August 13, 2004

HT04 Kickoff: The Demo

After a long trek through the Santa Cruz redwood fog, we arrived at Hypertext '04.

While the rest of the hypertext research community treks up the hill for Doug Engelbart's opening keynote, we're watching Engelbart's famous Demo, which is often cited as the great computer demo of all time. There's always something new to see -- new bits of detailing (branches of argument appearing on the screen in counterpoint to the central issue Doug is addressing, clever little graphic hacks for ancient character displays) and new historical topics (the world debut of the mouse, the mouse cursor, and the auxillary keypad).