[vcf-midatlantic] past, present and future

Douglas Crawford touchetek at gmail.com
Sat Jun 19 12:01:32 UTC 2021


On 6/18/2021 9:41 PM, Jeffrey Jonas via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> I hope the URLs weren't munged by the cut-and-paste
Came through fine, a great contribution, thanks for sharing Jeff.
>
> 1)
> https://spectrum.ieee.org/video/geek-life/profiles/extended-directors-cut-ted-nelson-on-what-modern-programmers-can-learn-from-the-past
>
> Extended Director's Cut:
> Ted Nelson on What Modern Programmers Can Learn From the Past
>
> The inventor of hypertext talks about the birth of personal computing,
> the web, and how to think beyond the currently possible
>
> Editors Note: Due to popular demand,
> we're releasing this extended version of our interview with Ted Nelson,
> in which he talks about the work of Douglas Englebart,
> and in more detail about the origins of Xanadu, and how he views
> programs as art.
>
> … Back in the summer of 2016,
> Nelson was a keynote speaker at Vintage Computing Festival East in New Jersey
> and IEEE Spectrum had the chance to interview him off-stage.
>
>
> 2) computer history as of 1978
>
> https://ia802603.us.archive.org/28/items/byte-magazine-1978-07-rescan/1978_07_BYTE_03-07_How_To_Get_Your_Tarbell_Going.pdf
>
> July 1978 Byte:
>
> pg 48: ANTIQUE MECHANICAL COMPUTERS, Part 1: Early Automata History-Williams
>
> pg 64: The First Ten Years of Amateur Computing, by Sol Libes
>
> pg 84: A SHORT HISTORY OF COMPUTING History-Reid-Green
>
> pg 124: HOW TO CHOOSE A MICROPROCESSOR Architecture-Frenzel
>
>
> 3) compatibility is good, incompatibility is okay too
>
> The "how to choose a microprocessor" article noted that the Z80
> succeeded by being 8008/8080 code compatible, thus capitalizing on the
> pre-existing code base.
> Being "PC compatible" was essential for years,
> thus the intel/AMD duopoly and the reason the intel Itanium failed.
>
> But ARM started to erode that, and now Apple Silicon:
>
> https://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/gadgets/the-mac-is-selling-like-never-before-thanks-to-the-m1-chip
>
> The Mac Is Selling Like Never Before Thanks to the M1 Chip
> Apple's homegrown chip fulfills Steve Jobs'
> whole widget design philosophy


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