On the the 40th anniversary of Doug Engelbart's famous 1968 demo
of a personal computer system, we urged everyone
to find some time to watch the video of his demo. Now, with the news that Engelbart passed away last night in his sleep
, at age 88, we'll once again suggest you find the 100 minutes necessary to rewatch the demo
This is the birth of modern personal computing on so many levels. Engelbart, and his staff at SRI, more or less invented the very concept of a personal computer, including the mouse, the graphical user interface, hyperlinks, and so much more that is now standard today. So many of those concepts are now ubiquitous, in part, because of Engelbart's brilliance, and his openness in sharing what he was working on and inspiring so many of those who came into contact with him over the years. Engelbart shared these concepts with the world, and the world took them and built so many useful things with them. The computing world we live in today would likely be very, very different if there had never been a Doug Engelbart.