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Geek Trivia: The quibble of the week for Nov. 25, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the Nov. 18, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Name, Net, and match." TechRepublic member robert scolded The Trivia Geek for grossly oversimplifying the vast technical contributions made by computer pioneer Doug Engelbart.

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This week's quibble comes from the Nov. 18, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Name, Net, and match." TechRepublic member robert scolded me for grossly oversimplifying the vast technical contributions made by computer pioneer Doug Engelbart:

"You dramatically shortchange Doug Engelbart when you state that his primary contribution was the invention of the mouse. That's the smallest tip of the iceberg. Engelbart's lab can be credited with pioneering work in video conferencing, shared screen computing, screen-based text editing, document sharing, multiple windows, email, online publishing, trackback links, hypertext, spreadsheets, version control and graphics. But these were just means to the end he envisioned of augmenting the cognitive capacity of teams of humans by using technology. For a terrific graphical overview of Engelbart's accomplishments, see [this]."

Well, robert, I certainly never intended to minimize Engelbart's accomplishments. In fact, I'm a big fan. Thanks for giving me an excuse to shine a spotlight on this guy, and keep those quibbles coming!

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