Doug Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, dies at 88

By Shawn Knight · 10 replies
Jul 3, 2013
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  1. Doug Engelbart, the man responsible for a number of key inventions during the early age of computing, has died at the age of 88. News of his death was confirmed by the Computer History Museum as well as the Stanford...

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  2. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    Another example for the apple fan-boys? lol
  3. free4rm

    free4rm TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Saddened to hear of the passing of a pioneer of modern technology. Many take for granted how all the modern devices we use today came to be and the creative individuals that have shaped our modern world. Thank you Mr. Engelbart!
  4. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Bill english invented the mouse, engelbert was his boss.
  5. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

  6. SexyMan

    SexyMan TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Well, from 1928 up to now, Disney still have the rights for Mickey Mouse.. But this guy who made or help made the mouse only made money of his popularly and widely used invention from 1970 to 1987 .. Something is really wrong here.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    RIP Doug. The world needs more people like you.
  8. DefragMind

    DefragMind TS Rookie

    The idea of one person having invented a completely new product or concept is just plain ludicrous. Nothing comes into existence without something else having existed prior to that. Zealous chauvinists and nationalists of course love to think that an inhabitant of "their" country has invented something without being influenced by other people's ideas or concepts but that way of thinking is so simplistic. Don't we ever get tired of that illusion? Also: what is the point of fragmented thinking? Who benefits from that? This idea of "they" vs. "us" or "you" vs. "I" ...
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  9. danhodge

    danhodge TS Member Posts: 80   +13

    I'm no lawyer, but I'm fairly certain that's because Mickey Mouse is a trademark (or copyright, maybe it counts as media?), and the mouse was a patent.
    A never-ending patent would stunt innovation, whereas a never-ending trademark/copyright wouldn't really have any negative consequences to that magnitude.
    Imagine if that patent had stuck until now, and only one company had the rights to make a mouse. The technology wouldn't have advanced to a level anywhere close to what it is at now.

    I agree that it sucks that this guy didn't make much money from this invention though. Seems like he bloody deserved it... A true visionary.
  10. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Addict Posts: 297   +59

    Not sure about that since says that Engelbart applied for a patent in 1967 and that
    "Telefunken company developed a mouse, which was described (and pictured) in a company magazine in October 1968, I.e. a few weeks before Doug Engelbart's demo, where he presented his mouse to the public."
  11. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    It's not really that serious... hence the LOL. Some would have called it trolling... most of what you said actually does not make much sense. There was someone out there to create the first "widget" before the "widget" ever existed. People invent new things all the time, dude! Things that were otherwise never in existence!

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