The Lisa Computer System – Apple designs a new kind of machine (Feb, 1983)

Also check out this article from the same issue: A behind-the-scenes look at the development of Apple’s Lisa.

Next week I have similar reviews coming for the Apple //e and the original Macintosh.

The Lisa Computer System – Apple designs a new kind of machine

Gregg Williams Senior Editor

I had an interesting conversation with an engineer on a recent flight from San Francisco to New York. He knew only a little about microcomputers, but he was aware that their presence is slowly becoming more common in the workplace. “Sure, the industry is healthy, but it’s still only reaching a few people,” he said. “Most people won’t use computers — they’re afraid of them, they don’t know what to use them for, or it’s too much trouble to use them. Before computers become really profitable, they’re going to have to be very easy to use. They have to be simpler. They’ve got to be useful in the office.”

He continued, “We’ve got to stop using paper — which means the computer has to do word processing, filing, electronic mail, everything — or it’ll be too much trouble having some things on the computer and others on paper. Then you’ve got to be able to talk to other computers — other computers like yours and some big corporate computer that’s halfway across the country. Sure, it’s a lot of stuff, but when you get all that together, then you’ll see computers really take off.”

A behind-the-scenes look at the development of Apple’s Lisa (Feb, 1983)

Also check out Byte’s review of the Lisa: The Lisa Computer System – Apple designs a new kind of machine (Feb, 1983)

An Interview with Wayne Rosing, Bruce Daniels, and Larry Tesler

A behind-the-scenes look at the development of Apple’s Lisa.

Chris Morgan Gregg Williams, Senior Editor Phil Lemmons, West Coast Editor

Of the more than 90 members of the Apple engineering staff who participated in the Lisa project, Wayne Rosing, Bruce Daniels, and Larry Tesler are three of those who were most responsible for its final form. Rosing, formerly of the Digital Equipment Company, oversaw hardware development until Lisa went into pilot manufacture and then assumed responsibility for technical management of the entire Lisa project. Daniels and Tesler were responsible for Lisa’s systems software and applications software, respectively. Chris Morgan, senior editor Gregg Williams, and West Coast editor Phil Lemmons interviewed the three at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, last October.

Prism Glare Shield Reduces Night Driving Hazards (Feb, 1932)

Prism Glare Shield Reduces Night Driving Hazards

CONSISTING of two finely polished optical glass prisms set in a metal mounting, this device is designed to serve as a glare eliminator for automobiles. Fastened over the windshield, it is perfectly transparent so that the driver can clearly see the road. Startling as it may seem, however, on the approach of another car with glaring headlights the device immediately lowers an “optical curtain” so that the oncoming car and lights vanish and the driver can see as clearly as ever.


Origin of the storyboard?


Motion picture directors now work from drawings when getting out a new picture. Before they start “shooting,” a set of sketches showing each scene in detail is made. They show how actors will stand or be grouped against backgrounds and how lighting effects will be arranged. On the margin of each sketch are notes or diagrams showing the number and arrangements of cameras to be used.

Cameramen, directors, and actors study these drawings, known as “pictorial continuity,” before going to work on the picture. When work starts, each one thus knows beforehand the requirements for each scene. Four hundred and twenty-eight of these drawings were made recently for a picture now under production in Hollywood.

Faith, Hope and Computer (Dec, 1961)

Why does it not surprise me that modern customized direct mail fund raising was invented by the Catholic church?

Faith, Hope and Computer

By Donald Young

Aided by the most sophisticated use of ultramodern electronic data processing equipment, the world’s most efficient, most effective direct mail operation is used to raise funds for the charitable activities sponsored by the Society of the Divine Savior, an order of the Catholic Church dating back to 1881. These charities include the support of seven American seminaries, numerous foreign missions, three Southern Negro missions and five American Indian missions.

Byte Reviews the Compaq – First PC Clone (Jan, 1983)

The Compaq Computer

A portable and affordable alternative to the IBM Personal Computer.

Mark Dahmke Consulting Editor

What emulates an IBM Personal Computer, can easily be carried from place to place, and costs a lot less than the competition? The Compaq computer, and because it can run any major business and professional software written for the IBM PC, it looks like a sure winner. I visited the Compaq Computer Corporation’s headquarters in Houston recently to try out a prototype of its brainchild.

World’s First Cell Phone (Jul, 1973)

New Take-Along Telephones Give You Pushbutton Calling to Any Number

This amazing phone system could handle thousands of calls simultaneously, patching yours directly into a phone exchange


The caller pushed the portable phone’s off-hook button. For a split second, the telephone—a new type of computerized, walkie-talkie-size portable—”chatted” inaudibly with a minicomputer in another building. Then I heard a familiar dial tone, and the caller tapped the pushbutton keyboard, placing a call around the world to Australia.

Motorola’s Communications Division was demonstrating its Dynatac phone system in a New York Hilton penthouse suite. For each call, the portable was tied directly into a telephone exchange several blocks away over an ultra-high-frequency (uhf) radio signal. Dynatac bypasses the mobile-telephone operators required to place calls with conventional mobile and portable phones.

Cordless phone (Nov, 1970)

Well, it is cordless. I doesn’t look all that convenient to tote around though.

Cordless phone

Shown in its recharging tray (immediate right), the Satellite Phone communicates via radio to a transponder (center), which is connected to the phone line. Transmitter and receiver built into a phone (far right) make it cordless. It’s $395 with charger from Keltner Research, 2126 S. Kalamath, Denver, Colo. 80223.

Crash Absorber Thrives on Bumps (Jun, 1930)

Crash Absorber Thrives on Bumps

SHOCK absorbers for road bumps have long been equipment within the reach of all, but Captain Franz Carl Schleiff, former German ace, has perfected a shock absorber to take care of head-on collisions. This is but one embodiment of Schleiff’s revolutionary principle for killing living force in moving bodies. The bumper is made of solid rubber backed up by powerful shock absorbers.

Windshield Cleaned by Jets of Water While Driving (Nov, 1936)

Windshield Cleaned by Jets of Water While Driving

Controlled by a button on the dashboard, an automatic windshield washer will keep the glass clean while driving. Two small chromium-plated nozzles mounted on the cowl just in front of the windshield wipers are the only external parts, the glass jar used as a reservoir for clear water being mounted under the hood. The fountain is operated by vacuum, two jets thrown against the windshield removing dust, rain spots, mud and insects.