The Arial font was developed in 1982 by a ten member team headed by Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders at Monotype Typography. The typeface was designed so that a document created with Helvetica would be displayed and printed correctly without having to pay for a license.
Arial was first used on the IBM 240-DPI 3800-3 laserxerographic printer where it replaced Helvetica. Only in 1992, Microsoft chose the typeface to be one of their four core TrueType fonts for Windows 3.1.
Logitech was the first company to sell the modern computer mouse. The device with an optical encoder, two buttons and a single ball was created by Jean-Daniel Nicoud and André; Guignard of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Their mouse was a major improvement over the one created by Douglas Engelbart, the original creator of the mouse. Logitech's computer mouse was originally manufactured by Dubois Depraz SA, another Swiss company. From 1985 to 2008, the company sold a billion of these devices! [more...]