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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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 16:43 UTC
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2011-05-12

I wonder why the crowd went nuts at the Macintosh presentation, because it, at first sight, looks like the Lisa from a GUI perspective, only cheaper (but still too expensive).

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Kochise on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 17:33 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

That's why many people bought cheaper yet more powerful (ยง) Atari ST computer, and later added the Dave Small's Magic Sac, Spectre 128 then Spectre GCR expansion to them. With original Apple Macintosh ROMs, it litteraly transformed an Atari ST into a full featured Mac. Look for "Gadget by Small" on the Internet, this guy is a real genius, the old school kind of geek that just makes wonders.

http://www.atari-forum.com/wiki/index.php?title=Gadgets_by_Small

http://mrblog.org/2004/01/06/where-are-they-now-dave-small/

http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=19275

Kochise

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 20:11 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Thanks for the interesting links!

I'm an Apple person and I think these old 80's Macs are cute, but I would never have bought one back then and if I had I'm pretty sure to have been disappointed. The Atari ST and Amiga were much more powerful and well, more fun. I guess even an Apple 2 or Commodore 64 was more fun. More software, both serious and games. Even the ZX Spectrum had better looking games.

It's odd the Mac was marketed as the computer for the rest of us, because even without accounting for inflation if would be darn expensive today.

Also it seems the Lisa tried to be more innovative than the Mac.

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