Not long ago I ran across a nice, brief synopsis of the making of the first consumer computer with a graphical user interface, entitled “A History of Apple’s Lisa, 1979-1986”. It’s posted over at Low End Mac’s Orchard, a site that has put together many historicals regarding computing and technology in general. Soon after, I picked up and read Dealers of Lightning : Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age, an excellent book which gives an account of the glory days at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, from which sprung the technologies that inspired the Apple Lisa and upon which it was largely based. Andy Hertzfeld’s Folklore.org has an excellent, similar account entitled “On Xerox, Apple and Progress”. Well worth reading, all.
All of these texts have had me thinking about those early days quite a bit, lately. It must have been incredible to have worked amidst such new and revolutionary technology, actualy pushing the bleeding edge of computing at every step.
Very soon it will be clear why I wanted to go ahead and get this post out the door….