Fifteen years before the Mac, Doug Engelbart demo’d videoconferencing, hyperlinks, text editing and something called a ‘mouse.’ [Via: Wired News]
This is a three page, easy to read article which is extremely interesting. Go read the whole thing. Below are a couple of items which particularly caught my eye.
… we tested all the pointing gadgets available to see which was the best. … We set up our experiments and the mouse won in every category, even though it had never been used before. It was faster, and with it people made fewer mistakes. … We also did a lot of experiments to see how many buttons the mouse should have. We tried as many as five. We settled on three. That’s all we could fit. Now the three-button mouse has become standard, except for the Mac. Steve Jobs insisted on only one button. We haven’t spoken much since then.
… We weren’t interested inautomationbut inaugmentation.We were not just building a tool, we were designing an entire system for working with knowledge.