The computer mouse has been a companion to all those who have operated a computer over about the past twenty years. Buying a computer is not complete unless you get a mouse with it. Today, it comes with every computer sold and it seems impossible to operate windows, play games, manage software and interact with any of the computers without a mouse as a means of control. Even now, you might be using a mouse to access this very article unless you are using a mobile device.
The news we have here is regarding the sad demise of the inventor of this useful device. SRI reported the death of Douglas Engelbart in his home. Some interesting facts about his invention, the mouse, are still unknown to the masses like the fact that Engelbart wished to name the mouse an “x-y position indicator”. He succeeded in getting a patent for his device but the name we have for it today remained when another engineer devised ‘mouse’ as a name for it. Imagine calling it a “xypi” instead! Nonetheless, you might like to watch the video series of his mouse demonstrations that were a major breakthrough 40 years back.