This may not be a case mod, and it may just be me, but more on mouse/peripheral mods would be nice so here's mine. A bit of background to start: One day while bored at uni one of my friends lent me his copy of Custom PC. This is where my problems began. Within a month I had spent my full terms student loan on a new computer. It was beautiful, expensive, and didn’t work. Having never actually seen the inside of a computer before, I didn’t realize that you needed a graphics card and a motherboard. Woops. So out I went to get the latest and greatest graphics card, an ATI Radeon X800. Far Cry looked awesome! Still couldn’t really play it though. My keyboard was a crappy generic PC World home brand. It was time to introduce myself to the world of peripherals. The funny thing about having no money is that you are more willing to spend it, so out I go and come back home with a Logitech G15. Ooh, light up keys and an LCD! I got instantly better at jumping around like a lunatic. Still couldn’t actually shoot anything. OK, time to get a mouse. Having decided that I like Logitech, and being slightly OCD sometimes so everything must match, I got a G5. Love at first sight. And I’ve been using the same mouse ever since. I’ve always had an eye out for a replacement but nothing seems to suit me better! Stock G5 image. Got too excited and forgot to take a pic of mine first. So why cut it up? In the past 3 years I have worked in 3 different countries so unfortunately had to abandon desktop power and live with a laptop. This meant that though the mouse comes with me everywhere (even to work) I had to leave the keyboard behind (actually I sold it on ebay for more than I paid for it in the first place, after 3 years. Some people have a serious problem). Now, this isn’t really a problem, but the first thing I noticed after leaving the keyboard is how often I used to look at the clock on the display. Seems silly, but sometimes you have to live to a timetable so it’s good to know the time. A couple of weeks ago I had the first problem with the mouse, the side scroll and right mouse click stopped working. I was not happy. Time to take it apart at last. Then I figured, I might as well put a clock in it. So there it is. All this talk and all I’m going to do is add the time. Having been provided with many hours of entertainment on bit-tech for donkeys’ years and never commenting I thought I would take a plunge and contribute something, even if it isn’t very long. Besides, given the obvious technical expertise of some of the modders on here I was surprised not to find more on people modding their mice (or at least they’re not showing us) so thought this could help start some new ideas. First things first, take it apart. Here it is in all its glory: To be honest I’m surprised at how small the actual electronics board is. I thought I was getting more for my money. The sacrificial watch: LED awesomeness. Got this watch from Next 4 years ago and have never really used it. Apart from the LEDs it’s pretty ugly. At this point I realized that I had a problem. To see the time on this watch you have to press the top right button, otherwise you are presented with a blank screen. Also, to change the time you need to use loads of buttons, and then there is changing the battery. Initially I was planning on putting the clock near the surface of the palm rest much like the LCD screen added in this mod. Then I remembered, the G5’s adjustable weights cartridge! Putting the clock in there means it is removable so changing the time and battery would be simple. Still doesn’t solve the problem of how to light up the clock, but I’ll think about that later… Anyway, here is the basic idea: This would mean that the time would be visible from a rectangle cut just above where it says “Logitech”, right aligned. I wanted to cut as little as possible from this top plate so that I didn’t upset the curves and comfort too much. So cutting had to be done in stages. Now I have to explain the budget part of this mod. It is not that this mod doesn’t cost much (it really doesn’t) it’s that I am in Japan now and all my tools are at home in Italy. My dremel, my beautiful dremel! So I had to get new tools here and I really didn’t want to spend much money on stuff that I will inevitably leave behind. Off to the 100 Yen shop (Japanese equivalent of a Pound Shop). Little side note, in the 100 Yen shop, things actually cost 105 Yen. It’s an extra 5 for tax. Liars. Here are the tools: Total cost of everything here: 5 quid. And yes, it is a battery powered “dremel”. The packaging says that is spins at 1200RPM! Well, maybe not that fast, but it is close. The problem is that it has no torque. It’s probably fine for engraving but when it comes to drilling, it’s pretty poor. Cutting is also hindered by the fact that I couldn’t find the right part to hold the circular cutting blade. So to cut, I had to drill out many holes, and then use one of the metal filers to cut through. It took a long time. All the cutting so far actually took about 5 hours and 8 batteries. Given that I have to do this all outside where it is cold here too, it’s not fun. But anyway, here’s what I’ve got so far: There’s still some filing to be done by hand and painting the top plate, but it looks better than in the picture in real life. It’s a bit difficult to take pretty pictures when it’s raining outside. You may have noticed that there is still no button anywhere to actually show the time. This is where some advice or ideas would be appreciated. To get to the button and fully depress it about 8mm of travel is required (this allows the pin to come back far enough for the weights tray to be removed easily) which is quite a lot. So far my only idea has been to use the top part of a clicky pen with a spring and a plastic needle on the right side of the mouse. This may not look great though. The size is not really an issue to be honest as I’ve checked and my hand won’t actually be on that point, so no discomfort. I was just wondering if anyone knew of a more elegant solution. For the moment however, I’m busy enough. I’ve got some fine filing to do to sort out some of the rough edges and straighten up the view, and hope for a day with sun so I can get started on painting the thing. As for the paint job, my girlfriend is an artist so she’ll be drawing something for me based on ideas that I put in her head (telling an artist what style they have to use, what colors, and what theme is not something they like).