This Should be Obvious…

Doggerel Dave

Here’s a little tip you’ve probably seen -

It involves the mouse pointer gone lost.

Pointer only disappears under half the screen,

Where half the boundary is completely crossed.


The bottom and right cause consternation,

While it tickles the edge of top and left.

Pushed upward in a westerly direction

No longer will I be of a pointer bereft.


These little discoveries do me in:

How long did it take me to learn this fact?

Frustration relieved is at least a win;

Though past irritation I can’t retract.


  • Author: Doggerel Dave (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: August 30th, 2022 00:21
  • Comment from author about the poem: Reaching a compromise with my new PC.
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 44


  • Goldfinch60

    You gradually getting the hang of it Dave, well done.


    • Doggerel Dave

      Thanks Andy - might need the services of my PC Doctor just one more time...

    • Neville

      looks like you may well have cracked it Dave ..

      • Doggerel Dave

        Words of encouragement, Neville....soon...Quite possibly soon....

      • Bella Shepard

        Kudos Dave, I applaud your tenacity and your success. Being myself, technologically challenged, I am in awe.

        • Doggerel Dave

          The trouble is Bella, that the alternative (no PC) is too terrifying to contemplate. I find it hard to believe that once upon a time I conducted my life without one....

        • hzugman

          Hey, D. D. Thanx for the mouse tale (or is it tail - always get those two mixed up).

          • Doggerel Dave

            You are welcome, H. In this one instance I'm not going to worry about the terminology, I'm full-on focusing on getting the thing to work.

          • MendedFences27

            With every new invention there is a learning curve. The more complicated the invention the longer is the learning curve. A computer is one of the most complicated inventions ever, so don't feel bad, you are not alone. Oh, and just wait until they harness "Quantum Computing."
            Your poem expresses the frustration many people feel when confronted with a computer. It does not come with instructions and even if it did you would not read them. If some day you finally master it, remember there are hundreds of thousands of Apps you can add to it for further confusion. People of a certain age, like me, we just have to accept that we have been passed by and we live, now, only on the fringe of technology. And, thus, it shall remain.
            I will quit now. Thanks for rankling my gripe nerve. - Phil A.

          • Doggerel Dave

            Fringe is right, I think Phil. Grateful that now I can use Google and email with (relative) ease. However there's a whole lot of peripheral stuff I still keep on bumping into - your apps a good example. And what the hell is Edge and One Drive and.... And the fast talking buggers on utube have left me behind after the first two sentences... However I do make the odd small gain - which was what this piece was about really.

          • crypticbard

            I have not reached a compromise with my (ex)PC and no longer have any use for one, or mice for that matter! There are other devices that drive one less barmy. And that is where I have made my peace with technology. If they keep up the tenets of (1) plug and play, (2) user friendly, then I'm all in.

            • Doggerel Dave

              Thanks C. So what are the alternatives? All suggestions gratefully received...

              • crypticbard

                What works for us is using a full laptop that syncs with a tablet and the mobile phone. I find myself doing bits and pieces with whatever device is in my hand and end up at the desk using the laptop for 'work' stuff because it has the most functions. And all of them are portable. Goodbye computer towers and desktop monitors. LOL But that's how it works for me.

              • Paul Bell

                You need an expert for this.
                Grab any three-year-old, and they'll show you all the shortcuts. Maybe ask their parents first though. lol

                • Doggerel Dave

                  Point taken Paul. - substute 'maybe' for 'essential to'.

                  I am getting there from the long hard road to frequent irritation.....

                • SureshG

                  The bits that make up the bytes vs the bits that make up my brain cells-
                  They have been racing at an exponential rate, but in opposing direction, while from time to time a cell ignites.
                  Frustration is the true description

                  • Doggerel Dave

                    Cheers Suresh - I do like your portrait here of what's happening to me... beginning to stabilise slowly.

                  • Paul Bell

                    The old mouse was a bit of a nightmare, but must admit, the built-in ones still do my box in. Probably why computer screens get broken a lot.

                  • Doggerel Dave

                    Hey Paul - thanks for the further input. Very welcome to give any of my other 89 entries here a bashing too….

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