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[3]: Hmm
by ronaldst on Tue 13th Mar 2007 01:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hmm"
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All I know is that if it weren't for Microsoft, I'd probably still be logging on to BBSes @ 2400baud with a side helping of incredibly proprietary hardware.

We'd still be stuck with fanatics. They'd just find someone else to piss and moan about... ;)

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RE[4]: Hmm
by helf on Tue 13th Mar 2007 02:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmm"
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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[5]: Hmm
by BluenoseJake on Tue 13th Mar 2007 14:54 in reply to "RE[4]: Hmm"
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And something has really come along and knocked MS from the top, eh?

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RE[4]: Hmm
by rayiner on Tue 13th Mar 2007 03:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmm"
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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"
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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"
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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[5]: Hmm
by Mike Pavone on Tue 13th Mar 2007 15:08 in reply to "RE[4]: Hmm"
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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 1.0 came out the Mac couldn't even run more than one program at a time. The Switcher that allowed task switching didn't arrive until 86 and the Multifinder didn't come until even later. The Lisa and Amiga obviously had Windows 1.0 beat though, but the design goals were obviously different. Windows 1.0 needed to run on common IBM compatible x86 hardware and be able to run DOS programs and these goals limited Windows 1.0 for obvious reasons. This is not to say that Windows 1.0 would necessarily been the best desktop OS at the time had those restrictions not been in place, but I think it's an imporant consideration when making such evaluations. I love technology for technology's sake as much as the next geek, but it needs to be accessible and accepted by its target audience to be useful.

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