Monday, December 8, 2008


The PC mouse turned 40 this week. Some information gives 12/8/1968 as the exact date and others 12/9/1969. The Stanford sites gives 12/9/1968 as the date the mouse made its debut at the Fall Joint Computer Conference held at the Convention Center in San Francisco. It was invented by Douglas C. Engelbart and his team at the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA and presented to the public during a 90-minute live presentation at the above mentioned conference. The mouse was originally made from a block of wood on wheels with a long cord (tail). For more information visit the Stanford site at You can also visit the link below to read an article in The Telegraph by Claudine Beaumont published on 12/1/08. The article shows a photo of Mr. Engelbart and all the various versions of the mouse. Can you imagine computing as you know it today without the mouse? Share your thoughts. Happy birthday again!

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Anonymous said...

Wow! The mouse is 40!Thanks Ava for the info.

Ava,can you help me figure out why Nvidia graphic card keeps messing up when I try to transfer video to DVD?

AvaByGrace said...

Thanks for continuing to read Web Bytes and I look forward to your comments.
You didn't give much to go on pertaining to your Nvidia problem and video is not my forte. Check out the link below for Nvidia forums
See if your problem is addressed there and let me know if this was of any help to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ava. Thanks for the link. I did check it out but I didn't find a solution. I am trying to convert a VHS tape to DVD using a Dazzle capturing device. Everything is hooked up correctly and working fine until...all of sudden the screen starts blinking and the screen goes into a holding pattern. The computer is still working but I don't have any visual capacity. So I end up having to reboot. On occasion the error message may read something about the Nvidia driver is not responding. I know this isn't your forte but I will keep trying to research the matter. Thanks for your help, though.

AvaByGrace said...

Give me the exact error message and I'll see what I can do. I'll check back around 10 PM EST.