Wednesday Open Line


For many years, the word “mouse” commonly evoked thoughts of Mickey. But that association began to be eclipsed on this date in 1981 when the Xerox Corporation, then a major developer, introduced the mouse to the commercial computing world. Its 80-10 information system — with the mouse — didn’t catch on, mostly because it cost $20,000. But the mouse itself roared elsewhere in the computer industry and is still holding its own. Today, computer manufacturing is a nearly $10 billion a year business for 360 establishments in the country, along with some 625 others making peripheral equipment and items valued at over $11 billion annually. Together, they employ some 43,000 workers. You can find current data on the country’s economy by downloading the ‘America’s Economy’ mobile application at <www.census.gov/mobile>.