40-year-old computer mouse demo still amazes

James Knott james.knott-bJEeYj9oJeDQT0dZR+AlfA at public.gmane.org
Wed Dec 17 03:18:59 UTC 2008

Robert Brockway wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Dec 2008, James Knott wrote:
>> IIRC, there was some remote collaboration app available for OS/2, but I
>> don't remember much about it. I think you'll find a lot of innovation,
>> over the years, has been killed by Microsoft.
> I'd have to agree but try convincing the person in the street :) They
> see what has happened not what could have happened. As much as anyone
> can be prescient computing professionals are in the best position to
> see "what might have been".
> I don't think MS set out to quash innovation but monopolies are
> inherently non-innovative.

Actually, if you read their history, there are a few instances of where
they, one way or another, killed innovative companies, that might have
threatened them in some way. Read about what happened to DR-DOS for one
example or Netscape for another. Then there's how they appeared to be
promoting OS/2 and got other software companies to follow suit and then
pushed Windows, for which they were the only ones with apps ready to go.
The list goes on...

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