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    Default "To enter the mouse pad" - meaning

    Could you, please, help me with the meaning of the following sentence:

    "Enter the mouse pad or calculator or radio."

    What does it mean to enter the mouse pad? I mean, how can anyone enter the mouse pad? What does it actually mean? I've been doing some translation, and I really have no idea what it could mean.

    Any suggestions?

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    Default Re: "To enter the mouse pad" - meaning

    It makes no sense to me either. Is it translated from another language? Maybe that could give us a clue.

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    Default Re: "To enter the mouse pad" - meaning

    That makes no sense to me. As charliedeut said, it might be a bad translation from another language. If that's the case and if you can find out what the original said, someone who speaks that language might come up with a better translation. If that's how it was written originally, then there is either a typo or was written by a non-native who didn't know it was wrong.

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    Default Re: "To enter the mouse pad" - meaning

    Context would help. Is this talking about computer applications? I'm not sure how else one would "enter" a calculator or a radio either, unless it was talking about starting a computer program.

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    Default Re: "To enter the mouse pad" - meaning

    Thanks for your replies.

    The text hasn't been translated from any other language. It was originally written by Roland Rust, Debora Thompson,and Rebecca W. Hamilton, who, I believe, are native speakers of English. I'll give you the headline and the first paragraph:

    Defeating Feature Fatigue

    A mouse pad is a simple thing. Essentially an
    oversized coaster, it keeps the incessant scooting
    of a computer mouse from destroying a desktopís
    finish. Beyond that, the most it might do is amuse, soothe,
    or advertise with the artwork imprinted on it. Or so we
    thought. Enter the mouse pad or calculator or FM radio.
    Recently, one of us was the reluctant recipient of this inovation
    in office equipment.



    I really have no idea what to do with that sentence.

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    Default Re: "To enter the mouse pad" - meaning

    Apparently there is a device which functions as a mouse pad, a calculator and a radio.

    The author is saying that the conception of how much a mouse pad could do was rather limited until this new device "entered" onto the scene.

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    Default Re: "To enter the mouse pad" - meaning

    Actually the text sounds confusing to me. "destroying a desktop's finish"?
    Not a teacher.

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    Default Re: "To enter the mouse pad" - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Actually the text sounds confusing to me. "destroying a desktop's finish"?
    The "finish" on something like a desk (in this text, the desktop is not the computer screen and its icons, it's the top of the actual desk) is the surface. A mouse constantly being moved over the surface of a desk would damage that surface (it would destroy the desktop's finish) - a mouse mat stopped that from happening by being placed between the mouse and the desktop.

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    Default Re: "To enter the mouse pad" - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The "finish" on something like a desk (in this text, the desktop is not the computer screen and its icons, it's the top of the actual desk) is the surface. A mouse constantly being moved over the surface of a desk would damage that surface (it would destroy the desktop's finish) - a mouse mat stopped that from happening by being placed between the mouse and the desktop.
    That's true, I guess, if you have fine furniture that you are worried about. But I think mousepads came about to give proper traction to the ball inside the mouse.

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    Default Re: "To enter the mouse pad" - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    That's true, I guess, if you have fine furniture that you are worried about. But I think mousepads came about to give proper traction to the ball inside the mouse.
    That's what I understand a mouse to be for, but in fighting spirit's sentence, ems has the meaning.
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