The Great Starbucks Laptop Control Mystery

A few months ago, I had a weird experience at Starbucks – my cursor started moving to the right, all by itself.   I first thought my wireless mouse was having issues, but unplugging it didn’t help.  No matter what I tried, the cursor kept on it’s determined course.  It seems like a little thing, but your laptop becomes essentially useless if you can’t keep the cursor still.

I suspected that my laptop had a stuck right arrow key, but when I got home, it worked normally.  When I went back to Starbucks, it flaked out again.  In a different Starbucks.  So, I googled everything I could think of, but no one mentioned a problem like this, except to say that some kind of signal interference can do weird things.

After a few weeks, it seemed to stop. Except for today.  Once again, my cursor began it’s march to the right, making it hard to do anything.

Then, it occurred to me that I was sitting in a spot I didn’t usually sit, in a little alcove by the huge Starbucks sign in the window.  I picked up my stuff and moved to the other side of the room, and viola!, the cursor behaved itself.

So, apparently the huge green mermaid sign was somehow hijacking my laptop.

Mystery solved… I think.

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3 Responses to The Great Starbucks Laptop Control Mystery

  1. The next step would be to find the specific mechanism of attraction.

  2. Fred says:

    Nice one, Steve.

  3. Steve Martin says:

    Usually big ‘green’ things cause a marked movement to the left.

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