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Never underestimate the power of a mouse.

The first documented use of "lab mice" as a research tool was  in 1909 by a Harvard undergraduate student named Clarence Cook Little.  Since the mouse genome is 80% identical to our own, and they have the same systems and organs we do,  they get the same diseases for the same reasons we do.  In fact much of what scientists know about our immune systems comes from studying mice. Laboratory mice have helped discover penicillin as well as a number of vaccines including polio and rabies. They've even helped pioneer the techniques that make organ transplants possible. Research on AIDS, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and almost every type of cancer relies on mice. And since mice age faster and breed more rapidly than humans and many other animals, scientists have been able to test the effects of diseases over generations. 

Of Mice and Men...
30 years ago the Internet was born under the idea that information that isn't shared is useless. Today, the problem isn't sharing information, it's finding it. And information that is hard to find is just as useless. Which is why we started this site. Everything on the site is designed to get you to the resource you need in 3 mouse clicks or less. The pages are designed to load quickly, with a minimum of complicated graphics and no multimedia components. Our goal is to provide quick access to the resources you need most frequently in one convenient place, 

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

I started this website in April 1999 while working as a full time IT consultant at a Fortune 100 company. A large part of my duties involved researching technical projects as part of preplanning and deployment (as well as troubleshooting), but I quickly became frustrated trying to find professional grade resources for Windows NT/2000 and MS BackOffice products online. The major search engines cover less than half of the web, and often return hundreds of irrelevant and broken links. I was tired of digging through mountains of useless queries, and visiting hundreds of web sites just to find a little technical information. What I needed was a knowledge base that indexed Microsoft's articles and whitepapers as well as the hundreds of third party and independent resources all in one place. Not another search engine, but a hand picked index of quality resources edited by Professionals, for Professionals. Along the way I discovered that many of my peers were just as frustrated, and were looking for a similar resource. So, we combined our favorite web sites, links, and other resources, and created the site we always wanted to find. And that, in a nutshell, is what LabMice.net is really all about.

Why LabMice.net?
We needed a site name that was short, easy to type, easy to remember, difficult to misspell, and sort of comical. Our first 20 or so picks were already registered, so on a whim we kicked around LabMice. Out of the 20 or 30 names we were considering, it was the only name in which .com .org and .net was still available. Walking through the maze of server racks and cubicles at my client's large corporate headquarters really reinforced the idea that we were simply mice working for a piece of cheese. During our 3 day debate and trademark research phase, LabMice.com was registered by a guy at Intel. We grabbed LabMice.net the next day.

Who are the LabMice?
The "LabMice" are a group of a dozen or so consultants, Administrators, Hackers, and other hardcore NT nuts I've had the pleasure of working with in the past several years. Most are MCSE's. All of them are simply the best and brightest people I've worked with at some of America's largest companies. (Including General Electric, BP/Amoco, Goodyear, IBM, HP, and Microsoft). Since its original inception in 1999, the LabMice community has grown to include technology professionals from around the world.

Design Goals
The primary purpose of this site is to be an alternative to Search Engines that frequently produce irrelevant or duplicate links, and other so called "resource" sites that simply list URL's with no explanation or organization. We search the web daily in the course of our professional careers, and post our best resources here. We've gone out of our way to ensure you won't get buried 10 levels deep in this site, or bombarded with out of date and useless information. You should be able to navigate to and from any page in this site in 3 clicks or less.

It is also my goal to make as much of this site, and what's on it, FREE. We'd like to "give back" to all the people that helped us along the way. If you find samples of shareware (or all out commercial software) referenced on the site, you can bet that either I've worked with it directly, or it's received glowing personal reviews from my fellow LabMice.

And another thing. We got tired of drab, boring, technical pages. We hope you'll enjoy the humor and light-heartedness of our site. ;-)

Help us improve our site
We are always looking for ways to improve this site and welcome any feedback, suggestions, comments, and constructive criticism from the IT Community. We read all of the e-mail we receive and do our best to answer most of it. Please send any comments to feedback@labmice.net You can also help us by reporting any broken links you may find. We use 2 separate search spiders to hunt down broken links, but occasionally a few get through. If you come across a broken link, just let us know about it and we'll get it fixed as soon as possible. (Usually within 24 hours)

 

 
 

 

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