Classic Computing

Doug Engelbart demonstrating stuff that we now take for granted …

On December 9, 1968, Douglas C. Engelbart and the group of 17 researchers working with him in the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA, presented a 90-minute live public demonstration of the online system, NLS, they had been working on since 1962. The public presentation was a session in the of the Fall Joint Computer Conference held at the Convention Center in San Francisco, and it was attended by about 1,000 computer professionals. This was the public debut of the computer mouse. But the mouse was only one of many innovations demonstrated that day, including hypertext, object addressing and dynamic file linking, as well as shared-screen collaboration  involving two persons at different sites communicating over a network with audio and video interface. 

http://sloan.stanford.edu/MouseSite/1968Demo.html

When I first saw this it blew me away. There they are, demonstrating a mouse (hmmm), Hyperlinking (WWW!) and other technological wonders that pretty much prop us up now ;-)