God of Cybers

In this photo released by the Macomb County Sheriffs Department, James S. Green II, 35, of Macomb County’s Washington Township is shown in a booking photo in Mount Clemens, Mich., Tuesday, March 14, 2006. Green, a former security guard at General Motors Corp.’s Warren, Mich., technical center, is accused of taking employee Social Security numbers and using them to hack into the company’s employee vehicle database. Green was arraigned Monday on eight counts of obtaining, possessing or transferring personal identity information, one count of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of stalking that was unrelated to the GM cases. (AP Photo/Macomb County Sheriffs Department)

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Douglas Engelbart Don’t know why we missed him the first time out: Among other inventions, Dr. Engelbart is responsible for hypertext, windows, cross-file editing and the mouse. There would be no Net hacking without him. Engelbart first thought of hypermedia while serving as a radar technician during World War II. Seeing information displayed on a radar screen, he imagined sitting in front of a similar display, “flying around” in an information space. The engineer pursued his wild ideas in his own lab at the Stanford Research Institute, and first demonstrated his hypermedia “oNLine System” (or NLS) and computer mouse to a stunned audience in 1968.

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