It’s Sunday night and I’m sitting on the sofa of my living room weary from a busy weekend with my laptop in front me. Yes, I’m finally doing my very first blog post! I’ve been brainstorming a bit and had an idea of what I wanted to write, but I couldn’t find the right timing to sit down and actually start blogging. Anyway, this article is devoted to Douglas Engelbart and his most famous invention — the mouse.
Out of the three Internet pioneers Engelbart may be my favorite. “The Mother of All Demos” (hypertext!) has interested me for two major reasons: 1) the invention of the mouse and some ubiquitous computer technologies; and 2) his lifelong contribution to the field of computer science. I might not have had the chance to write this article freely without his innovation. It’s the same for online telephony. Maybe we won’t be enjoying communicating on either Skype or Windows Live Messenger or any popular software. Engelbart has received many important awards for his achievements which gave significant impact to all our cyber-life. Other notable pioneers are also continuing to pursue their research and career, but I’m impressed by Engelbart’s vitality at the age of eighty-six.
Now, I’ll move on to what I really want to share with all of you. There are some unusual unique designed mice (ex. the extravagant handcrafted wooden mouse) out there that are just fun to look at.
Which mouse do you wanna try out? I’d probably pick the “Makeup” mouse or the “Jelly Click” mouse from the list: “Unusual Computer Mice You Probably Haven’t Seen Before”.
I think Engelbart wouldn’t have thought that his invention would transform into such art pieces. However, there’s a possibility that mice may disappear. I found some touch-sensetive tools such as optical mouse rings and the new five-fingered mouse. The recent trend in the market is to make everything more compact (what’s up with the newest generation of iPod nano?). Consequently, these toy-like types of tools may take over the role of Engelbart’s ingenious invention in the near future.