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The 1st Computer Rodent
Kirt's Cogitations™ #54

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   Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation.
   Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.


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The 1st Computer Rodent

In 1964, Dr. Douglas Engelbart received a patent for a device consisting of a wooden shell and two metal wheels - the computer mouse. In 1970, a patent was awarded  (out of more than 45 for Dr. Englebart) for what was described in the patent application as an "X-Y position indicator for a display system." He nicknamed it the "mouse" because the tail came out the end.

Dr. Douglas Engelbart's mouse prototype