The Mouse is 40 years Old Today


On December 9, 1968, before a packed Brooks Hall auditorium in San Francisco, Douglas Engelbart, the director of Stanford Research Institute’s Augmentation Research Center, took the stage and changed computing forever.

During a 100-minute presentation, Engelbart demonstrated to 1,000 people the work that he and SRI’s chief engineer, Bill English, had been doing, work that is still recognizable in the way that everyone uses computers today.

It’s possible, some have said, that there never had been, nor never would be, another presentation that unveiled as many new paradigm-shifting technologies. They included the world’s first publicly seen mouse, as well as the introduction of hyperlinks and navigable windows. The presentation drew a standing ovation.

And it moved John Markoff, reporter at The New York Times and author of What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry, to write: “There were two things that particularly dazzled the audience on that rainy Monday morning.”

First, computing had made the leap from number crunching to become a communications and information-retrieval tool. Second, the machine was being used interactively with all its resources appearing to be devoted to a single individual. It was the first time that truly personal computing had been seen.

On Tuesday, SRI will present “Engelbart and the Dawn of Interactive Computing: SRI’s Revolutionary 1968 Demo,” a 40th anniversary celebration of what technology writer Steven Levy once called “the mother of all demos.”


Photo by Stanford Research Institute


December 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm 1 comment

Microsoft’s Free PC Protection

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REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 18, 2008 — To address the growing need for a PC security solution tailored to the demands of emerging markets, smaller PC form factors and rapid increases in the incidence of malware, Microsoft Corp. plans to offer a new consumer security offering focused on core anti-malware protection.

Code-named “Morro,” this streamlined solution will be available in the second half of 2009 and will provide comprehensive protection from malware including viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojans. This new solution, to be offered at no charge to consumers, will be architected for a smaller footprint that will use fewer computing resources, making it ideal for low-bandwidth scenarios or less powerful PCs. As part of Microsoft’s move to focus on this simplified offering, the company also announced today that it will discontinue retail sales of its Windows Live OneCare subscription service effective June 30, 2009. (more…)

November 18, 2008 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Town in the middle of a Lake

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a town built in the middle of a lake. Not on an island, but actually below water level. It’s the ancient city of Seuthopolis, in Bulgaria, which was discovered in 1948. Six years later, a dam was destroyed and it was covered in water, ending up at the bottom of a huge lake. Now, the city is being unearthed via the most insane architectural project ever.
This is going to be done via the construction of a huge circular dike that’ll be a whopping 1,377 feet in diameter and 65 feet high. People will be able to access the recessed city by boat, heading down into it to see the city. And the focus isn’t on archeology here, but rather on tourism, with Bulgaria looking to create a striking image that draws people in. And really, there are few things that make a town more striking than have it sit on the bottom of a lake. Cool stuff.

November 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm 4 comments

Election 2008 Results



Vermont (3) Kentucky (8)
Pennsylvania (21) S. Carolina(8)
Maine (4) Tennessee (11)
N. Hampshire (4) Oklahoma (7)
Massachusetts (12) Alabama (9)
New Jersey (15) Arkansas (6)
Delaware (3) Georgia (15)
Connecticut (7) Wyoming (3)
D. C. (3) North Dakota (3)
Maryland (10) Kansas (6)
Illinois (21) West Virginia (5)
Rhode Island (4) Louisiana (9)
Michigan (17)
Wisconsin (10)
Minnesota (10)
New York (31)
Ohio (20)
New Mexico (5)
Total: 200 Total: 90

Frequent updates to be posted.

November 4, 2008 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

Dancing with the Stars

Rock the Vote!

Be part of history!


November 3, 2008 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

Happy Halloween!


10. Guaranteed to get at least a little something in the sack.

9. If you get tired, wait ten minutes and go at it again.

8. The uglier you look, the easier it is to get some.

7. You don’t have to compliment the person who gave you some.

6. Person giving you some, doesn’t fantasize you’re someone else.

5. If you get a stomach ache, it won’t last for nine months.

4. If you wear your Batman mask, no one will think you’re weird. (This one is especially funny to some people we know)

3. Doesn’t matter if kids hear you moaning and groaning.

2. No guilt the next morning.

And, the #1 reason trick or treating is better than sex….

1. If you don’t get what you want, you can always go next door.

October 31, 2008 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

America needs Obama

What does an Obama presidency offer America? First and foremost: his face. Think of it as the most effective re-branding of the United States. America’s world standing has been tarnished badly by the Bush administration. A McCain presidency, in the eyes of the world will just be a continuation of the Bush administration. Obama brings a new image and such a “re-branding”, a new image of America will be potentially effective in winning the hearts and minds of America’s enemies. The war on Islamist terror, after all, is being waged in two fronts: hard power and soft power. Military and diplomacy if you will. We have seen the potential of hard power in removing the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. We have also seen its weaknesses in Iraq, and its limitations in winning a long war against radical Islam. The next president has to create a sophisticated mixture of soft and hard power to isolate the enemy, to fight where necessary, but also to create an ideological template that works to the West’s advantage over the long haul. There is simply no other candidate with the potential of Obama to do this. Which is where his face comes in.

 Consider this. Tuesday night Obama is declared the winner. A young Muslim, a potential radical islamist’s recruit is watching television and sees that this man—Barack Hussein Obama—is the new face of America. In one simple image, America’s soft power has been pushed up-front on day one. A brown-skinned man whose father was an African, who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, who attended a majority-Muslim school as a boy, is now the alleged enemy. Obama’s persona proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can. Obama brings an image of America that is inclusive, and an America where freedom lets anybody, even a “colored” man soar to his potential.


October 29, 2008 at 10:58 am 2 comments

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Pasyente visit a doctor for a check up.
Doctor: anong problema? Pasyente:paki-check lang po itong "ari" ko.
Doctor: Ok,hubo' para makita..
Nang makita "ito" ng doctor,napatawa ng malakas ang doctor,dahil singlaki lang ito ng AAA size na battery.
Pasyente:nasaan po yong code of ethics nyo.di dapat pagtawan ang isang pasyente.
Doctor(try to recover):Sori,di na maulit.Anong problema?
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Pasyente: Dok, bakit ganito operasyon sa ulo ko? halos kita na utak ko

Dok: Okay lang yan, at least open minded ka na ngayon.

Ten Pesos

Sa loob ng simbahan ng Quiapo, isang batang pulubi ang mataimtim na nanalangin sa Diyos. Pulubi: "Panginoon kung maaari po sana ay bigyan ninyo ako ng sampung piso dahil gutom na gutom na lang po ako." Narinig sya ng isang pulis na kasalukuyan ding nagsisimba at bumilib sya sa katatagan ng bata sa pananampalataya sa Diyos. Sa kanyang habag ay dumukot sya ng limang piso at iniabot sa bata na ang sabi: "Amang, narinig ng Diyos ang panalangin mo at heto tanggapin mo ang perang ito at ibili mo ng pagkain". Tumingala ang bata sa pulis, kinuha nya ang limang pisong iniabot at muling yumuko para manalangin: "Panginoon, salamat po sa pagdinig ninyo sa aking panalangin, pero sana naman po sa uli-uli wag na ninyong pararaanin pa sa pulis, kasi malaki na ang bawas".

Your 401-K

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you will have $49.00 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you will have $33.00 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you will have $0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you will have received $214.00.

Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle. It is called the 401-Keg.

Cheers! kaya mag beer muna tayo!

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