Engelbart demos first computer with mouse

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    Dan Packard
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    50 years ago today, Portland native Doug Engelbart demonstrated a computer system that worked with a monitor, mouse and keyboard and allowed text editing, searching, linking, video conferencing, email and more. A revolutionary step ahead for the way we interact with computers and take for granted today.

    The geeky video from his presentation on Dec 9, 1968 is here,

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    Andrew
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    Hard to believe all of the basic of PC editing were in place fifty years ago!!! Thanks, Dan.

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    missing_kskd
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    Very lucid production! Xerox went on to develop the Alto, which basically presented computing as we know it today.

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    nosignalallnoise
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    …And it’s just been downhill ever since.

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    Alfredo_T
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    Years ago, I heard that Bill Gates was resistant to the idea of the mouse because this peripheral requires that the user remove one hand from the keyboard. Is this story true?

    Nevertheless, I would have never guessed that in 1968, anything like this would have been possible. Even when I was growing up, I thought that the concept of video conferences, as presented on superhero childrens’ shows was over the top. I wondered, why does anybody need to see the people to whom they are talking? In retrospect, many of these shows were made after this demo took place.

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    lastday
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    KVAL ran a story about this tonight on the 5 & 6 o’clock news.

    https://kval.com/news/local/im-not-sure-it-was-the-most-ergonomic-design-but-it-was-the-first

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