Mouse. It’s a mini-mouse! I forget the actual marketing name, but it’s a smaller mouse, possibly supposed to be ergonomically friendly.
Obsolescence factor: In one sense, anything tethered to a cable has this status. Also, it’s broken.
There’s a dash of Canadian history woven into the history of the mouse I was pleased to discover. The trackball, invented in 1952 (un-patented because it was a military hush hush thing) used a standard Canadian five-pin bowling ball. Nine years later, Douglas Englebart and his assistant independently came up with the first mouse prototype and christened the device a mouse. Mr. Englebart is now 87 years old.
Status: Open up for parts to sea monster, who dammit, is getting impatient.
Kill-ratio: 16:2 / 8:1
Alt-title: Untitled Object No. 277 For Navigating New Territory.