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Douglas Engelbart, The Man Behind The Mouse, Dies
2013-07-04 07:15:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Dr. Douglas Engelbart, the man who invented the computer mouse and reportedly developed early incarnations of email and word processing software, died Wednesday in his Atherton, California home at the age of 88. His passing was confirmed to Associated Press (AP) Technology Writer Michael Liedtke by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, where he had been a fellow since 2005. The museum said they had been...

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2010-03-10 06:35:00

A Microsoft Corp. researcher won one of technology's most coveted prizes on Tuesday after he designed and built what is widely considered the first modern personal computer. The $250,000 Turing Award went to Charles Thacker, who led the hardware development at Xerox Corp.'s famous Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC, in the 1970s.  He took part in developing innovative display and other technologies there that helped inspire future generations of computers. Thacker also co-invented the...

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2008-12-09 13:54:30

The computer mouse is celebrating its 40th birthday today. The creator of the mouse, Douglas Engelbart debuted his first prototypes of the now-familiar device in 1963 at Stanford Research Institute. He then showcased his creation to the public in 1968. Engelbart presented what some have called "the mother of all demos," outlining concepts that would presage the next 40 years of computing, including the use of a three-button palm-sized contraption called a "mouse." Since that time, numerous...

2008-12-08 23:01:00

The U.S. computer industry and Silicon Valley are marking the 40th anniversary Tuesday of the premiere of the personal computer. Douglas Engelbart and his team at SRI International -- known at the time as Stanford Research Institute -- gave the first public demonstration of the mouse and other fundamentals of modern computing Dec. 9, 1968. SRI, which has been separate from Stanford University since 1970, said it will hold a celebration Tuesday afternoon in Memorial Auditorium at Stanford to...

2008-09-24 00:00:15

By Simon Usborne Technological innovations are changing the way we use computers. So, asks Simon Usborne, does this mean the end for the mouse? For almost 30 years, they have scurried across the globe with relentless speed, spawning new generations as they darted through holes in our desks to colonise the space beside our keyboards. The mouse has shown an extraordinary ability to survive the breakneck speed of technological evolution. Nobody has carried out a census of these denizens of...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.