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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Call the trackball the recumbent bicycle of pointing devices: arguably superior (no mouse pad required!), beloved by a few weirdos, but never a mainstream hit (except, of course, when mounted inside a Missile Command console). I count myself among the weirdos–I used a wonderfully ambidextrous, sturdy Kensington Expert Mouse like this one for years. It’s a testament to the universal acceptance of Engelbart’s invention that Kensington calls this a mouse despite the fact that it isn’t one. (The company makes a modern version to this day.)¬† (Image from Leedsmet.)

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