vale doug engelbart

As we moved between locations in 2011, I chanced upon a few good books by way of the local goodwill. One of those gems was Markoff’s “What the Doormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry”, a fascinating read to say the least. Foremost among the relatively obscure heroes behind the tech monoliths of today was Doug Engelbart, inventor of the mouse, who sadly passed yesterday. Judging by Markhoff’s account, the man was a consummate genius. CNN quotes him as once saying “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”

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