Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were invited to the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC as it became known as) and Jobs went home and immediately started the WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointer device) interface project which later became the Lisa machine (which failed in the market) and that evolved into the Macintosh product.
Quiet sadly, a great many things were developed at PARC and none were developed into successful products by Xerox -- only by those that had a marketing team that was johnny-on-the-spot with new technologies.
Topeka temporarily named Google, Kansas. I once refused a mainframe programming project in Topeka, KS. I didn't want to travel and programming jobs were a dime a dozen at the time. Those were the days. Now my friend is so desperate he would fly to Louisville, KY on Monday and return to Chicago on Friday holding two residences to practice mainframe programming. Can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Great list of hardware this week, I just love Steel Series' hardware I'm currently using their Steel Series IKARI mouse, awesome just love the look and the feel even though, I find it to be quite um.. how would I say it not durable after a while playing CS:S the area where my thumb is started to budge open. It looked kinda like if I force my thumb unto it, it would've been broken and this is just within the first week I bought it. Anyways I like thermaltake's Contac 29 Direct Touch and that Mushkin Mulholland Drive 2GB USB performance is amazing and just as reviewed the fixed amount of space 2GB which really sucks but I think I might just grab it because its so cheap.