Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th May 2014 14:03 UTC
Apple

I'm more or less assuming all of us are familiar with the Apple Lisa, Apple's and Steve Jobs' first attempt at turning Xerox PARC's work into a marketable product. It was a flop, but many of its ideas carried over onto the Macintosh, and in fact, Macintosh development took place on the Lisa.

Due to the fact few Lisas were sold, it's hard to get your hands on a working model, meaning most of us will never get the opportunity to actually use one. Luckily, there's a very advanced Lisa emulator available, written by Ray Arachelian. It's open source (GPL) and available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Setting it up is remarkably easy (there are non-hqx Lisa operating system files too), but do note that technically, you need to own a Lisa yourself in order to use the ROMs. But, of course you do.

The Lisa user interface takes a bit of time to get used to, as its terminology is a bit alien, and some things feel quite a bit arbitrary from our modern, harmonised perspective. For instance, it took me a while to figure out how to open a new file in the Lisa office applications; it turns out that you need to double-click a special kind of icon ('stationary'), which the Lisa calls 'tear off stationary', which creates what to me looks like a copy of said stationary icon. This icon is the actual new file; double-click it to open it.

I'm having quite some fun poking around the Lisa, and the emulator has been holding up perfectly - no crashes, and it's remarkably easy to use. I would definitely advise giving this a go if you have some spare time.

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RE: More direct links
by Ray.Arachelian on Tue 27th May 2014 15:50 UTC in reply to "More direct links"
Ray.Arachelian
Member since:
2014-05-27

I'd love to replace it with a nice brand new HTML5/js site that itself looks like the Lisa Office System GUI. If you'd like to volunteer to code it up, I'd happily replace the current website with it.

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RE[2]: More direct links
by M.Onty on Tue 27th May 2014 17:26 in reply to "RE: More direct links"
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

There's no need for HTML5. Paste this into the head of each page to make it significantly easier to read (if not a great deal prettier):

<style>
body { max-width: 50em; margin: auto;background:white; color:black;font-family:"Trebuchet MS"}
a{color:blue;text-decoration:none;border-bottom:1px dotted blue}
h1{color:black;!important}
b{font-weight:normal}
table, tr, td{border:none;border-bottom: 1px dotted grey}
</style>

Edited 2014-05-27 17:27 UTC

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RE[2]: More direct links
by andrewclunn on Tue 27th May 2014 17:42 in reply to "RE: More direct links"
andrewclunn Member since:
2012-11-05

The background with that color text. I had to highlight the text in order to read it. I'm not complaining about how the site is laid out. It's just illegible.

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RE[2]: More direct links
by andrewclunn on Wed 28th May 2014 01:01 in reply to "RE: More direct links"
andrewclunn Member since:
2012-11-05

Awesome. It's MUCH better now, thank you :-)

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