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What was it like to be at Xerox PARC when Steve Jobs visited? - Quora
"I can supply a few comments to highlight just how little attention is paid in the media, histories, and by most people to find out what actually happened."
apple  xerox  history  user_interfaces  dopost 
14 days ago by niksilver
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. "
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5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Alan Kay's answer to What made Xerox PARC special? Who else today is like them? - Quora
"Many of the ARPA researchers were quite fluent in both HW and SW (though usually better at one than the other). This made for a pretty homogeneous computing culture and great synergy in most projects.
The above goes against the commonsense idea that “computer people should not try to make their own tools (because of the infinite Turing Tarpit that results)”. The ARPA idea was a second order notion: “if you can make your own tools, HW and SW, then you must!” (..)
The grad schools, especially, generally admitted people who “seemed interesting” and judgements weren’t made until a few years down the road. (..)
One of the most interesting ideas at Parc was: “every invention has to be engineered for 100 users”. So if you do a programming language or a DTP word processor, etc, it has to be documented for and usable by 100 people. If you make a personal computer, you have to be able to make 100 of them. If an Ethernet, it has to connect to 100 devices, etc."
alankay  computer  history  innovation  arpa  xerox  parc  hardware  software  tools  toolbuilding  gradschool  scale  users  interesting 
9 weeks ago by gohai
The Xerox Star: A Retrospective
A 1989 retrospective on the Star, and design lessons learned. The beginnings of modern OO / desktop systems.
history  pdf  smalltalk  1989  xerox 
11 weeks ago by mechazoidal

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