The Life of a Mouse

by Eric Ebert on 8. June 2011 – 10:35

What does Wikipedia says about our dear mouse?

The modern mouse:

Around 1981 Xerox included mice with its Xerox Star, based on the mouse used in the 1970s on the Alto computer at Xerox PARC. Sun Microsystems, Symbolics, Lisp Machines Inc., and Tektronix also shipped workstations with mice, starting in about 1981. Later, inspired by the Star, Apple Computer released the Apple Lisa, which also used a mouse. However, none of these products achieved large-scale success. Only with the release of the Apple Macintosh in 1984 did the mouse see widespread use.

Andrew Chan (Nov. 2004). “The Macintosh Phenomenon: Celebrating Twenty Years of the World’s Most Adored Desktop Computers”. HWM: 74–77.

I wanted to know how far my mouse travels in its lifetime. It turns out that I’m not alone when I asked myself that question. Here is some of what I found: Read More…



How far have we come??

by Eric Ebert on 5. June 2011 – 10:43

As I was checking my computer this morning for any new software updates, I started thinking about how far computers have come just in my lifetime. You see, I grew up with a PC that was a hand me down from my fathers company. They were out dated and slow. They used the MS-DOS Line Command interface. (Not easy to use as a hyper-active pre-teen) Back then, it was a real luxury to have a PC in your home. In fact, I don’t even think they used the word PC (personal Computer) back then, it was just a computer.

The big players were still dominating the market, Xerox and IBM. They had built proprietary software to function on the machines that they were building. And that makes sense to me. The only problem was, what if I want to update my software? And which computer classes do I have to take in order to do it? What if a company came out with a better OS, can I use that on my ‘Big Blue’ computer?

The answer was No, not surprisingly…. Read More…



To stay or not to stay, the trusty PC Vs. The new Apple gadget??

by Eric Ebert on 2. June 2011 – 10:45

I know it’s an ongoing debate, and sometimes a very heated argument, about which is better, but I want both. I have my trusty PC at home and at work. I have my Apple I-pad and my Iphone, but why??

I, like many of you, was a little sceptical when the first generation I-pad came out. I had my laptop and my Iphone and the old desktop….What would I need an in-between tablet for? Surely an iphone would be enough for small on-the-go internet searches, and when the task is too big for the phone, I could always slip into a cozy corner at Starbucks and hack-away at the laptop. In the end though, also like most of you, curiosity got the better of me…and my money!

I love my Ipad, I can sit and read an e-book at the beach or quickly grab it to show my friends my latest vacation pictures.(the ones I didn’t put on Facebook) Its simple to grab, doesn’t take time to load, and its well organised. I could, from the first day I got it, use it like a pro! I move files around like WOPR in war games! (I may have just revealed a little too much about my age) Shortcuts and easily accessible tabs and drop-down menus make me feel as if I’m in control. But what about my PC?? A friend told me, ‘A PC is like a wife, sometimes a little boring, but always there and always ready to help out.’

I agree, but that’s also part of the problem. Read More…



Copy & Paste – used daily, but who invented it?

by Eric Ebert on 30. May 2011 – 10:47

Today, almost every one of us, who has a modern operating system, uses programs with a”copy & paste” – function. We’ve gone off to search for the history of this function.

The underlying technology is not complicated: We select some text and this is copied to another medium, usually a clipboard. Now we can paste the selected text again, and again, at any point.

When files are copied, for example, travel photos from the desktop onto a USB stick, only the file path is loaded into the cache.

We save system resources and also have the ability to copy larger files.

In our search for the origins, we must also examine the “cut & paste” method. Read More…