In 1968, Doug Engelbart invented the Mouse, the Hyperlink, Cut – Copy & Paste, Object Linking and Embedding, and he was a pioneer of Arpanet on which the Internet was built. It was on his work that Tim Berners-Lee built the Web. Doug has passed away today at age 88.
He has been absolutely one of my heroes since as AV Technician, I showed the whole 100 minute video (linked to in parts below) to the computing department of University College London back in 1969.
I remember the audience seemed interested but the consensus was “It’ll never catch on”. I believed him!
I’ve had links to these videos on my website ever since I’ve had a website. Anyone who thinks Microsoft, Apple or even Xerox invented the Graphical User Interface, the Mouse, the Internet, the Hyperlink etc should click here: The real birth of computing as we know it. Watch Clip 12.