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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RE[2]: Soon...
by henderson101 on Mon 4th Feb 2013 12:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Soon..."
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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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