In 1970, Xerox had assembled the world’s greatest computer engineers and programmers, and for the next ten years they had an unparalleled run of innovation and invention. If you were obsessed with the future in the seventies, you were obsessed with Xerox parc—which was why the young Steve Jobs had driven to Coyote Hill Road.
Today, Sun is dead, eaten whole by Oracle. But Java is bigger than ever, and the Star7 still rocks. This is a demo of the “Star7” a PDAish thing built by the Green Project at Sun Microsystems in 1991-1992. It was the device that “Java” was invented for.
On December 9, 1968 Douglas Engelbart held the first public demonstration of word processing, point-and-clicking, dragging-and-dropping, hypermedia and hyperlinking, cross-file editing, idea/outline processing, collaborative groupware, text messaging, onscreen real-time video teleconferencing, and a weird little device dubbed a “mouse”
Passwords grew commonplace in the IT sector when it became possible for people to collaborate in a shared digital infrastructure. One of the first ‘real’ hackers in this context is probably Allan Scherr (*1940)
Like the invention of the wheel or the story of the doorknob, the password’s creation is shrouded in the mists of history. Romans used them. Shakespeare kicks off Hamlet with one — “Long live the King” — when Bernardo must prove he’s a loyal soldier of the King of Denmark. But where did the first […]
Sun’s Java is the hottest thing on the Web since Netscape. Maybe hotter. But for all the buzz, Java nearly became a business-school case study in how a good product fails. The inside story of bringing Java to the market.
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