Today is the 50 anniversary of "the mother of all demos", given by Douglas Engelbart. In 1968, he decided to skip 40 years of technological progress and introduce the internet, markup languages, the mouse, collaborative editors and videoconferences in just one hour and a half. Just amazing.

@Diego Vicente @Andrew Roach @Adrian Cochrane @🅕🅘🅝🅐🅛 🅱🅞🅢🅢

One of my co-workers at SUMEX-AIM (Nick Veizades) built the mouse out of parts in his garage. When Doug moved his team over to SRI he left in in our lab. As far as I know it's still there - just laying on a table in the middle of a server room at Stanford. No sign or placard, really just laying on a table in the midst of a bunch of old spare parts.

@mike @xj9 @ajroach42 That is heartbreaking: that mouse belongs in a computing history museum

@diegovicente @xj9 @mike so much of NLS is gone, and all we have to remember it is this video.

As I’ve said and written about before, we are as a people really bad at preserving our history.

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