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Alan Kay's answer to What was it like to be at Xerox PARC when Steve Jobs visited? - Quora
The demo itself was fun to watch — basically a tag team of Dan Ingalls and Larry Tesler showing many kinds of things to Steve and the several Apple people he brought with him. One of Steve’s ways to feel in control was to object to things that were actually OK, and he did this a few times — but in each case Dan and Larry were able to make the changes to meet the objections on the fly because Smalltalk was not only the most advanced programming language of its time, it was also live at every level, and no change required more than 1/4 second to take effect.

One objection was that the text scrolling was line by line and Steve said “Can’t this be smooth?”. In a few seconds Dan made the change. Another more interesting objection was to the complementation of the text that was used (as today) to indicate a selection. Steve said “Can’t that be an outline?”. Standing in the back of the room, I held my breath a bit (this seemed hard to fix on the fly). But again, Dan Ingalls instantly saw a very clever way to do this (by selecting the text as usual, then doing this again with the selection displaced by a few pixels — this left a dark outline around the selection and made the interior clear). Again this was done in a few seconds, and voila!
alan-kay  steve-jobs  parc  quora  smalltalk  alto 
5 days ago by jbrennan
What was it like to be at Xerox PARC when Steve Jobs visited? - Quora
"First, it’s worth understanding that many people (perhaps even a thousand or more) had seen live demos of the Alto and Smalltalk before Steve. This is because Steve showed up in 1979, and the Alto and Smalltalk had been running for 6 years (starting in the first half of 1973), and we were a relatively open lab for visiting colleagues and other interested people (like Herbie Hancock and Al Gore). [...] A second important fact about the 1979 demo to Steve, was that he missed most of what we showed him. More than 15 years later he admits this in this interview:How Steve Jobs got the ideas of GUI from XEROX where he says that we showed him three things but he was so blinded by the first one (the GUI) that he missed both networking and real object-oriented systems programming. "
quora  history  smalltalk  apple  xerox  computers 
7 days ago by mechazoidal
(429) https://www.quora.com/How-much-does-an-ordinary-pizza-shop-owner-earn-in-one-month
Great example of how useful Quora can be for any type of business not just startups:
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13 days ago by fuzzygroup
(3) What are the most significant cultural obstacles women face in 2017? - Quora
Includes an interesting contribution by Eva Glasrud - the first piece of hers I read.
quora  people:eva_glastrud 
16 days ago by xela
best way to build the DB for my app on MongoDB? One DB per customer, or one huge DB with thousands of collections?
best way to build the DB for my app on MongoDB? One DB per customer, or one huge DB with thousands of collections?
sharding  mongo  users  strategy  development  quora  shard  mongodb  database 
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