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Readers may recall that today is the 40th anniversary of Doug Engelbart‘s  seminal presentation–“The Mother of All Demos”— credited by many as the birth of interactive computing.

There will be celebrations.

Readers might be amused to recall that it was in this demo that Engelbart’s invention (with Bil English), the computer mouse, made its debut.  Just this month, Logitech announced that it had shipped its 1 billionth mouse…  to be sure, in this age of track pads and touch screens, the technology is dated.  Still, one company, one billion…

As we remember the mouse that roared, we might recall that it was on this date in 1843 that the first commercially-available Christmas card, commissioned by Sir Henry Cole, with illustrations by artist John Callcott Horsley, went on sale (in London).

Horsley’s card

(Horsley also designed “the Horsley envelope” a postage-pre-paid envelope that was the precursor to the postage stamp.)


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December 9, 2008 at 12:01 am

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