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Mouse Academy - Provides an opportunity to learn about the Microsoft Windows environment and the Mouse Device to help you navigate the Windows environment. This page is designed for those of you who need a little gentle help in learning this new knowledge and developing the manual dexterity with the Mouse. It is important for you to understand navigational properties and become comfortable with the technique and maneuvers to help you make a smooth transition in each of your courses. This page is designed for you to have fun while learning. Below are the definitions of some basic terms to get you started. They are for the Windows or any OS environment, the Mouse and what does OS really mean?:
any of several personal computer operating systems or environments featuring a graphical user interface.
Windows as defined by Dictionary.com: is an operating system. It is the "brains of the computer"
Microsoft 's proprietary window system and user interface software released in 1985 to run on top of MS-DOS. Widely criticised for being too slow (hence " Windoze ", " Microsloth Windows ") on the machines available then.
The 1996 market share of operating systems was:
DOS/Windows 70% Windows 95 15% Windows NT 2% Other 13%
The version history goes something like: 1985 Windows 1, 1987 Windows 2, 1987 Windows/386, 1990 Windows 3.0, 1992 Windows 3.1, 1992Windows for Workgroups 3.1, 1993 Windows 3.11, 1993 Windows forWorkgroups 3.11, 1993 Windows NT 3.1, 1994 Windows NT 3.5, 1995 Windows 95, 199? Windows NT 4, 1998 Windows 98, ? Windows NT 5.
Abbreviated as OS, an operating system is a powerful, and usually large, program that controls and manages the hardware and other software on a computer.
Computer hardware is the collection of physical parts of a computer system. This includes the computer case, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It also includes all the parts inside the computer case, such as the hard disk drive, motherboard, video card, and many others. Computer hardware is what you can physically touch.
A collection of programs for a personal computer that is used to automate common office tasks. The packages usually includes: word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, email, and database. These components are sold together and typically interface with each other.
A device that controls the movement of the cursor or pointer ona display screen. A mouse is a small object you can roll along a hard, flat surface. Its name is derived from its shape, which looks a bit like a mouse, its connecting wire that one can imagine to be the mouse's tail, and the fact that one must make it scurry along a surface. As you move the mouse, the pointer on the display screen moves in the same direction. Mice contain at least onebutton and sometimes as many as three, which have different functions depending on what program is running. Some newer mice also include a scroll wheel for scrolling through long documents.
Invented by Douglas Engelbart of Stanford Research Center in 1963, and pioneered by Xerox in the 1970s, the mouse is one of the great breakthroughs in computer ergonomics because it frees the user to a large extent from using the keyboard. In particular, the mouse is important for graphical user interfaces because you can simply point to options and objects and click a mouse button. Such applications are often called point-and-click programs. The mouse is also useful for graphics programs that allow you to draw pictures by using the mouse like a pen, pencil, or paintbrush.
There are three basic types of mice:
mechanical:Has a rubber or metal ball on its underside that can roll in all directions. Mechanical sensors within the mouse detect the direction the ball is rolling and move the screen pointer accordingly.
optomechanical: Same as a mechanical mouse, but uses optical sensors to detect motion of the ball.
optical: Uses a laser to detect the mouse's movement. You must move the mouse along a special mat with a grid so that the optical mechanism has a frame of reference. Optical mice have no mechanical moving parts. They respond more quickly and precisely than mechanical and optomechanical mice, but they are also more expensive.
Mice connect to PCs in one of several ways:
Mice connect to PCs in one of several ways:
Serial mice connect directly to an RS-232C serial port or a PS/2 port. This is the simplest type of connection.
PS/2 mice connect to a PS/2 port.
Cordless mice aren't physically connected at all. Instead they rely on infrared or radio waves to communicate with the computer. Cordless mice are more expensive than both serial and bus mice, but they do eliminate the cord, which can sometimes get in the way.