The Mouse That Soared

A celebration of Douglas Engelbart's indomitable, ever-evolving pointing device on the 40th anniversary of its public debut.

By  |  Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm

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The 1993 “Microsoft Mouse 2.0” must have been one of the best-selling pointing devices of all time–I still see them faithfully in service fifteen years later. But for southpaws such as me, its “ergonomic” design was a curse: It was artfully sculpted to fit…your right hand. (I once had a Microsoft product manager cheerfully tell me that it was a good fit for lefties, too–as long as they switched hands to use it.) It started a trend towards non-ambidextrous design which continues, I’m sorry to say, to this day. (Image from GUIdebook.)

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