Watch this: Doug Engelbart shows off the mouse, desktop, and internet in 1968

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Doug Engelbart is being hailed in many obituaries today as the inventor of the mouse, but this American inventor is responsible for so much more. In this hour-and-a-half long demo from 1968, Engelbart shows off a system he helped design, featuring a mouse, graphical user interface, clickable hyperlinks, and even video conferencing.

A bit dry at times, but still fascinating to think that here are bits of computing that would be come standard, shown off a good 20 years before they became available in the mainstream market.

Rest in peace, Mr. Engelbart, and thanks for your contributions.



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