40 years ago today the first PC (complete with instant messaging and mouse!) was demonstrated by members of the Stanford Research Institute. The group created the machine (which would be funded and supported both by NASA and DARPA) and used the demonstration to show how information could be better handled. In a very cool nod to the past, Stanford has put the entire demo up on the web.
During the demo (in San Francisco), Doug Engelbart communicates with his office at Stanford, edits documents and uses the very first mouse (which Engelbart designed, and Justin English built. They even called it a mouse because "it was a box with a tail coming out of it.) The mouse is awesome, it was made of pine!
This in Engelbart today, with the mouse. Amazing to think that there was a working PC years before Apple or IBM even dreamed of such a thing…
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