[vcf-midatlantic] Xerox Wildflowers - Dandelions and Daybreaks
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Tue Aug 18 15:34:05 EDT 2020
"*People write or speak for some purpose.*
*There may or may not be, evidence behind their words. Know the purposesand
know the evidence, and then you can (if you wish) decide how toconsider
what's said and writte**n*."
Very true, a foundational aspect of critical thinking. Thank you, Herb.
On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 1:01 PM Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > in reality it was a business deal that in essence traded Apple stock for
> use of Xerox IP
> Web search for "apple Xerox business deal" found this link pretty
> quickly. It links to a New York Times article from 2011. As Tony Bogan
> says, there's probably more such reportage. However, there's also
> reportage that's just crap - based on speculation and opinion and hype
> for various purposes.
> I myself, didn't know one way or another if there was a business deal
> between Apple/Jobs and Xerox. It was not hard to find out, presuming
> these are legitimate sources.
> The chatter after the linked article is informative, because it includes
> first-hand testimony, plus informed opinions from actual experienced
> technical persons. Other commentary is fun to see. People not part of
> the events or items in question, split hairs about things like
> "innovate" versus "copy", "real genius", and who the heroes and villains
> "really" were.
> I'm commenting, because I run across this stuff all the time, and I
> maintain my own Web site on vintage computing. I have to explain more
> and more history, because most of my site-readers now have no experience
> with my items from my era.
> I could say more about history and evidence, and why people speak or
> write about something for one purpose or another. But I decided, it's
> enough to say the following. People write or speak for some purpose.
> There may or may not be, evidence behind their words. Know the purposes
> and know the evidence, and then you can (if you wish) decide how to
> consider what's said and written. It's useful advice, I think.
> Regards, Herb Johnson
> Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
> http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net
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> email: hjohnson AT retrotechnology DOT com
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