Meeses (was Re: OT HP vectra networking

From: Doug Yowza <>
Date: Mon Dec 7 14:07:36 1998

On Mon, 7 Dec 1998, Sam Ismail wrote:

> Everything new in the computer realm was invented long ago. Engineers
> just re-discover good designs. Heck, the mouse turns 30 this week!

Am I the only one who has never had enough space on my desk for a mouse?
(I hate meeses to pieces.) I've used the IBM trackpoint pretty much
exclusively ever since they came out with it.

I've had mice on the brain recently:

What was the first PC mouse, and how was it used? I think it was Mouse
Systems PC Mouse used with PC Paint in 1982, even before the Apple Lisa
hit the streets.

What was the first microcomputer mouse? I think it might be the same as
above, but microprocessor-based workstations like the Sun-1 might be

The first pointing device? I'm pretty sure it was the light pen used with
the SAGE in the 1950's.

How about an exhaustive (?) list of pointing devices? Light pen, touch
screen, track ball, touch pad, keyboard, pen + digitizer, mouse pen,
trackpoint (eraser head), knee pointer, eye tracker, head tracker, ring
mouse, isopoint (tootsie roll), space ball (3-d trackball), joystick,
power glove, steering wheel.


-- Doug
Received on Mon Dec 07 1998 - 14:07:36 GMT

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