Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st May 2013 22:06 UTC
Features, Office "The first killer app was VisiCalc. This early spreadsheet turned the Apple II from a hobbyist toy to a business computer. VisiCalc came with room for improvement, though. In addition, a new architecture and operating system, the Intel-based IBM PC and MS-DOS, also needed a spreadsheet to be taken seriously. That spreadsheet, released in early 1983, would be Lotus 1-2-3, and it would change the world. It became the PC's killer app, and the world would never be the same. On May 14, IBM quietly announced the end of the road for 1-2-3, along with Lotus Organizer and the Lotus SmartSuite office suite. Lotus 1-2-3's day is done." Impressive 30 year run.
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RE: Lotus
by SzoylentGreen on Wed 22nd May 2013 04:32 UTC in reply to "Lotus"
SzoylentGreen
Member since:
2013-05-08

RIP Colin Chapman


The sad irony is that IBM's Lotus became the exact opposite of Colin Chapman's philosophy of first simplify then add lightness.

I personally don't see much difference between light fast elegant Automotive design like Chapman's Lotus was and IS famous for and simple, light, fast, elegant software design.

The even sadder thing is now that I think about, I have a hard time naming a single piece of software today that is light, fast and elegant, all that seems to come to mind are bloated, slow and heavy.

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RE[2]: Lotus
by zima on Wed 22nd May 2013 08:57 in reply to "RE: Lotus"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The even sadder thing is now that I think about, I have a hard time naming a single piece of software today that is light, fast and elegant

Is foobar2000 or Miranda IM or Opera close enough? :p

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RE[3]: Lotus
by darknexus on Wed 22nd May 2013 11:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Lotus"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

"The even sadder thing is now that I think about, I have a hard time naming a single piece of software today that is light, fast and elegant

Is foobar2000 or Miranda IM or Opera close enough? :p
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Foobar2000 is. Miranda is light, but is definitely not elegant nor simple especially when configuring it for the first time.

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RE[2]: Lotus
by peejay on Wed 22nd May 2013 13:34 in reply to "RE: Lotus"
peejay Member since:
2005-06-29

The even sadder thing is now that I think about, I have a hard time naming a single piece of software today that is light, fast and elegant, all that seems to come to mind are bloated, slow and heavy.

Quite a few viruses probably fit the categories.

Elegant: like that one that used a special character to turn []slx. into .xls, etc. That's genius. ;)

Fast: it spread all over our shared network drive within hours. ;)

Light: I think it embedded itself directly into the files it infected, with no appreciable change in disk usage.

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RE[2]: Lotus
by tylerdurden on Wed 22nd May 2013 19:44 in reply to "RE: Lotus"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17


The even sadder thing is now that I think about, I have a hard time naming a single piece of software today that is light, fast and elegant, all that seems to come to mind are bloated, slow and heavy.


Nah, it can get even sadderer. For example, how after 5+ decades of computing, people are still using highly subjective out of context qualitative approaches to deal emotionally with a field which is highly quantitative in nature...

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