Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 00:02 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Apple "Thirty years ago, Apple unveiled the Apple Lisa, a pioneering machine that introduced the mouse-driven graphical user interface to a wide audience and opened a new chapter in personal computer history. The Mac borrowed heavily from the Lisa, and the Mac went on to great things while the Lisa floundered. As a result, it's tempting to treat the Lisa as merely a footnote in the history of Apple. But as anyone who has used a real Lisa knows, Apple's first GUI-based computer played host to many distinctive quirks and traits that tend to get overlooked in the history books. The machine's 30th anniversary is as good a time as any to take a look at a handful of both odd and useful features that truly made the Lisa something unique." A bit lacking in the meat department, but still fun.
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by Kochise on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 13:09 UTC
Kochise
Member since:
2006-03-03

Wasn't the fate of the Lisa computer sealed when Jobs decided to sell it for about half the annual salary of an average US citizen ? The price tag haven't changed much though...

Kochise

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by cmost on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 16:44 in reply to "Soon..."
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

That and the fact that when the Mac was released, it was in nearly every way better than the Lisa and at a much lower cost. In fact, Apple eventually developed an expansion card for the Lisa that converted it into a Mac in order to move remaining units. Apple even changed the name of these machines from Lisa to Macintosh XL.

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by parrotjoe on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 18:04 in reply to "Soon..."
parrotjoe Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, the Lisa got canned pretty fast and all attention went to the Mac. It did not exactly fly off shelves when released. But, when it came together with Aldus Pagemaker and the laser printer, desktop publishing was born.

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by henderson101 on Mon 4th Feb 2013 12:31 in reply to "RE: Soon..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Um.. reality contradicts you... The Lisa did not "get canned so fast..." at all, in fact they released a both a Lisa 1 and later a Lisa 2 and continued production for 3 years. The original Mac 128 only lasted 1 year before it was discontinued in favour of the Mac Plus. The Lisa 2 used 3.5" floppies and addressed quite a few of the issues. The Lisa 2 continued to be sold late in its life as the Macintosh XL, which ran Mac OS via emulation. No one is saying it was "overly" popular, but it was by no means dropped quickly as you imply. The Lisa line was dropped in favour of the Mac, true - but then this is by no means unusual in the world of computing. Plenty of machines did okay (and by "okay", I mean sold enough units to not be an immediate failure) at the time, but then never saw a successor. Especially in the old days.

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by henderson101 on Mon 4th Feb 2013 12:19 in reply to "Soon..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Jobs wasn't part of the Lisa project (or CEO) by the time the Lisa was released, indeed - he was championing the Mac, which is ultimately one of the reasons that got him fired by Sculley ( that and trying to oust Sculley.) Jobs therefore had zero influence over the price, bar the influence he had by sitting on the board. Sculley was his own guy, and if you believe Jobs controlled Sculley, I'd point you towards the fact that Sculley fired Jobs to disprove your assumption.

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