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PC premiered 40 years ago to awed crowd


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Posted 08 December 2008 - 05:27 PM

(12-07) 19:24 PST -- Little did the world realize 40 years ago that a San Francisco stage was featuring the first public glimpse of an invention that would revolutionize not only our daily lives but also our ability to solve the world's problems.

An audience of about 1,000 people had witnessed the premiere of the personal computer.

The Dec. 9, 1968, unveiling of the primitive device with a mouse and interactive screen - in a now-legendary demonstration by its inventor, Douglas Engelbart of the Stanford Research Institute - drew a rousing, standing ovation from the computing cognoscenti who recognized the significance of what they had just seen.


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Posted 08 December 2008 - 10:51 PM

Wow, I've never heard of this demonstration before but that is truly amazing. I bet the team who originally worked are amazed by how far all of this has come.

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 04:35 PM

The whole demo is at the bottom of this page: Mother of all Demos

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 04:33 PM

Man, I remember the first time I watched that video. All I kept thinking was "wow! All this stuff was conceived of in 1968! These guys were visionary!"

Up until then I had thought that the concept of the mouse had been invented by Xerox PARC in the late 70's. It just goes to show you that if something works very well, it'll be around for a while.




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