Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Oct 2013 14:26 UTC
Apple

This fascinating documentary was filmed from December 1985 to March 1986 at NeXT's team retreat in Pebble Beach. It offers a rare glimpse of Steve's vision, aspirations and managerial approach.

Remarkable documentary - several planning meetings and discussions during NeXT's early days, with Steve Jobs and his team, many of which also worked on the Macintosh. You have to see this.

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RE[7]: Sorry
by burnttoys on Tue 29th Oct 2013 13:24 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Sorry"
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I admit that I only scanned the videos as I am very well acquainted with the work of Mr Engelbart & Mr Kay.

Apple licensed the GUI concepts from Xerox (PARC) after seeing them prior to initial work on the Mac. Those concepts had been bouncing around inside Xerox for a few years and if they had stayed there would, probably, still be there. All Xerox tried to do was sell an insanely expensive office "solution". It appeared they had no deep idea or vision about what this technology means. To summarise that, this technology (the GUI) is not about running offices or making the world paperless - it is about the communications medium between man and machine. Xerox, at least at management level, just saw "paperless office" not "conversing with a computer".

What, famously, happened next (as I recall from Byte BITD) was a 3 way Mexican stand-off between Xerox, Apple and Microsoft.

As for Alan Kay, well, he worked for Apple! I know this video predates his investiture there but that is of little purpose and only highlights that Steve Jobs understood how Alan Kay's vision could purpose his own.

As for Doug - well, flat out, the guys a genius and lightyears ahead of the curve. Just about everybody that came after him owes him a debt both of gratitude and, probably, money!

The suggestion appears to be that to avoid the label of "thief" Steve Jobs must have had to have written every last line of code, had every insight into man-machine interfaces, purified every silicon wafer and etched every PCB trace.That argument would be impotent.

Steve Jobs, like Bill Gates, possessed an idea and went out to find every last scrap of resource that could be used to create that idea. A PC on every desktop. A bicycle for the mind.

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