GoogleGuy - 7:47 am on Apr 21, 2005 (gmt 0) You have to read the full article to get the whole impact though.
P.S. I'm heading to bed, but it's an excellent paper--highly recommended. Section 6 is where it really starts to get interesting, and section 7 is the best in my opinion.
Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and to coin one at random, ``memex'' will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.
When the user is building a trail, he names it, inserts the name in his code book, and taps it out on his keyboard. Before him are the two items to be joined, projected onto adjacent viewing positions. ... Thereafter, at any time, when one of these items is in view, the other can be instantly recalled merely by tapping a button below the corresponding code space. ... It is exactly as though the physical items had been gathered together to form a new book. It is more than this, for any item can be joined into numerous trails. ... Thus he builds a trail of his interest through the maze of materials available to him.
You have to read the full article to get the whole impact though.