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What I Learned – The Computer Mouse Turns 50

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On Dec. 9, 1968, engineer Douglas Engelbart introduced the computer mouse at a product demo, bringing one of the essential elements of the personal computer to the public. The Onion looks back at the development of the computer mouse on its 50-year anniversary.


1506:

Leonardo da Vinci sketches rudimentary plans for a trackball.


1970:

Xerox unveils a computer mouse the size of an entire room.


1980:

The invention of the optical mouse is suppressed by the rubber ball industry.


1985:

Steve Jobs resigns from Apple in a rage after a heated argument over whether they’re called “mice” or “mouses.”


1991:

The world’s first wireless mouse is bought and immediately lost.


1996:

Last worthwhile thing clicked.


1998:

Those mice with the big-ass red-and-black trackballs came out, and everyone had one for two or three years.


1999:

Microsoft’s new LED mouse devastates the thriving mousepad industry.


2018:

Coworker with stupid fancy ergonomic chair announces plans to buy dumbass vertical mouse.


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