Gotta Watch: Mouse debut; brawl in Hong Kong; trapped in flooded car
CNN tests out one of the first computer mice in 1984 .
March 2nd, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Mouse debut; brawl in Hong Kong; trapped in flooded car

What's this newfangled "mouse" you speak of? – As we hear collective whines about the new iPad, we'd like to take you back to a time where there were no iPads–or "i" anythings. The year was 1984, and the computer mouse made its debut on the world stage. It was large, clunky and had one giant clicker. Also making an appearance in this video, our old friend the floppy disk.

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Cut the budget, face angry protester – Hong Kong's Chief Executive Donald Tsang was only slightly injured after a wily protester attacked him. Apparently Tsang had made some budget cuts that affect Hong Kong's poor.

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"I can't get out!" – After accidentally driving into a flooded area, a young woman becomes trapped in her car. This is the 911 call she made.  Despite the silence at the end of this video, the girl was rescued and is alive.

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  1. Art

    I am going to backup all those who said that Apple did not invent the mouse. It was invented by Xerox at their PARC. Xerox also invented the GUI. They never patented either one.

    March 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Henry Miller

    The mid-80s was the era when Apple, rather than putting effort into innovation, put effort into trying to sue out of existence any company that put up a GUI on the grounds that every GUI, by (their) definition, violated Apple's "look-and-feel" patent. Of course, Apple had swiped the GUI idea in the first place. The rumour was that Apple had more lawyers than engineers.

    Even now, a quarter of a century later, I have no respect for Apple. They don't really innovate, they just design slick enclosures for fairly standard stuff, and do a whole lot of marketing to people who neither know nor care about what goes on inside that enclosure. They're also guilty of incessant attempts at vendor lock-in, making it difficult or impossible for Apple gadgets to work with anyone else's gadgets, at least without paying Apple some insane licensing fee.

    March 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick B

      Correct on all counts. And what's really sad? If Apple hadn't been such proprietary architecture Nazi's (as they still are) and allowed 3'rd parties to make Mac "clones" (as companies were already doing with the IBM PC) the rolls could very well be reversed today, and Apple could be the system that dominates 90 market share. You'd think in a quarter century, they would have finally learned from past mistakes.

      March 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew

    Apple did not invent the mouse, touchscreen, or anything like that. Apple isn't known for inventing new technologies. However, Apple can be credited for revolutionizing the purpose and application of the technology and making the use of that technology widespread.

    March 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fiona

    Thank you, CNN, for finally filling us in on the fate of that young woman in the flooded car. That clip initially ran with no explanation. I assumed she had died.

    I am wondering why someone who is in a car that is not fully submerged 9the front went in before the back) cannot just open the non-submerged door and get out, or open a window and crawl out. This girl was in just about five feet of water.

    March 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dick

    Some of those Apple folks had left Xerox Parc and later Apple introduced the mouse. I worked for Xerox all those years ago and remember the controversy over wasting money developing computer stuff when it was of no use to anyone. History tells a different story.

    March 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick B

      Re: computers being "no use to anyone". Sounds like my (now) 81 year old dad! Amazing how short sighted some can be simply because they don't understand how something works, or are intimidated by it.

      March 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ewan

    That 1984 paint program she's using looks a lot like the current version of Microsoft Paint.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Troy from S'port

    I remember when Apple debuted the Hot Dog Cart on the world stage; admittedly, the didn't invent the Hot Dog Cart but they certainly made the weenies more fun to play with.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick B

      Touche'! LOL

      March 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Once I saw a mouse in an alley, it was eating an apple in a Xerox trash bend.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. oldzoom

    Didn't god create the mouse millions of years ago ? and if you have a problem with floppies, put on a bra 🙂

    March 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ys

    CNN's got their head so far up apple's behind, they just ignore the rest of innovative tech world. In about 20 years CNN's gonna feature a story with the headline "Watch Apple reveal the cellphone".

    March 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wow twisted

    CNN's idiotic APPLE adverts needs to be on - it's a like a broken record. Apple pays you. You endorse them under the guise of news.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick B

      Sad but true. It's the same story with Apple headlines over at USAToday as well.

      March 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patrick B

    Once again, Apple is given credit for something they neither invented OR were the first to market. Oh and don't give me that "Apple takes existing technology and makes it better!" BS – they STILL sell their computers with a SINGLE BUTTON mouse!

    (and yes – I know you can use a 2 or 3 button USB mouse with Mac. There is no reason Apple shouldn't package one with their computers. But alas, that 2nd button would confuse the average Mac user, so I regress!)

    March 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Holy G-moly

      Uh – the stock Apple mouse has right and left click as well as touch scrolling and right and left swipe. Apple's Mice have had secondary (right click) for over 20 years – You should get out more....

      March 3, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Old Guy

    But does anyone remember when Apple was about bankrupt and on the outs before the iPod turned them around.. of course this is after Microsoft invested money in them to help keep them going.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. That Guy

    I don't wanna be "that guy", but I've used the one button mouse with the track ball. It has the appearance of being one button, but you tap either side of it and it's really two buttons. I still bought a PC after using a mac, because I wasn't woo'ed enough to spend the extra money for something comparable in performance, although aesthetically appealing.

    March 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    So then, the little mouse that ate the apple got sick. His mother sent him to the mousey hospital.

    March 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
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