Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Aug 2012 09:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Just driving yesterday's point home some more: "The Lilith was one of the first computer workstations worldwide with a high-resolution graphical display and a mouse. The first prototype was developed by Niklaus Wirth and his group between 1978 and 1980 with Richard Ohran as the hardware specialist. [...] The whole system software of the Lilith was written in Modula-2, a structured programming language which Wirth has developed at the same time. The programs were compiled into low-level M-Code instructions which could be executed by the hardware. The user interface was designed with windows, icons and pop-up menus. Compared with the character based systems available at that time, these were revolutionary metaphors in the interaction with a computer." Jos Dreesen, owner of one of the few remaining working Liliths, wrote a Lilith emulator for Linux.
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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by anevilyak on Thu 30th Aug 2012 13:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
anevilyak
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2005-09-14

If memory serves, didn't the Xerox Alto have a similar screen orientation?

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RE[3]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Thu 30th Aug 2012 21:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Laurence"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

It did. And (looking retrospectively) that looks weird for it too. As does the Sony's linked above.

It's probably just me being the weird one though ;)

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RE[4]: Comment by Laurence
by bassbeast on Fri 31st Aug 2012 00:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Laurence"
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2007-11-11

The reason they did that back then was the original machines were built for businesses and the vertical layout made it so you could fit an entire paper form onto the screen without scrolling.

As an old greybeard I can tell you a LOT of computing in the late 70s-late 80s was all about filling in forms in the business world and by having the entire form on the screen it was easier for your average worker in government or business to just tab their way through the form filling out the fields.

Of course now our screens are made for television viewing first, computer usage second, so maybe they had the right idea? i know I certainly would have a lot of leftover whitespace if I did everything fullscreen like we did back then.

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