Happy Birthday Computer Mouse


Ian

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The iconic computer mouse celebrates its 40th birthday today, after first debuting at a computing conference on 9th December 1968.

The BBC have an interesting video clip of this, showing that we haven't actually come too far in 40 years (in terms of ideas).

"The mouse, which was built by Bill English, helped Dr Engelbart demonstrate how text files could be clipped, copied and pasted as well as showing ways of using computer networks to collaborate on projects or co-edit documents. Dr Rulifson joined the group that Dr Engelbart assembled at the Stanford Research Institute in California after meeting the charismatic engineer while attending the FJCC in 1965.

Dr Engelbart wanted computers to act as helpers that augmented human intelligence and enabled people to operate far more efficiently and productively than they would without such tools.

The 1968 demonstration showed off the computer system, called NLS, developed to put these ideas into practical form."

Read the article and watch the video at the BBC.
 

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nivrip

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It's served us well over the years. :thumb:


I wonder how many there are scattered over this world of ours. Must be one or two thousand I reckon. :p
 
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