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Designers on acid: the tripping Californians who paved the way to our touchscreen world

The Guardian

Next time you drag a document across your desktop and put it in a folder, spare a thought for acid. Organising your files might not seem like a psychedelic experience now, but in 1968, when Douglas Engelbart first demonstrated a futuristic world of windows, hypertext links and video conferencing to a rapt audience in San Francisco, they must have thought they were tripping. Especially because he was summoning this dark magic onto a big screen using a strange rounded controller on the end of a wire, which he called his "mouse". Like many California tech visionaries of the time, Engelbart was an enthusiastic advocate for the mind-expanding benefits of LSD. As head of the Augmented Human Intellect Research Center at the Stanford Research Institute, he and his team would drop acid under test conditions in the hope of inspiring new breakthroughs.

You've Never Heard of Tech Legend Bob Taylor, But He Invented 'Almost Everything'


Last week the world lost the most important tech pioneer whom hardly anyone has heard of: Bob Taylor. When I asked Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt to tell me about Taylor--Schmidt worked in Taylor's Silicon Valley computer science lab as a graduate student--Schmidt said, "Bob Taylor invented almost everything in one form or another that we use today in the office and at home." Leslie Berlin (@LeslieBerlinSV) is project historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University and author of the forthcoming book Troublemakers: How Silicon Valley Came of Age. In 1961, as a project manager at NASA, Taylor directed funding to computer scientist Douglas Engelbart, who used the money, in part, to invent the computer mouse. Five years later, at Arpa (now Darpa), Taylor kick-started the internet when he convinced his boss to invest $500,000 of taxpayer money to build a computer network.

Creator of copy and paste command, Larry Tesler, dies aged 74

The Guardian

Tributes have been paid to Larry Tesler, the computer scientist who introduced the cut, copy and paste commands, after his death at age 74. The Stanford University graduate, who was a pioneer of early computing, died on Monday in San Francisco. He worked for blue-chip firms including Apple, Amazon and Yahoo. Tesler appropriately began his Silicon Valley career at photocopying company Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (Parc) before being recruited by Apple's founder, Steve Jobs. Xerox wrote on Twitter: "The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more, was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler. Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas."

The evolution of Apple in one image: Infographic shows every product tech giant has made from the Apple 1 to the iPhone SE in 40 year history

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Some have witnessed Apple shrink from the bulky Lisa to the sleek Apple Watch firsthand. But an updated version of'The Insanely Great History of Apple 3.0' infographic will remind us just how much the Cupertino company has changed since 1976. The poster intricately displays every Apple computer, device and operating system ever made. An updated version of'The Insanely Great History of Apple 3.0' infographic will remind us just how much the Cupertino company has changed since 1976. The Brooklyn-based firm created the first'The Insanely Great History of Apple 3.0' in 2011, when the iPad 2 was the latest device on the list.

Computer pioneer Robert W. Taylor dies at 85

The Japan Times

WOODSIDE, CALIFORNIA – Robert W. Taylor, who was instrumental in creating the internet and the modern personal computer, has died. Taylor, who had Parkinson's disease, died Thursday at his home in the San Francisco Peninsula community of Woodside, his son, Kurt Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. In 1961, Taylor was a project manager for NASA when he directed funding to Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute, who helped develop the modern computer mouse. Taylor was working for the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency in 1966 when he shepherded the creation of a single computer network to link ARPA-sponsored researchers at companies and institutions around the country. Taylor was frustrated that he had to use three separate terminals to communicate with the researchers through their computer systems.