Doug Engelbart 1968 Demo

I’m at Reboot, and last night, at the end of a long day, and on a Friday night in a cool city, I sat in a room and spent 90 minutes watching a recording of a computer being demoed.
It was fan-fucking-tastic. I’ve never seen the demo before (link here). It was an extraordinary demo – screen wipes overlaid video of Doug with the screen environment, he was connected into 6 (six!) other guys in other rooms/campuses by telephone headset (at one point the ATT operator interrupts the demo).
The tension was palpable, Doug ran through hiccups and was easily as good as Jobs strutting his stuff…
Fascinating moment was watching him demoing a visual outliner and using it for coding – and it reminded me of Dave Winer talking about using his outliner to write code, and how it was the only natural way…
As well as showing their ‘mouse’, they showed hyperlinking and basically blew my mind…and the cherry of the evening was a live ichat video chat with Doug after the talk…pretty extraordinary guy, it was wonderful for the reboot guys to organise this…
Interesting to see how much stuff has remained in the consciousness and creates legacy – once something’s out there, lot’s of stuff sticks. The original ideas were genius, and apart from smaller, faster hardware, I’m kind of suprised how the legacy has survived so long…
Some good photos here
UPDATE: Ross Mayfield posted a nice run through of the other side of the night – Doug Engelbart’s view of the video chat, along with nice analysis of the concepts and today’s reality.