Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2012 11:10 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Sometimes, you wake up in the morning, check your RSS feeds, and you know you just hit the jackpot. From the AT&T archives comes a video and description of Blit, a UNIX graphical user interface from 1982, on a 800x1024 portrait display. It employs a three button mouse, right-click context menus, multiple windows, and lots, lots more. It was developed at Bell Labs, and is yet another case that illustrates how the technology industry doesn't work in a vacuum.
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Back in the 90s ...
by Sabon on Wed 29th Aug 2012 23:29 UTC
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Back in the '90s I worked at a bank and we had a few graphics monitors for our mainframe. I made a pseudo Windows 3.1 OS on the "dumb terminal". I say pseudo OS because it wasn't an OS at all but a simple program that looked like W3.1 and I could click on one and then another window and have the focus change between them. I also set it so that if I clicked on File -> Open and then a file name from a list (only one worked) text would appear in the window and made it appear that it wa an editor.

The reason for this was to prove to someone that you could make any computer, even a mainframe, look like Windows 3.1 or any other OS if you wanted to. It was just a matter of taking the time to program it. Obviously a BIG job for lots of people to do this. But anything can be done if someone puts their mind to it.

PS: Yes they did think I had ported Windows 3.1 to the mainframe. They even went around telling people I had done this. Of course all the programmers in our group knew that I didn't have the time or resources for this and that I had done this only to fool this one person.

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