Those who fail to understand the past,

Garrett Fitzgerald posted “The Mother of all Demos. A recent Slashdot post calls this “The Mother of all Demos”, and I’m inclined to agree. I didn’t realize that mouse-based computing was almost as old as I am. ”

I’m really pleased to see history sites like this out there. There’s very little new under the sun, not even in computing. I explained to a fellow developer recently that I was using “Instant Messaging” and “Chat Rooms” on a GE-635 mainframe back in 1976, and that I was printing a publishing document from a GUI using scalable fonts and Postscript output, in 1988.

Now, has anyone got a good link to Alan Kay’s DynaBook videos?

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