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Old 06-18-2009, 04:08 AM
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A mouse is a small device that a Web Design Los Angeles computer user pushes across a desk surface in order to point to a place on a display screen and to select one or more actions to take from that position. The mouse first became a widely-used computer tool when Apple Computer made it a standard part of the Apple Macintosh. Today, the mouse is an integral part of the graphical user interface (GUI) of any personal computer. The mouse apparently got its name by being about the same size and colour as a toy mouse.

A mouse consists of a metal or plastic housing or casing, a ball that sticks out of the bottom of the casing and is rolled on a flat surface, one or more buttons on the top of the casing, and a cable that connects the mouse to the computer. As the ball is moved over the surface in any direction, a sensor sends impulses to the computer that causes a mouse-responsive program to reposition a visible indicator (called a cursor) on the display screen. The positioning is relative to some variable starting place. Viewing the cursor's present position, the user readjusts the position by moving the mouse.

(Just read, not imp)The most conventional kind of mouse has two buttons on top: the left one is used most frequently. In the Windows operating systems, it lets the user click once to send a "Select" indication that provides the user with feedback that a particular position has been selected for further action. The next click on a selected position or two quick clicks on it causes a particular action to take place on the selected object. For example, in Windows operating systems, it causes a program associated with that object to be started. The second button, on the right, usually provides some less-frequently needed capability. For example, when viewing a Web page, you can click on an image to get a popup menu that, among other things, lets you save the image on your hard disk. Some mouses have a third button for additional capabilities. Some mouse manufacturers also provide a version for left-handed people.

Windows 95 and other operating systems let the user adjust the sensitivity of the mouse, including how fast it moves across the screen, and the amount of time that must elapse within a "double click.". In some systems, the user can also choose among several different cursor appearances. Some people use a mouse pad to improve traction for the mouse ball.

Although the mouse has become a familiar part of the personal computer, its design continues to evolve and there continue to be other approaches to pointing or positioning on a display. Notebook computers include built-in mouse devices that let you control the cursor by rolling your finger over a built-in trackball. IBM's Scroll Point mouse adds a small "stick" between two mouse buttons that lets you scroll a Web page or other content up or down and right or left.
 
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:19 AM
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Thank you, that is so interesting and so relevant to this forum.

In hot-rodding slang, a "Mouse" is also a cast-iron small block V8 engine from General Motors: any derivative of the original 265 cubic inch V8 from the early 50s which saw incarnations of 283, 302, 305, 327, 350, "396" and 400 cubic inches during its 40+ years of use in production cars, ending with the LT1 and LT4 in 1996-97, and still in production as crate engines and for marine applications and stationary generator sets. In one form or another, obviously heavily evolved, it was the standard engine in 'vettes from the first V8 versions (1956 I believe) until 1996. The mouse motor is arguably one of the most successful engines ever designed, from both a racing, prdocution, or profit perspective.

The "Mouse" contrasts with the "Rat" (big block) V8 from GM, alsoknow early on as the "porcupine" (because of its varied valve stem angles), which was 396, 427, or 454 cubic inches in production runs and still available as a crate engine from 454 and 512 up to 572 cubic inches (decked block versions).
 
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:43 PM
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Lee, I think your information is much more interesting.

Cheers
 
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