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 Thom_Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2012 11:59 UTC in reply to "Lisa"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

There's not a single bit of discrediting going on here. I'm only trying to make clear how this industry works: independent groups of people working within the same constraints coming to the same conclusions, building upon one another, as opposed to how some people think - namely, that companies work in isolation, coming up with everything all on their own.

It seems like to me the only person discrediting anybody's work is you with your comment, trying to downplay Blit to make other products appear more advanced.

Edited 2012-08-29 12:00 UTC

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RE[2]: Lisa
by henderson101 on Wed 29th Aug 2012 13:56 in reply to "RE: Lisa"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Well no Thom. No discredit here. The product was in development in 1982, but look at when the final product was released.. 1984. So no need to argue. As I said, the Lisa was in development in 1978. You're very righ... in the late 70's there was a lot of buzz about GUI.

Again, this is a fine achievement, but it's no Xerox Alto. It very much reminds me of screen shots I've seen of Plan 9, though I think that window manager tiles.

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