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[5]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Fri 31st Aug 2012 07:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Laurence"
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Yeah, I figured that might have been the case. You still see some secretaries these days with vertical screens (though it's far from common).

Personally I find horizontal screens better as shorter but wider terminals make scanning through log files easier when fixing broken UNIX boxes. Plus, with Tmux, it's easier enough to divide the Window up if you then need vertical tiling rather than horizontal.

I do think you've hit on an interesting point about how computer usage has evolved and dictated the design of the technology.

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