Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Nov 2013 10:55 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Apple

The Computer History Museum (CHM) announced today that it has, with the collaboration of the Digibarn Computer Museum and with permission from Apple Inc., posted the historic original 1978 source code for the Apple II DOS "Disk Operating System."

Pretty cool. More on the Apple II can be found at the Computer History Museum's blog.

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RE[3]: Hehehe !
by Lorin on Thu 14th Nov 2013 05:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hehehe !"
Lorin
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2010-04-06

Could be useful if any of it can be used to prove prior art and kill a few more Microsoft patents.

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RE[4]: Hehehe !
by Alfman on Thu 14th Nov 2013 06:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Hehehe !"
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2011-01-28

Lorin,

"Could be useful if any of it can be used to prove prior art and kill a few more Microsoft patents."

It's very unlikely there is anything there that's both relevant and doesn't already have prior art elsewhere. But hypothetically yes. Theoretically it could even invalidate apple's patents too.

http://www.macnn.com/articles/13/09/27/jobs.himself.showed.off.tech...

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RE[5]: Hehehe !
by Alfman on Thu 14th Nov 2013 15:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Hehehe !"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Would downvoter care to elaborate what was wrong with my post? Which point do you have a problem with?

1. It's very unlikely there's anything relevant to modern patents (any patents that were relevant to appleII would probably have expired by now).

2. This technology is so old that there is likely to already be lots of other prior art against modern patents that would be just as effective in overturning them (on the assumption they are relevant to begin with).

3. Prior art can invalidate patents even if the prior art is the same company holding the patent. I even linked an incident where it already happened to apple themselves.

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RE[4]: Hehehe !
by Kochise on Thu 14th Nov 2013 06:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Hehehe !"
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2006-03-03

Patent Slayers arise !

Kochise

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