mouse droppings

mouse droppings

(graphics, operating system, jargon)
Pixels (usually single) that are not properly restored when the mouse pointer moves away from a particular location on the screen, producing the appearance that the mouse pointer has left droppings behind. The major causes for this problem are MS-DOS programs that write to the screen memory corresponding to the mouse pointer's current location without hiding the mouse pointer first, and mouse drivers that do not quite support the graphics mode in use.

mouse droppings

(World-Wide Web, jargon)
The client address recorded in a World-Wide Web server's log whenever a client connects to a site.

Users may be unaware that their activity is being logged in this way but the potential for misuse of the information is limited.

[March 1996 Macworld, p260, Viewpoint article by Larry Irving].
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Mouse droppings were found underneath the chip fryers and near the doner kebab spit.
MOUSE droppings discovered running throughout a takeaway have cost its owner PS3,401 at court.
Jon Place, owner of Integrity Computers (ITS), in Boldon, South Tyneside, said: "At first we weren't sure what it was as it looked like scrunchedup kitchen paper, but when we looked closely we found mouse droppings, and that the little fella had gnawed through the wires at the back.
The firm's owner Jon Place said: "At first we weren't sure what it was as it looked like scrunched up kitchen paper, but when we looked closely we found mouse droppings, and that the little fella had gnawed through the wires at the back.
A CAFE and takeaway in Middlesbrough has been ordered to close after mouse droppings were found on the dirty premises.
But the school's headteacher, Kathryn Vernon, said the council's pest control team had so far found no evidence of rats - but had identified mouse droppings in the rooms affected.
A JAMIE Oliver butcher's was temporarily closed after inspectors found a "heavy presence" of mouse droppings and other breaches.
He said: "The officers inspected the bakery and found a large number of mouse droppings on plastic storage boxes and 17 mouse droppings where pastry was kept.
In addition to the rat droppings, mouse droppings were found in the food store area and there were ants found running over the shelves and squashed in the sugar and flour bin.
Matt Allwright and Chris Hollins visit a takeaway where mouse droppings were also on the menu, and they investigate rustling - that's livestock theft.
The inspector wrote: "Conditions found at the time of the visit were poor and the following should be addressed: One, mouse droppings were found in various areas of the theatre, including kiosk, Gershwin wash area and ice cream room.