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From: Doug Yowza <>
Date: Thu May 21 19:04:51 1998

On Thu, 21 May 1998, Max Eskin wrote:

> The article in the link argues that Win98 is much worse than the mac,
> which I agree with. I am wondering about its statement that Apple
> knew all about GUI before 1979 with their Lisa. AFAIK, the lisa
> is ~1982...

Did you ever see the PBS show "Triumph of the Nerds"? Me either, but the
transcripts are online:

And here's a quote from Jobs (sorry for the formatting):

           And they showed me really three things. But I was so blinded by
the first one I didn't even really see
           the other two. One of the things they showed me was object
orienting programming they showed me
           that but I didn't even see that. The other one they showed me
was a networked computer
           system...they had over a hundred Alto computers all networked
using email etc., etc., I didn't even see
           that. I was so blinded by the first thing they showed me which
was the graphical user interface. I
           thought it was the best thing I'd ever seen in my life. Now
remember it was very flawed, what we saw
           was incomplete, they'd done a bunch of things wrong. But we
didn't know that at the time but still
           though they had the germ of the idea was there and they'd done
it very well and within you know ten
           minutes it was obvious to me that all computers would work like
this some day.

-- Doug
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