Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 00:02 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Apple "Thirty years ago, Apple unveiled the Apple Lisa, a pioneering machine that introduced the mouse-driven graphical user interface to a wide audience and opened a new chapter in personal computer history. The Mac borrowed heavily from the Lisa, and the Mac went on to great things while the Lisa floundered. As a result, it's tempting to treat the Lisa as merely a footnote in the history of Apple. But as anyone who has used a real Lisa knows, Apple's first GUI-based computer played host to many distinctive quirks and traits that tend to get overlooked in the history books. The machine's 30th anniversary is as good a time as any to take a look at a handful of both odd and useful features that truly made the Lisa something unique." A bit lacking in the meat department, but still fun.
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RE[9]: No
by zima on Wed 6th Feb 2013 18:36 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: No"
zima
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2005-07-06

It does make you wonder why these home computers were more fun, had better sounds/graphics and even better GUIs than the Lisa/Mac/PC, but were much cheaper and why the PC still won out in the end.

I guess it was a combination of two primary factors. At first (at the beginning): "no one was ever fired for buying IBM".

And the second: ...just look at the proportions in the graph at http://arstechnica.com/features/2005/12/total-share/5/ (also page 6). With such onslaught, the economies of scale did the rest - and the PC became the best choice from some point on.


BTW Lisa - one Lisa 2 used as a web server: http://www.lisa2.com/
Now I'll perhaps find some emulator...

Edited 2013-02-06 18:45 UTC

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