Watch this: Doug Engelbart shows off the mouse, desktop, and internet in 1968

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Doug Engelbart is being hailed in many obituaries today as the inventor of the mouse, but this American inventor is responsible for so much more. In this hour-and-a-half long demo from 1968, Engelbart shows off a system he helped design, featuring a mouse, graphical user interface, clickable hyperlinks, and even video conferencing.

A bit dry at times, but still fascinating to think that here are bits of computing that would be come standard, shown off a good 20 years before they became available in the mainstream market.

Rest in peace, Mr. Engelbart, and thanks for your contributions.

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.

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