Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Aug 2012 09:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Just driving yesterday's point home some more: "The Lilith was one of the first computer workstations worldwide with a high-resolution graphical display and a mouse. The first prototype was developed by Niklaus Wirth and his group between 1978 and 1980 with Richard Ohran as the hardware specialist. [...] The whole system software of the Lilith was written in Modula-2, a structured programming language which Wirth has developed at the same time. The programs were compiled into low-level M-Code instructions which could be executed by the hardware. The user interface was designed with windows, icons and pop-up menus. Compared with the character based systems available at that time, these were revolutionary metaphors in the interaction with a computer." Jos Dreesen, owner of one of the few remaining working Liliths, wrote a Lilith emulator for Linux.
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by Alfman on Thu 30th Aug 2012 14:12 UTC
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I don't know why old technology is so cool, whether it's oil wells, farming equipment, aviation, robotics or computers, it's just neat to watch how it all worked.

The industrial technology of the past was totally user serviceable and could probably be built at home given sufficient craftsman skills. That can't really be said about today's specialised technology built in multi-million/billion dollar fabrication facilities.

I'm impressed with that whole era, shows that innovation did happen before the damn lawyers got involved. Mark my words, lawsuits are going to be the downfall of this country (US).

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