Just do as you’re told!

So there I was, merrily surfing the web, when my Mac Mini popped up a little box which told me that my bluetooth mouse was running out of batteries, and that I should replace them immediately. Obviously, I chose to ignore this warning. Surely there would be enough juice in the batteries for another couple of days? The computer was just being alarmist.

Ten minutes later, another message appeared. “Your mouse batteries are critically low. Your mouse may fail at any time”. So clearly, this time, I leapt out of my chair and replaced the batteries, right? Nope. I ignored it. Again.

Then the batteries failed.

I begrudgingly went and got two new batteries and installed them in the mouse. Did it work? Of course not. So – without any mouse and using just keyboard shortcuts to navigate – I went to the system preferences to see if there was a “reconnect mouse” option or something. I managed (after a bit of faffing) to get to the mouse preferences, but unfortunately there was no immediately obvious solution. Then I had a brainwave. I’d switch off bluetooth, start it up again, and then that would probably make the mouse work. Clever eh?

I tabbed to the button that said “Switch off bluetooth” and hit the space bar. A box popped up. “If you switch off bluetooth, you will no longer be able to control your computer. Are you sure you wish to continue?”

In my panic, I pressed enter. “Bluetooth is now switched off”.


Anyway, here I am, 45 minutes and a USB mouse later, and everything seems to be working again now. Next time my Mac tells me to do something, I’ll do it. It’s clearly cleverer than me.

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