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The inventor of the mouse has died
Lisa Boxx Show this Post
07-03-2013, 11:13 PM #1
Lisa Boxx Incognito Anonymous
The Computer History Museum reports that Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse, passed away this morning. He was 88 years old.

Engelbart created the first mouse prototype in 1963. He showed off the capabilities of his invention, and of software developed to make use of it, in a famous 1968 demonstration.

As amazing as his demo was, it would take almost three decades for the mouse to reach a mass audience. Apple released the first successful mouse-based computer in 1984, but text-based DOS continued to dominate the industry until Microsoft developed tolerable versions of Windows in the early 1990s. The release of Windows 95 in 1995 signaled the final triumph of mouse-based computing.

That might seem like a long time, but as computer scientist Bill Buxton has argued, thirty years is actually a typical amount of time for a breakthrough computing invention to go from the first laboratory prototype to commercial ubiquity.

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07-03-2013, 11:24 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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They have come a long way. Without those, PC gaming would be almost impossible.
RIP Mr. Engelbart, heaven's just a click away. chuckle.gif

07-03-2013, 11:27 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,183 Threads:1,536 Joined:Feb 2011
Remember how filthy that trackball mouse was when you took it apart to clean it. omg.gif

Ok, mine wasn't that bad, but I used to do it on the school computers too when they got crappy. Basic maintenance, but eww! chuckle.gif
Lisa Boxx Show this Post
07-04-2013, 12:09 AM #4
Lisa Boxx Incognito Anonymous
(07-03-2013, 11:27 PM)Octo Wrote:  Remember how filthy that trackball mouse was when you took it apart to clean it. omg.gif

Ok, mine wasn't that bad, but I used to do it on the school computers too when they got crappy. Basic maintenance, but eww! chuckle.gif

They were ok, for their time. Just dont smoke around them. Ashes and mouses don't mix.

07-04-2013, 02:43 AM #5
Cynicalabsurdance Member
Posts:10,340 Threads:231 Joined:Feb 2011
That word at the end

this one >>>>--------> " ubiquity. "

did he invent that word as well ?

if so ,,,

he wasn't a mouse ,,,, he was a rat ,,

who the hell uses a word like that ?
07-04-2013, 02:46 AM #6
Cynicalabsurdance Member
Posts:10,340 Threads:231 Joined:Feb 2011
Here's the def.

" Existence or apparent existence everywhere at the same time; omnipresence:
"the repetitiveness, the selfsameness, and the ubiquity of modern mass culture"
(Theodor Adorno ). <----<<< Teddy needs his ass kicked !



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