The mouse’s debut

In 1968, at the Stanford Research Institute, Douglas Englebart gave a public demonstration of the computer system he and his team had been working on which included the first outing for the mouse — “I don’t know why we call it a mouse. It started that way and we never changed it.” He also showed off hyperlinking, collaboration over a network and a method of inputting text by chording, among other features. You can watch a video of the presentation at Stanford’s MouseSite. Even if you’re not particularly techy, it’s fascinating to see this 34 year old video of what was then the cutting edge.

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