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  • Happy New Year
    on Dec 31, 2012
  • Apple Gets Into The Mouse Game
    on Dec 6, 2012 in History of the computer mouse
    Around the same period, Steve Jobs was also looking for an innovative input system for his forthcoming Apple systems, and considered the mouse to be just it. For this reason, he commissioned design firm Hovey-Kelley to create an inexpensive, mass...
  • The “ball mouse” and Xerox
    on Oct 21, 2012
    Although it was Engelbart who first developed the mouse, his former colleague, Bill English, was the one who took forward its development. Hence, while working in 1972 for Xerox in its already famous Palo Alto Research Park, English and Jack Hawley r...
  • The B.X. (Before Xerox) Era
    on Sep 11, 2012 in History of the computer mouse
    Most people tend to associate the invention of the mouse with Xerox and its research park. In fact, the first functional mouse was actually demonstrated by Douglas Engelbart, a researcher from the Stanford Research Institute, back in 1963. The respec...
  • Computer Mouse
    on Aug 20, 2012 in History of the computer mouse
    A mouse is a pointing device that functions by detecting two-dimensional motion relative to its supporting surface. Physically, a mouse consists of an object held under one of the user's hands, with one or more buttons.The mouse sometimes features ot...
  • 3½ Inch Format
    on Apr 19, 2012 in History of the floppy disk
    Sony introduced their own small-format 90.0 mm × 94.0 mm disk, similar to the others but somewhat simpler in construction than the AmDisk 3-inch floppy. The first computer to use this format was Sony's SMC 70 of 1982. Other than Hewlett-Packard's HP...
  • Mitsumi's "Quick Disk" 3-inch floppies
    on Apr 3, 2012 in History of the floppy disk
    Another 3-inch format was Mitsumi's Quick Disk format. The Quick Disk format is referred to in various size references: 2.8-inch, 3-inch×3-inch and 3-inch×4-inch. Mitsumi offered this as OEM equipment, expecting their VAR customers to customize the...
  • The 3-inch compact floppy disk
    on Mar 20, 2012 in History of the floppy disk
    Throughout the early 1980s the limitations of the 5¼-inch format were starting to become clear. Originally designed to be smaller and more practical than the 8-inch format, the 5¼-inch system was itself too large, and as the quality of the recor...
  • The "Twiggy" disk
    on Mar 7, 2012 in History of the floppy disk
    In the early '80s, Apple fell victim to a serious case of NIH Syndrome (Not Invented Here), and decided to manufacture their own disk drives. Not content to be industry compatible, instead they designed what they believed to be leading-edge drives:...
  • The 5¼-inch mini floppy
    on Feb 29, 2012 in History of the floppy disk
    In a 1976 meeting, An Wang of Wang Laboratories informed Shugart Associates' Jim Adkinson and Don Massaro, that the 8-inch format was simply too large for the desktop word processing machines he was developing at the time. Adkinson and Massaro propo...
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