Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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RE[7]: Crucifixion
by MOS6510 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 12:33 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Crucifixion"
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IIRC the Alto was never sold to the public, only to labs and universities. And not in great numbers.

Wether Thom likes it or not Apple brought the GUI to the homes and they didn't rip Xerox off.

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RE[8]: Crucifixion
by smashIt on Wed 1st Aug 2012 12:36 in reply to "RE[7]: Crucifixion"
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2005-07-06

IIRC the Alto was never sold to the public, only to labs and universities. And not in great numbers.


the alto wasn't but the star was
and it still predates the lisa by 2 years

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RE[9]: Crucifixion
by henderson101 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 15:22 in reply to "RE[8]: Crucifixion"
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2006-05-30

the alto wasn't but the star was
and it still predates the lisa by 2 years


But the Lisa was stupidly expensive and the Star cost close to 10 times as much as the Lisa. I'd hazard a guess that the Lisa outsold the Stars sold from its release (so 3 years) in its first year by a high margin. Honestly, credit where it's due, the Alto (not the Star) inspired the Lisa's OS, but reality then kicks in - Xerox sold next to no units. Apart from a few magazine articles in the US, the Star was pretty much known outside of very specific circles.

Edited 2012-08-01 15:24 UTC

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