about it for years, but I never imagined that it could still be seen: Doug Engelbart’s 1968 Demo is available on the net. “On December 9, 1968, Douglas C. Engelbart and the group of 17 researchers working with him in the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA, presented a 90-minute live public demonstration of the online system, NLS, they had been working on since 1962.” This presentation was the first public demonstration of the mouse, and featured tons of other historical goodies as well. [via Boing Boing]
Archives for November 2002
in this Globe article about weblogs that you’d have to say it’s more ass than talk. It’s hard to believe, really, that the premise itself should be taken seriously, let alone the opinions expressed about it.
suggests that all dogs descended from three original Eve dogs, but then the poor fellow refers to the Pug as the most noble and perfect breed. While it is true that his Jack is a handsome beast, it is certainly a stretch to consider the Pug the noblest of them all when there are Basenjis in the world. Specifically, the Basenji to the right, named Jordie.
but one of the things that has started to come out has been this supposedly fundamental divide between “consumers” and “customers”. The idea – I think it’s from Cluetrain, but I’ll check later – is that being a customer is far superior than being a consumer and that the distinction is fundamental. Maybe, but remember that a “citizen” has a far richer bundle of rights and responsibilities than either. If people are really trying to suggest that we fight for rights as customers, I’d suggest that the battle has already been lost – the real fight should be for rights as citizens. Being a customer implies that your rights flow from a transaction. Weak weak weak. Being a citizen implies that your rights flow from having been born (or naturalized). That’s where the stakes are really high, not in the world of consumerism OR customerism.