Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 02:38 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
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Carol Pinchefsky contemplates commercial skipping DVRs, and other tales of really good technology that vanished, in 7 Awesome Bits of Tech That Just Freakin' Disappeared. As Pinchefsky writes: "...It got me thinking about awesome technology that we somehow ditched. The airship? Awesome. Slide rules? Awesome awesome. Mir Space Station? Boss-level awesome. And now just thinking about wristwatches with calculators makes me suffer a sense of short-term nostalgia (as in Douglas Coupland's Generation X). Here are some of the coolest features and products that we’ve lost along the way to 2012.

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RE: hypercard
by frderi on Tue 13th Dec 2011 20:36 UTC in reply to "hypercard"
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I think one of the key issues with HyperCard was just that it just was trying to be too much. While being a noteworthy tool when it came out, more specific tools like the spreadsheet, database applications like FileMaker and Access, and later on programming tools like Director and other RAD environments were just more focused towards trying to solve a specific set of problems instead which made them ending up better suited for solving each of the problems HyperCard tried to tackle in one sweep.

Also, when HyperCard came out, the personal computing experience was conceived in a stand alone, single user, computer centric environment, not a multi user networked model which became increasingly important when personal computers got linked together in a network and people started collaborating trough it. Most of the more specialized stand alone applications like spreadsheets and database applications eventually had network features like ODBC connections and centralized data storage bolted on which allowed them to work on centralized data, which proved elementary in their success for surviving in a multi user central data environment.

If anything, the story of the demise HyperCard is just proof in history that even platform-based technology needs to be tailored to and built for solving real-world problems rather than being an interesting technology by their own right.

Edited 2011-12-13 20:37 UTC

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