The man whose work was behind such computing mainstays as the mouse, graphical user interfaces, and hyperlinks has passed away.
Edward MoyerSenior Editor
Edward Moyer is a senior editor at CNET and a many-year veteran of the writing and editing world. He enjoys taking sentences apart and putting them back together. He also likes making them from scratch. ¶ For nearly a quarter of a century, he's edited and written stories about various aspects of the technology world, from the US National Security Agency's controversial spying techniques to historic NASA space missions to 3D-printed works of fine art. Before that, he wrote about movies, musicians, artists and subcultures.
Ed was a member of the CNET crew that won a National Magazine Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors for general excellence online. He's also edited pieces that've nabbed prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists and others.
Douglas Engelbart -- whose work was behind such computing mainstays as the mouse, graphical user interfaces, and hyperlinks -- has died at 88.
In an e-mail, Engelbart's daughter Christina said he had passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday night.
Among techies, Engelbart is perhaps best known for what tech writer Steven Levy once called "the mother of all demos."
On December 9, 1968, Engelbart, then director of Stanford Research Institute's Augmentation Research Center, took the stage at San Francisco's Brooks Hall auditorium and launched into a demonstration of the work he and SRI's chief engineer, Bill English, had been doing.
The 100-minute demo included such paradigm-shifting technologies as the world's first publicly seen mouse, as well as the introduction of hyperlinks and navigable windows. It was, according to John Markoff, reporter at The New York Times and author of "What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry," the first time that truly personal computing had been seen.
You can check out more about that famous presentation here, or watch the video below.