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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Is it me?
by Windows Sucks on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:12 UTC
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Member since:
2005-11-10

Or is almost every post now some under handed or sly slap at Apple? Or am I reading too much into this?

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RE: Is it me?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:16 in reply to "Is it me? "
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Considering there's not a single negative mention of Apple in this article, your comment is a bit off-topic.

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RE[2]: Is it me?
by Windows Sucks on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:59 in reply to "RE: Is it me? "
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Considering there's not a single negative mention of Apple in this article, your comment is a bit off-topic.


"It also shows that, unlike what some want you to believe, it wasn't just one company that saw the value in bringing the graphical user interface to the masses"

"You wouldn't believe it from reading about entitled corporations competing in courtrooms, but it almost seems like this is how the technology industry has always worked."

I mean the only company I hear you talking about in these terms is Apple. I guess I am just seeing fire from smoke? Good article and interesting besides the sly bashing.

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RE[2]: Is it me?
by bitwelder on Thu 30th Aug 2012 07:20 in reply to "RE: Is it me? "
bitwelder Member since:
2010-04-27

There is a typo in the hyperlink to 'some' (that should lead to Wikipedia page of McIntosh).
[just_kidding]
I'm sure you did it on purpose!
[/just_kidding]

Very interesting article, thanks Thom.

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RE: Is it me?
by MOS6510 on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:20 in reply to "Is it me? "
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Just ignore the last bit of the article, enjoy the rest + video and you'll be fine.

Even if it's just a terminal, it's a rather nifty one and having GUI access to a multitasking operating system was pretty cool at that time.

Many years later the first generation of Linux users didn't do much more than run a few terminal windows in an X session either.

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RE[2]: Is it me?
by Laurence on Wed 29th Aug 2012 12:50 in reply to "RE: Is it me? "
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Many years later the first generation of Linux users didn't do much more than run a few terminal windows in an X session either.


Given GNU/Linux was pretty much a complete rewrite from the ground up, it's not all that surprising.

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RE: Is it me?
by Netfun81 on Sat 1st Sep 2012 21:49 in reply to "Is it me? "
Netfun81 Member since:
2008-03-25

its not you.. the bashing is obvious, especially in the phone area. Most have never owned an apple product but they just KNOW the junk they bought is superior, just ignore the malware and random freezing. I used to be like them avoiding and bashing apple. After using apple products I can appreciate a quality stable design.

Feel free to vote me down now :}

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RE[2]: Is it me?
by Neolander on Sun 2nd Sep 2012 16:18 in reply to "RE: Is it me? "
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Because you used to bash Apple without having taken a deep look at their products first, does not mean that everyone else does so...

The reason I say this is that I have met more than one Apple fan who cannot grasp the concept that even after using the company's products, I can still prefer alternatives for their respective strengths.

Not idiots, even, they are all pretty very smart persons, that are very competent in their respective areas of expertise. It's only when it comes to computer-related discussions that they start to exhibit this weird religious faith that if you don't like Apple products, you must not have used them yet, period.

It's a bit like LaTeX advocates, only worse.

Edited 2012-09-02 16:23 UTC

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