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,
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.