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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RE[3]: What this reminds me of
by flypig on Thu 30th Aug 2012 19:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: What this reminds me of"
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"It's possible I'm misinterpreting your post, but it seems sad to me that the vast contribution that so many people have made to the sum of human knowledge can be brushed aside so casually.

I think you may be responding to a point I was not making. I was critiquing the Apple haters and iPhobes.

Fair enough; I certainly don't want to misrepresent what you were saying.

However, in attacking the "Apple haters and iPhobes" I think it's really important not to belittle the contribution that others have played in the development of technology.

This stands on its own, but additional to this is that ignoring others unnecessarily fuels the argument against. Apple have made genuine and important contributions, so there should be no need for the similarly valid contributions of others to be underplayed in order for Apple's importance to be made clear.

I'm sorry if this wasn't what you intended, and for misreading your post.

Separate to this is the fact that the article about the Lilith and earlier article on multi-touch were absolutely fascinating in my view, so I'm glad they were posted.

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