Happy Birthday Mouse! You've Turned 40!!!


Posted December 1, 2008 - By r_pad

While many of you are passionately arguing about the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, let's take some time to pay respect to a device all of us have used and enjoyed: the mouse. The Telegraph has posted an article reflecting on the mouse, as it celebrates its 40th birthday.

"The computer mouse was the creation of Doug Engelbart and his team at the Stanford Research Institute in California, who needed a simple way of controlling their computers. The result was a carved wooden block mounted on wheels, with a long cable trailing out the back. One researcher nicknamed it a mouse, and the moniker stuck. 'We thought that when it had escaped out to the world it would have a more dignified name,' said Mr Engelbart. 'But it didn't.'"

The mouse is a brilliant input device that has enriched all our lives. The world of personal computers is much better and simpler thanks to its creation.

Out of curiousity, what kind of mouse do you use? For a long time, I was a fan of Logitech mice. Since I used to travel a lot, the VX Nano Cordless Mouse was my instrument of choice. Unfortunately, I lost it in Narita airport. The tragic loss coupled with a change of my travel schedule has caused me to go back to a longtime favorite -- the Kensington Trackball. So what's your pointing device of choice? Do you prefer ergonomically-designed ones like the Logitech VX? Do you enjoy precision gaming mice like Razer's offerings? Or do you just use the no-frills mouse that came with your Dell?


Happy Birthday Mouse! You've Turned 40!!!


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