Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Mar 2007 23:02 UTC
Apple After yesterday's trip down memory lane with OS/2 2.1, I will today take you even further back. With the help of the recently released Apple Lisa emulator, ToastyTech (another invaluable tool for (G)UI fanatics such as myself) updated its set of screenshots from the Lisa Office System (version 3), the first commercially available graphical user interface for home use. "This Lisa emulator tries to give you the full experience of using an Apple Lisa. The backdrop is a photo of a Lisa that changes as the power light comes on and when you 'insert' a disk. It even plays the sound of the Lisa disk drive running as you access the disk. To start the emulator you must press the 'Power button' just as you would start a real Lisa." Read more for a few notes.
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RE[2]: Hmm
by Doc Pain on Tue 13th Mar 2007 00:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Hmm"
Doc Pain
Member since:
2006-10-08

"The GUI predates even Xerox Parc. However Xerox put together the first 'Digital Office', putting the GUI to practical use, introducing networking, servers, productivity apps and even the laser printer."

I'd like to add postscript support, fonts, and some of the gadgeds coming with "Vista" and promoted as "new" or "revolutionary", such as clock, calendar, mail notification. And 3D ego shooters. :-)

Just have a look:
http://toastytech.com/guis/indexxerox.html
http://media.arstechnica.com/images/gui/7-AltoST.jpg
http://www2.iicm.tugraz.at/cguetl/education/projects/mischitz/image...
http://toastytech.com/guis/altomaze.jpg

But we all know MICROS~1 invented the mouse, the universe and everything. :-)

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v RE[3]: Hmm
by ronaldst on Tue 13th Mar 2007 01:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmm"
RE[4]: Hmm
by helf on Tue 13th Mar 2007 02:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmm"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Doubt it. Something else would have sprung up ;) I mean, just look at all the OSes prior and after Windows. *something* would have come along.

Edited 2007-03-13 02:05

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RE[4]: Hmm
by rayiner on Tue 13th Mar 2007 03:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmm"
rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

That doesn't exactly follow. The technology for creating desktop systems has been invented independently many times. The idea of the technology being there for so long, but nobody bringing it to market is... unlikely.

Heck, even without Newton we still would have calculus (courtesy of Leibniz). We'd surely have desktop computers without Bill Gates, a far lesser figure!

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RE[4]: Hmm
by KevinG on Tue 13th Mar 2007 04:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmm"
KevinG Member since:
2007-03-13

If it wasn't for Microsoft, we'd actually wouldn't have been condemned to Win 9x in the 90s because we would have had operating systems by Digital Research, headed by the late Gary Kildall, who made the very first operating system for the home computer, as well as the programming language PL/M, CP/M(which was more advanced than DOS at the time when IBM was deliberating between DR and MS, as well as that operating system that made history), and several other things as well that were overshadowed by Bill, but were pretty important.

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RE[4]: Hmm
by Kroc on Tue 13th Mar 2007 13:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmm"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Oh do shut up. Windows has been behind competitiors every year, year in year out. When Windows 1.0 was out, Lisa and Macs were years ahead. When Windows 3.0 was out, GEOS was years ahead technologically. Vista has just come out, with supprise supprise, all the features competitiors had between 2000-2006.

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RE[3]: Hmm
by BluenoseJake on Tue 13th Mar 2007 14:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmm"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

"I'd like to add postscript support, fonts, and some of the gadgeds coming with "Vista" and promoted as "new" or "revolutionary", such as clock, calendar, mail notification. And 3D ego shooters. :-) "

I'd like to mention that Apple had nothing to do with gadgets, Konfabulator existed long before apple came up with the Dashboard, and even the windows sidebar existed before that. Apple just stole the concept from Konfabulator, which at that time was a Mac only product, since then, they have moved to Windows

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