The Paperback Computer
Tom Kelliher, CS14A
Mar. 19, 1997
Reading for Friday: Unit 4B of Computers in Your Future.
Important ideas (IMHO (In My Humble Opinion --- an acronym often seen on
the net in USENET and mailing lists)):
- Chained libraries of the 16th century: similar to computer labs of
- 30 years ago, it was ludicrous to imagine that computers would ever
- Using a computer required one to have a deep understanding of the
``peculiar'' logic behind computers.
- Ivan Sutherland's Sketchpad: first interactive computing, first GUI.
1965: first Virtual reality.
- Inventor of the mouse: Doug Englebart.
- Research at Xerox PARC: make computers easy to use, bring them to
everyone. Led to study of how children learn and eventually to the GUI
interface: a desktop-like interface on which objects were manipulated.
- Xerox PARC's computer: the Alto. Created in early 1970's, it cost
- Inventor of the microprocesspr: Tedd Hoff of Intel.
- First PC: the Altair.
- Apple Computer: Jobs and Wozniak. Fastest growing company in history
--- proving that people wanted their own computers.
- 1981: the IBM PC.
- Jobs saw the Xerox PARC GUI research as the key to bringing computers
to everyone. Led to Macintosh.
- In their 1984 ad, Apple attacks IBM. Should they have attacked
Thomas P. Kelliher
Mon Mar 17 09:11:58 EST 1997