“Oh No, Not Again”

It happened before, it is happening again. The rat is back!!
I entered a darkened kitchen and switched on the light. The murky darkness at the side of the washing machine was disturbed by a flicker of movement. Glancing down to focus, nothing. I approached the washing machine to hear a rapid exit being made by scurrying tiny feet. To where the intruder has fled is not yet known. 8:30pm on a Sunday evening is not the time to begin the destructive search of the kitchen sink cupboard. I have the rolling pin on standby, the offending vermin should give up now or risk being beaten to a pulp.

There’s a rat in my kitchen what am I gonna do?

The food pictures are evidence from almost 2 months ago. Since that time there has been no more evidence of rodent food consumption. This week there was a smell in the kitchen that I assumed was the bin. Emptying the bin didn't shift the smell but I was preoccupied by an plague of flies that were seemingly entering by the window vents. After dispatching with 10 of the winged tormentors I set about an in depth search for the continuing smell. It was at this point I discovered a rodent in the food preparation area and was unsure about how to proceed. If only there were some kind of song for situations like this. So I present Gaddafi- the Rat. Why did I name it Gaddafi? Well much like the Libyan dictator there is a mystery surrounding its death and do I care as it's the outcome that matters most.

The puzzle is why did it settle on that location as its final resting place? It's a rather exposed position when the alternate option would have been behind the fridge or washing machine. I didn't set any traps nor use any rodent bait/poison. There was a dusting of ant powder about but that was mainly for controlling that invasion from the summer months. So how did it get in? Another mystery, perhaps from behind the sink, something that will not be known for sure until a new kitchen is fitted.

What will I find in my kitchen next? After invading ants, flies and a rat I am worried about the increasing size of the invasion force. Maybe an angry cat, a curious fox or a misplaced bison will be next. I will be keeping my kitchen door firmly shut and in future only entering with suitable armament.

Xorg Mouse Configuration

Yesterday I purchased a mouse to use with my notebook; I lead such an eventful life. Ordinarily this wouldn't be worthy of mention, most mice are plug in and use. My mouse however needs to work with Linux and here in lies the problem. Getting a mouse to talk to Linux is getting easier the left, right and middle buttons usually work as well as the up down scroll. It's the additional buttons that cause the problems.

The mouse I have is a Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 4000. I know I dislike Microsoft but they do put branding on some reasonable peripherals (and it was cheap). I have chosen to use the evdev driver for the mouse, support for this is required in the kernel. The information on how to set this up can be found on this wiki:http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Advanced_Mouse.

Add the following information to your xorg.conf and remember to add "Mouse1" to the server section. Currently the thumb button does not work correctly. I believe this is to do with the evdev driver, button support may be developed in the future. Forward and back functionality in Firefox is achieved by the horizontal movement of the scroll wheel.

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Section "InputDevice"
# Microsoft Notebook 4000 Mouse
# Thumb button responds as button 9
    Identifier  "Mouse1"
    Driver      "evdev"
    Option      "evBits"    "+1-2"
    Option      "keyBits"   "~272-287"
    Option      "relBits"   "~0-2 ~6 ~8"
    Option      "Pass"      "3"
    Option      "Buttons"   "9"
    Option      "ZAxisMapping"  "4 5"
        # Axis swapped to make back be left and forward be right
    Option      "DialRelativeAxisButtons" "7 6"
EndSection