'engelbart' Episodes

The oN-Line System, Part 1


NLS, or the oN-Line System, is often looked at as a mile marker in the development of modern computing. It was the first system to use a mouse, one of the first functional examples of hypertext, pioneered remote collaboration, and so much more. But how much do you know about NLS itself? In this series of episode I'm picking apart the system behind the legend.
Part 1 deals primarily with the early roots of NLS, Augmenting Human Intellect, and Doug Engelbart's vision of hypertext. Surprisingly, a lot of this episode has to do with punch cards and a more obscure related technology: the edge notched card.
Selected Sources:
https://dougengelbart.org/content/view/138 - Augmenting Human Intellect
https://americanhistory.si.edu/comphist/englebar.htm - Engelbart Oral History, with the Smithsonian

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