Here's a candidate for a plastic product that has quietly become a fixture in our world, but didn't exist a generation ago: the computer mouse. According to this story from Macworld.com, the mouse turns 40 years old today. Hard to believe, but the first mouse actually goes back even farther, to 1963, when Douglas Englebart created the first prototype at the Stanford Research Institute. But today is the official mouse "birthday" because on this date in 1968, he first showed the product to the public, and the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. Stanford actually has a video of that very first public showing on its Web site. It includes a classic line: "I don't know why we call it a mouse. It started that way and we never changed it." The mouse came along so quietly, I can't remember when I first started using one. Now, when I have to work on a laptop without a mouse, it drives me crazy. On a related note, can you believe that people born in 1968 are now 40 years old? Tempus fugit.
Computer mouse turns 40
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