Video Shows Discovery of Steve Jobs' Lisa Mouse Inside 30-Year-Old Aspen Time Tube

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    National Geographic Channel show Diggers last year unearthed a time capsule containing a piece of Steve Jobs memorabilia that's been buried for 30 years. A video obtained by CNET shows the excavation and opening of this renowned canister.

    (Credit: Mike Durkin)
    The time capsule, known as the "Aspen Time Tube", was buried in 1983 by the organizers of the International Design Conference. Steve Jobs gave a famous talk at the event and donated the Lisa mouse that he used for the presentation. That mouse, along with other articles were placed in a 13-foot tube and buried in an Aspen field.

    Organizers planned to dig up the cylinder in 2000, but they couldn't find it after a major landscaping project altered the layout of the area. With help from National Geographic and Diggers, the time capsule finally was located last September and brought to the surface. Inside the tube was the Lisa mouse still in its original bag and in excellent condition. Also included in the tube was a script from NBC's Hill Street Blues TV show, a Rubik's cube, and a Kodak Instamatic camera.

    Article Link: Video Shows Discovery of Steve Jobs' Lisa Mouse Inside 30-Year-Old Aspen Time Tube
  2. johnparjr macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    Wonder how much they will sell that mouse for
  3. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    Im hoping there was more than that inside a 13 foot tube.
  4. foggydavid macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2014
    what a shame

    I think it's a shame it's been dug up. Surely a time capsule should be left for at least 100 years?
  5. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    "also, a cryogenically frozen Walt Disney was inside"
    not really :D
  6. SoAnyway macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2011
    Now that it's been unearthed, I think they should either put it in the Smithsonian or back in another time capsule to be dug up in another 30 years. It would be amazing to compare this to what ever kind of pointing device is used in 30 years.
  7. peterh988 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2011
    I was just thinking the same. I genuinely have a drawer at home that's had stuff in it longer than that!
  8. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
    Not me, I was hoping for an empty time capsule.
  9. spencers macrumors 68020


    Sep 20, 2004
    It's a TV show. Obviously they removed a bunch of stuff before shooting the mouse find scene.
  10. tommyboy21 macrumors member

    May 22, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    Shouldn't they have been wearing gloves while handling it if it's value is "priceless."???
  11. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Interesting how the items relate: The mouse is still with us (with optics and better electronics). But the mouse was for the Lisa. The Lisa desktop begat Mac OS desktop. Mac OS begat iOS. Then Kodak went bankrupt, and most consumer cameras are iPhones, or a device very much like it.
  12. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    For many of us that pointing device is the one we have with us at all times. The finger. (Think iPad).
  13. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    This is silly.

    I am sure there are plenty of posters here with stuff in their drawers that is 30 years old.

    thirty years?

    Big whooppee to do

    Hell, I bet there is more than one nerd on here with "drawers" over 30 years old.
  14. michaelant macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2006
    only 30 years..?

    30 years is not nearly long enough to wait before digging up a time capsule. 100 years might be too long, but at least wait 50 or 60, right? :confused:

    I wonder who gave permission for the capsule to be unearthed. Seems like if historians were involved they would have waited longer; instead a TV show kinda wasted a cool opportunity here.
  15. SoAnyway macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2011

    True. The desktop as we know it will be a thing of the past (our present) in 30 years. The mouse may not even exist by then.


    The op does say that they were originally going to dig it up back in 2000, 14 years ago, making it only 17 years after it was buried.
  16. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68020


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    In USA, 30 years is practically eternity.
  17. carboncocoa macrumors member


    Mar 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    I'm sorry, what does this have to do with Flappy Bird?
  18. Davmeister macrumors 6502


    May 7, 2009
    God what an awful television production as well...I feel less intelligent just for watching it!
  19. lamerica80 macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2008
    Wow a 30-year old mouse and they treat it like its some sort of ancient sacred artifact. Most pre-mature time capsule dig up ever. Don't even wake me up if its under 50 years!
  20. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Maybe someone can put it back and wait a bit more. Perhaps put a note saying is 2014 and we don't know how to use Time tubes technology yet.
  21. Cormac88 macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2014
    Melbourne Victoria Australia
    Steve's way of saying "Hey folks I'm still here"
    A few people here can only think of a dollar sign attached to every god damned thing... Sad really.
  22. az431 macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    Here is your answer:

    include (ɪnˈkluːd)

    1. to have as contents or part of the contents; be made up of or contain
    2. to add as part of something else; put in as part of a set, group, or category
    3. to contain as a secondary or minor ingredient or element
  23. ChrisH3677 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2003
    Victoria, Australia
    Time Capsule?

    Time capsule?

    Has it got my backup on it?
  24. highdough macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    I find this over-the-top enthusiasm these types of shows show a complete turnoff. People like that are incredibly annoying in real-life, why would I want to watch them on TV?
  25. JetTester macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2014
    I think if Steve Jobs was the visionary that the pundits give him credit for, they would have found an iWatch when they opened it up. ;)

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