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18/07/2013 by
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The Inventor Of The Computer Mouse Is No More…

Early this month on second of July, Douglas Engelbart, the famous Silicon Valley engineer and inventor of many concepts of modern computing, including the computer mouse, took his last breath at the age of 88.

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Douglas Engelbart was born in 1925 at Portland, Oregon. He dedicated his life for computer engineering studying and developing Human-Computer interaction, Hypertext, Groupware, and Internet Technology.

While this is one news about the death of the giant who invented the computer mouse, there is rising speculation whether the computer mouse itself is going to demise forever.

Mouse-less Mobiles, Tablets & Touch

With the popularity of mobile internet and touch-enabled mobile devices, mobile website development is at its peak.

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The mouse-less mobile devices are smartly and quickly taking over the popularity of desktop computers.

Online marketing has changed to mobile marketing. With these devices, one can literally, carry his world along with him.

Now business owners and marketers who own a website wish to have a mobile website for better conversion.

Greatest Quotes of Douglas Engelbart

While Douglas Engelbart left us behind with his greatest ever innovation – the computer mouse, let us remember the great soul through some of his greatest and insightful quotes:

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Douglas on Human Behavior
“The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.”

On Future of Computing

“In 20 or 30 years, you’ll be able to hold in your hand as much computing knowledge as exists now in the whole city, or even the whole world.”

On Digital Revolution
“The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.”

Douglas on naming his Invention as ‘Mouse’
“I don’t know why we call it a mouse. Sometimes I apologize. It started that way and we never did change it.”

The motto of Doug Engelbart Institute
“Boosting mankind’s capability for coping with complex, urgent problems.”

The thoughts that gave Douglas his Vision of Life
“I realized that I didn’t have any more goals than a steady job, getting married and living happily ever after,”
“How can my career maximize my contribution to mankind?”

On Augmenting Human Intellect
“By ‘augmenting human intellect’ we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems. Increased capability in this respect is taken to mean a mixture of the following: more-rapid comprehension, better comprehension, the possibility of gaining a useful degree of comprehension in a situation that previously was too complex, speedier solutions, better solutions, and the possibility of finding solutions to problems that before seemed insoluble…”

On Inventing the Mouse – So Humble Thoughts
“It was no great shakes, the invention … It was just putting together things that were already known. So that’s how we got the first mouse…”

On his Growing up Years
“Growing up without a father, through the teenage years and such, I was always sort of different … Other people knew what they were doing, and had good guidance, and had enough money to do it. I was getting by, and trying. I never expected, ever, to be the same as anyone else…”

On Technology Now & Then
“Even way back then, we already had the concept of multiple windows … Any one application could manage multiple windows, and you could easily move objects, paragraphs, and words between them…”

On his Philanthropic Vision
“I remember being thrilled. Just the whole concept of helping people work and think that way just excited me…”

On Human’s tendency to follow one’s Vision

“Sometimes I reflect on how naive somebody has to be in order to get visions — and plug away at them — that ultimately proceed, and how many other people with visions that are as naive just fall off the cliff…”

Born in Portland, Oregon, Douglas Carl Engelbart was a permanent resident of Atherton, California. The world will remember him for his work and words forever.

More about a remarkable man here on Wikipedia.

My Opinion
Douglas Engelbart has contributed a lot to the world of early as well as modern computing, especially in the fields of human-computer interaction, Hypertext, and Internet technology.

He earned notable awards for his inventions including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (highest in this category in US), Norbert Wiener Award for Social and Professional Responsibility, Computer History Museum Fellow Award.

Other than being a great innovator, Douglas was also a great human being and a lover of the humankind.

What About You?
Do you think Douglas Engelbart’s invention of computer mouse is as essential as hands and legs for human bodies? Do you also in the same view that this is the greatest invention in the history of Human-Computer Interaction?

What are your views on the growth of modern mobile devices that has completely alienated the use of mouse? Is the computer mouse going to vanish in the coming years? Share your thoughts.

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About the Author
Mohit Aggarwal is a seasoned blog writer and technology enthusiast. He has been contributing to several blogs on topics like technology, cloud computing, social media, internet marketing, travel etc. for past couple of years.

 

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