Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2012 11:10 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Sometimes, you wake up in the morning, check your RSS feeds, and you know you just hit the jackpot. From the AT&T archives comes a video and description of Blit, a UNIX graphical user interface from 1982, on a 800x1024 portrait display. It employs a three button mouse, right-click context menus, multiple windows, and lots, lots more. It was developed at Bell Labs, and is yet another case that illustrates how the technology industry doesn't work in a vacuum.
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RE: Lisa
by vaette on Wed 29th Aug 2012 11:47 UTC in reply to "Lisa"
vaette
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2008-08-09

The video states that is has a 68000 processor and 256 kilobytes of RAM, that is hardly dumb terminal hardware (same processor as the original Mac an twice the RAM, two years before the Mac was released). The question is how it is driven, but if applications on the mainframe can upload fairly general programs to the terminal to run and communicate with now and then it is very much a hybrid system.

Edited 2012-08-29 11:48 UTC

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RE[2]: Lisa
by henderson101 on Wed 29th Aug 2012 13:52 in reply to "RE: Lisa"
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2006-05-30

And? What do you think generates the bitmapped graphics? All terminals require some kind of processor, they don't just work by magic. Indeed, a lot of the Citrix/Win Terminals you see these days are ARM based. The processor runs the basic protocol drivers for inpur, comms and UI, the clever stuff is done on the mainframe.

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RE[3]: Lisa
by vaette on Wed 29th Aug 2012 15:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Lisa"
vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

Dumb terminals are defined by not having programmatic capabilities, it is likely that this terminal does given its advanced hardware.

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