Point-and-click and the command line

The blank screen reminds you that the mouse-based graphical user interface (GUI) that allows you to point-and-click to get things done on a computer is not how things have always got done:


[my first computer was a BBC B microcomputer]

and also that the invention of the mouse was a pretty miraculous advance:


though not an unalloyed blessing to all:


[Neal Stephenson’s famous essay


— something like a cry from the heart about freedom and the ways in which we use or allowed to use computers]

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