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Douglas Engelbart Dies at 88

Posted July 4, 2013 By Dan

Douglas Engelbart, the original designer of the computer mouse as well as a significant visionary for networked computers, died today at the age of 88.

Engelbart was a World War II veteran, where he served overseas as a radar technician.  Over the years he dreamed of and created the first mouse, which included a revolutionary change in how user interfaces worked.  He patented the X-Y position system in 1970, which essentially is what is still used today to graphically display the movement of the mouse on the screen.

Engelbart was well respected in the early days of the industry when true “research” was conducted, backed largely by government money (NASA, Defense, etc).  His concepts, like the mouse, were incorporated by men like Steve Jobs in his creation of the first mouse driven Operating System – the Apple Macintosh in 1984.

From this first mouse, invented decades ago, Engelbart lead us, humanity, away from just a keyboard with a black screen/green text connected to a mainframe.  He could see the value of us each having a computer that we could comfortably use, as well as interact with others over a network.

Thank You, Douglas Engelbart.  Rest In Peace.

The New York Times has a nice article on him, as well as CNN.

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Sean SmithSean Smith, an information management official with the U.S. State Department, died on September 11th, 2012 during a massive assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.  The assault claimed three other lives, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

Sean was 34 years old and an Air Force veteran.  He was an online gamer, a student enrolled in Penn State’s online school, and someone that even his mother called a “gaming nerd.”  He was truly an IT hero.

Sean was married with two kids.  If you are interested in donating, an online fundraiser has been set up on YouCaring.com.  Over $100,000 has been raised so far.

Here is the video of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton speaking about the four killed Americans.

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