"Do you remember 1979," asks the letter we got from Seagate Technology today, which goes on to remind us that that was the year of the Iran hostage crisis, the Sony Walkman, and the world's first snowboard. Oh, and Shugart Technologies, later to be known as Seagate, was founded.
To commemorate the occasion, Seagate sent along a neat t-shirt, with a 70s-style graphic of their very first hard drive: the 5MB ST506—which came out in 1980, but close enough. Associate Online Editor Alex Castle just happened to have a vintage ST506 hanging out on his desk, so we snapped a shot of the shirt and the drive together.
On left, Associate Editor Nathan Edwards models the Seagate t-shirt, while Associate Online Editor holds up his vintage Seagate ST506.
Neither of us, unfortunately, remember 1979. But close enough. Congratulations, Seagate!
Update: You can enter to win one of these sweet shirts (or a 320GB FreeAgent Go portable hard drive) on Seagate's site.
It's hard to imagine, but the computer mouse celebrates its 40th birthday today, making the rodent susceptible to premature over the hill jokes. The one-button wooden mouse, which was built by Bill English, was first used by Douglas Engelbart on this day 40 years ago in a demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference (FJCC). Dr. Engelbart showed how the new input device could be used to clip text files, copy and paste, and how it could come in handy on computer networks.
Many of the researchers behind the first demo are reuniting to celebrate the mouse's 40th anniversary. Among them will be Dr. Rulifson, who joined the group that Dr. Englebart assembled at the Stanford Reseearch Institute in California.
"I met Doug and got throroughly enchanted," Dr. Rulifson told the BBC. "I really understood what he was after. I was blown away by the ideas."
Forty years later and the computer market is overrun with rodents, although the mouse has evolved quite a bit from its one-button debut. Logitech alone has shipped over a billion mice found in over 100 countries, and should probably send English a 'thank-you' card.