Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Mar 2007 23:02 UTC
Apple After yesterday's trip down memory lane with OS/2 2.1, I will today take you even further back. With the help of the recently released Apple Lisa emulator, ToastyTech (another invaluable tool for (G)UI fanatics such as myself) updated its set of screenshots from the Lisa Office System (version 3), the first commercially available graphical user interface for home use. "This Lisa emulator tries to give you the full experience of using an Apple Lisa. The backdrop is a photo of a Lisa that changes as the power light comes on and when you 'insert' a disk. It even plays the sound of the Lisa disk drive running as you access the disk. To start the emulator you must press the 'Power button' just as you would start a real Lisa." Read more for a few notes.
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RE[5]: Hmm
by Mike Pavone on Tue 13th Mar 2007 15:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Hmm"
Mike Pavone
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2006-06-26

Oh do shut up. Windows has been behind competitiors every year, year in year out. When Windows 1.0 was out, Lisa and Macs were years ahead.
When Windows 1.0 came out the Mac couldn't even run more than one program at a time. The Switcher that allowed task switching didn't arrive until 86 and the Multifinder didn't come until even later. The Lisa and Amiga obviously had Windows 1.0 beat though, but the design goals were obviously different. Windows 1.0 needed to run on common IBM compatible x86 hardware and be able to run DOS programs and these goals limited Windows 1.0 for obvious reasons. This is not to say that Windows 1.0 would necessarily been the best desktop OS at the time had those restrictions not been in place, but I think it's an imporant consideration when making such evaluations. I love technology for technology's sake as much as the next geek, but it needs to be accessible and accepted by its target audience to be useful.

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