This article is a reaction to 'Who Lost The Internet Wars,' by Leslie Nguyen-Okwo
...an article which claims Douglas Carl Engelbart lost that war...
I don't feel Douglas Carl Engelbart lost anything. He invented the mouse! There are achievements that are better than financial gain and he completed many of them. Not to mention Engelbart's Law. This is the observation that the intrinsic rate of human performance is exponential. You are limitless! Engelbart's law proves it.
One of many great pioneers who decided to change the world rather than "have a steady job." Busying himself with the world's problems. A big inspiration came from an article he read in 'The Atlantic.' He read the article in a grass hut while serving in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines. It was Vannevar Bush's article: "As We May Think," it inspired him in the 1940's and it inspires me today.
Is he a loser? I don't think so. I don't think he was a loser in December 2000, when Bill Clinton gave him the National Medal of Technology. The Man left marks he left on the world benefit us all today.