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[6]: Hmm
by alexandru_lz on Wed 14th Mar 2007 18:52 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Hmm"
alexandru_lz
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I just can't help myself. When Windows 1.0 came out, not only wasn't the Mac able to run more programs at a time, but neither was Windows 1.0 which didn't even have windows (sic!). The usefulness of Macs did come from the fact that some smaller applications, like the oh-so-famous calculator widget (desklets was their name in thos times?) could be ran along with the big application in front. As you note, in fact, the Switcher came out a few months after Windows.

How useful Windows 1.0 was for its audience can be seen in the number of copies it and Windows 2.0 sold. It was really not until Windows 3.0 that MS came even close, if not to MacOS (and surely not to the likes of Workbench or the already-around Unix workstations), at least to the likes of GEM.

BluenoseJake, you may want to know that widgets existed a long time before Konfabulator ;-).

As far as Lisa is concerned, I'd rather guess that the real problem was its price. A personal computer is a personal computer, and if a large institution can afford to pay -- how much was it? 9,995$? for a fscking computer, I can hardly imagine a home user spending that much in 1982.

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