’t you?

The price tag is a little hefty if you’re not sure the extra buttons are something you’ll use on a regular basis. I consider the G600 to be one of the best computer-related purchases I’ve ever made, but everyone works differently.

The software can be a little tough to figure out at first and is occasionally a bit glitchy, but a lot of my early trouble with it was user error. Answers to most problems or questions are easily found with a quick search on Google.

Gaming

Of course, the G600 is also great for GAMING. I used to game a lot, but life happens, and I haven’t played in years. My son, Mike, finally talked me into trying the new MMORPG Wizardry Online.

Back in the day (remember tweaking a batch file for hours to get a computer game to play nice with your hardware?) I had a computer gamepad controller, so I usually didn’t have to resort to using keyboard controls—and the games controls were a lot simpler. Add that to being out of practice and having NO experience with MMOs at all and, well, getting used to the camera view and the direction I’m walking in being controlled independently was hard!

The first time we played was, uh, interesting, but fun! I was stuck with the basic keyboard controls—you can’t program buttons when you don’t know what buttons you will be using. Of course, it also would have helped if I’d spent a little more time studying the keyboard layout before I started. I’d made a point of remembering the attack button, but completely forgot to check which button to use to unsheathe my weapon, and with a zombie chewing on my arm, it was a little tense trying to figure out how to use the in-game chat to holler to Mike for help (you have to do the first dungeon alone).

You can read more about our first adventure together, “Wizardry with my mother”, on Mike’s blog, WizFanaticus.

A big thank you also to “Loktofeit” at Wizardry Vault for featuring the article in his blog post “Wizardry with my mother – a WizFanaticus Journal“.

All right, so with round one under my belt, now I knew what keys I needed to program. Although the Logitech Gaming Software can be a little daunting to figure out at first, once you get the hang of it, it’s very easy to make changes. Programming the G600 took only a matter of minutes. Deciding what function to assign where took a long time! Since I haven’t played Wizardry with any other mouse, I can’t compare it to anything, but for me, the G600 worked very smoothly, and I didn’t have any trouble with mouse clicks not registering or anything like that.

Round two of our adventure went a LOT smoother. I’d like to claim the credit for being that good, but really, the mouse made a big difference, and I highly recommend it for gaming.

If you play Wizardry Online, you are welcome to joins us on the WizFanaticus Forums. I am Sapienta and here’s the spiffy new banner Mike made for me!

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Review: Orpheus by Dan DeWitt

OrpheusOrpheus by Dan DeWitt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zombie lovers don’t miss out on this one. This book has lots of zombie action, but the main focus is on the characters. Their struggle to survive and reunite with their loved ones makes this a much more interesting read than your average zombie thriller.

Book Description
“Cameron Holt is fortunate enough to survive the initial outbreak that turns his New England island community into a hive of the undead. So is his son, Ethan. Now, the only thing keeping Holt going is the determination to rescue his son from the undead…or remove him permanently from their ranks. Unfortunately, zombies aren’t the only thing getting in his way.”

My review of Dan’s collection of short stories: Underneath: Short Tales of Horror and the Supernatural

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Review: Baby Teeth by Joshua Grover-David Patterson

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a good horror and this is a delightfully creepy and disturbing little tale. It’s definitely one of my all-time favourite horror short stories. At approximately 13,000 words, it’s a quick read. It’s written in an earthy style and some may find it disturbing so you might want to sample it first.

Book description:
“When a father discovers his newborn has been turned into a vampire, he’s forced to make a choice: Hide his child’s secret… or end his family line.”

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Review: Daisychains of Silence by Catherine MacLeod

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Autumn and Halloween usually inspire me to a couple month long horrorfest of reading material. However, after reading a sample chapter of Daisychains of Silence at Write into Print’s blog, I had to read more.  This is not the type of book I usually read for pleasure but this story was enthralling–it sucked me into its pages and wouldn’t let me go.

As an added bonus, this author participates at http://kindlegraph.com so you can get a virtual autograph (in kindle format and PDF).

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Review: Blood Calling by Joshua Grover-David Patterson

Blood CallingBlood Calling by Joshua Grover-David Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I really liked but it’s hard to say why. I think part of the reason is that most of the book is focused on the characters and their interactions rather than trying to be the scariest, or goriest, or introducing some other over-the-top element to make it different. The author adds his own little twist to his vampires and it’s nicely done. I hear a sequel is in the works and I’m looking forward to it.

Book description
“When Lucy Leary turned 18, her life fell apart. She crashed her car, her best friend abandoned her, her parents divorced, and her grandfather passed away, leaving her a single possession: A vampire slaying kit with a note that said, “THEY’RE REAL. FIGHT THEM”.”

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Review: Underneath: Short Tales of Horror and the Supernatural by Dan DeWitt

Underneath: Short Tales of Horror and the SupernaturalUnderneath: Short Tales of Horror and the Supernatural by Dan DeWitt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Usually I find it hard to rate a short story collection because the quality of the stories varies so much. This was an easy, solid 4 star. There are couple I’d rate a 3, a few I’d rate a 5, and the rest are 4 star. These are also “real” short stories at lengths of 1,500 to 4,000 words. I’ve been running into a lot of “short stories” lately that turned out to be novella length so this collection was very refreshing.

I’m a big monster fan so zombies are right up my alley. If you’re not a zombie fan, this book is not for you. If you are a fan, this collection is definitely worth the read.

My review of Orpheus by Dan DeWitt.

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Review: Red Rain by Aubrey Hansen

Red RainRed Rain by Aubrey Hansen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book which is actually a novella at approximately 35,000 words. It is one of the most intriguing books I’ve read in a while. I had to set it aside for a couple of days because of my schedule and found I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Usually under circumstances like this I would keep reading a book in bits and pieces but with this one I wanted to save it until I could give it my full concentration.

In addition to an engaging storyline, there are a couple of interesting themes running through Red Rain. One is that the ultimate separation of church and state has occurred and any who refuse to renounce their religion are forced to live in internment camps. The other is that the internet is a global, cloud-based network and it’s illegal to have a device that is not connected to the cloud.

I would have liked to have seen this story be rounded out to full book length. There were a number of aspects that could have been explored more fully without adding fluff. The ending in particular seemed a little bit rushed, although perhaps I was just sorry to see it end. 😉

Not only are there print and ebook versions of Red Rain, but it is also available in audiobook format. The audiobook is available for free until the end of October 2011 from Aubrey’s website. Red Rain Audiobook. As of this posting, up to Chapter 9 is available (which is a little over halfway through the book) and a new chapter is released two to three times a week. The audiobook is narrated by Grace Pennington. Grace has a very pleasant voice and I’ve listened to the chapters available so far a couple of times even though I had already read the book.

Book description:
“When the government allows her to accompany her father to Mars, 17-year-old Philadelphia knows she must keep her head down or be sent back to Earth. But when a search for her deceased brother’s belongings leads her into a hallway that isn’t supposed to exist, Philadelphia is faced with a question she doesn’t want to answer – the choice between returning to Earth or destroying it.”

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Review: The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an excellent collection of good old-fashioned science-fiction stories. Rarely have I come across a short story collection where I have enjoyed every story but this is one of them. They are mostly stories of survival and humanity’s triumph over adversity. I particularly enjoyed the first story (more of a novella) and the last story.

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